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Currently Available Lesson Series
Each of the lines in this table may be clicked on to take you to a corresponding index page of items in that Series.
|Numbered Series and General Topics|
|0300||Topics “Instant Immersion Hawaiian” Lessons|
|0400||Pronunciation and Basic Intonation|
|0500||Spelling, Numbers, and Time|
|0600||Basic Word Types|
|0700||Greetings and Basic Conversation|
|0800||Basic Pepeke Types & Sentence Diagrams|
|0900||Basic Kāhulu (modifying words and phrases)|
|1200||Essential Cultural Knowledge|
|1400||Hawaiian Song Analysis|
|1600||Historical Views and Information|
|3300||Hawaiian Newspapers of the 1800s|
|3400||Books in the Hawaiian Language|
|3800||Written Translation Exercises|
All Assets Master List By Series
Following is a long list of all of the items available in each Series. You should generally find the Series which interests you and start from the lowest numbers and move upwards. I would recommend that you start with the videos first.
0300 Series: “Instant Immersion Hawaiian”
Please see the full listing at Instant Immersion Hawaiian CD Lessons
0400 Series: Pronunciation and Basic Intonation
- 0401V Pronunciation #1: The Alphabet
- Learn about Hawaiian vowels and consonants and how they look and sound. You will be introduced to the basics of pronunciation in Hawaiian as well as the standard Hawaiian alphabet of 13 letters. You will also learn how to say the names of the letters in Hawaiian.
- 0401P Pronunciation Practice: Vowels
- Practice distinguishing similar sounds and difficult diphthong vowel glides in Hawaiian language by listening to and repeating the audio examples provided.
- 0402V Pronunciation #2: Macrons
- Learn about how macrons (kahakō) are used over Hawaiian vowels to change their sound.
- 0402P Pronunciation Practice: Kahakō
- Practice distinguishing similar pairs of words, some with macrons and some without, in Hawaiian language by listening to and repeating the audio examples provided.
- 0403V Pronunciation #3: The Glottal Stop
- Learn about glottal stops (ʻokina) in Hawaiian, how they affect the sound of words, and how glottal stops are actually consonants in Hawaiian!
- 0403P Pronunciation Practice: ʻOkina
- Find out what a glottal stop is and how it is used in Hawaiian language as an ʻokina. Learn the rules of its use, learn how to write it, and practice pronunciation while listening to examples.
- 0403R How To Write The ʻOkina
- Learn how the ʻokina (glottal stop) is represented in Hawaiian, how to write it, and a little about its written history. Compare the ʻokina character to other characters which look very similar.
- 0404P Hakalama Practice Audio
- Learn and practice the Hakalama set of Hawaiian sounds by listening to the audio files provided.
0500 Series: Spelling, Numbers, and Time
- 0501V Spelling Hawaiian Words in Hawaiian
- Learn how to properly spell out Hawaiian words using the Hawaiian alphabet and reading techniques.
- 0502V Hawaiian Number Basics: From 1 to 100
- Learn about the basics of Hawaiian numbers and how to count from 1 to 100.
- 0502-Q1 Numbers Quiz: Matching 0-10
- Match numbers between zero and ten in Hawaiian and English in this short quiz (with randomized questions).
- 0502E Thoughts on the Number Twenty
- What is 20 in Hawaiian? Where did the Hawaiian term “iwakālua” (meaning “20 / twenty”) come from? Read this item to learn more about this word.
- 0503V Traditional Hawaiian Number Groups
- Learn about the traditional Hawaiian base-4 number system used to group objects.
- 0504V Numbers Zero and One, Quantity and Question
- Learn how to use the numbers zero and one in Hawaiian, both as indicators of the plain numbers (zero and one) and quantity (none and one). Also learn the word “ʻehia” to ask “how many?”
- 0505V Hawaiian Number Prefixes #1: ʻA-, ʻE-
- Learn about the difference between the two common prefixes used before numbers in the Hawaiian language (ʻe- and ʻa-).
- 0506V Using Numbers #1
- Explore Hawaiian numbers and number basics, with the use of numbers as determiners and adjectives (kaʻi and kāhulu). In English these would be cardinal and ordinal numbers.
- 0514G Telling Time On The Hour
- Learn how to tell the time in Hawaiian in this introductory lesson on the topic.
- 0515G Time on the Half Hour
- Learn how to tell the time on the half hour in this next lesson in the series on telling time in Hawaiian.
- 0516G Time on the Quarter Hour
- Learn how to tell the time in Hawaiian on the quarter hour. A quarter to and a quarter past the hour.
0600 Series: Basic Word Types
- 0601V The Kaʻi Determiners #1: He
- Learn how to say “a” or “an” in Hawaiian using the word he. Also learn some new vocabulary words as you are introduced to kaʻi (determiners and articles) in Hawaiian grammar.
- 0601G Kaʻi #1 Introductory Lesson Worksheet
- Learn the meaning of kaʻi in Hawaiian and what a kaʻi + memeʻa sequence is; practice with a set of examples in a PDF worksheet.
- 0602V The Kaʻi Determiners #2: Ka, Ke
- Continue learning about determiners in Hawaiian grammar in Part Two of the series about kaʻi.
- 0602G Kaʻi #2 Lesson Worksheet
- Continue to learn more kaʻi in Hawaiian and kaʻi + memeʻa sequences; practice with a set of examples in a PDF worksheet.
- 0602-Q1 Ka and Ke Quiz #1
- A short and fun quiz requiring you to test your knowledge of the “KEAO” rule of the kaʻi “ka” and “ke”.
- 0603V The Kaʻi Determiners #3: Kekahi
- In this third video in the kaʻi series, you will learn how to say “another” or “one” (in Hawaiian Local “Pijin” English) using the word kekahi. You will also learn how to say “yes” and “no” by using ʻae and ʻaʻole.
- 0604V Memeʻa Content Words
- This is an important video which will teach you the set of words we call memeʻa which contains nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs. We call these individual types of words kikino, hamani, hehele, and ʻaʻano. You will use these memeʻa words in combination with kaʻi (from above) to create short complete phrases in Hawaiian.
- 0604-Q1 Memeʻa Quiz #1
- This quiz will text your knowledge of the four types of words classified as “memeʻa” (ʻaʻano, kikino, hamani, hehele). You will also need to know the vocabulary from Lesson 0604V! Have fun!
- 0604-Q2 Memeʻa Quiz #2
- This is the second of two quizzes that will test your understanding of the four types of “memeʻa” words, as well as the vocabulary from Lesson 0604V. Good luck!
- 0604-Q3 Memeʻa Quiz #3
- This quiz is the first of three in which you have to figure out which words should be used to complete the sentences shown. This is best for students who already know some basic sentence patterns.
- 0604-Q4 Memeʻa Quiz #4
- This quiz is the second of three in which you have to figure out which words should be used to complete the sentences shown and is best for students who already know some basic sentence patterns. We know you can do this!
- 0604-Q5 Memeʻa Quiz #5
- This quiz is the third of three in which you have to figure out which words should be used to complete the sentences shown. It’s a good challenge!
- 0605V Iʻoa Proper Nouns #1
- This 23 minute video lesson introduces a very important type of word: the iʻoa. It is roughly equivalent to a proper noun in English. You will also be ready after this video to go to the first of the 0800 series of videos to learn your first sentence pattern.
- 0606V ʻAmi Particles #1: i, ma
- This video combines your understanding of kaʻi, memeʻa, and iʻoa with the basic pepeke henua (locational) sentence pattern, to allow you to add the third main segment of most Hawaiian sentences: the ʻawe (tail segment). ʻAmi words, also introduced in this video, are one of the most basic and important in all of Hawaiian grammar.
- 0607V ʻAmi Particles #2: me, i, iā
- This set of two 22 minute videos will add to your knowledge and ability to use the ʻami particles i and ma (“in / on / at”) in pepeke henua and add to these the ʻami particles iā (“to a person or place”) and me (“together with”).
- 0608V The Kaʻi Determiners #4: kēlā, kēnā, kēia
- Back to the set of videos about the kaʻi determiners! In this 13 minute video you will learn how to say “this”, “that”, and “that close to you” using kēia, kēlā, and kēnā.
- 0608-Q1 Cumulative Quiz for Kaʻi
- A cumulative assessment of your knowledge of kaʻi words up to this point. Included are ka, ke, kēlā, kēia, kēnā, he, and kekahi.
- 0609V Nonoʻa Possessive Kaʻi #1
- In this 16 minute video, you will learn how to use a basic set of special kaʻi which we could call “possessive kaʻi” to say “my”, “your”, “his”, and “her”. These are the words koʻu, kou, and kona.
- 0627-Q1 Nonoʻa Quiz on Kinoʻō and Kinoʻā #1
- This is a great little quiz if you already know Hawaiian pronouns (papani) and are wanting to test yourself on discerning “a-class” from “o-class” things. Try it and see how you do!
- 0627-Q2 Nonoʻa Quiz on Kinoʻō and Kinoʻā #2
- This is the second of two quiizes about “kaʻi nonoʻa” (possessive kaʻi). Good luck!
- 0699R Hawaiian Parts Of Speech
- Look up the terms we use when talking about Hawaiian grammar and learn about their functions. Compare common English parts of speech and their approximate Hawaiian equivalents.
0700 Series: Greetings and Basic Conversation
- 0702V Papani Pronouns #1: Au, ʻOe, ʻO ia
- This lesson shows you the first three pronouns (papani) in Hawaiian, those being “I”, “you”, and “he” or “she”. You will learn how to properly pronounce them and about the three common variations in pronunciation of the first person singular pronoun “au” (“wau”).
- 0703V Papani Pronouns #2: Kāua and Māua
- This lesson continues on from 0702V. The video will teach you about the important Polynesian idea of “inclusivity” versus “exclusivity” used when talking to people. You will learn the first two of these types of pronouns: kāua and māua.
- 0716E Merry Christmas and Happy New Year in Hawaiian
- Learn how to use mele kalikimaka and hauoli makahiki hou in Hawaiian for Christmas and New Years greetings.
- 0720-Q1 Sentence Comprehension Quiz #1
- This is the first in a set of sentence comprehension quiizes. Figure out which Hawaiian sentence best matches the English prompt. And have fun too!
0800 Series: Basic Pepeke Types and Sentence Diagrams
- 0800V The Pepeke #1: Sentence Parts
- An introduction to Hawaiian sentence patterns called “Pepeke” and sentence diagrams of Hawaiian phrases and sentences.
- 0801V Pepeke Henua Locational Sentences #1
- The Pepeke Henua allows us to express the idea that “something is somewhere”, either in time or space (place). This video will introduce the use of Pepeke Henua to locate something in space (place).
- 0801P Pepeke Henua Practice #1
- Using this video, you will practice Pepeke Henua sentences that I give you to write down. You will also have to make up sentences of your own after being given vocabulary words. Many of the pictures in the video are variations of those presented in the instructional videos.
- 0801P Pepeke Henua Practice #2
- Translate English sentences into Hawaiian using Pepeke Henua and the extended vocabulary provided. Answers are provided. Use the vocabulary and explanation of the “poʻo-piko-ʻawe” structure explained in V0801.
- 0802V Pepeke Henua Locational Sentences #2
- Watch a video continue learning about how to use Pepeke Henua locational sentences.
0900 Series: Basic Kāhulu (modifying words and phrases)
- 0901P Practice Describing Things #1
- This homework assignment will allow you to learn and practice the correct order of kaʻi + memeʻa + kāhulu. If you do not know what those three things are, then you should watch the first four videos in the 0600 Series.
- 0902P ʻAilāʻau The Forest Eater
- This lesson follows H0901: Practice Describing Things, so be sure you have done that one first. Read and enjoy a brief story about ʻAilāʻau. Then create your own kaʻi + memeʻa + kāhulu structures that match elements in the story using the vocabulary provided.
- 0902-Q1 Vocabulary Quiz #1 for ʻAilāʻau Story
- Take a quick 12 question quiz to test your ability to remember some of the main vocabulary words in the story of ‘Ailå’au, The Forest Eater.
1200 Series: Essential Cultural Knowledge
- 1201E Nā Pō Mahina: The Hawaiian Moon Calendar
- Learn about the Hawaiian moon calendar and the names of each night as well as other cultural information related to the Hawaiian lunar calendar.
1400 Series: Hawaiian Song Analysis
Please see the full listing at the Hawaiian Song Analysis Index
1600 Series: Historical Views and Information
- 1601E Hawaiian Pidgin English: A Brief History
- A short outline history of Hawaiian Pidgin English (Hawaiian Creole English)
- 1601R A Glossary of Hawaiian Words in Hawaiian Pidgin English
- A listing of Hawaiian words still heard and used today by speakers of Hawaiian Creole English (Pidgin English).
3300 Series: Hawaiian Newspapers of the 1800s
- 3301T Pōʻino i ka Lio
- Read and listen to a typical newspaper story from 1865 about a poor gentleman who fell off his horse and was badly hurt on his way home from work.
- 3302T No Ke Kāmelopadi #1
- Enjoy a quick reading and listening practice especially for people new to learning the Hawaiian language.
3400 Series: Books in the Hawaiian Language
- 3401B He Moʻolelo Pōkole: Introduction
- Learn about out presentation of a Hawaiian journal written about Hawaiian royalty on a journey to England in 1887.
- 3401B He Moʻolelo Pōkole #1
- Beginner, intermediate, and advanced audiobook readings and translation of the first part of a Hawaiian journal written about Hawaiian royalty on a journey to England in 1887.
- 3401B He Moʻolelo Pōkole #2
- Continue your enjoyment of a Hawaiian journal written about Hawaiian royalty on a journey to England in 1887; with accompanying text and audio files.
3800 Series: Written Translation Exercises
- 3807P Translation Exercise KLH59
- Translate two friendly conversations from Hawaiian to English and English to Hawaiian.