Coursework By Series


All of the lesson items on ʻŌlelo Online are organized into various "Series" as shown in the table below.

If you wish to understand a little more about how content is organized on ʻŌlelo Online and how to best use it in your studies, please see the Study Help.

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 CD text files
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
3300 Hawaiian Newspapers of the 1800s
3400 Books in the Hawaiian Language

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.

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.
0502E Thoughts on the Number Twenty
Where did the Hawaiian term “iwakālua” (meaning “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.

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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
Locational Sentences continued: “Something is Somewhen” There’s a new 16-minute kid in town … and it’s video V0802: Pepeke Henua, Part Two: Something is Somewhen! One of the great things about Pepeke Henua is its flexibility. We can use it to say “something is somewhere” (V0801 Pepeke Henua, Part I) and also that someone has possession of ...

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.
0902Q 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

E1201 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.

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.

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.

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