Practice Your Hawaiian

Hawaiian Self-Study Exercises

The items shown below complement our video lessons and allow you to practice reading, writing, shadowing a speaker, recording your voice, filling in worksheets, and concentrating on individual topics to help you fully internalize the sentence patterns and vocabulary you are learning online.

You might consider printing or saving these items in order to spend time studying on your own after logging out from ʻŌlelo Online.

The practice pages are broken down into short easy-to-digest topics. You should plan on 10 to 20 minutes to read and learn the material, and then spend a day or two practicing what you have learned before moving on to the next lesson in the series.

Related items are arranged from beginner to advanced levels: generally, the basic Hawaiian language topics are numbered lower than the advanced ones.

Links to additional materials are provided in the items themselves. Some items also contain printable PDF files.

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Lesson Practice Pages

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.
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.
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.
0404P Hakalama Practice Audio
Learn and practice the Hakalama set of Hawaiian sounds by listening to the audio files provided.
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.
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.
3807P Translation Exercise KLH59
Translate two friendly conversations from Hawaiian to English and English to Hawaiian.

Reading Practice Pages

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.
0321A Disc Two: Hawaiʻi Island Story
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0351A Disc Five: Kauaʻi Story
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0371A Disc Seven: Lānaʻi Story
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0330A Disc Three: Maui Story
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0361A Disc Six: Molokaʻi Story
This is the story about Molokaʻi from Disc 6.
3302T No Ke Kāmelopadi #1
Enjoy a quick reading and listening practice especially for people new to learning the Hawaiian language.
0341A Disc Four: Oʻahu Story
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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.