Virtual Classroom


Join kumu Kaliko Beamer-Trapp for an 8-week live online course on a variety of topics in Hawaiian language and culture.

Kaliko will lead you through both easy and difficult lessons in his typical lighthearted and fun-loving fashion, making sure you really enjoy learning in ʻŌlelo Online's "Virtual Classroom".

Current Offerings

Signups are being taken for the following courses. Generally, classroom size is limited to 12 students, and registrations are taken on a first-come first-served basis. If a class is full, a waitlist is started and Kaliko will be in touch with you about if and when a new section will be created to accomodate you and your future fellow classmates.

  • OOVC-CH1 Absolute Beginner Conversational Hawaiian Level I
  • OOVC-CH2 Beginner Speaker Conversational Hawaiian Level II
  • OOVC-MH1 Mele Hawaiʻi 1 Basic Hawaiian Language Through Hawaiian Song Analysis

The Approach

Beginner classes in conversational Hawaiian language are taught through a combination of the grammar-based approach and the communicative approach, and emphasize skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking at the basic level. Instruction also incorporates lessons about, and discussion of, Hawaiian culture and history.

The more advanced conversational Hawaiian language classes (not currently available) are taught increasingly in Hawaiian and rely on discussion of various topics to improve competency.

Mele Hawaiʻi classes focus on Hawaiian language as used in Hawaiian mele, or poetic compositions. Song, vocabulary, and grammatical analysis, as well as class discussion, allow for a deeper understanding and appreciation of Hawaiian music.

Choose Your Course

Are you intetested in learning Hawaiian language but don't know how or where to start out? Do you have children or grandchildren with whom you want to speak Hawaiian at home, or who are just starting out in Hawaiian immersion education? Or perhaps you want to learn the basics so you can improve your singing or your understanding of hula. Then choose the Level I Absolute Beginner course.
(currently in session) - Registration Wait List

Do you already have the ability to pronounce Hawaiian words and want to learn how to string them together to make useful phrases and sentences? Do you already know some basic Hawaiian language sentence patterns and want to start using them in real life? Or perhaps you have a child already in immersion education and you are trying to keep up with your little genius! Then Level II Beginner Speakers is the class for you!
(two sections currently in session) - Registration Wait List

Do you love Hawaiian music and have always wondered what the words actually mean? Have you ever wished that you could put together hula movements with not only individual words from mele but also with the sentence patterns that carry them? Then Mele Hawaiʻi 1 will help you get a grasp on these things and more.
Read the full course description for more information and registration.

For those of you who can already understand spoken Hawaiian when produced in simple contexts, in short sentences, and/or spoken with slow cadence, then Level III Continuing Speakers will be your level. This class focuses on allowing you to understand and produce more fluid and lengthy sentences.
(This course is currently pending activation) Registration Wait List

If you are already an almost-fluent speaker and want to iron out common mistakes, add more complex grammar patterns, increase fluidity and naturalness of pronunciation and prosody (intonation, speed, rhythm, vocal strength, and vocal quality), then Level IV Conversational Speakers will be your level.
(This course is currently pending activation) Registration Wait List

How It Works

Each class as at least one hour in length. Class size is limited to 12 students.

The fee for the 8-week session of Mele Hawaiʻi courses is $80. This includes links to the weekly class video recordings and class notes.

The fee for the 8-week session of conversational Hawaiian language courses is $150. This includes weekly homework feedback, class notes, member access to ʻŌlelo Online, as well as access to the our Virtual Classroom Video Archive library.

No textbook is required for any of our courses; all materials will be provided by the instructor. Kumu Kaliko and his screen will be recorded and the resulting video made available to students following the class along with kumu Kaliko's class notes.

Virtual Classroom courses are held via Zoom and it is recommended that you use a tablet, laptop, or desktop computer with a screen at least 9.7" in size - the larger the better.

Learn More

We look forward to having you in a future class. Meanwhile, if you would like to find out a little more about your instructor, Kaliko Beamer-Trapp, please see the About page here on ʻŌlelo Online. Aloha!