All Aʻo Makua courses are offered entirely online. They are focused on enrichment and are non-credit, though they may be counted toward certain requirements with our collaborators.

General pricing for courses is $25.00. Each course is facilitated for three to four weeks, and you have access to the materials for a full year.  You are able to go at your own pace, and if you complete the course incentive activities during the three to four-week facilitated portion, you earn an incentive gift.

Each month, one Hawaiian language and one culture course is offered. There are four types of classes:

  • Mo‘okū‘auhau (Genealogy)
  • Mo‘olelo (Story)
  • Mālama (Land Stewardship)
  • ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i (Hawaiian Language)

Here is a complete listing of our courses. Courses include video segments, presentations, readings, activities, quizzes, and resources, and include family-focused offline activities such as songs and books.

L4: Nā ‘Imi Loa: The Explorers (New Course)

He wa‘a he moku, he moku he wa‘a. The canoe is an island, an island a canoe. This course traces the history and craft of Hawaiian ocean voyaging, from its origins and earliest traditions, to the contemporary, worldwide voyage of Hōkūle‘a and Hikianalia. We also discuss the importance of caring for where we live. Like the seafarers of old, we need to practice sustainability, as well as respect for the ʻāina (land) and each other, in order to survive on our “island”—Earth. Family activities and social media challenges give learners the opportunity to aʻo aku, aʻo mai (to learn, to share) with their ‘ohana. 


H1: E Ola ka ‘Ohana

At the core of Hawaiian being is the family. In the first Papa ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i or Hawaiian Language course vocabulary and sentence patterns will focus around the concept of ‘Ohana. Course activities will include practice exercises, a short ha‘i ‘ōlelo or speech in which each participant gives basic information about themselves, and a recitation of mo‘okū‘auhau or genealogy.


H2: Pili ‘Ohana

In ka papa Pili ‘Ohana (the Pili ‘Ohana course) we will revisit some of the concepts taught in E Ola Ka ‘Ohana and build on them by taking a closer look at family relationships and interactions amongst family members. Sentence patterns will focus on introducing and describing family members as well what they enjoy doing. Course activities will include practice exercises and the creation of a digital photo journal about your ‘Ohana.


H3: Ku‘u Wahi Noho

The Ku‘u Wahi Noho papa ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i or Hawaiian language course focuses on the area you live. You will learn sentence patterns and vocabulary that will help you to express your location and the location of special places in your home town. Learn how to guide someone to your local post office or to your favorite restaurant. Course activities will include practice exercises, games, and interactive activities to help you strengthen your language base.


H4: Kuleana: “E kuahui like i ka hana”

Through various ‘ōlelo no‘eau or Hawaiian proverbs, the importance of working together and completing your share of the kuleana can be seen. The Papa ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i course will focus on kuleana or responsibility. The vocabulary and grammar selected will enable the learner to give and receive commands, follow instructions, and communicate desires for help around the house. Course activities will help you to practice, develop, and share your skills with your ‘ohana.


L1: Ku‘u One Hānau

For Hawaiians, the sense of belonging to and pride in one’s birthplace is a connection that transcends time and place. This course will focus on this special relationship by presenting nā mo‘olelo (stories) of traditional places in Hawai‘i nei, poetry and mele praising various one hānau. You will then have the opportunity to share stories of your own beloved birthplace or the birthplace of your ‘ohana.


A1: Mālama ‘Āina

He ali‘i ka ‘āina, he kauwā ke kanaka. The land is a chief; the man is its servant. This course will focus on sustainability of our resources. The course explores traditional ways Hawaiians lived to allow for preservation. You will learn the deeper purpose for why the Hawaiians hold the land so important. The knowledge acquired from these concepts will hopefully encourage you and your ‘ohana to apply them in everyday life.


L2: Ka Na‘i Aupuni

The Ka Na‘i Aupuni course focuses on learning about the life of Kamehameha I, the first ruler of all Hawai‘i. Ka Na‘i Aupuni references to Kamehameha’s ability to unite the islands under his rule and leadership. This course presents information about his prophetic birth, his childhood, his years as a young student learning from great teachers and mentors, his awesome leadership qualities as a warrior, and his time as a great ruling chief with the capacity to unite the islands and gain the love and respect of his people. The mo‘olelo or stories, and the mele or songs and chants, along with a variety of activities selected are intended to teach adults about our great ruler and chief, Kamehameha I, so they can share with their ‘ohana the ‘ike or knowledge that they have learned.


L3: Pauahi Lani Nui

This course covers the life story of Bernice Pauahi Bishop, great-granddaughter of Kamehameha I, and founder and benefactress of Kamehameha Schools. This course celebrates the different stages of Pauahi’s life including her childhood, her achievements as a student, her growth into womanhood, and her legacy as a founder of Kamehameha Schools. In addition, Pauahi Lani Nui will provide ‘ohana with a variety of supplemental, interactive and multimedia activities to engage a diverse group of adults and young learners in discovering more about our beloved ali‘i.


M1: Ola Nā Iwi

Let us honor and care for our kūpuna (ancestors) by learning about their mo‘olelo (story) and perpetuating their values and beliefs. This course introduces the mo‘olelo of creation by focusing on the Kumulipo (Hawaiian creation belief) and the Story of Hāloa. You and your ‘ohana will be able to make personal connections to these mo‘olelo by researching and documenting your own mo‘okū‘auhau (genealogy).


M2: He Inoa ‘Ala

Like a fragrance can conjure memories of certain places, events or people, an inoa (name) can do the same. Qualities, virtues, or even family connections of a person come to mind when his/her inoa is spoken. This course will focus on Hawaiian naming traditions, while learning about the mo‘okū‘auhau and inoa of Bernice Pauahi Bishop. You will then have the opportunity to create a reflection on your own inoa or that of a family member.

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