My first official “walkabout” is in Hawaiʻi. You may be aware that prior to this walkabout Iʻve already been living in Hawaiʻi for 5 years, but I never spent any of that time in a concerted effort to learn Hawaiian, practice any local cultural arts or explore the various islands.
So, during the next 2 to 3 years I will be focused on doing exactly those things. Here is the rundown:
Dates: January 2019 ~ December 2021
Being based on Oahu gives me good access to explore the other islands of Hawaiʻi. Plus, Oahu is the most populated and highly visited island so this will be my starting point for helping share Hawaiʻi with all of you. The general plan is to spend 2019 focused on Oahu, and then spend 2020 and 2021 exploring the other islands and sharing what I learn.
Language: Hawaiian (ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi)
I took a couple of Hawaiian language lessons on Molokaʻi back in 2014, but I couldnʻt tell you more than 2 or 3 words that I remember. But this time around Iʻm going to put all of my language learning methods and focus to see how far I can get with the language. From classes to conversation partners to online resources and tutors, as far as I know, Iʻll be the first person to document their efforts to acquire proficiency in Hawaiian. A language that, up until recently, was in danger of fading away. All the more reason to learn it!
Related Blog Posts
- The Challenges of starting a Hawaiian Language Study Program (28-Nov-2018)
- My Hawaiian Language Study Plan (5-Dec-2018)
Iʻve never played Ukulele before, but I did teach myself to play guitar (poorly). So, while I have a little bit of technical ability, I really donʻt know the first thing about the Ukulele. I think I might know two chords, or maybe three. But thatʻs it. To learn Iʻm going to be doing a combination of personal instruction (classes) and online lessons. My goal is to utilize Ukulele to enhance my study of the Hawaiian language.
Service: Website and Mobile App
My community service project is going to take a little while to implement. It will happen in a few phases over the next three years. Each one is meant to help me develop the skills for the future phases, and all are related to my study of Hawaiian and learning the Ukulele.
- Design and create the website for the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahaʻiʻs of the Hawaiian Islands. (2019 Q1)
- Design and create a mobile app to assist people to learn Hawaiian language translations of Bahaʻi prayers. (2019 Q2-Q3)
- Design and create a mobile app or website to help people learn essential Hawaiian words and phrases ( 2019 Q4 – 2020 Q2)
- Design and create a system to help people learn Hawaiian songs for the Ukulele (2020-2021)
The reason for these is because I noticed there is a horrible lack of resources online for people who want to learn Hawaiian or who want to learn traditional Hawaiian songs on the Ukulele. I couldnʻt even find a songbook that had more than one or two songs in Hawaiian, and those are just the ones that everyone already knows.
So, it is my hope that I can take what I learn with these two areas (language and arts) and provide a helpful resource for people in the future.
Upcoming Articles by Topic
Traveling in Hawaiʻi
- The Best Co-working spaces on Oahu in 2018 (coming soon)
- The Best coffee shops and cafes to work at in Honolulu (coming soon)
- Getting the Lay of the Land on Oahu
- Getting the Lay of the Land in Honolulu
- The Best Noodle Places in Honolulu
- An Introduction to Traditional and Local Hawaiian Food
- The Best Places in Honolulu for Local Hawaiian Food
Learning ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi
- My starting point with ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi: What I can say at the beginning
- One month of progress with ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi
Learning the Ukulele
- My approach to learning to play the Ukulele
- My starting point with the Ukulele: What I sound like at the beginning
- One month of progress with the Ukulele
Helping Others Learn
- How Iʻve been building a website for the NSA of the Bahaʻiʻs of Hawaiʻi
- How Iʻm going to build a mobile app without any experience or knowledge