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Wehena Wiliau

Wehena Wiliau

Welina ke aloha e nā mea heluhelu,

Piha wale ka naʻau i ka mahalo a me ka haʻahaʻa i ka hoʻolaha ʻana aku i nei pukana mua o Wiliau.

We are so thankful and humbled to be able to share this first issue of Wiliau with you all. Here is a little hoʻolauna (introduction) of our main contributor as well as the name of our blog. 

Kamalei Marrotte is a recent graduate of Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. She received a double BA in Hawaiian Language and Hawaiian Studies and hopes to make a career in either Education, Curriculum Building, or Outreach. 

As for our Poʻo Inoa (title), we wanted to acknowledge the multitude of different sources of ʻike within the community. We picture this ʻike as the wai ʻeleʻele (ink from writings) that flows from various mānowai (sources) and converges like that of a gyre. 

Wili: nvt. To wind, twist
Au1. nvi. Period of time, age 2. nvi. Current; to flow 3. nvi. Movement, eddy, tide, motion, succession or train, as of thought
Wiliau: vi. To stir, circulate, move in eddies

Wiliau means to stir and circulate but can be interpreted as a converging point of wai, time, and ʻike from various sources of knowledge within the community. We want to hoʻowili (entwine) and bring together these different sources through ʻŌlelo. Making these connections is at the core of who we are, and now we are continuing this journey of making connections in a different way.

We know that when it comes to ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi, everyone has to start somewhere. This column will begin by doing a variety of resource reviews of both physical and virtual spaces that ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi resources can be found. We hope to then transition into sharing excerpts of writings that can be found within these spaces and places. No matter the extent of your Hawaiian Language knowledge, we hope to give you the tools and the confidence to conduct your own research and read up on topics of your own choosing. From resource reviews, event debriefs, and book reviews in both ‘Ōlelo Hawaiʻi and ʻŌlelo Pelekānia, this column hopes to encourage dialogue and discussion within the community. 

In preparation for our next bi-monthly post, we want to share this amazing virtual learning opportunity presented by Awaiaulu. Kauʻi Sai-Dudoit and Puakea Nogelmeier; Programs Director and Executive Director of Awaiaulu, will be hosting a webinar series focusing on this extensive collection of newspaper articles available to the public. Register here for the webinar series taking place on Friday July 16th or Monday July 19th. 

For those that are unable to attend the webinar, stay tuned for our follow up blog post to the webinar series, which will be recapping the information shared as well as helping you to navigate the site in your own research. 

Stay connected by signing up for our Nūleka and following us on Instagram and Facebook. We look forward to engaging with you all in this new medium. 

me ka haʻahaʻa,

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