ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi

artwork by Nicole Namdar

Whether you celebrate Thanksgiving or not, or have alternate ways of spending the holiday, it's always a good time to reflect on the things we can be grateful for. For tonight's episode, I combed through and pulled together a playlist of mele that contain the word "mahalo" in it along with a few that were written as a mahalo. 

This show also pushes us to examine what "mahalo" really means. It does not simply fit into the english translation of "thanks" and "gratitude." Through these mele we see that "mahalo" connotates notions of admiration, aloha, and reverence. 

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Hawaii Road Usage Charge Project; Senator Mazie Hirono; City Fine Settlement; Hawaiian language and history at Kennedy Theater

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Pro TMT Rally; Drunk Driving Bill/Maui Traffic Deaths; Deadline on Vacation Rentals; Olelo Hawaii at Conservation Conference; Kalihi Valley Kokua Bike

Tonight's show was recorded live on location at the Hawaiʻi State Public Library's main branch in Honolulu and features Hawaiian music pulled exclusively from their audio collection then re-shelved. If any of tonight's music piques your interest, please do check it out from your nearest public library - you can use their helpful app to easily request and check out books! Just make sure you pay your fines first.

Casey Harlow

Today on Bytemarks Café, Burt will talk about how the Hawaiian language is finding more platforms to be shared around the world. He'll talk to the course curriculum developers about Duolingo, and how Hawaiian can now be learned there.