“I ka ʻōlelo nō ke ola, i ka ʻōlelo nō ka make.”
In the words there are life; in the words there are death.
Language is the foundation of any culture. This holds true for the Hawaiian language and culture. There have been challenges to the perpetuation of the Hawaiian language, like Act 57, sec. 30 of the 1896 Laws of the Republic of Hawaiʻi, which required education to occur in English. Many Hawaiians can recount stories from their kūpuna who remember being punished for speaking Hawaiian in school. Today, the effort to protect, restore and revitalize the Hawaiian language is a significant movement in Hawaiʻi. These are just some of the institutions and organizations that operate in the Hawaiian language medium.