Imagine a world where you can speak Hawaiian wherever you go.
W ant a pin, sticker, or perhaps a discount of some sort?
During the Merrie Monarch Festival, there will be lots of opportunities to ‘ōlelo!
‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i ‘oe? is an effort aimed at encouraging ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i usage in everyday life.
Kanaeokana—a newly formed network of ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i, Hawaiian culture, and ‘āina-based schools (preschool through university level) engaged in collaborative efforts to strengthen Hawaiian education—is seeking out vendors who are willing to conduct business with customers in basic ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i.
‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i is the indigenous language of the islands and one of two official state languages.
‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i ‘oe? is a fun way to engage our communities to join in the collective effort to renormalize and revitalize ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i.
- Promotion and marketing support from Kanaeokana.
- Supporting the renormalization of ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i in a fun and exciting way that will generate a lot of buzz.
- Potential discounts (at the discretion of the vendor) to the customer for shopping in
- Free stickers to display proudly, wherever they like.
- Vendors opt-in to participate. Packets will be delivered to
- Booth sales support. Vendors receive table-top signage that clearly indicates
participation. Unique stickers for giveaways (to be given with completed purchases
and transactions/interactions made in ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i) will also be provided to
vendors. Download a vendor kit.
- Social media promotion. Participating vendors get promoted during Merrie
Monarch week on
Kanaeokana’s social media channels as well as that of its partners — kula Hawai‘i
and other Hawaiian-serving organizations that support the effort.
- ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i support. Hawaiian vocabulary and commonly used
phrases within a
marketplace context are provided via this app, social media, and hard-copy cheat sheets.
Download a vendor kit and cheat sheets.
- Happier customers. Customers are rewarded (whether through vendor discounts
or swag from
Kanaeokana) for committing to using as much ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i as possible while
- Free PR and media. Potential coverage in the form of newspaper and
- ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i lives!