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!

What is this?

‘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.

Why are we doing this?

‘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.

What’s in it for local businesses?
  • 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.

What’s in it for customers?
  • Potential discounts (at the discretion of the vendor) to the customer for shopping in ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i.
  • Free stickers to display proudly, wherever they like.

How does it work?
  • Vendors opt-in to participate. Packets will be delivered to participants at their booth.
  • Booth sales support. Vendors receive table-top signage that clearly indicates their 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 they shop.
  • Free PR and media. Potential coverage in the form of newspaper and media packages.
  • ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i lives!