All it takes is 1% a day....join the growing movement who agrees when in Hawai'i we should hear 'ōlelo Hawai'i all around us!
Learn the language, culture and traditions of Hawai‘i
Attention Adult Learners Ages 16+
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Nā Kahua


Crash Course for the super busy! Join Kumu Maile in our virtual classroom from anywhere in the world! 3 hours of LIVE virtual instruction. At the end of the session you will be able to incorporate basic 'Ōlelo Hawai'i into your daily life.

Always the Second Tuesday of Every Month
1:00pm - 4:00pm HST

Upcoming Sessions: CHOOSE ONE
September 13
October 11
November 8
The course includes a pre-work book, videos, and printer friendly version of the Slides so that you can practice at home. The replay will be available for 30 days after the class.




Beginning 'Ōlelo Bundle


Donʻt know where to start? Get the best of both worlds with our Beginning 'Ōlelo Bundle! Jump start your learning journey and get you using basic 'ōlelo Hawai'i after your first class.

What does this bundle include?
Nā Kahua Foundations
Upcoming LIVE class:
September 13th 2022
1:00pm to 4:00pm HST

Papa Makua Level 1

Bonus Stand Alone Library
Practice library of oli, vocabulary, mele!


SAVE 25%!!!


Makua Level 1 


Need total flexibility? Register for our self-paced course which includes 12 pre-recorded lessons. There will be guided practice sessions after each lesson to reinforce the learning.   

Watch when you want and as many times as you want from any of your devices.




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Kamaʻilio Café


Take the test and join our Kumu Kōkua in our virtual classroom for one hour guided conversation sessions! This is the perfect companion to our self-paced course!

This course is designed for individuals who have previously completed our Makua level 1 course or beginning ‘ōlelo Hawaiʻi somewhere else. Our Kumu Kōkua have constructed a fun and interactive place to practice speaking so you can start using ‘ōlelo Hawai’i in normal activities like going to the grocery store, a day at the beach with friends, and getting ready in the morning to get out the door for the day.

Participating in the LIVE classes will help reinforce your learning and give you the needed practice speaking with a group of individuals who are all learning ‘ōlelo Hawai’i right along with you. Learning a new language is hard and it is sometimes hard to find people to practice with.  

Step 1: Register and pay to reserve your spot for the course - donʻt worry if your application isnʻt accepted we will refund you within 48 hours.

Step 2: Take the placement test.

Step 3: Jump for joy because you are on your way to finally mastering the use of 'ōlelo Hawai'i in your daily life!

**Donʻt wait - seats are filling up FAST! Registration is accepted on a first come first serve basis.**


REGULAR: $199.99

" Kumu Maile brings indigenous wisdom and academic smarts to learning 'Ōlelo. Her teaching has opened my heart and soul to the wisdom of this place we live, to the conscience and protection. 

- Robin Rose

"I have been studying 'Ōlelo Hawai'i for at least a decade, with three different kumu, and Maile is the best there is."
 - Elizabeth King-Mock

Meet your Kumu (Instructor)

Kumu Maile Naehu

Co-founder and Curriculum Designer
I know what it is like to grow up not feeling completely connected to my Hawaiian culture. I would sometimes feel embarrassed and wished I had a stronger understanding of the language, culture and traditions.  The language of my heritage was lost in my ‘ohana generations ago. Right out of high school I had a strong pull to build an understanding and connection with my cultural identity.  In college I immersed myself in my studies and have made learning and educating others about Hawaiian culture my life's work.  

I am a graduate of the first class of Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies at UH Manoa under the mentorship of some of Hawai‘iʻs most respected kumu and professors.  As a Native Hawaiian educator, performer, artist, community organizer, and environmentalist for the past 20 years I have been fortunate to travel throughout the world representing Hawaii for conservation work, performance and indigenous education.  My music and storytelling is also featured in museums both in the U.S. and Aotearoa (New Zealand).

I am a mother of three keiki on the island of Moloka‘i, together with my husband we care for the loko iʻa(fishponds) and create Aloha ‘Āina based learning for Moloka‘i and the larger Hawai‘i community.  Our children are firmly grounded by ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i and philosophies, but like everyone else they were deeply affected when schools closed in March 2020 due to COVID-19.  I needed to pivot and create a fun and engaging online experience for my students on Moloka‘i. Instead of just creating something for the students on Moloka‘i, I decided to create something for everyone no matter where they are in the world.  

I designed Ka Hale Hoaka to fill a need for enjoyable home-based learning. Its because I want you to be able to say what I did 30 years ago, at the age of 17, when I made the investment in myself. I promised that, my ‘ohana will play a role in breathing life back into our culture.  

Our program uses dance, music, and engaging storytelling to pass on timeless Hawaiian wisdom through

‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i
(Hawaiian Language)
(Oral traditions)
How it works


Pick Your Class


Have Fun and
Learn Together


Open your heart and build a connection
Feel the satisfaction of starting on the journey of connecting with the ancient wisdoms and teachings and do your part to breath life into the Hawaiian culture.
Hear from our haumana!
“Aloha we are enjoying your papa makua sooooo much!! These are the aunties who run our after school mentorship program. For years they have been wanting to learn Hawaiian but felt intimidated!! They love your papa!! They feel welcomed and happy!! We only on Mokuna ‘ekahi but each week we meet on Wednesday and go through one mokuna at a time! Mahalo!!

The aunties love you!! They said your style is so funny light and makes the whole experience way more interesting and inviting!"
- Haley Kailiehu 
“This is the first time I truly feel proud of myself in embracing ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi because Kumu Maile has made me feel comfortable in being where I’m at and not feel shame that as a Hawaiian I don’t know my own language!"
- Christiane Bolosan-Yee
The beauty and culture of Hawaii
 The Ka Hale Hoaka Promise
  • 30-Day Money Back Guarantee: No-questions-asked refunds if the program is not for you
  • No Shame: Experience the program online in the comfort of your own home
  • Programs for Everyone: If you’re Hawaiian, from Hawaiʻi, or have always wanted to learn more…everyone is welcome. E komo mai!
  • Easily-Accessible: Enjoy the sessions using your phone, tablet, or desktop computer…wherever you are in the world!
  • ​BUY ONE - GIVE ONE: Feel good knowing that when you purchase the course, our partner organizations give one to a family in need here in Hawaiʻi. Mahalo nui!