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ERIC Number: EJ793469
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-0164-8527
Raising a Child in the Punana Leo: Everyone (Men and Women) Play an Important Role
Iokepa-Guerrero, Noelani
Exchange: The Early Childhood Leaders' Magazine Since 1978, n181 p30-32 May-Jun 2008
Established in 1983 by a group of parents and teachers, the 'Aha Punana Leo ('APL) was formed. A grassroots organization, 'APL was established to respond to the dismal plight of the Hawaiian language. Just a mere 25 years ago, the Hawaiian language was on the verge of being lost forever. Through the dedicated efforts of a small group of friends with the vision, "E ola ka 'olelo Hawai'i," that the Hawaiian language shall live and take its rightful place among the languages of the world and more so as the prominent language of Hawai'i, the 'Aha Punana Leo was born. As a first step in bringing the language back into the lives of Hawai'i's people, the Punana Leo Hawaiian medium education total immersion preschool was established. As a few generations had passed in which the language was not passed directly from parent to child, and understanding the future of the people rests in the strength of the children, the 'Aha Punana Leo embarked on creating Hawaiian language "honua," environments in preschool settings. In this lay the hope and now the reality that the language would expand into the home and eventually into the broader community. At the Punana Leo everyone, "'Anakala," uncle--a male teacher, "'Anake," aunty--a female teacher, and the "keiki," children all play important roles in the educational program of the school. Each and all are responsible for the learning that takes place and the success of the program. In this article, the author presents examples from the Punana Leo program that contradicts the stereotypes, debunks the myths, and shows the world the importance of men in the lives of young children.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Hawaii