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Lono Aʻe I Nā Leo Kūpuna- Hilo Field Study

An optional two-day He ʻŌlelo Ola Hilo Field Study (on the Big Island of Hawaiʻi) to visit Hawaiian language revitalization programs in action will take place March 4-5, 2019, immediately after the ICLDC conference on the island of Oʻahu. 35 years ago marks the start to restore life for the Hawaiian language through Hawaiʻi's first Pūnana Leo Hawaiian language medium preschools. The Hilo Field Study provides first-hand experience of Hawaiian language revitalization by visiting the infant toddler through high school Hawaiian medium education system. The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo's College of Hawaiian Language prepares fluent second Hawaiian language speakers to become Hawaiian immersion teachers through the College's Kahuawaiola Teacher Licensing Program. The theme for the He ʻŌlelo Ola Hilo Field Study conference, Lono Aʻe I Nā Leo Kūpuna - Hearing Ancestral Voices, highlights Hawaiʻi's last native Hawaiian speakers and the importance of connecting to language documentation for language rejuvenation.

Dates: Monday 4th March 2019 - Tuesday 5th March 2019

Cost: $250 ($300 after Monday 4th February 2019)


March 4 - 5, 2019 (Arrive on March 3, 2019 for an early bus departure on March 4).

Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani
College of Hawaiian Language
University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo
Hilo, Hawaiʻi Island

Contact: Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani / College of Hawaiian Language,

The conference fee and location for the He ʻŌlelo Ola Hilo Field Study is separate & different from the ICLDC Conference. Deadline for registration is February 4, 2019. Go to Registration to fill in your personal information and to submit your registration fee of $250. After February 4, 2019 late registration is $300.

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Other important information

Interisland Air travel: Hawaiian Airlines is recommended for your interisland air reservations to Hilo.

Taxis: (approx. $15) or Uber / Lyft are available for hire from the Hilo Airport to your hotel of choice.

Hilo Taxi Companies
Venice - (808) 345-7067
Helen's Taxi - (808) 895-4400

Please make your accommodations for arrival on Sunday March 3, 2019 so that you may participate at the early morning start on Monday March 4, 2019. The conference will end at 3:30pm on March 5, 2019 so for those who are departing that afternoon, bring your luggage with you to store at the conference and the bus will stop at the Hilo Airport before returning to the hotel.

Hotel and Conference Bus

You are responsible for your own lodging accommodations. Mention the "Hilo Field Study Conference" for special rates. All of the hotels are not more than a few minutes walk between each other. The following hotels are recommended:

Hilo Hawaiian Hotel

$130 plus tax before January 28, 2019.
See attached reservation form.

Hotel Lobby - pick up / drop off location for the conference bus

Grand Naniloa Hotel

$169 plus tax before February 1, 2019

3 minute walk to Hilo Hawaiian Hotel

Hilo Seaside Hotel

$130 plus tax before February 3 2019

7 minute walk to Hilo Hawaiian Hotel

Meals for the conference agenda will be provided, which includes a morning snack sack, lunch & dinner on the first day, and breakfast & lunch on the second and last day. The conference will end at 3:30pm.

Dress comfortably for walking. Wear shoes that can be easily removed (slippers, slip-ons).

Photos & video are allowed without being intrusive, such as during our greeting ceremonies or during classroom instruction. Common sense is the rule.

Food is not allowed in the classrooms & venues. Only liquids in secured containers are allowed in classrooms & venues. Designated places will be arranged for snacks, meals & drinks.

Conference Schedule