Olelo Hawaii online class

Paige Okamura (left) and Akea Kahikina (right), the instructors for the free Hawaiian language class gives online lessons at Queen Liliʻuokalani Center for Student Services on March 25, 2020.

A new ASUH Senate bill plans to appropriate more funding for the continuity of the free Hawaiian language classes at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa for the next three semesters.

Senate Bill 40-20 will appropriate a total of $15,900 in funds for "awards for service" for two graduate student kumu and one undergraduate assistant from the Kawaihuelani Center for Hawaiian Language. 

According to ASUH Vice President Raiyan Rafid, who is also the author of the bill, around 200 to 300 people attended the Hawaiian language classes this semester when it was held in the Campus Center Ballroom and courtyard.

Due to COVID-19, the classes are now held live every Wednesday from 3 to 4 p.m. on KTUH's Facebook page. Past classes and presentations slides are available on ASUH's website

Rafid said that the first five online classes received around 64,000 views collectively. 

"When hundreds of people gathered in our first class, I had no doubt that this class needs to continue," he said. "I've witnessed the beauty of ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i and how it unites people. As we continue to receive everyone's support, I believe this class will continue for a long time." 

The bill will be heard by the general Senate this Wednesday at 6 p.m. 

For those interested in submitting public testimony for the bill, go to ASUH's website or email asuh@hawaii.edu

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Chavonnie Ramos has served as the Editor in Chief of Ka Leo since January 2019, and has been with student media since 2016. She is a senior majoring in Journalism and English at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa.