Of the 175 indigenous languages of the United States, Hawaiian has the strongest and most developed revitalization movement, built around families committed to education through Hawaiian. Linguists, educators, and sociologists look to Hawaiian language revitalization for ways to help save the world’s other indigenous languages that are greatly endangered and headed for extinction.
On Monday, August 6 at 7pm at the Lyman Museum, Dr. William (Pila) Wilson, of the State of Hawaii’s Hawaiian language college (Ka Haka `Ula o Ke`elikōlani) at UH-Hilo, will be presenting a program on the Hawaiian language revitalization movement and how it is having positive effects on Hawaiian language and cultural survival, academic outcomes, and the economy, notably in Hilo where revitalization of the language is especially strong. Admission is $3; free for Museum members. Seating is limited to 65 persons. No tickets for presale; first come, first seated. Additional parking available at Hilo Union School.
The nationally accredited and Smithsonian-affiliated Lyman Museum showcases the natural and cultural history of Hawai`i to tell the story of its islands and people. The Museum, located at 276 Haili Street in Hilo, is open Monday through Saturday, 10:00 am—4:30 pm. For additional information, call 935-5021 or visit www.lymanmuseum.org.