Here are a few fun facts:
1. Does Hawai’i actually have two official languages? Yes, English and Hawaiian.
2. When did Hawai’i officially become a state? Hawaii became the 50th state on August 21, 1959.
3. Which culture brought Hawa’i the ukulele? It was Portuguese laborers who brought the ukulele to the islands in 1879.
4. Where did the hula skirt come from? It was introduced from Micronesia by laborers from the Gilbert Islands in the early 19th century. More traditionally, Hawaiians used their own native materials such as long, shiny, flat ti leaves threaded together in a similar fashion.
How did you do on the quiz? We learned a lot when researching for this language course and thought you might too.
How can you use Hawaiian?
Whether you’re chatting with professional surfers or learning how to Hula on the island of Maui, your conversational Hawaiian skills will help you connect with new experiences at every turn. Hawaiian is a Polynesian language and was developed on the “Big Island” of Hawai’i. Before having any Western contact, Hawaiian was not a written language; it was developed by American Protestant missionaries. One of the unique qualities in the Hawaiian languages is that words only end in vowels and must always be immediately accompanied by a consonant. From coconut drinks to crystal blue water, your knowledge of Hawaii will provide you with an experience of a lifetime.
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