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UH Delegation to Showcase Hawaiian Language at Smithsonian Fest

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It wasn’t until the mid-1980s that advocates took it upon themselves to revitalize the Hawaiian language — the ‘ōlelo — and rescind an age-old law that had made its use illegal in both public and private schools.

Academics and language practitioners, many of them from the University of Hawaii, were at the forefront of that effort, according to a UH press release.

In a matter of decades, Hawaiian grew from being spoken only by a few elders and those living on Niihau to an increasingly robust language that is heard in schools, the