Olelo Hou: Beginning Conversation Hawaiian

A native speaker since childhood, John Keola Lake was a founding member and president of both the 'Ahahui 'Olelo Hawai'i (Association for Hawaiian Language) and the Hui 'Imi Na'auao, a State of Hawai'i conference for Hawaiian Studies teachers and specialists. He contributed to the Hawaiian Renaissance of the mid-Twentieth century by instituting classes at Honolulu's Saint Louis High School in Hawaiian history in 1964 and language, music and hula classes in 1965, reintroducing a Hawaiian cultural curriculum to the secondary school system after a decades-long ban since annexation. Before his passing in 2008, Kumu Lake had consulted for various public and private organizations, including the administrations of several county mayors, state governors and members of U.S. Congress.