Ka ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi, the Hawaiian language, once forbidden in schools and nearly lost, is flourishing again in these Islands. In 1978, it became the official state language along with English. It lives in song, in books, in the daily lives of Hawai‘i residents and in schools dedicated to perpetuating native culture.
The $75 million Race to the Top grant gave Hawai‘i’s public schools a much needed boost toward overall student academic achievement. But educators still believe we have a long way to go to get our students career- and college-ready.