Echoes of the past: Spoken-language digital repository created for Hawaiian language

  • Participants pose for a group shot Monday during the He Olelo Ola Hilo Field Study conference, Lono Ae I Na Leo Kupuna - Hearing Ancestral Voices at University of Hawaii at Hilo.

  • HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald Director of KH'UOK College Keiki Kawai'ae'a (center) and other faculty and staff welcome participants of theHe 'Ōlelo Ola Hilo Field Study conference, Lono A'e I Na Leo Kupuna - Hearing Ancestral Voices with ho'okipa Monday at University of Hawaii at Hilo.
  • Nakamakanikolonahe Obrero gives lei to participants of the He Olelo Ola Hilo Field Study conference. (Photos by HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald)

  • Director of KH’UOK College Keiki Kawai’ae’a speaks about the launch of Kani’aina, “Voices of the Land,” Monday during the He Olelo Ola Hilo Field Study conference, Lono Ae I Na Leo Kupuna - Hearing Ancestral Voices at University of Hawaii at Hilo. (HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald)

HILO — The voices of Hawaii’s past will be preserved for the Hawaiian language’s future, thanks to the launch last week of a new spoken-language digital repository.