Hawaiian Legacy Foundation: Eddie & Myrna Kamae

Interview with Lilia Wahinemaikaʻi Hale [Mama Hale] 10/21/95 tape 1

Interview with Lilia Wahinemaikaʻi Hale [Mama Hale] recorded in Waipā, Kauaʻi on October 21, 1995 for the documentary "Hawaiian Voices: Bridging Past to Present." Interview in ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian language). In this video Hale shares her moʻolelo (story/history) of her wā liʻiliʻi (childhood time), including some family names and places where she was raised on the different Hawaiian islands. She also tells stories about her life and speaking ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi, Hawaiianized words, and the importance of the Hawaiian Language Dictionary compiled by Mary Kawena Pukui. One story Hale shares is how at age six in 1919 in Central Grammar School she was told by her teacher not to speak Hawaiian and was punished for doing so. Hale also mentions Palama Street and Insane Asylum Road.

Languages: English, Hawaiian


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