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English Synopsis: Mauiakama and Oʻahualua are Hawaiian language immersion camps offered during the summer that are a joint effort between UH Mānoa and UH Maui College lead by Dr. Kapā Oliveira (Mānoa) and Hawaiian Studies Professors Kahele Dukelow and Kaleikoa Kaʻeo (Maui). These programs were created with the intention of inspiring Hawaiian language students to apply what they learn in the classroom into real life settings while camping at various locations on the island of Maui. With ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi and aloha ʻāina ʻoiaʻiʻo being the main focus of the huakaʻi, students visit with community leaders and talk story with elders while also taking part in work projects so as to instill a real sense of what it means to be connected to this place. As the Hawaiian proverb goes, "huli ka lima i lalo, piha ka ʻōpū"- in turning ones hands down to do work, one is also able to feed oneself, hence teaching our students that in a metaphorical sense fulfillment also comes from cultivating their aloha for the language and people and culture of Hawaiʻi.

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