Ka Leo Hawai’i (The Hawaiian Voice) Radio Program

In 1972 the radio program Ka Leo Hawai’i (The Hawaiian Voice), was broadcast on KCCN-AM. It was originally conceived as a 30-minute, bi-weekly program on Sundays, but due to popular demand it was soon extended to a weekly hour-long format. Ka Leo Hawai’i was a general interest talk show consisting of interviews with native speakers. Larry Kimura, one of the program’s founders, describes the show as an effort to “help and support Hawaiian language students to get their ears used to hearing the Hawaiian language.” Ka Leo Hawai’i aired for 16 years, ending in 1989. ----- Making Waves: Hawaiian Language On The Air (http://www.culturalsurvival.org/publications/cultural-survival-quarterly/making-waves-hawaiian-language-air) accessed June 29, 2015. Cassette recordings of the 1972-1989 programs are available at University of Hawai'i libraries https://uhmanoa.lib.hawaii.edu/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=55921. Jonah Hau'oli Akaka described the origin of Ka Leo Hawai'i, which was then one of only two Hawaiian language radio programs in the world (Ua Ola ka 'Olelo Hawai'i!! The Hawaiian Language Survives The KCCN Hui, 25th anniversary issue, 1991:29):
"First organized by Kauanoe Lindsey Kimura and the Hui Aloha ‘Aina Tuahine nearly 15 years ago, Ka Leo Hawai'i features varied guests and topics weekly in a one-hour Hawaiian language program co-hosted by Puakea Nogelmeier, Tuti Kanahele and Hau'oli Akaka. Ka Leo Hawai‘i allows an opportunity for all—Hawaiian speakers and non-speakers—to bring the Hawaiian language into the home once more, via radio ..." -----Schutz, A. J. (1994). The Voices of Eden : A History of Hawaiian Language Studies. University of Hawaii Press.
Per interviewer Puakea Nogelmeier: when the show was revived after a lapse of about a year, radio time was purchased by private donations from 'Ahahui 'Olelo Hawai'i (the Hawaiian Language Association) and Grace Pacific Corporation; the interviewers were volunteers.

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