Learning Chant

Worsheets are generally not used to learn chant. We learn by listening and observing. Words are placed on giant posters so students learn to depend on their sense of sight and sound to master the chant.

The chanting process is a challenging one for our youth. Most are reluctant to utter Hawaiian words due to lack of knowledge and fear of making a mistake. Through our routine and scaffolding of words and phrases, students begin to build confidence in their ability to speak and understand Hawaiian. Hence, each time a student does a kāhea or chants a line, she gets more and more confident in her abilities.

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Students engage in protocol as they chant asking permission to enter the hale at the Kalaeloa Heritage Park.