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Holiday in Honolulu? Meetings on Maui? 

Aloha, malihini (stranger or newcomer)! But why be a stranger to the cultural rebirth of the language of the Hawaiian Islands? With this Passport to Fluency program, you will bask in the language, culture, and spirit of Hawaiian, providing proficiency and insights you can use on the beach or in the boardroom. Unique in style and comprehensive in content, this audio suite blends Hawaiian vocabulary and grammar with informative notes on each island.

Written, produced, and recorded in Hawaii, Passport to Fluency features respected Hawaiian speakers and champions of the effort to keep this proud language alive. Vibrant, effective, and listener-friendly, learning Hawaiian on audio is the topical, tropical way to pono (good, proper) Hawaiian instruction. 

Do you really want to learn Hawaiian? 

  • The latest, most intuitive way to learn 
  • Easy enough for all ages, children to adults 
  • Step-by-step lesson plan from beginner to intermediate speaker 
  • Perfect for business, travel, school, or just for fun 
  • Learning a new language has never been so easy.

Audio Program Contents:

  1. Introduction; The Hawaiian Alphabet; Pronunciation; Greetings 
  2. The Big Island of Hawaii; Adjectives; Future Verb Form 
  3. The Is-land of O’hau; Pronouns; Numbers; Future Verb Form 
  4. The Island of O’hau; Pronouns; Numbers, Future Verb Form 
  5. The Island of Kaua’i; Question Words; Hawaiian Syn-tax 
  6. The Island of Moloka’i; Directional Words; Defining Time 
  7. The Island of La’na’i; Colors; The Human Body; Common Expressions 
  8. Summary of Vocabulary; Lessons from Previous Programs
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Great for grammar, not for vocabulary

The best feature of this book is the ability to explain Hawaiian grammar in easy to understand ways. Other language audiobooks pretty much ignore the grammar rules and expect you to pick them up from context, but this book is wonderfully different. The second best feature is that the book exists at all, since neither Pimsleur nor Rosetta carries Hawaiian as a language.

Unfortunately there are some downsides. The format does not work for me, since I listen to language tapes while driving and this programs requires a lot of pause and repeat. I am used to the Pimsleur approach of 30 minute lessons with a lot of repetition. This book is broken into chapters that are 0.5-5 minutes long, which makes it aggravating to keep track of where a lesson begins and ends. The vocabulary is odd, with a lot of obscure words (demigod, ancient times, etc) and no useful phrases (I would LOVE to know how to say " please repeat" or "How do you say...").

Ultimately I felt this was worth the money. I am using this audiobook while driving in conjunction with Duolingo during my lunch break to get an understanding of Hawaiian.

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