Niihau School of Kekaha
Coordinates: Niihau School of Kekaha (NSK, Hawaiian: Hale Kula Niihau o Kekaha), also known as Kula Aupuni Niihau A Kahelelani Aloha Public Charter School (KANAKA PCS), or Ke Kula Niihau O Kekaha Learning Center, is a K-12 charter school in Kekaha, Kauai, Hawaii catering to Niihau people living on Kauai.
According to Christine Hitt of Hawai'i Magazine, the school is trying to keep the Niihau language alive due to a growing Niihau diaspora in Kauai, where the dominant languages are instead English and Hawaiian Pidgin.
Efforts to establish the school began in 1993 and its current version was established in 1999.
In 2016, there were 54 students, with about 50% being native speakers of Niihau Hawaiian, and with all 54 students being from Niihau. Many of the students are members of the same families. 95% of the students were native Niihau speakers in 2004.
In 2017, there were three teachers for preschool and two other teachers.
Secondary courses are taught in English and elementary courses are taught in the Niihau language.
- Hitt, Christine (2016-05-12). "Keepers of the Flame: How cultural practitioners are preserving Niihau's unique traditions". Hawai'i Magazine. aio Media. Retrieved 2020-10-19.
- McCracken, David (2017-04-02). "Ke Kula Niihau O Kekaha Public Charter School works to save language, culture". The Garden Island. Retrieved 2020-10-19.
- Kula Aupuni Niihau A Kahelelani Aloha Public Charter School
- Ke Kula Ni'ihau O Kekaha Learning Center - Hawaii Public Charter School Commission
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