2.3 – Why do Hawaiians still use their native language when other groups do not?

I was very curious about why we may find Hawaiian culture retains a greater percentage of people who are still able to speak their native language. With language often playing a central role in one’s culture, how is it that Hawaiians have maintained this while other groups suffer from the dying of their mother tongue? Could it be related to how late they were colonized? Their isolation?

I found this link that will help me explore this in more depth, and hope that I can connect this to the what I am exploring… whether the strength of their language is contingent on their educational history or their current educational practices.

Cowell, Andrew “The Apocalypse of Paradise and the Salvation of the West: Nightmare Visions of the Future in the Pacific Eden.” Cultural Studies, 13 (1999):138-160

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