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HTA Spotlight: Pana Aina Stories Detail Meaning and Value of Places in Hawaii

The moolelo (stories) of Hawaii are rich in culture and values.  Oiwi TV, with the support of the HTA’s Hawaiian Culture initiative, is perpetuating the moolelo of Hawaii with their Pana Aina stories project.  The Pana Aina stories are Hawaiian language segments that share the moolelo of a specific wahi pana, or culturally significant place.  The project, filmed entirely in the Hawaiian language and voiced by Amy Kalili of Aha Punana Leo, strives to raise awareness of the Hawaiian language and culture for visitors and residents using a creative broadcast medium.  

The Pana Aina stories are featured on Ahai Olelo Ola, which airs on Hawaii News Now, Oiwi TV digital channel 326, and  The HTA is proud to support projects like Oiwi TV’s Pana Aina that work toward perpetuating the language and culture of Hawaii.  Oiwi TV is Hawaii’s first and only Native Hawaiian television station.  Launched in 2009, Oiwi TV offers a selection of programming, including news, documentaries, cartoons and language lessons.  

To view a sample of a Pana Aina story click here.


DIACRITICALS recognizes the use of diacritical markings of the (modern) Hawaiian language including the `okina [`] or glottal stop and the kahakō [ō] or macron (e.g., in place names of Hawai`i such as Lāna'i). However, you may notice these diacritical markings have been omitted throughout the website to ensure the best online experience for our visitors. recognizes the importance of using these markings to preserve the language and culture of Hawaii and respectfully uses them in all communications beyond the online platform.

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