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I believe, as avered by Ngugi Wa Thiongo, that language carries culture. Without the language the culture dies for language is the "memory bank" of a people, holding generations of behaviors, actions, beliefs, philosophies, ethics, history, science, economics, politics, mathematics, and many others. We in the Hawaiian community today are fortunate and benefit from those prescient kupuna (elders) who understood the need to revitalize ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian language) nearly 50 years ago. As a result, the State of Hawaiʻi officially recognized ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi as one of 2 languages of this State; it is codified in the Hawaiʻi State Constitution. In todayʻs highly technological world it is important to have this kind of platform to inform the world (and Hawaiians who live far and wide) that not only does it exist and is used in schools across the State, but that non-Hawaiians have benefited significantly from the values, beliefs and philosophies that emanate from this language. One primary example is Mālama ʻĀina, loving care for the land: the ancient idea and practice that on a small land mass that is an island when you take care of the land, it will feed and take care of you. So please consider our request.