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A Language and Culture in Revival

August 5, 2012, 10:28 PM HST
* Updated September 8, 7:16 PM
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Take part in a cultural revival at the Lyman Museum today at 7 p.m. and learn about the plight of disappearing indigenous languages.

William Wilson of the State of Hawai`i Hawaiian Language College at the University of Hawai`i at Hilo will discuss the issues of language, cultural survival, economy and more.

Of the 175 indigenous languages in the United States, Hawaiian has been strongly developed, supported, sustained and kept in practice.

Sociologists, linguists and others are intrigued and excited about the resurgence and practice of the Hawaiian language and culture. Native Hawaiians overcame near cultural annihilation to become a thriving force in Hawai`i and abroad.

The success and survival of Hawai`i’s native population and its ways create a significant opportunity for others to learn and potentially discover ways to stop the pandemic of dying languages and cultures worldwide.

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The admission is $3 general. Members of Lyman Museum get in free. The Lyman Museum and Mission House is located at 276 Haili St. in Hilo. For more information, call 935-5021.

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