I finally fixed the problem of upstreaming to my Hawaiian web server (mahalo Lawrence!). I’ll be blogging from Ireland in Hawaiian in a little over two weeks. That’ll have to be a first for the web.
I’m in the Masters in Hawaiian Language and Literature program at the University of Hawai’i at Hilo, and as part of the program we’re required to travel to a place that is facing language and culture perpetuation challenges, as we are for Hawaiian. I’m required to keep a journal, so am going to try (Murphy and Irish Internet connectivity allowing), to do it as a blog.
My father is a full-blooded Irishman, and my mother about half, so choosing where to go was easy. The histories of Irish Gaelic and Hawaiian are eerily similar. It’s funny, but I really didn’t develop any interest in my Irish heritage until getting involved in the Hawaiian language programs here. Go figure.
We’ll be spending three weeks at Oideas Gael in Co. Donegal, studying Irish Gaelic, and cruising around Dublin and Co. Sligo for the remaining week. Should be a blast.