Ekela Kaniaupio-Crozier



A Hawaiian-language teacher for more than thirty years, Kumu (teacher) ʻEkela Kaniʻaupio-Crozier was born and raised on Oʻahu. Her roles in “the Hawaiian Language movement” have included that of college instructor, designer of Hawaiian-language online courses, immersion school parent, and hope kahu (assistant pastor) at Ka ʻEkalesia ʻO Kupaianaha, The Church of the Living God in Wailuku, where services are conducted in Hawaiian. ʻEkela, who grew up just prior to the Hawaiian cultural renaissance of the 1970s, is among those few speakers who bridged the generation gap between kupuna concerned that fewer young people were speaking the language and today’s native students who are eager to learn. Kumu ʻEkela is a true ambassador of aloha.