Nā Hoa Gagana

Nā Hoa Gagana is a group of language apprentices that meet on a weekly basis, outside of our usual Saturday School sessions. They aim to better their Tokelauan knowledge language by practicing, studying and trying to only speak in Tokelauan for as long as they can during each session. In doing this, the apprentices hope to slowly, but surely keep their language alive. To learn more please contact Susana Fihaki at susana.fihaki@tetaki.org

I am getting a chance to learn more about my culture and heritage. It’s an opportunity to not only expand on my own knowledge but to pass it on to the next generation.

I made this commitment to honor those who have passed on before me. To keep the language and culture alive for me and my family. Also, the history and culture are genuinely fascinating to me. I love learning more about our culture what makes it unique, the intricacies of the language and the history of our people. Tokelau is rich in all these aspects and should be shared and treasured for all, this is one of the main reasons I have stayed on with this project. There is so much to learn and share.
— Gloryana Akapo
For me, the language and culture of Tokelau is important to me as my grandmother was of Tokelau descent. So being a part of something like Nā Hoa Gagana and getting to practice the language as much as I can while also making connections to the past, is great. I hope to keep this gagana and aganuku going for as long as possible so that whoever comes after me will continue to plant that seed, water it and pass it on and we’ll watch it bloom and flourish into something that our grandparents and great-grandparents will be proud of.
— Susana Pasini Fihaki