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Hawaiian language activist Larry Kimura led the charge in the 1970s in getting Hawaii's Department of Education to sanction Hawaiian-language immersion schools. The state, however, did not offer any support or curriculum, Kimura said. So they did it on their own — starting with preschool — where kids could absorb the language from the start. Shereen Marisol Meraji hide caption

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The Hawaiian Language Nearly Died. A Radio Show Sparked Its Revival

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A beach near the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, which was expanded earlier this month, and is considered a sacred place by Native Hawaiians. Saul Loeb /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Native Hawaiians dance in honor of Mauna Kea at the base of Pu'u Huluhulu on the Big Island. Molly Solomon/NPR hide caption

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Construction Of Giant Telescope In Hawaii Draws Natives' Ire

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