. Speaking Hawaiian Hawaiian Leslie Lang didn't learn to speak her native language until she went to college. Her parents never spoke it, and she rarely heard it spoken. But she finds the ancient language of her family has brought her in touch with stories and traditions which had all but disappeared for her family. She can read the stories of her Great Great Great grandfather, and she can talk with her grandmother in the language that she herself hasn't heard spoken in 50 years. Leslie Lang is a student at the University of Hawaii.