29 Aug 2005

US aid for Tokelauans living in Hawaii to keep culture

10:17 am on 29 August 2005

Tokelauans living in Hawaii are to benefit from a grant of US$100,000.

The grant by the Administration for Native Americans in the US Department of Health and Human Services is intended to help preserve the Tokelauan language and culture in the Te Taki-Tokelau Community of central Oahu.

Tokelauan is spoken in Olohega, one of three atolls annexed by the United States and placed under the jurisdiction of American Samoa.

Since 1950, Tokelauans have been migrating to Hawaii and the mainland but the younger generations have tended to lose touch with their culture and language.