Ua mālama ʻia kekahi hanana “Nā Mamo Aloha Na Keʻelikōlani” ma ke kōleke ʻo Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani e hoʻohanohano ai i ke aliʻi Keʻelikōlani Keanolani Kanāhoahoa. Ua ʻākoakoa nā ʻohana o nā honua ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi ma Hilo e launa a hoʻomanaʻo pū i ke aliʻi ma o ka ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi ʻana kekahi me kekahi. Ma ia hanana i haʻiʻōlelo ai ka poʻe no nā ʻano haʻawina i ʻike ʻia ma kona ola, a me ke ʻano e hoʻopili a hoʻopōʻaiapili hou ai kākou i ia mau haʻawina i kēia au nei iā kākou e ʻimi ana i ke ola maoli ʻana o ka ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi.
Established in 1997, UH Hilo’s College of Hawaiian Language, Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani, was named in honor of Ruth Keʻelikōlani Keanolani Kanāhoahoa, the 19th century high chiefess known for her strong advocacy of Hawaiian language and culture. On February 7th 2019, Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani, in collaboration with Kanaeokana, hosted the event “Nā Mamo Aloha Na Keʻelikōlani”, an ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi gathering in honor of our aliʻi Keʻelikōlani. Families from the Hawaiian language movement in Hilo gathered to remember her legacy through an evening of ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi. The presentations also included a panel discussion with topics surrounding the Hawaiian language revitalization movement, the current state of ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi, and what we can do to normalize our ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi.