Awaiaulu provides a mentorship training in translation that progresses in 2-year phases. Upon completion of a training phase, trainees can go on to train as trainers and then as mentors. At the close of Translation Training Phase II, both trainers and all four trainees committed to another two year phase of mentorship training, each taking on a new level. Kalei Roberts and Kamuela Yim became mentors-in-training, while Haʻalilio Solomon, Līhau Maioho, Nāhulu Maioho, and Pilialoha Kamakea-Young became translation trainers. Nine (9) new trainees were selected from among a body of applicants: Hina Kneubuhl, Jon Yasuda, Aolani Kaʻilihou, Pāʻani Kelson, Kainoa Pestana, Keawe Goodhue, Kahoʻokahi Kanuha, Kaʻiuokalani Damas, and Kalikoaloha Martin.

In phase III, two separate teams have been established, working with two separate source texts from the 1860s newspapers – the 75 historical and biographical articles by John Papa ʻĪʻī and the last 60 historical and cultural articles by Samuel M. Kamakau. Each team is led by a mentor-in-training, with two trainers and 4 trainees. An initial 2-month orientation included translation theory and practice, using selected articles for reading and discussion, along with translation exercises that introduced the varying qualities of language and writing styles found in the historical repository.

The functional operation of the translation training is similar to that followed in Translation Training Phase II. The training calendar for the duration of the project was: orientation-2 months, translation-12 months, editing-6 months, and manuscript preparation-4 months. Weekly schedules include individual work, small group editing meetings under the trainers, and large group sessions led by mentors-in-training under Dr. Nogelmeier’s guidance and participation. Team translations are presented while the other participants follow the source text and the mentor’s line-by-line review. This process provides opportunities for extended discussion on such points as vocabulary, grammar, cultural considerations, and historical context.

Examples of the source texts for Hui ʻĪʻī and Hui Kamakau are below:

Hui ʻĪʻī:

Hui Kamakau: