Hiki i ka po‘e Hawai‘i ke loa‘a nā lawelawe lehulehu iā lākou ke makemake 'ia. Let's end the Hawaiian Cultural Genocide: residents of Hawai'i shall receive public services in Hawaiian if so desired.
Three years after the unlawfull overthrow of the Hawaiian government by Social Darwinists, five generations of Native Hawaiians have endured linguistic apartheid beginning in 1896 when the Hawaiian language was banned as a medium of public instruction.
38 years have passed since the 1978 Hawai'i State Constitution nominally restored Hawaiian as an official language along with English, yet there remains to be adopted implementing language that will support use of Hawaiian in the various functions of government. In 2005, the Hawai'i State Legislature endorsed the U.N. Declaration of Rights of Indigenous Persons, however the following year it adopted Title 21 Language Access laws that assume that speakers of Hawaiian also speak English. Growth of Hawaiian language cannot be sustained without a bilingual ethic in Hawaiian law that guarantees the right of residents to receive services in Hawaiian regardless of English speaking ability.
Without public information and services readily available in Hawaiian, the current policy of English-only community services is indeed tantamount to ethnic cleansing.
Will you please join with us to implement Hawai'i's Official Languages Act to establish the dignity of both English and Hawaiian languages, and put this unfortunate era of cultural genocide against Hawaiian-speaking people behind us for good?
A Hawai'i Official Languages Act, similar to those adopted by Canada and Ireland, will:
Provide Hawai‘i voters a non-secessionistic opportunity to enact restitution of Native Hawaiians’ indigenous linguistic rights in order to end to the age of Hawaiian cultural genocide
Ensure continued Hawaiian language revitalization by increasing professional demand for competent speakers of Hawaiian
Facilitate growth of the Hawaiian language by linking professional development of Hawaiian language with Hawai'i’s economic growth
Confirm the State of Hawai‘i’s unique cultural identity by increasing public institutional support for the Hawaiian language
Mitigate or reverse the Native Hawaiian Diaspora by rewarding fluent speakers of Hawaiian with increased work opportunities within the State of Hawai'i
Enhance standards of Hawaiian language excellence and higher quality legislation by producing these documents bilingually
Based on UH Hilo's estimates of the number of speakers of Hawaiian in 2010, using qualifying criteria from the Title 21 Language Access Code, public services in all four counties as well as many subdistricts in Honolulu, Waimanalo, Kona, Hilo, Puna, and Kahului would qualify for immediate implementation of Hawaiian language public services.
Let's build a bridge for our Hawaiian language professionals' future in Hawai'i by supporting the Hawai'i Official Languages Act!
Let's help our member legislators by demonstrating the size of our supporting numbers and let our voice for reconciliation be heard by Governorial Candidates in the next election by joining Hawai'i Bilingual today!
Kānāwai ‘Ōlelo Kūhelu o Hawaiʻi - e kāko‘o ana i ka pono kiwila i loa‘a nā lawelawe lehulehu i ka mea noho ma Hawai‘i ma ka ‘ōlelo kūhelu āna e koho ai: ‘o ia ka ‘ōlelo Pelekāne a i ‘ole ka ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i
Hawai‘i Official Languages Act - supporting the civil right of the Hawai‘i resident to receive public services in the official language of his choice: English or Hawaiian
1. Hawai'i citizens shall, by right, receive public services in the official language of their choice as in Canada - http://www.officiallanguages.gc.ca
2. All public service communications shall be published in Hawaiian, in addition to English. Here's an example: http://www.ahapunanaleo.org/ha/
3. The Hawai'i State Board of Education and the University of Hawai'i shall adopt universal Hawaiian language proficiency graduation standards.
4. The State of Hawai'i shall extend Enterprise Zone tax credits to businesses certified as operational in the Hawaiian language.