Interior Department Issues Hawaiian Language Guidance

The state will incorporate ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi into signs, references, and governmental labels

The Department of the Interior issued new guidance for the use of the Hawaiian language on Thursday, directing department offices that regularly work with native Hawaiian communities to include ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian language) terms in their signs and documentation. This guidance was developed with experts and practitioners of ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi to respect and preserve the language of the Kānaka ʻŌiwi, native Hawaiian people, for the future.

“Prioritizing the preservation of the Hawaiian language and culture and elevating Indigenous Knowledge is central to the Biden-Harris administration’s work to meet the unique needs of the Native Hawaiian Community,” said Secretary Deb Haaland. “As we deploy historic resources to Hawaiʻi from President Biden’s Investing in America agenda, the Interior Department is committed to ensuring our internal policies and communications use accurate language and data.” 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Secretary Haaland as she seeks to ensure the preservation of indigenous heritage and languages.
  • For Hawaiian state and local officials as they integrate the Ōlelo Hawaiʻi language into official signs and documentation.

Sources: Department of the Interior

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