THE SENATE

S.R. NO.

121

TWENTY-FOURTH LEGISLATURE, 2008

S.D. 1

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

SENATE RESOLUTION

 

 

REQUESTING THE DEPARTMENT OF ACCOUNTING AND GENERAL SERVICES TO DEVELOP A PLAN TO HAVE ALL SIGNS AT THE STATE CAPITOL PRINTED IN ENGLISH AND HAWAIIAN.

 

 


WHEREAS, section 4 of article XV of the Constitution of the State of Hawaii designates English and Hawaiian as the official languages of Hawaii; and

 

WHEREAS, section 4 of article X of the Constitution of the State of Hawaii mandates that the State promote the study of Hawaiian culture, history, and language; and

 

WHEREAS, pursuant to section 5‑6.5, Hawaii Revised Statutes, Hawaiian may be used on all emblems and symbols representative of the State, its departments, agencies, and political subdivisions; and

 

WHEREAS, all signs at the State Capitol should be printed in English and Hawaiian to reflect the State's allegiance to preserving and promoting Hawaiian culture; and

 

WHEREAS, the presence of the Hawaiian language in signage throughout the State Capitol will also help to revitalize and encourage the use of the Hawaiian language; now, therefore,

 

BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate of the Twenty-fourth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 2008, that the Department of Accounting and General Services is requested to develop a plan to have all signs at the State Capitol printed in English and Hawaiian, in the course of their regularly scheduled replacement; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED in developing the plan, the Department of Accounting and General Services is requested to:

 

(1) Project a full integration of Hawaiian into the signs at the State Capitol which are subject to regularly scheduled repair or replacement by no later than January 1, 2013;

 

(2) Rank signs according to visibility with signs that are located in common areas that receive high visitor traffic having the highest priority;

 

(3) Recommend signs for possible exclusion, such as signs that indicate maintenance or utility features of the building, or that are located in areas that are private or have low visibility;

 

(4) In determining the Hawaiian translation for each sign, consult with at least one representative of:

 

(A) The University of Hawaii at Manoa Department of Hawaiian and Indo‑Pacific Languages and Literature;

 

(B) Ka Haka Ula O Keelikōlani, College of Hawaiian Language of the University of Hawaii at Hilo;

 

(C) The Bishop Museum; and

 

(D) The Center for Hawaiian Studies, University of Hawaii at Manoa;

 

(5) Recommend an individual or agency to be used to provide Hawaiian language for signs at the State Capitol; and

 

(6) Provide a list of the highest priority signs to be displayed in English and Hawaiian, including the sign wording in both languages; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Department of Accounting and General Services is requested to submit a report of its findings, including projected costs and any proposed legislation, to the Legislature no later than twenty days prior to the convening of the 2009 Regular Session; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this Resolution be transmitted to the Comptroller; Director of the Center for Hawaiian Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa; Chair of the Department of Hawaiian and Indo‑Pacific Languages and Literature at the University of Hawaii at Manoa; Director of Ka Haka Ula O Keelikōlani, College of Hawaiian Language of the University of Hawaii at Hilo; and President of the Bishop Museum.

Report Title:

State Capitol; Hawaiian Language