STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1266

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2011

 

RE: H.C.R. No. 113

H.D. 1

 

 

 

 

Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say

Speaker, House of Representatives

Twenty-Sixth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2011

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committee on Hawaiian Affairs, to which was referred H.C.R. No. 113 entitled:

 

"HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION URGING ALL HAWAII HIGH SCHOOLS TO PROVIDE HAWAIIAN LANGUAGE CLASSES,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose of this concurrent resolution is to preserve and nurture the Hawaiian language by:

 

(1) Urging the Department of Education (DOE) to require all public high schools to offer classes in olelo Hawaii; and

 

(2) Highly encouraging all private high schools to offer classes in olelo Hawaii at their respective institutions.

 

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs, Papa Ola Lokahi, Aha Punana Leo's Niuolahiki Distance Learning Program, and a concerned individual supported this measure. DOE offered comments.

 

Your Committee has amended this concurrent resolution by urging DOE to:

 

(1) Support any:

 

(A) Public high school in offering olelo Hawaii classes; and

 

(B) Public elementary and middle or intermediate schools that teach olelo Hawaii through Hawaiian culture, arts, and dance as part of the social-studies curriculum;

 

and

 

(2) Allow kupuna to teach olelo Hawaii and Hawaiian culture, arts, and dance in public schools.

 

Technical, nonsubstantive amendments were also made for clarity, consistency, and style.

 

As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Hawaiian Affairs that is attached to this report, your Committee concurs with the intent and purpose of H.C.R. No. 113, as amended herein, and recommends that it be referred to the Committee on Education in the form attached hereto as H.C.R. No. 113, H.D. 1.

 

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Hawaiian Affairs,

 

 

 

 

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FAYE HANOHANO, Chair