STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1616
RE: H.C.R. No. 8
Honorable Scott K. Saiki
Speaker, House of Representatives
Thirty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2021
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs, to which was referred H.C.R. No. 8, H.D. 1, entitled:
"HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION URGING THE BOARD OF EDUCATION AND DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION TO ELEVATE HAWAIIAN LANGUAGE AND CULTURAL EDUCATION IN PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOLS BY EXPANDING ACCESS TO HAWAIIAN LANGUAGE AND CULTURAL CLASSES THAT FULFILL CORE REQUIREMENTS THROUGHOUT SECONDARY EDUCATION,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this measure is to urge the Board of Education and Department of Education to elevate Hawaiian language and cultural education in public high schools by incorporating more diverse Hawaiian language and cultural classes as core requirements throughout secondary education.
Your committee received testimony in support of this measure from Hawaii Youth Services Network and six individuals.
Your committee finds that most curriculum materials and on-line resources for state Hawaiian medium/immersion schools are produced by the Hawaiian language college, which was established by the 1997 legislature. The Hawaiian language college has experimented with shared human and other resources to serve students from preschool through college in an integrated fashion. Your committee believes it is crucial to determine how the Board of Education might better work with the Hawaiian language college to serve as a focal point in the revitalization of the Hawaiian language. Your committee further finds that identifying opportunities for enhanced integration of Hawaiian education activities between the Board of Education and the Hawaiian language college is crucial to improve access to Hawaiian education for students in the State.
Your Committee has amended this measure by:
(1) Adding language describing the establishment and accomplishments of the Hawaiian language college;
(2) Requiring the Board of Education and the Hawaiian language college to identify existing resources for Hawaiian language teacher training; and
(3) Requiring a report to the legislature one week prior to the convening of the Regular Session of 2022.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs that is attached to this report, your Committee concurs with the intent and purpose of H.C.R. No. 8, H.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends its adoption in the form attached hereto as H.C.R. No. 8, H.D. 2.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs,
MARK M. NAKASHIMA, Chair