HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
THIRTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE, 2021
STATE OF HAWAII
A BILL FOR AN ACT
RELATING TO THE HAWAIIAN LANGUAGE.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:
SECTION 1. The legislature finds that article X, section 4, of the Hawaii State Constitution provides that "[t]he State shall promote the study of Hawaiian culture, history and language." The legislature further finds that article XV, section 4, of the Hawaii State Constitution establishes Hawaiian as one of two official languages of the State of Hawaii. In recognition of these distinctions, the legislature finds that the Hawaiian language should be featured prominently in communications of specified state officials.
Accordingly, the purpose of this Act is to require that the official stationery and website of designated state officials include the Hawaiian translation of the office's or department's name.
SECTION 2. Section 5-6.5, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:
§5-6.5[ ]] State language. (a) The Hawaiian language is the native language of Hawaii and may
be used on all emblems and symbols representative of the State, its
departments, agencies, and political subdivisions.
(b) The governor, lieutenant governor, state legislators,
and heads of the principal departments shall prominently display a Hawaiian translation
of the name of their office or department at least once on the main page of their
official website and in the letterhead of their stationery. The office of Hawaiian affairs may consult with
each office or department prior to implementing the translation on the appropriate
use of the Hawaiian language and its spelling.
(c) Nothing in this section shall be construed as establishing an official standard for the use of the ‘okina, kahako, or other diacritical or orthographic marks."
SECTION 3. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.
SECTION 4. This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2065; provided that any revision to conform letterhead that was printed prior to the effective date of this Act need not be
implemented until the letterhead requires replacement or reprinting.
Hawaiian Language; Official Websites and Letterhead of State Officials; Translation
Requires the governor, lieutenant governor, state legislators, and heads of principal departments to prominently display a Hawaiian translation of the name of their office or department at least once on the main page of their official website and in the letterhead of their stationery. Effective 7/1/2065. (HD1)
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