Ma ka makahiki 2016, ua ʻāpono ka United Nations General Assembly i ka ʻōlelo hoʻoholo e kūkala ʻia ka makahiki 2019 ʻo ia ka “Makahiki Kauʻāina o nā ʻŌlelo ʻŌiwi”. Ma ka Poʻalima aku nei, lā 8 o Pepeluali, 2019, ua kūkala aku ʻo Kiaʻāīna David Ige a me Kiaʻāina Lukānela Josh Green ʻo ka makahiki 2019 ʻo ia ka “Makahiki o nā ʻŌlelo ʻŌiwi” ma ka pae mokuʻāina o Hawaiʻi.
ʻO ka ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi ka ʻōlelo ʻōiwi o nei ʻāina, a he ʻōlelo kūhelu ia o ka mokuʻāina o Hawaiʻi. Kūkala ʻia kēia mau ʻōlelo hoʻoholo i mea e hoʻomaopopo ai kānaka i ka nalo loa ʻana o i nā ʻōlelo ʻōiwi a puni ka honua, a me ke koʻikoʻi o ka mālama, kākoʻo, a hoʻōla hou ʻana aku i nā ʻōlelo ʻōiwi.
In 2016, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming 2019 as the “International Year of Indigenous Languages”. On Friday, February 8th, 2019, Gov. David Ige and Lt. Gov. Josh Green followed suit and proclaimed 2019 as the “Year of Indigenous Languages” for the State of Hawaiʻi.
Hawaiian language is the indigenous language of Hawaiʻi, as well as an official state language of Hawaiʻi. The purpose of these proclamations is to draw attention to the critical loss of Indigenous languages and the urgent need to preserve, revitalize, and promote Indigenous languages.
Photos by the Hawaii Senate Majority.