HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige on Friday (Feb 16) proclaimed 2018 as the Year of the Hawaiian with a proclamation signing ceremony at Washington Place.
The Hawai‘i State Senate passed Resolution 74 during the 2017 legislative session, requesting that 2018 be designated as the “Year of the Hawaiian.” The Office of Hawaiian Affairs has agreed to assist in bringing the Hawaiian community together this year, for various cultural and educational events.
“And there is much to celebrate. 2018 marks the 40th anniversary of the creation of the Hawaiian Language immersion programs that have brought the Hawaiian language back from the brink of extinction. Hawaiian language is now thriving, spoken by more than 20,000 people,” said Gov. David Ige.