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Legal Action Threatens Hawaii Over Use of Language


The State of Hawaii is proud of its heritage and often uses the age-old Hawaiian language as part of official state communication. Recently, legal action has been threatened by human rights groups over several letters missing from the official Hawaiian alphabet. (The Hawaiian language as only 12 letters).


LGTBQ groups are upset that G,T, B & Q are not present in the standardized Hawaiian alphabet. Pat Tenderloin, a spokesperson for the Equitable Treatment of All People said, “Once we determined that the state was using the language for official business we got involved. We were reasonable at first giving them several options. Either add the letters G,T, B & Q to the language or cease and desist using the language all together.”


The state’s communication director, Natalie Wu, said, “We pride ourselves on being fair to all our citizens, visitors and guests. It would be a shame if we no longer could communicate with our special language. After all, aloha, mahalo, pu pu and mele kalikimaka are beloved words used by all cultures" Observers to this legal fight at first thought this case would go nowhere. However, recently the ACLU realized that one of their letters were missing and they have joined the fight.


Ordinary Hawaiians seem to take all of this in stride. Janet Meyer, a Kona resident and longtime surfer said, “we have never really recognized the official statehood of Hawaii anyway. We will use our language no matter what anyone says”.

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