[lg policy] State Judiciary to accommodate Hawaiian language in the courtroom

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
Mon Jan 29 10:17:27 EST 2018


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Jan 27, 2018
The Maui News
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[image: A judge dropped an arrest warrant Thursday for the University of
Hawaii professor Samuel Kaleikoa Kaeo who refused to respond in court to
English and spoke Hawaiian instead. The state Judiciary announced Friday it
would attempt provide interpreters when parties choose to speak Hawaiian in
court. -- Maui Police Department photo]

A judge dropped an arrest warrant Thursday for the University of Hawaii
professor Samuel Kaleikoa Kaeo who refused to respond in court to English
and spoke Hawaiian instead. The state Judiciary announced Friday it would
attempt provide interpreters when parties choose to speak Hawaiian in
court. -- Maui Police Department photo

The state Judiciary said Friday that it will provide qualified Hawaiian
language interpreters “to the extent reasonably possible” when parties in
court proceedings choose to speak in Hawaiian.

The Judiciary announced the policy regarding Hawaiian language interpreters
two days after a bench warrant was issued for a Haleakala telescope
protester who spoke only in Hawaiian during a Wailuku District Court
proceeding.

After Samuel Kaleikoa Kaeo responded only in Hawaiian when asked to
identify himself in court Wednesday, Judge Blaine Kobayashi said he
couldn’t determine that the defendant in court was Kaeo and issued a $750
bench warrant for his arrest.

The warrant was recalled Thursday, and another hearing was scheduled Feb.
21 on the use of a Hawaiian language interpreter in Kaeo’s case.

Kaeo, 51, of Kula has pleaded not guilty to disorderly conduct, obstructing
a highway and refusing to comply with any police officer’s order.

He was among six people arrested Aug. 2 when protesters gathered at Kula
Highway and Old Haleakala Highway to confront a large vehicle convoy
carrying equipment for construction of the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope
at the Haleakala summit.

According to a news release Friday afternoon announcing the Hawaiian
language interpreter policy: “The Judiciary will provide or permit
qualified Hawaiian language interpreters to the extent reasonably possible
when parties in courtroom proceedings choose to express themselves through
the Hawaiian language.”

The news release said the Judiciary would develop implementation procedures
for the policy and would welcome community input. Comments can be sent to
pao at courts.hawaii.gov.

People interested in serving as court interpreters in any language can call
the Office on Equality and Access to the Courts at (808) 539-4860. A basic
orientation workshop for court interpreters is scheduled Feb. 28 to March 1
on Maui.


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 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
Fax:  (215) 573-2138

Email:  haroldfs at gmail.com
http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/~haroldfs/

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