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Judiciary Announces Hawaiian Language Interpreter Policy

Posted on Jan 26, 2018 in Press Releases


HONOLULU – The Judiciary today announced the following policy regarding Hawaiian language interpreters during courtroom proceedings:

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 Judiciary will develop implementation procedures for this policy, and welcomes input from the community. Comments may be sent to Individuals who are interested in serving as court interpreters should contact the Office on Equality and Access to the Courts at (808) 539-4860 for further information.

Basic orientation workshops for court interpreters of all languages are scheduled across the State on the following dates and locations:

Oahu:  Feb. 24-25 or March 24-25 at the Supreme Court Building in downtown Honolulu
Kauai:  Feb. 13-14 at the Kauai Courthouse in Lihue
Maui:  Feb. 28-March 1 at the Maui Driver Education Office in the Main Street Promenade Building
Hawaii Island (Kona):  March 6-7 at the Kona Driver Education Office in the Kealakekua Business Plaza
Hawaii Island (Hilo):  March 15-16 at the Hilo Courthouse

The deadline to register is January 31, 2018.


For more information, contact the Communications and Community Relations Office at 808-539-4909 or via email at

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