Dept. of Education creates Office of Hawaiian Language

Published On: Feb 19 2014 07:00:00 AM HST

More than 100 students and teachers lined Punchbowl Street to support Hawaiian Education Programs and Hawaiian Language immersion programs.

HONOLULU -

A big rally of support was seen in front of the Department of Education building Tuesday.

More than 100 students and teachers lined Punchbowl Street to support Hawaiian Education Programs and Hawaiian Language immersion programs.

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Later that afternoon, the Board of Education approved key policy changes affirming that Hawaiian language, culture and history should be a part of Hawaii's educational standards. The biggest change is the creation of an Office of Hawaiian Language under the schools superintendent.

"Language and culture aren't separate. To rip language and culture apart and to say we can teach you American culture in Hawaii and that's enough – to me that's a confusing experience for them," said Kalehua Krug.

Supporters of the Hawaiian Education and Immersion Programs have been pushing for assessment testing to be done in Hawaiian. The key policy changes approved Tuesday could eventually lead to that.

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