Hawaii Tourism Authority agendas now in Hawaiian

Hawaii Tourism Authority agendas now in Hawaiian

HONOLULU (AP) - The Hawaii Tourism Authority is starting to publish its meeting agendas in Hawaiian as well as English.

Both are official languages of the state of Hawaii. But the tourism authority is the first state agency to publish agendas in Hawaiian.

The agency's director of Hawaiian cultural affairs told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser the tourism authority wants to normalize the use of the Hawaiian language,

Keliihoalani Wilson says language is at the foundation of any culture. She says the tourism authority wants culture to permeate all of its programs. She says the agency is adding Hawaiian language in places it thinks will have an impact.

The tourism authority already offers information and training on Hawaiian language to tourism industry companies.

Agency staff also helped develop an in-flight destination video in Hawaiian.

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