‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i

Next Royal Hawaiian Band leader must speak Hawaiian?

Former bandmaster Aaron Mahi testified in favor of a bill which would require future bandmasters of the Royal Hawaiian Band be able to speak Hawaiian. I’d like to see it go further – all future members of the band should be required to speak the language or must commit to learning it. At the very least the ability to speak Hawaiian should be a “desirable qualification” for any potential future employee of the band.

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