Governor Abercrombie agrees to FACE's Demands for Drivers Test Translations
Governor Neil Abercrombie and Dept. of Transportation Director Glenn Okimoto put out a press release Friday evening announcing that all of the island DMV's will start offering the written drivers test in 12 languages beginning March 17, 2014. These languages include: Spanish, Tongan, Samoan, Japanese, Mandarin, Hawaiian, Korean, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Ilocano, Chuukese and Marshallese.
This is a huge victory for Hawaii's families who have faced hardships for years due to Hawaii's previous "English-Only" policy.
GREAT WORK!! Hundreds of people helped win these translations: From Veronica, Kikko and Imaculata who collected hundreds of petitions last year, to all the clergy who helped lead our delegations to the Dept. of Transportation, to Appleseed and Paul Alston's law firm who have kept our fight going strong in the courts.
As you probably know, Hawaii was one of the only states in the entire country that did not offer the written test in Spanish, and Hawaii will be the first state to offer the test in Chuukese and Marshallese. FACE has been leading the fight to secure these translations for more than a year, and it has finally paid off!