The public could soon have access to a free Hawaiian language class after the student government approved the funding on Wednesday night.

Senate Bill 20-20 will offer a weekly non-credit Hawaiian language class at the University of Hawai‘i. 

Raiyan Rafid, student senator of the Associated Students of UH Mānoa, will be working with the Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies to find two native or fluent speakers – undergraduate or graduate students – to teach the class for Spring 2020.

Each teacher would be funded $1500 for the semester.

“This is just the beginning,” Rafid said. “We need to show up to the classes and actually learn the language. The class will be open to anyone – student, staff, alumi and the members of the community.”

This story will be updated.

ASUH Hawaiian language bill

Information regarding the funding for Senate Bill 20-20, which would offer a weekly non-credit Hawaiian language class at UH.

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Cassie Ordonio double majors in Journalism and Pacific Islands Studies. The former Bay Area native is a transfer student from City College of San Francisco where she previously served as Editor in Chief at The Guardsman.