Building Maui’s Language Connections

January 21, 2011, 11:30 AM HST
* Updated January 23, 10:19 AM
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Mary Santa Maria, Maui's Department of Health Health Educator conducts Interpreter Training. Photo courtesy of the Department of Health.

By Robin Pilus

The Maui Interpreter’s Hui will be holding a meeting on January 27, 2011 at the State Building, Conference Room B, on the 3rd floor, 54 High Street in Wailuku, 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

The mission of Maui’s Interpreter’s Hui is to expand access to Maui services to limited-English speaking people in the areas of medical, legal and social services.  

The meeting is meant to attract both agencies seeking interpreter services and individuals who would like to deliver bilingual services on Maui.  Attendees are asked to bring written contact information for the networking portion of the meeting.

Maui Interpreter’s Hui is especially interested in reaching and training people who speak the languages of Maui’s local communities and new immigrants.  These languages include Marshallese; Chuukese; Ponpheian as well as  Polynesian languages,  Filipino languages, Spanish and Asian languages.

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According to Mary Santa Maria, Maui County’s Department of Heath health educator, “We have over 13 languages spoken in Maui County making for a language rich cultural experience.  Our Interpreter’s Hui is proactive about bridging language barriers and cultural barriers with aloha.”  

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Santa Maria also represents Maui on the statewide Language Access Board.

The meeting is open to the public and is specifically reaching out to practicing interpreters who want to network for more opportunities. 

Information regarding upcoming training and Interpreter Certification will also be presented. 

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Space is limited.  To reserve a space call 808-984-8216. 

Visit www.mauiready.org for more information

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