Maui Deaf Friends held a Deaf Awareness day at Queen Kaʻahumanu Center Dec. 10 by providing skits done in American Sign Language by some of the leaders in Maui’s Deaf Community. This marked a second annual Signing Santa Celebration at the QKC for deaf youth and education programs.
The Maui Deaf Friends club is raising funds to provide more support for Maui’s deaf youth. They also hope the work with lawmakers to pass a bill that would recognize ASL as a foreign language. Organization leaders say Hawaiʻi is among just a handful of states that still have not recognized the status of ASL.