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Hawaiian Language HSA

The Hawaiian Language HSAs in Reading and Mathematics are administered to grades 3 and 4 students in the Hawaiian Language Immersion Program (HLIP). Students have one opportunity to demonstrate proficiency when administered the online Hawaiian Language HSAs. Grade 4 HLIP students are also administered the online, computer adaptive, Hawaiian Language HSA in Science. Students are allowed one opportunity to demonstrate proficiency in science.

The Hawaiian Language HSA testing window is from April 29, 2013 through May 17, 2013. Hawaiian Language Immersion Program (HLIP) students in grades 3 and 4 will be administered the Hawaiian Language HSAs in Reading, Mathematics and Science (grade 4 only) during this testing window.

Keyboarding in the Hawaiian Language

Hale Kuamo’o began working with Apple Computer in 1993 for the benefit of the Hawaiian language. The employees of this technology company have provided much assistance and support in the development of the Hawaiian language on computers. For this reason, there are many resources available so that computer users can type, print and use the Hawaiian language via Macintosh operating systems (Mac OS).

On August 24, 2002, Apple Computer shipped OS 10.2, also known as "Jaguar." Included in this release was a native, system level support for Hawaiian, in the form of a Hawaiian keyboard and the inclusion of the ‘okina and kahakô in a number of the fonts that ship with Mac OS 10.2. (The Kualono website has more information about this development.) Later versions of Mac OS X included localized date and time strings as well as Hawaiian sorting routines.

Immersion classrooms were provided with MacIntosh computers by the Hawaiian Language Immersion Program (HLIP). Many schools have also purchased computers using funds allocated by HLIP. The Hawaiian keyboard is placed on all computers, usually by the Technology Coordinator or the kumu.

familyApple computers that have the Hawaiian keyboard loaded will have an icon in the upper right menu bar to indicate the keyboard being used. The Hawaiian flag icon indicates that the Hawaiian keyboard is active and the American flag icon indicates that the English keyboard is active. Most K-4 classroom computers will display the Hawaiian flag icon as a default so that students are able to use the Hawaiian keyboard to access the Hawaiian fonts and ‘okina. On most keyboards students need to press the Alt key and a vowel in order to place a kahakô over the vowel. If the American flag is showing then students are not able to place a kahakô over the vowels. They must first choose the Hawaiian flag then they will be able to use the features of the Hawaiian keyboard. Students are able to type 4 forms of each vowel: a A â Â.

There are fonts created especially for Hawaiian speakers like: Manokalanipô and Keawe. Nowadays, students are able to use almost all the fonts that are in the computer and access the kahakô and ‘okina.

Schools may enable the Hawaiian Keyboard through the online HSA Portal.


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