Hawaiian Language Specialist

County Of Maui
Full Time, Permanent $5,076 Per year HI Maui County Risk Manager, 200 S High St, Wailuku, HI 96793, United States


Serves as a recognized expert in performing Hawaiian language translation services, providing specialized support, assistance and coordination regarding Hawaiian language translation and communications, both oral and written, for all matters related to the County of Maui (“County”) as an authoritative reference source.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This class is responsible for researching and making literal and idiomatic translations between Hawaiian and English to translate new materials and corroborate existing translations of various English and Hawaiian language materials for the County.  A position in this class serves as a recognized expert for Hawaiian language translation services among all County agencies.

Examples of Duties

(The following are examples of duties and are not necessarily descriptive of any one position in this class. The omission of specific duties statements does not preclude management from assigning such duties if such duties are a logical assignment for the position and are consistent with the class concept.)

  • Uses literary analysis and research methods, which may include tracing root words and terminology, determining classes of words and word relationships, and determining definitions in relationship to usage;
  • Consults with other Hawaiian language scholars to clarify differences in word meanings and usage in both written and spoken Hawaiian;
  • Translates Hawaiian and English words, sentences and phrases and explains their meaning to the general public, as requested;
  • Manages internal and external communications involving the use of the Hawaiian language;
  • Prepares translations from the English language to the Hawaiian language; 
  • Prepares translations from the Hawaiian language to the English language;
  • Validates the accurate use of the Hawaiian language for all County related websites, informational brochures, directives, memorandums, and all other official County documents and record;
  • Develops and implements communications strategies involving the use of the Hawaiian language, including through the Mayor’s Communications Office, to provide accurate and timely information to the public;
  • Translates new materials and corroborate existing translations of various Hawaiian language materials for County use, and public;
  • Drafts County press releases, public announcements, public hearing notices, informational brochures, social media posts and other communications in Hawaiian;
  • Creates and issues public-education materials, and conduct presentations and outreach in the Hawaiian language;
  • Directs and/or supports the County in its effort to operate effectively as a bilingual government by implementing opportunities to promote inclusion of the Hawaiian Language;
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

Training and Experience:  A combination of education and experience substantially equivalent to graduation from an accredited college or university and two (2) years of progressively responsible experience in making literal and idiomatic Hawaiian/English translations of a variety of written materials with a wide range of complexity such as historical governmental records, land title documents, correspondence, diaries, wills, bills of sale, songs, and newspapers; or demonstrates fluency in the Hawaiian language.

License Requirement:  Possession of a valid motor vehicle driver's license (equivalent to State of Hawaii Type 3).

Knowledge of:  History and theory of sound changes, appropriate usage of terminology specific to a particular time period or type of document; classes of words and their functions; relationships of words and classes to each other; Hawaiian history, culture, people, and events, and recognition of obsolete terms and phrases in the language to ensure accuracy of translations; and the ability to use professional literary analysis and research methods in studying word formations, inflections, and derivations, and deriving definitions and words for specific terminology.
Ability to:  Read, write, comprehend, and speak the Hawaiian language with a degree of fluency comparable to that obtained by completion of a four-year Hawaiian language program at a college or university, and must also be able to adequately read, write, comprehend, and speak the English language in order to render Hawaiian to English translations and to communicate effectively with others and foster good relationships.

Health and Physical Condition:  Persons seeking appointment to positions in this class must meet the health and physical condition standards deemed necessary and proper to perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodations.

Physical Effort Grouping:  Light 


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The above examination is being given on an open-competitive basis to establish an eligible list which shall be effective for not more than one year unless extended by the Director of Personnel Services.


The County of Maui does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, color, ancestry, national origin, disability, marital status, pregnancy, arrest and court record, assignment of child support, national guard participation or any other basis covered by state or federal laws governing non-discrimination

Pre-Employment/Post-Offer Drug Screening Test: All applicants, who will enter a safety sensitive position or certain designated categories that the Personnel Services Director has established or who are required by law to be drug tested must pass a pre-employment/post-offer drug screening test as a condition of employment. There is no retesting or re-evaluation process. Cost for the drug screening test shall be borne by the County of Maui.

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