HONOLULU (AP) — A man who speaks Hawaiian wants to be able to use the language to take his driver’s license exam.
Hawaiian is considered one of the state’s official languages, yet Daniel Anthony says he’s unable to use it to conduct business with state agencies.
KITV (http://ow.ly/nEbCW ) reports that his attorney filed a motion to dismiss Anthony’s traffic case of driving without a license. Attorney Dexter Kaiama claims Hawaii’s courts don’t have jurisdiction over native Hawaiians and that the state constitution upholds the Hawaiian language.
The state judiciary didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on Monday.
Anthony says he was laughed at when he asked to take the driver’s license test in Hawaiian. His request was denied five times.
His traffic case has been continued until later this month.
Information from: KITV-TV, http://www.kitv.com/index.html