About 3,700 people in Hawaii are d/Deaf.
In 2013, a research group at the University of Hawaii at Manoa announced that they had documented — for the first time — Hawaii Sign Language, or HSL. Records dating to the 1800s pointing to a sign language on the Hawaiian islands. At least 80% of its signs are distinct from American Sign Language. Researchers identified about 40 Hawaiians who still use HSL.
Aloha State Association of the Deaf
For more than 45 years, ASAD has been the leading state advocacy organization serving Deaf, Deaf-Blind and hard of hearing. With offices across the United States under National Association of the Deaf and partnerships with Hawaii Islands communities, ASAD works to enhance the well-being of the Deaf, DeafBlind and hard of hearing people and to advance human rights and democratic values for all.
Assistive Technology Resource Centers of Hawaii
A non-profit organization providing information, training, outreach, and policy development on assistive technology for persons with any type of disability. Operates assistive technology equipment loan banks on four islands. Provides low-interest financial loans to purchase assistive technology devices and services.
Comprehensive Service Center (CSC)
Department of Health – Children with Special Health Needs Branch (CSHNB)
Provides care coordination, social work, nutrition services, financial assistance, outreach, and advocacy for children with hearing loss ages 0 to 21 years who meet financial and medical eligibility requirements.
Department of Health – The Early Intervention Section
The Early Intervention Section (EIS) is a federal and state-mandated program that provides services to support the development of infants and toddlers from birth to three years of age.
Hands and Voices Hawaii
Hands and Voices Hawaii is dedicated to supporting families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing, without bias towards communication modes or methodology. This is a parent-driven, non-profit organization that provides families with the resources, networks, and information they need to improve communication access and educational outcomes for their children.
Hawaii School for the Deaf & the Blind
HSDB is a pre-K to 12th grade school that serves Deaf and Hard of Hearing students throughout Hawaii. We are a bilingual-bicultural school where students learn and communicate in both American Sign Language (ASL) and English.
American Sign Language Hawaii
Learn more about Hawaii Sign Language