Hawai’i Pidgin Sign Language


A language of United States

Alternate Names
Pidgin Sign Language

A few users from about 6,000 profoundly deaf people in Hawaii (1987 Honolulu Star-Bulletin), 72,000 deaf or hard-of-hearing people in Hawaii (1998 Honolulu Advertiser).


Hawaiian Islands.

Language Status

8b (Nearly extinct).

Language Use

9,600 deaf in Hawaii now use American Sign Language [ase] with a few local signs for place names and cultural items (1998 Honolulu Advertiser). Older adults.

Other Comments

Not a pidgin sign language.