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About Us

Hawaii Interpreting Services is owned and operated by Sabina Wilford. Nationally certified by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) and the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) since 1991 and 1992, respectively, Sabina has interpreted in a variety of settings including medical, mental health, religious, business, educational, and theater for Deaf and Deaf-blind consumers. Since 2001, Sabina has coordinated interpreting/captioning services for private companies, universities, and state agencies.

Sabina maintains membership with the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, the National Asian Deaf Congress, and the Aloha State Association of the Deaf.

Hawaii Interpreting Services

Mission Statement

To enhance communication access for Deaf, hard of hearing, and Deaf-blind people of Hawaii through the provision of the highest quality of interpreting and captioning services on all islands.

Quality Assurance

Hawaii Interpreting Services (HIS) assures the highest quality of customer service.  HIS screens each sub-contractor, verifying their certification with national and state agencies, educational background, as well as TB test clearance and HIPPA compliance for requiring agencies (such as hospitals and schools.)  Consumers of HIS services benefit from interpreting and captioning skills matched to the specific needs.

History

Hawaii Interpreting Services was founded in 2007. Judy Coryell, a founding member, laid the groundwork for the services we provide today. Jenny Blake, one of the first schedulers. Helped HIS grow with her experience and strong ties to the Hawaii Deaf community.

Since 2008, Renee Shimizu has been our scheduler. Her dedication to customer service and hard work make her an indispensable part of the HIS team.

Thank you to our past board members, advisers, and community members. Their input helped shape Hawaii Interpreting Services:

Ami Tsuji Jones, Art Frank, Billy Kekua, Brien Nakamoto, Cheryl Mizusawa, Diane Blastic, Francine Kenyon, Jan Fried, Joann Stone, Jonathan Webb, Kristine Pagano, Larry Littleton, Layce Reed, LisaAnn Tom, Martin Hiraga, Michele Morris and Patty Sakal.

Thank you to all of the interpreters and captioners past and present who made themselves available to work for Hawaii Interpreting Services. Your partnership allows us to serve the needs of our community.