Senator Baker Announces Release of Funds to Improve Infrastructure of Maui Schools in Senate District 6

Senator Roz Baker announced the release of funding identified by the Hawaii State Legislature for construction projects for six schools in Senate District 6. Projects include: Lahaina Intermediate, One general portable classroom, $650,000 estimated for statewide capacity projects Princess Nahienaena Elementary, Classroom building project, $7,224,000 estimated for statewide construction and equipment Princess Nahienaena Elementary, Reroof P3, $65,000 Princess Nahienaena Elementary, Erosion Control, $124,000 Kamehameha III Elementary, Renovate and paint various buildings, $25,000 Kihei Elementary, Building…

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Ewa Beach Schools to Receive $4.3 Million for Air Conditioning Upgrades

Students at James Campbell High School (JCHS) and Ilima Intermediate in Ewa Beach are set to have cooler days because of capital improvement project funds earmarked to make improvements to their school’s air conditioning system, announced Sen. Will Espero, who was instrumental in securing funding for the area. The schools will receive a combined total of $4.3 million to help upgrade their cooling systems. Ilima Intermediate will get $1 million and JCHS will get $2.3…

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State Senator Jill Tokuda Receives National Recognition for Her Work with Charter Schools

During National Charter School Week, Sen. Jill Tokuda received a 2014 “Champions for Charters” award at the U.S. Capitol from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (NAPCS). The award honors seven federal, state and local elected officials who have worked to advance the growth and success of public charter schools. State Senator Jill Tokuda displays her award in a photo with U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono. Photo Credit: State Senator Jill Tokuda State Senator Jill Tokuda with…

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State Senate Adjourns Session Approving More than 240 Bills Including Key Measures that Improve the Lives of Hawaii’s People

Lawmakers remain vigilant throughout legislative session striking a balance on measures supporting keiki, kupuna, workers and environment The Hawaii State Senate today adjourned the 2014 session passing more than 240 bills that align with its initial priorities to make Hawaii a better place for everyone now and in the future through initiatives supporting Hawaii’s keiki, kupuna, workers and the environment. “The ability to compromise and work together is essential to making good laws that help…

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Compromise Leads to Legislature’s Approval of Over 135 Measures Ahead of Sine Die

Lawmakers pass fiscally responsible state budget bill supporting keiki, measures supporting kupuna and the environment, and flagship bills raising the minimum wage and funding the Turtle Bay Conservation Easement The Hawaii State Legislature approved more than 135 on final reading ahead of the adjournment sine die this Thursday, including the state supplemental budget, measures supporting kupuna and protecting the environment, and flagship bills raising minimum wage and funding the Turtle Bay Conservation Easement. The measures…

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Latest Episode of Maui Mana‘o is out

Maui senators J. Kalani English, Rosalyn Baker and Gilbert Keith-Agaran talk about the issues affecting Maui and how the State Senate is addressing those issues in the latest episode of Maui Mana‘o. If you’ve been curious about airport and highway modernization on Maui, the status of naming the new high school in Kihei after the late U.S. Representative Patsy T. Mink, funding for Maui Memorial Medical Center, and issues facing Hawaiian Homelands, then watch Maui…

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Senators Recognize Maui School Teacher Anthony Kamaka‘eu Williams

 Pa‘ia Elementary School Teacher wins Maui District Teacher of the Year The Hawai‘i State Senate recognized Anthony Kamaka‘eu Williams in a special presentation on the chamber’s floor for being named the 2014 Maui School District Teacher of the Year. Williams is a fourth grade Hawaiian language immersion teacher at Pa‘ia Elementary School. Williams was one of seven District Teacher of the Year recipients and will receive a monetary award from the Polynesian Cultural Center and gifts…

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Education Week Kicks Off at the State Capitol

Today is the start of Education Week at the Hawaii State Legislature. The week-long event will feature displays, presentations, demonstrations, and rallies in support of education initiatives that highlight the success of our schools and our students. Sponsored by the Senate and House Education Committees chairs, Senator Jill Tokuda and Representative Roy Takumi, the celebration will include programs and events that encourages our students and the public to visit the State Capitol, engage with policymakers…

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Hawaii State Senate Celebrates Education

State Legislature’s Annual Education Week to Begin on March 17th   Education will be the focus of an interactive week-long celebration at the State Capitol from March 17-21, 2014. Various educational stakeholders and organizations that make a difference in the lives of Hawaii’s students will be participating in the legislature’s annual Education Week. Displays, presentations, demonstrations, and rallies in support of education initiatives that highlight the success of our schools and our students will take…

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DOE Updates Lawmakers on 5-Year Program to Reduce Energy Costs

Lawmakers discuss SB2424 SB2, master strategy for cooling of public school facilities  The Senate and House Committees on Education and Energy yesterday heard from the Department of Education (DOE) to get an update on Ka Hei, the department’s five-year comprehensive sustainability energy program. The goal of the program is to integrate innovative energy technology with meaningful learning experiences, all while reducing energy costs and operational expenses.  (The hearing can be viewed at the Senate Webcast…

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