Native Hawaiian Roll Commission to Give an Update on its Progress

The Senate Committee on Hawaiian Affairs will hold an informational briefing to hear an update on the progress of the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission on Monday, May 5, 2014 at 10:30am in Room 229 of the Hawaii State Capitol. The Native Hawaiian Roll Commission was established by Act 195 in 2011 to certify and publish a roll of Qualified Native Hawaiians for the purpose of organizing a Native Hawaiian governing entity that is recognized by…

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Senate Hawaiian Affairs Caucus and OHA Take Issue with “Hula” App

Hawaii Leaders Urge CEO to Cease Use of the Native Hawaiian Word Hula In defense of the cultural practice and intellectual property of Native Hawaiians, two leading state organizations on Hawaiian affairs are asking the creator of an app that helps people get tested for STDs to stop using and branding the word “Hula.” The app, which at one point used marketing phrases as “it helps you get lei’d,” connects users to various STD testing…

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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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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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Legislative Committees to Receive Updates on Issues Related to DHHL and OHA

Honolulu- The Senate Committee on Hawaiian Affairs and the House Committee on Ocean, Marine Resources, and Hawaii Affairs will be conducting a series of informational briefings to receive updates on several emergent issues being addressed by the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA). The briefings will be held on Thursday, November 21, 2013, beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the State Capitol conference room 329. During the briefing the…

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Hawaii State Senate Announces Transformation in Committee Lineup

Honolulu–The Hawaii State Senate today unveiled changes to its committee lineup and chairmanships. Two committees have been added, splitting the current Committee on Tourism and Hawaiians Affairs (THA) into two separate subject matter committees. The new committees are Tourism (TSM) and Hawaiian Affairs (HWN). Senator Gilbert Kahele will chair TSM with Senator Gilbert Keith-Agaran serving as vice-chair. Senator Maile Shimabukuro will chair HWN with Senator Clayton Hee serving as vice-chair. In the beginning of the…

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Audit of DHHL Homestead Service Division to be Discussed by Senate Committee

Honolulu- The Senate Committee on Tourism and Hawaiian Affairs will be holding an informational briefing to address concerns raised in the Audit of the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands’ (DHHL) Homestead Services Division and other related departmental issues.   The Office of the Auditor (Auditor) released a report on the division (Report No. 13-02) in April of this year. The briefing will be held on Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 2:45 p.m. in the State Capitol’s…

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State Senate Confirms Jobie Masagatani as Chairperson of the Hawaiian Homes Commission

Honolulu —  The Hawaii State Senate today confirmed Jobie Masagatani as the Chairperson of the Hawaiian Homes Commission.  Upon confirmation, Masagatani had been serving as the Commission’s Chairperson Designate. Jobie is well qualified to serve the people of Hawaii and the constituents of the Hawaiian Homes Commission,” said Senate Majority Brickwood Galuteria, who serves as chair of the Senate Committee on Hawaiian Affairs and Tourism.  “I am confident that she has the vision and commitment…

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Senators Respond to Landmark Signing of the Native Hawaiian Roll

Honolulu- Officials and members of the public joined together at Washington Place today for the historic signing of the Native Hawaiian Roll. The signing was accompanied by a petition of signatures in support of the roll. State Senators offered the following remarks in response to the landmark signing of the Native Hawaiian Roll: Today’s signing is a great testimony to the courageous individuals who decades ago saw injustice and stepped forward,” said Senator Brickwood Galuteria,…

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Senator Brickwood Galuteria Plans Trip to Nation’s Capital to Attend Indigenous Symposium and Native Hawaiian Roll Signing

Honolulu- Hawaii State Senate Majority Leader Brickwood Galuteria will travel to our nation’s capital next week where he will attend the inaugural First Stewards Symposium at the National Museum of the American Indian on the National Mall, from July 17-20, 2012. While in Washington, D.C., Senator Galuteria will also join Senators Daniel Akaka and Daniel Inouye for the historic signing of the Native Hawaiian Roll. A first of its kind national event the First Stewards…

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