Mililani High School Valedictorian Receives Scholarship From National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislatures

A Mililani High School graduate is one of just eleven students from across the U.S. selected to receive a college scholarship award from the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislatures (NHCSL). Isis Usborne, a valedictorian from the MHS Class of 2014, will use the $3,000 grant to help with tuition and expenses as she enrolls at UH Manoa for the fall semester. The John S. Martinez Closing the Achievement Gap Scholarship was created in memory…

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Senator Thielen Participates in Emerging Leaders Program

This past week, Senator Laura Thielen was at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business in Charlottesville, Virginia to participate in the State Legislative Leaders Foundation’s Emerging Leaders Program (ELP). Senator Thielen joined other ambitious state legislators across the nation who recently began their careers in public service in forming the 2014 class of the ELP.  The highly interactive program enhances the leadership potential of emerging political leaders and prepares them to be more…

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Town Hall Meeting Scheduled to Discuss Little Fire Ant Infestation of Residential Areas in Mililani Mauka

Senators Donovan Dela Cruz and Michelle Kidani have scheduled a town hall meeting for concerned Mililani residents to discuss how the community can work together with city and state agencies to stop the spread of Little Fire Ants (LFA). The meeting will be held on Monday, July 14 from 7-9 p.m. at Mililani Mauka Elementary School Cafeteria. Agencies invited to the meeting are the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Land and Natural Resources, the…

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Senator Chun Oakland Visits Armenia to Strengthen Relations

Senator Suzanne Chun Oakland is in Armenia this week as a part of the Professional Fellows Program (PFP), a cultural exchange program sponsored by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the American Councils for International Education. Last interim, Senator Chun Oakland hosted Arshak Gasparyan, an Armenian PFP fellow who studied Hawaii’s public policy to develop ideas to reform the juvenile justice system in his home country. This interim,…

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Senator English Participates in Transportation and Infrastructure Summit

Senator J. Kalani English, chair of the Senate Committee on Transportation and Intergovernmental Affairs participated in the first Transportation and Infrastructure Summit hosted by the Hawaii Chamber of Commerce today. The summit brings together top transportation leaders in the state to address topics such as air and sea transportation, the physical state of infrastructure in Hawaii, and the Honolulu rail project. Senator English was a part of a round table discussion on the challenges of…

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Senator Brickwood Galuteria Attends National Conference of State Majority Leaders

Senate Majority Leader Brickwood Galuteria recently attended the State Legislative Leaders Foundation’s (SLLF) second annual Conference of State Majority Leaders. The conference is the only national educational program designed exclusively for all House and Senate Majority Leaders. Over the course of the program the Leaders meet with peers to take a close look and explore strategies for making their caucuses and institutions more effective while exploring the unique challenges associated with being Majority Leader. The…

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Maui Senators Discuss the 2014 Legislative Session in Maui Mana‘o Episode 15

In case you missed its broadcast on ‘Olelo, the latest episode of Maui Mana‘o is now available to view online on our YouTube channel. In Episode 15 of Maui Mana‘o, Maui senators Roz Baker, J. Kalani English, and Gilbert Keith-Agaran give a wrap-up of the 2014 legislative session by highlighting the measures that passed and the capital improvement project funding awarded to Maui County. Episode 15 of Maui Mana‘o will also re-broadcast on ‘Olelo Channel…

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Hot Off the Press: The Latest Episode of Maui Manao

The Maui senate delegation consisting of Rosalyn Baker, J. Kalani English and Gilbert Keith-Agaran, talk about issues affecting Maui County in the latest episode of Maui Mana‘o. Watch the senators answer frequently asked procedural questions detailing the legislative process and discuss some of the bills being negotiated in conference committee.

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Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day! Here in Hawai‘i, we are lucky to live in a place with diverse ecology and unique environments. As such, we must actively strive to be stewards of our ‘aina and protect our islands for the future. Celebrating Earth Day at the State Capitol, students from Farrington High School, Waialua High and Intermediate School, Nanakuli High and Intermediate School, Leilehua High School, Hawai‘i Pacific University, Hongwanji Mission School, ‘Iolani School, and Le Jardin…

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The Hawaii State Legislature Honors Bruno Mars with Certificate of Appreciation

The Hawaii State Legislature  honored local boy Bruno Mars for his great successes in his musical career. Senate President Donna Mercado Kim, along with Jerry Chang, UH Hilo’s director of university relations, and Bruce Coppa, Gov. Neil Abercrombie’s chief of staff, presented Bruno with a certificate recognizing his outstanding career and saluting the impact he has made on the world with his music. “Bruno Mars is an extremely talented young man and Hawaii is very…

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