Statement from Senator J. Kalani English on the Signing into Law of SB274, Establishing a Resilience and Sustainability Partnership

Senator  J. Kalani English today released the following statement on the signing into law of SB2742, a bill that establishes the Pacific-Asia Institute for Resilience and Sustainability. Chair of the Senate Committee on Transportation and International Affairs, Senator English is the primary introducer of the measure and worked with stakeholders and colleagues throughout session to see the bill pass out of the legislature. The measure creates a revolutionary and innovative public-private partnership to better approach…

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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 Glenn Wakai Appointed as Palau’s Honorary Consul

Honolulu – A local lawmaker is now a diplomat. State Senator Glenn Wakai was recently appointed as Palau’s honorary consul to Hawaii by Palau President Tommy Remengesau Jr. In appointing the State Senator, Remengesau expressed his appreciation for Wakai’s contribution and support to Palau and its citizens in Hawaii.  As Palau’s honorary consul, Wakai will be working with the Republic of Palau to seek ways to strengthen Palau’s emergency relief capacity and bolster the nation’s relationship…

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Taiwan Minister to Address Senate Committee on Transportation and International Affairs

Honolulu —  Minister Jung-Tzer Lin, Taiwan Executive Yuan Minister without Portfolio and Governor of Taiwan Province, will be addressing the Senate Committee on Transportation and International Affairs at an informational briefing on Monday, April 15, 2013 at 10 a.m., in the State Capitol’s Conference Room 414. Minister Lin will be discussing the significance of strengthening the existing sister-state relationship between Taiwan and the State of Hawai‘i, which was established in 1993. We should continuously look…

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Conference Discusses Impacts of Climate Change in the Pacific Islands

Honolulu–  A conference called, “Waves of Change” is underway at the University of Hawaii-Manoa’s East-West Center and Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies.  The conference, which began yesterday, discusses the environmental, social, cultural, political, economic, and legal impacts of climate change in the Pacific Islands, including Hawaii. While the issue of climate change has been an ongoing discussion for years, this conference brings to light how the Pacific Islands are already experiencing its impact,”said Senator J. Kalani…

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Senator J. Kalani English to Attend Asia Pacific Forum in Tahiti

Honolulu- Senator J. Kalani English will be attending the Club de Madrid Asia Pacific Forum, “Building a More Resilient Pacific in the 21st Century World Order,” on July 5 and 6, 2012 in Papeete, Tahiti.  Hosted by the Club de Madrid and the Government of French Polynesia, the forum is aimed at identifying and discussing strategies to promote greater socio-economic development in the Pacific and render the region more resilient, connected to the world, and…

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Hawaii and Hiroshima Prefecture Celebrate 15th Anniversary of Sister-State Relationship

Honolulu- Senator Brian T. Taniguchi joined fellow sister-state delegates during the month of May to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the sister-state relationship between the State of Hawaii and Hiroshima Prefecture. Held in Hiroshima from May 29 to 31, 2012, the commemoration included an economic forum featuring the State of Hawaii Division of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, meetings for the U.S. Japan Council, a 15TH Anniversary Sister-State Celebration and a “Hawaii Day” promotion at…

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Statement on the Passing of King George Tupou V of Tonga

HONOLULU — Senator J. Kalani English, Senate Committee on Transportation and International Affairs Chairman, released the following statement on the passing of Tonga’s King George Tupou V. I express my deep condolences to the people of Tonga, as well as Hawaii’s Tongan community on the passing of King George Tupou V.   His foresight to grant his people democracy will be his legacy to Tonga. I want to express my deepest heartfelt aloha to His Majesty’s…

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Senator Speaks at Forum on Micronesian Issues in Hawaii

 Honolulu –  Senator J. English, who serves as chair of the Senate Committee on Transportation and International Affairs, was among several notable panelists at a forum called, “Micronesian Connections.”  Held yesterday, the forum was sponsored by the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Ethnic Studies Department and Center for Pacific Island Studies. The ideal in the United States is non-discrimination, however putting it into practice is the challenge,” said Senator English.   “There are so many productive…

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Republic of the Marshall Islands President Makes Inaugural Visit to Hawaii

HONOLULU — Newly elected Republic of Marshall Islands President Christopher Loeak and First Lady Anono Lieom Loeak made their inaugural visit to Hawaii on February 2, 2012. President Loeak and his delegation met with Governor Neil Abercrombie as well as other state officials. While meeting with officials, President Loeak discussed issues relating to the Compact of Free Association and to reaffirm the RMI government’s commitment towards a mutually beneficial outcome to the significant issues. “I…

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