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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Solomon Supports New Laws Honoring Veterans and their Families

With a family of veterans, including a brother who lost his life during the Vietnam War, Senator Malama Solomon today attended the bill signing of HB2071 and HB1770 by Governor Neil Abercrombie in the ceremonial room to show her support of these bills.                 Photo Credit: Office of Senator Malama Solomon HB2071 designate the last Sunday in September as “Gold Star Family Day,” and HB1170 requires notation of…

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Hawaii Could Be Ground Zero For Improving NASA Communications With Next-Generation Spacecrafts

Senator Will Espero, along with officials from NASA, today held a press conference urging the approval of Senate Bill 2583 Senate Draft 1, a bill related to launching Hawaii’s aerospace industry through investment in a laser optical communications ground station. The measure is awaiting a hearing in the House Finance committee. The purpose of the measure is to appropriate funds, on a matching fund basis, for an engineering assessment of a proposal to establish a…

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Maui’s Keone Kali Confirmed as Chief Information Officer for the Hawai‘i Office of Information Management and Technology

The Senate today confirmed Keone Kali as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Hawai‘i Office of Information Management and Technology. Kali previously served as the State’s Deputy CIO for operations and was appointed by Governor Neil Abercrombie to fill outgoing CIO Sanjeev Bhagowalia’s position when he was appointed as Chief Advisor for Technology and Cyber-Security. Kali also served as the Director of Information Technology and acting Chief Technology Officer for the Pacific Disaster Center…

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Hawaii Senate Committee Passes Bill to Establish a Commission on African American History and Culture

The Hawaii Senate Committee on Ways and Means today favorably passed Senate Bill 2598, a bill that would establish the Hawaii Commission on African American History and Culture. African Americans first arrived in Hawaii in the 18th century and have since positively influenced the development and culture of Hawaii. However, their contributions are neither well known nor preserved. By establishing the Hawaii Commission on African American History and Culture, the people of Hawaii gain a fuller…

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Battle of the Microbes

In “a battle of the microbes,” the vibrio fischeri was unfortunately a casualty this legislative session. The Hawaii State Senate’s Committee on Technology and the Arts (TEC) deferred SB 3124, a measure that would designate vibrio fischeri as Hawaii’s official microbe. The bacteria lives in the Hawaiian Bobtail Squid and gives the aquatic creature the power to produce bioluminescence, or light from a living organism. This allows it to project light that minimizes the dark…

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Senate Committee Tackles the Smallest Issues

The Hawaiian Bobtail Squid – a two inch, glow in the dark creature – will have its moment in the spotlight tomorrow afternoon, Tuesday, February 25. The Senate’s Committee on Technology and the Arts (TEC) will hear a bill designating vibrio fischeri as Hawaii’s official microbe. Vibrio fischeri is a bacteria which lives in a symbiotic relationship with the Hawaiian bobtail squid, giving the animal the power to produce bioluminescence, or light from a living…

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Senators visit Moanalua Middle School as implementation of Access to Learning pilot project begins

State senators Jill Tokuda and Michelle Kidani, along with members of the State House of Representative, Board of Education, and staff from the Department of Education,  visited Moanalua Middle School Friday, February 21. In July 2013, Moanalua Middle School was one of eight public schools, and the only middle school, chosen to participate in the Hawaii Department of Education pilot project, Access to Learning. The eight schools were given a tablet or laptop for every…

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Students Testify via Videoconference

SB2441 establishes R.E.A.C.H. programs, SB2446 names new Maui school after late U.S. Rep. Mink Honolulu – Students from across the state participated in the legislative process by testifying via videoconferencing during a Senate hearing on two education bills. Senate Bill 2441 establishes the R.E.A.C.H. program within the Office of Youth Services to provide a standardized framework and funding for after-school programs in public middle and intermediate schools. The bill establishes a revolving fund to receive…

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Hawaii Aerospace Caucus Explores the ‘Final Frontier’

Initiatives include studies for a space exploration R&D park, international flight training center and a laser optical communications ground station in Hawaii Honolulu, Hawaii — State Senate and House legislators today announced the formation of the Hawaii State Legislative Aerospace Caucus. Among the measures it has introduced this session are bills that call for studies for a space exploration research and development park; an international flight training center and associated aeronautical training programs at the…

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