Education Week at the Capitol Continues

Senators Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of University of Hawaii Community Colleges Education


Senators were spotted today in the Capitol rotunda and lanai participating in the Education Week’s University of Hawaii Community College Day in celebration of its 50th anniversary.

The events of the day opened with remarks from Sen. Jill Tokuda, chair of the Education Committee, UH Interim President David Lassner and community college chancellors.


Senator Tokuda gives opening remarks on Community College Day during Education Week


Guests at the opening ceremony of Community College Day at the State Capitol

Throughout the day, hands-on displays and demonstrations were put on by community college students showcasing robotics, solar cars, welding, art, food and fashion among others.


Senator Ige gets his blood pressure checked by students


Students from Honolulu Community College put on a fashion show


Senator Kidani tests a motorcycle simulator from Leeward Community College


Windward Community College students sketch portraits

UH Interim President David Lassner and community college chancellor were also honored in a special presentation on the senate floor.


Senators with the University of Hawaii’s interim president and chancellors

This day is one of many this week that highlights the importance and value of education in Hawaii and brings awareness to the quality education Hawaii community colleges offer.

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 and actively participate in the legislative process.

The event kicked off today with an Early Learning Rally featuring a concert by Uncle Wayne and the Howling Dog Band.


Senator Tokuda dancing to music by Uncle Wayne and the Howling Dog Band


Participants at the Early Learning Rally

The Senate then honored recipients of the 2014 Teacher of the Year Awards during a special presentation on the chamber’s floor.


Senators of the 27th Legislature with 2014 Teacher of the Year Award recipients

All week long, events will be held to raise awareness for education issues and to showcase Hawaii’s educational talent.  The public is invited to attend all Education Week events. The following is a schedule of events planned for remainder of this year’s Education Week:

TUESDAY, MARCH 19

University of Hawaii Community College Day
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Place: State Capitol Rotunda

Legislator Interviews
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Place: State Capitol, Room 224

Windward Community College Art Displays
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Place: State Capitol, Room 225

Senate Floor Presentation:
50th Anniversary of the University of Hawaii Community Colleges
Time: 11:30 a.m
Place: Senate Chamber

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20

Coffee Hour with Legislators
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Place: State Capitol, Room 224 and 225

Healthy Schools Day
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Place: State Capitol Rotunda

Early Learning Advisory Board
Time: 10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Place: State Capitol, Room 224 and 225

Senate Floor Presentations:
2014 Principals of the Year, We the People Competition student winners
Time: 11:30 a.m.
Place: Senate Chambers

THURSDAY, MARCH 21

Creating New Best Practices for Public Education in Hawaii
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Place: State Capitol, Room 225

R.E.A.C.H. (Resources for Enrichment, Athletics, Culture and Health) Performances
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (Relay Race at 10:00 a.m.)
Place: State Capitol Rotunda

Senate and House Floor Presentations:
2014 Milken Educator Awards, Presidential Awards in Teaching, and Librarian Awards
Time: 11:30 a.m.
Place: Senate Chambers

FRIDAY, MARCH 22

Friends of the Hawaii State Library System Book Sale
Time: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Place: State Capitol, Room 225

Military Appreciation in the Schools — Demonstrations, Performances and Displays
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Place: Capitol Rotunda

Floor Presentation:
Waipahu High School, LifeSmarts winners, Roosevelt High School Carnegie Hall Performance Series
winners
Time: 11:30 a.m.
Place: Senate Chambers

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 place throughout the week. During House and Senate Floor Sessions, legislators will also be honoring various individuals and schools receiving awards such as teachers of the year, principals of the year, and other educator awards.

The event is hosted by the Hawaii State Legislature’s Senate and House Committees on Education. This year’s celebration will include programs and events that encourages our students and the public to visit the State Capitol, engage with policymakers and actively participate in the legislative process.

#EDWK2014 #HILEG

Some highlights include:

  • A college fair of Hawaii’s community colleges
  • Demonstration of robotics, solar cars and welding
  • Demonstration of a preschool classroom to learn about early learning programs
  • Performances by Mililani Middle School students
  • A book sale hosted by the Friends of the Hawaii State Library System
  • Displays, presentations and demonstrations of military presence in the schools

Below is a calendar of the events:

MONDAY, MARCH 17
Early Education Day

Preschool Classroom Visitation
Learn about quality and accessibility in community-based early learning programs
Time:  7:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Place:  State Capitol, Room 224 and 225

Early Learning Concert and Rally
Uncle Wayne and the Howling Dog Band perform in a rally in support of early learning
Time:  8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Place:  State Capitol Rotunda

Senate Floor Presentations:
2014 Teacher of the Year and District Teachers of the Year Awards
Time:  11:30 a.m.
Place:  Senate Chamber

TUESDAY, MARCH 18
University of Hawaii Community College Day 

Shows and Demonstrations:

    • Honolulu Community College Fashion Show
    • Honolulu Community College Robotics Demonstrations
    • Honolulu Community College Welding Demonstrations
    • Leeward Community College Solar Car Demonstrations
    • Culinary Food Demonstrations

Time:  9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Place:  State Capitol Rotunda

Legislator Interviews
Time:  9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Place:  State Capitol, Room 224

Windward Community College Art Displays
Time:  9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Place:  State Capitol, Room 225

Senate Floor Presentations:
50th Anniversary of the University of Hawaii Community Colleges
Time:  11:30 a.m
Place:  Senate Chamber

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19

Secondary Student Conference:  Coffee Hour with Legislators
Students meet with legislators to “talk story” and learn about the legislative process.
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Place:  State Capitol, Room 224 and 225

Participating Schools:

    • Aiea High School
    • Ewa makai Middle School
    • Hana High School
    • Kailua High School
    • Kalaheo High School
    • Kamehameha Schools Maui Campus
    • Kapolei High School
    • Kekaulike High School
    • Lahainaluna High School
    • Maui High School
    • Mililani High School
    • Moanalua High School
    • Molokai High School
    • Pear City High School
    • Radford High School
    • Sacred Hearts Academy
    • St. Anthony High School
    • Waiakea High School
    • Wailua High School
    • Waipahu High School

Healthy Schools Day
Demonstrations of school gardens, physical fitness, and nutrition, a relay race with teams representing the House, Senate and Governor’s Office, and presentation of Wellness Award Winners
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (Relay Race at 10:00 a.m.)
Place:  State Capitol Rotunda

Early Learning Advisory Board
Meet with members of the Advisory Board and discuss how to meet the development and learning needs of keiki statewide
Time: 10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Place:  State Capitol, Room 224 and 225

Senate Floor Presentations:
2014 Principals of the Year, We the People Competition student winners
Time:  11:30 a.m.
Place:  Senate Chambers

THURSDAY, MARCH 20

Creating New Best Practices for Public Education in Hawaii
Representatives from charter schools discuss best practices over frozen yogurt and toppings
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Place: State Capitol, Room 225

R.E.A.C.H. (Resources for Enrichment, Athletics, Culture and Health) Performances
Students from Mililani Middle School put on band, orchestra, dance and robotics performances
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (Relay Race at 10:00 a.m.)
Place:  State Capitol Rotunda

Senate and House Floor Presentations:
2014 Milken Educator Awards, Presidential Awards in Teaching, and Librarian Awards
Time:  11:30 a.m.
Place:  Senate Chambers

FRIDAY, MARCH 21

Friends of the Hawaii State Library System Book Sale
Time:  9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Place:  State Capitol, Room 225

Military Appreciation in the Schools — Demonstrations, Performances and Displays
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Place: Capitol Rotunda 

Floor Presentation:
Waipahu High School, LifeSmarts winners, Roosevelt High School Carnegie Hall Performance Series winners
Time: 11:30 a.m.
Place:  Senate Chambers

Ask Your Senator 2013: Thanks for Asking (Senator Ronald Kouchi)

As part of the 2013 Education Week “Ask Your Senator” program, a Kaua’i High School student submitted the following questions for his Senator, Senator Ronald Kouchi (District 8- Kaua’i, Ni’ihau):

• When you first stepped foot into your office, after being elected the first time, what was one of the first things that crossed your mind, if you can recall?
• What’s the best part of your job as a lawmaker?” -Dillon (Kaua’i High School)

After reading the student’s question, Senator Ronald Kouchi, vice president of the Hawaii State Senate, provided a video response to the student’s questions.  As part of his response, Senator Kouchi talks about one of the many reasons why he enjoys being a lawmaker, “I think the best thing is just being able to help people…”

To view video: http://youtu.be/RI_4GkBtiTw.

Ask Your Senator 2013: Thanks for Asking (Senator Russell Ruderman)

As part of the 2013 Education Week “Ask Your Senator” program, Senator Russell Ruderman (District 2- Kea‘au, Pahoa, Kalapana, Kapoho, Kurtistown, Mountain View, Glenwood, Volcano, Pahala) received several questions form students at Keonepoko Elementary School:

 I have questions about the problems in Puna. This has come to my thought that problems are growing bigger and bigger.  One of my questions is how will you stop drug abuse? People are starting lives with drugs. Another question is [how can you help] people [who are losing jobs] and lack of money for important needs?”

-Carlo (Keonepoko Elementary School)

Here are my questions:

  • Why did you want to become a Senator?
  • How will you make our neighborhood a safe place?
  • How will you make our schools better?

 

Thank you Senator Ruderman for taking time to read my letter and for making our neighborhood a nice place.”

 

-Sergio (Keonepoko Elementary School)

 

I have some questions for you:

  • How do you feel about the shooting in Puna?
  • How do you know that Hawaii is doing well?
  • Have you ever traveled around the world?
  • What did you feel when you became Senator?
  • Why do you want to be Senator?
  • What good things will you do?
  • Do you care about what you do for our community?

 

I hope you like my letter and I thank you for what you do for our community. I hope you answer my questions.”

-Nanea (Keonepoko Elementary School)

After reading the students’ question, Senator Russell Ruderman provided a video response to their questions.

As part of his response Senator Ruderman shared how he felt when he was elected into office, “It was very exciting. I was also very humbled by the support of my district and I’m very proud to represent the people of Puna…”

To view video: http://youtu.be/GQVKJzogE50.

Ask Your Senator 2013: Thanks for Asking (Senator Jill Tokuda)

As part of the 2013 Education Week “Ask Your Senator” program, a Kalaheo High School student submitted the following questions for her Senator, Senator Jill Tokuda (District 24- Kane’ohe, Kane’ohe MCAB, Kailua, He’eia, ‘Ahuimanu):

• How does one become a State Senator? What are their responsibilities?
• Besides submitting testimonies and attending hearings, how can high school students get involved in the legislature?”

-Hannah (Kalaheo High School)

After reading the student’s question, Senator Jill Tokuda, chair of the Senate Committee on Education, provided a video response to student’s question.

As part of her response Senator Tokuda shared the first step in the process of becoming a State Senator, “First of all, how does one become a Senator? You have to have a passion, obviously, for public service. So, you’ve got to prepare yourself to represent your constituents and put yourself on that ballot, take that very first step, run for office…”

To view video: http://youtu.be/9WSgL-YeMwg.

Ask Your Senator

Education Week at the State Capitol is right around the corner! This year marks the 10th anniversary of Education week, which will be held from March 18 to March 22. Organized by the Hawaii State Senate Committee on Education, this interactive week-long celebration honors the achievements and innovative efforts of our local schools, educators and various programs throughout the state from early childhood to the university level. Hawaii State Senators are once again taking the event to the classroom with the “Ask Your Senator” project, to find out what our future leaders want to know about their State. This is the second year of the “Ask Your Senator” project.

The concept behind the “Ask Your Senator” project is simple. We want to know what classrooms and students from across the State are thinking, by asking them to ask us, their Senators, a question. After the questions are collected, Senators will take the time to answer select questions through online videos, which will be shared with the students as well as with the wider community.

This project provides opportunity for students to lead the discussion, through student driven and student oriented questions. Students may take part of the “Ask Your Senator” project as a group (school or classroom) or as an individual student. The various ways you can participate are listed below. Questions will be collected between March 4th and March 13th. Once questions are selected, Senators will answer questions through videos which will be published online and sent back to the schools, classrooms, and individual students.

If you need help coming up with questions to ask, example questions could include topics in the areas such as: the legislative processes, issues or problems in your community, or general questions about the role of the legislature.

Ways to participate in “Ask Your Senator”

Email- Send your question (s) or video link to scomm@capitol.hawaii.gov.

Twitter- Use the hashtag #HIAskYourSen

Facebook- There are several ways you can send a message on Facebook:

* Share your message to the Hawaii Senate Majority Facebook page under the note Section, Ask Your Senator?
* Share your message with your Senator on their Facebook page.
YouTube/ Online Video- Email your YouTube/ Online video link to scomm@capitol.hawaii.gov.

If you would like your video to be shared on the Senate and Senate Caucuses’ webpages/ social media please complete the attached media release form: MEDIA RELEASE FORM (2013 Ask Your Senator)

Ask Your Senator 2012: Thanks for Asking…

As part of the 2012 Education Week “Ask Your Senator” project, a McKinley High School student, emailed the following question for his Senator, Senator Brickwood Galuteria (Senate District 12-Iwilei, Chinatown, Downtown, Kaka’ako, Ala Moana, Waikiki):

How can you help students like myself and others, to showcase our creativity in photography, art, writing, and in academics and scholarly endeavors in a public forum? We want to do what sports does for high school students, but in the academic fields.” — McKinley High School Student.

After reading the email, Senator Brickwood Galuteria, provided a video response to answer the student’s question.

As part of his response Senator Galuteria explained, “down here at the State Capitol, we often showcase works from students throughout Hawaii.” The Senator representing District 12 urged interested students to make appointments with their State Senators, specifically suggesting, “Why don’t you make an appointment and come down to see me and we can perhaps work something out. Maybe get some of the McKinley High School students’ artworks showcased here at the Capitol.”

To view video click here.

Ask Your Senator 2012: Thanks for Asking…


During this year’s “Pizza and Policy” event held at the Hawaii State Capitol, a handful of student participants were among the first ever to submit questions for Education Week’s inaugural “Ask Your Senator” project. As part of the “Pizza and Policy” event, students had the opportunity to discuss the legislative process with their State Legislators. Following enlightened discussion on various issues, one student, who lives in downtown, shared her experience and submitted a question about what she believes to be a disproportionate structure in fines for crossing against the pedestrian-control traffic signal .

The student explained, “I live downtown and there is a lot of crosswalks, used by students around HPU and the elderly. Early one morning when there were not buses on the street, I crossed… and the crosswalk countdown had begun two seconds ago. I was stopped by a police officer and fined… for jaywalking. I looked at fines online and saw that the most expensive one was jaywalking, not a moving violation.” — Downtown Honolulu student resident

In response to the student’s concern, Senator Brickwood Galuteria went to the Hawaii Revised Statues and referred to Section 291C-32 which states:

pedestrians facing a steady yellow signal, unless otherwise directed by a pedestrian-control signal as provided in section 291C-33, are thereby advised that there is insufficient time to cross there roadway before a red indication is shown and no pedestrian shall then start to cross the roadway.

In regards to the question about the price associated with the fine, Senator Galuteria explained, “the reason the fine is so high, I would suppose, is because they’re trying to deter you from doing this type of thing. And obviously, it will go up every time if the lesson is not learned, the fees will go up; the fines will go up.”

To view video click here.

Ask Your Senator 2012: Thanks for Asking…

During the 2012 Education Week, Maui Senators had the opportunity to share their legislative experience with a student shadow from the Kamehameha Schools Maui Campus. Participating in this year’s “Ask Your Senator” project, the student shadow submitted a question to the Maui Senators:

I understand that some states have a term limit. Why doesn’t Hawaii have one?” — Kamehameha Schools Maui Campus Student

Responding on behalf of the Maui senatorial delegation, Senator Roz Baker (Senate District 5- South and West Maui) answered, “My answer would be that every year that we stand for election we run the risk of having a term limit.” Senator Baker further explained, “If we had term limits we would be actually giving over the institutional memory to the paid lobbyist and the other folks that represent special interests rather than looking at the general concerns of the people of the State of Hawaii.”

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