Kupuna Caucus Receives Honor

The Hawaii State Legislature’s Kupuna Caucus was honored this morning for its years of outstanding service on behalf of Hawaii’s senior citizens and retirees. Senator Suzanne Chun Oakland was joined by her Co-Convener Representative Gregg Takayama in accepting the 2013 Distinguished Service Award at the Hawaii Alliance for Retired Americans and Kokua Council’s Seventh Annual Legislative Review. Representatives Marcus Oshiro, Bertrand Kobayashi and Cynthia Thielen along with members of the Caucus were also present. This…

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Local Artist’s Murals Bring Warmth to State Capitol Hallway

Beautiful murals depicting different aspects of the Hawaiian culture have brought warmth and life to the walls of a hallway leading to the Senate President’s Office on the 4th floor. The white walls were bare before the artworks were mounted. The original murals, located at the Honolulu International Airport, caught Senate President Donna Mercado Kim’s attention while she was awaiting her departure from Honolulu. With the help of the Department of Transportation and Department of…

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Regular Session 2013 Opening Day

HONOLULU — Opening Day for the Twenty-Seventh Legislative session will be held on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 10 a.m. As the economy shows positive signs of recovery, this year’s Senate Opening Day ceremony will include remarks by presiding officers, local musicians and honored guests will be allowed to be seated on the chamber floor. Local entertainers Brother Noland, Manoa DNA, the Gleemen Plus of Honolulu and Danny Kaleikini are scheduled to perform during session….

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19th Annual Children and Youth Day Honors Hawaii’s Keiki

HONOLULU – The 19th Annual Children and Youth Day will be held on Sunday, October 7, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will take place on the grounds of the Hawaii State Capitol and its surrounding areas, Iolani Palace grounds, Punchbowl Street, the King Kamehameha V Judiciary History Center, Kalanimoku Building grounds, and The Frank F. Fasi Civic Center. Children, teens and families will have the chance to enjoy over three hundred…

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An Artist’s Journey: The Creating of Aquarius

This short film was showcased at the Hawaii State Capitol’s 4th annual Art at the Capitol event, which was held on March 2, 2012. The film documents the history behind the Aquarius mosaic and its creator, Tadashi Sato. Keiko Sato, Tadashi Sato’s sister, shares her memories of the renowned artist’s journey to creating Aquarius, which is located at the Hawaii State Capitol’s rotunda. To view film click here.

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The Creation of the Hawaii State Senate and House Chamber Tapestries

This short film was showcased at the Hawaii State Capitol’s 4th annual Art at the Capitol event, which was held March 2, 2012. The film documents the history behind the two giant wall tapestries hanging in the Senate and House Chambers. Ruthadell Anderson, creator of the Senate and House tapestries, takes viewers back in time to when she and her team spent hundreds of hours weaving the pieces of art. To view film click here

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National Jazz Appreciation Month

Honoka’a Jazz Band’s “Big City Tour”, April 19-22, includes shows at the State Capitol and Royal Hawaiian Center Honolulu. In honor of National Jazz Appreciation Month, the Honoka’a Jazz Band from the Big Island has scheduled its annual “Big City Tour” of Oahu with several performances and appearances from April 19-22. One of the young group’s first free performances will be at the Hawaii State Capitol Rotunda on Friday, April 20, 2012. After opening remarks…

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Hawaii State Senate Celebrates Education

HONOLULU — Education will once again be the focus of an interactive week-long celebration at the State Capitol from March 12-16, 2012. Various educational stakeholders and organizations that make a difference in the lives of Hawaii’s students will be participating in the legislature’s 9th Annual Education Week. During House and Senate Floor Sessions, legislators will also be honoring various individuals and schools, such as Milken Award educators, district teachers of the year, principals of the…

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First Electric Vehicle Charger Unveiled at State Capitol

On Wednesday, July 27, 2011, State officials unveiled the first electric vehicle charger at the State Capitol. The State Capitol charge station is part of the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism’s (DBEDT) Electric Vehicle (EV) Ready Program initiative. The charging station at the Capitol is the first of five charging stations planned for installation at State owned buildings in the downtown area. By making charging stations more available, the State program aims to…

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