Governor Signs Bill to Establish a Honouliuli Park Site Advisory Group

Honolulu- Today Governor Neil Abercrombie signed Senate Bill (SB) 2678, Relating to Honouliuli, into law. The measure requires the Department of Land and Natural Resources to establish a Honouliuli park site advisory group to develop recommendations to leverage county, state, federal, and private funding for an educational resource center at the Honouliuli site. Honouliuli serves as an a important backdrop of key World War II sites, including as the base of Operation Forager, as well…

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Governor Signs Measures to Encourage Economic Development and Innovation

Honolulu- On June 27, 2012 Governor Neil Abercrombie signed into law bills aimed at promoting economic and high technology development in the State. Among the measures enacted include House Bill (HB) 2319, Relating to Economic Development, and HB 2873, Relating to The Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems (PISCES). HB 2319 establishes a $2 million dollar venture accelerator funding program under the Hawai’i Strategic Development Corporation (HSDC) to assist the State’s technology start-ups compete…

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Area Legislators Sponsor Post-Session Updates and Traffic Safety Meeting

HONOLULU — Makiki/Punchbowl and Ala Moana Senator Carol Fukunaga, along with Representative Karl Rhoads and Councilmember Ann Kobayashi, will hold a community meeting on Saturday, May 12, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on the 1st floor of the Makiki Christian Church.  The lawmakers have invited guest speakers from City and State transportation agencies to discuss pedestrian safety and neighborhood traffic concerns. City and County of Honolulu Department of Transportation Services’ (DTS) Director Wayne…

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Ask Your Senator 2012: Thanks for Asking

Eighth grade Social Studies students from Punahou School emailed several questions and issues to Senator Carol Fukunaga as part of  their class assignment, Project Citizen. The assignment asks the  students to identify an issue in their community, research the problem, develop and evaluate alternative solutions, and reach their own solution to the problem in the form of a public policy. Senator Carol Fukunaga (District 11- Makiki/Punchbowl, Ala Moana, McCully) answered the students’ questions. One class…

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Ask Your Senator 2012: Thanks For Asking

Students from Roosevelt High School’s Participation in Democracy class emailed several questions to their State Senators as part of this year’s “Ask Your Senator” project. Questions asked were derived from the students’ participation in the class’s assignment, Project Citizen. The assignment asks students to identify an issue in their community, research the problem, develop and evaluate alternative solutions, and reach their own solution to the problem in the form of a public policy. Together, Senator…

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Lawmakers Host Town Hall Meeting in Makiki

 WHO:    Senator Carol Fukunaga, District 11, encompassing Makiki, Punchbowl, Ala Moana and McCully Representative Karl Rhoads, District 28, encompassing Palama, Chinatown, Downtown, Lower Makiki, Sheridan Councilwoman Ann Kobayashi, District 5, encompassing a portion of Kapahulu and Kaimuki; Palolo Valley, St. Louis Heights, Manoa, Moiliili, Mc Cully, Kakaako, and a portion of Ala Moana and Makiki WHAT:  Hosting town hall meeting to discuss community concerns and answer questions.  Bryan Fitzgerald from the State Attorney General’s…

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Supporting the Improvement of Arts Education in Our Schools

The Senate Concurrent Resolution 130 working group and members of the community met for a brainstorming session at the Academy Art Center at Linekona on Wednesday, September 21, 2011. Those invited to the meeting included members from the Academy Art Center at Linekona, the Department of Education, the Arts education community, the City & County of Honolulu, Neighborhood boards, and neighboring properties. The working group hoped to gain input on a long range plan for…

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Senator Espero to Host Ustream Legislative Sit-Down

HONOLULU- On Tuesday, August 30, 2011, Senate Public Safety, Military and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee Chairperson Will Espero (Sen. District 20) will host a Ustream Legislative Sit-Down. The Ustream will begin at noon. Senator Espero will use this online platform to talk with other State Legislators about the 2011 Legislative Session, find out what they are doing in the interim, and discuss any upcoming plans for next session. Joining Senator Espero for the discussion are Senator…

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Back to School Jam Plan Responds to Community Concerns

HONOLULU — Motorists in the Lunalilo off-ramp area will experience modified morning driving conditions when they hit the road on Monday, August 15th. That’s because the State Department of Transportation (DOT) has changed the closure hours for the H-1 Freeway Lunalilo On-Ramp. The on-ramp will be reopened one hour earlier on weekdays at 8:30 a.m., instead of its current re-opening time at 9:30 a.m. The modified on-ramp closure hours will be from 6 to 8:30…

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Governor Signs Bill Relating to Broadband

Governor Neil Abercrombie this afternoon signed House Bill 1342.  The bill, now Act 151, expedites the permitting process for broadband infrastructure.  With this measure, broadband providers are exempt from state and county permitting requirements for installation, construction and development of broadband infrastructure for a 5-year period.   Reducing the time needed for permitting approvals is a key step towards increased investment in broadband technology and services in Hawaii. “Speeding up the deployment of high-speed broadband throughout…

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