Premiere of the Senate paperless video documentary

We are pleased to announce the premiere of “The Senate Paperless Initiative,” a video documenting the Senate’s ongoing efforts to reduce paper use and streamline key operations. The Paperless Initiative helped cut the Senate budget by reducing personnel and operating costs. The premiere will provide a status report reviewing the results achieved through the Initiative and inform the public how the Senate has reduced their legislative budget.                         WHEN:           Friday, January 29, 2010                                                 10:30…

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Opening Day speech of the 2010 legislative session

by Senate President Colleen Hanabusa District 21 The Capitol is quiet today. The crowds and celebrations that typically accompany an opening day of the Hawaii State Legislature are absent. Because while we still welcome with open arms anyone who wants to ask for our help or express their point of view, we know that this session will be different. Now is not the time to celebrate. Now is the time to work. We face unprecedented…

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Special committee to consider approaches to teacher furloughs

Parents against furlough Fridays Rally at the Hawai‘i State Capitol, October 23, 2009. Senate President Colleen Hanabusa today announced that a Special Committee of the Hawai‘i State Senate will convene to consider the options available to address the question of teacher furloughs. “I am proud that my colleagues are stepping up with a battery of ideas to solve the teacher furlough problem,” said Senator Hanabusa, “but every option raises questions. We need to look at…

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West Hawaii Bar Association

On August 27, 2009, Senate President Colleen Hanabusa presented an update on 2009 Legislative Session to the West Hawaii Bar Association in Judge Ronald Ibarra’s courtroom in Kealakekua, Hawaii.  In the photo, from L to R: Mike Matsukawa, Vicki Kalman, Margaret Masunaga, Judge Ronald Ibarra, Senator Colleen Hanabusa, Bob Kim, Carol Kitaoka, and Dawn West.

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2009 Hawaii Medal of Honor

A very somber moment in our state’s history, the 2009 Hawaii Medal of Honor ceremony was marked with sadness, loss, great honor, and profound gratitude. Honoring our fallen soldiers, Senate President Colleen Hanabusa offered these remarks: As a citizen of this great land, born with the freedom to speak, to believe and to dream, free to express personal thoughts without fear of recrimination or reprisal, to protest and participate in government, I am thankful to be a part…

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Updated post: Senator Hanabusa to receive national ABA Award

Senate President Colleen Hanabusa earlier this month was awarded the American Bar Association’s Spirit of Excellence Award, celebrating the efforts and accomplishments of lawyers who work to promote a more racially and ethnically diverse legal profession. View a clip of the presentation and Senator Colleen Hanabusa’s acceptance speech >here! Read the original post.

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Senator Hanabusa to address Harvard Conference on Law and Policy

Senate President Colleen Hanabusa will provide the Opening Keynote Address to the 15th Annual Asian Pacific American Conference on Law and Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government on February 27, 2009. The conference—which will include sections on environmental racism, international trade, and the current financial crisis—is intended to raise awareness, to call for action, and to engage attendees of the Conference in addressing the most pressing challenges of our time.The conference is hosted by…

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Senator Hanabusa to receive national ABA award

********** UPDATED on February 23, 2009 View the Spirit of Excellence Award presentation and Senator Colleen Hanabusa’s acceptance speech here! Senate President Colleen Hanabusa, a licensed attorney, will receive the American Bar Association’s Spirit of Excellence Award at a ceremony at the ABA’s Midyear Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts on February 14, 2009. The Spirit of Excellence Awards celebrate the efforts and accomplishments of lawyers who work to promote a more racially and ethnically diverse legal profession….

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State Senate and ‘Olelo unveil on-demand webcasts of hearings

The Hawai‘i State Senate and ‘Olelo Community Television today announced that Senate hearings that are cablecast on ‘Olelo will also be available for on-demand viewing on the Internet for up to six months from the hearing date. Via a link provided on the Senate’s home page, users will be allowed to search the archive based on the closed captioning that is already offered on Senate cablecasts. Full use of the free public service requires a…

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