Senate President Donna Mercado Kim’s Statement Regarding the Passing of Lowell Kalapa

Honolulu- Hawaii State Senate President Donna Mercado Kim today shared the following remarks on the passing of Lowell Kalapa, president of the Tax Foundation of Hawaii: “President of the Tax Foundation of Hawaii, Lowell Kalapa was a longtime advocate and watchdog for Hawaii’s taxpayers.” “Deeply respected by members of the Hawaii State Legislature, his fiscal knowledge and expertise served as a critical voice at the Capitol, helping to shape good policy and support better government.”…

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Senate President Donna Mercado Kim Extends Condolences on the Tragic Passing of Loretta Fuddy

Honolulu- Hawaii State Senate President Donna Mercado Kim expressed her sorrow today on learning of the tragic passing of the Department of Health Director Loretta Fuddy.   Loretta Fuddy embodied the very spirit and character of public service, dedicating her life to the health and well-being of all of Hawaii’s people.”   “Appointed to Director of the Department of Health in 2011, Loretta brought with her over thirty-five years of experience in health and human…

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Lanterns to Illuminate Hawaii State Capitol Reflective Pool in Honor of the Victims of Typhoon Haiyan

Honolulu- Floating lanterns will illuminate the Hawaii State Capitol reflective pool on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 during a candlelight vigil for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. Presented by the Hawaii State Senate, the program will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Hawaii State Capitol rotunda. The event is open to the public. What: Candlelight vigil for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan When: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. The public is welcome to start…

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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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New UH Athletic Director Ben Jay to Share His Vision for the Sports Program

Honolulu – The University of Hawaii’s new Athletics Director Ben Jay will be talking about his vision for the UH’s sports program at a town hall meeting on Thursday, May 16, 2013. It will take place at Pearl Ridge Elementary School’s cafeteria at 7 p.m. Recently, Jay sparked controversy among UH fans for his decision to change team names. He’s also brought attention to the poor state of the athletics facilities through twitter. This will…

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2013 Legislative Session: State Senate Invests In Hawaii’s Future

HONOLULU– The Hawaii State Legislature has adjourned on this final day of the 2013 Legislative Session.  With a spirit of cooperativeness, civility, and compromise exercised by the Senate Committee on Ways and Means and the House Committee on Finance, the Hawaii State Budget, House Bill (HB) 200, was passed more than one week before the final day of the 2013 session.  The budget’s early passage allowed the Senate to carefully assess the needs of Hawaii…

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Hawaii State Senate Passes Bills that Build a Stronger Economy to Ensure a Better Quality of Life

HONOLULU–  Ahead of the First Crossover deadline, the Hawaii State Senate passed 348 bills during Tuesday’s session.  The bills now head over to the House for consideration. The First Crossover deadline is on Thursday, March 7, 2013. This is the last day for a final vote on a bill to occur in its originating chamber before it is passed on to the other chamber for further consideration. During First Crossover, all Senate bills that pass…

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Senate President Introduces UH Bills that Respond to Issues Raised in the Failed UH Concert

Honolulu – Senate President Donna Mercado Kim is proposing six bills in her legislative package that directly impact the University of Hawaii.  The bills are based on findings and recommendations from the Senate Special Committee on Accountability’s informational briefings to review the oversight, accountability, and transparency of the operational and financial management of the University of Hawaii System, chaired by Senator Kim in September and October 2012. The discussion and call for University of Hawaii…

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Senate Uses Technology to Connect with Neighbor Island Constituents

Honolulu – Beginning this legislative session, neighbor island constituents will have the chance to testify at a Senate hearing without physically being there.   By using the Hawaii State Senate’s new Neighbor Island Video Conferencing Program, constituents on the neighbor islands will be able to participate in the legislative process and have their voices heard without traveling to Oahu. This pilot project is intended to afford neighbor island individuals the opportunity to actively participate in formulating…

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Lawmakers Take Action in the Fight Against the Flu

With the flu season well underway, Senate President Donna Mercado Kim received her flu shot vaccination this afternoon at the State Capitol. HMSA, with its partner CVS-Longs, and Kaiser Permanente offered vaccinations for their working members at the State Capitol today.  The event was coordinated through the offices of Senate President Donna Mercado Kim, Vice Speaker John Mizuno, and Representative Dee Morikawa.  The flu season officially begins on October 1st of each year, and continues through…

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