Senate Hawaiian Affairs Caucus and OHA Take Issue with “Hula” App

Hawaii Leaders Urge CEO to Cease Use of the Native Hawaiian Word Hula In defense of the cultural practice and intellectual property of Native Hawaiians, two leading state organizations on Hawaiian affairs are asking the creator of an app that helps people get tested for STDs to stop using and branding the word “Hula.” The app, which at one point used marketing phrases as “it helps you get lei’d,” connects users to various STD testing…

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Senate District 1 on Hawai‘i Island to Receive Nearly $52 Million in Funding

Yesterday the Hawai‘i State Senate approved on final reading HB1700, the state supplemental budget bill, which includes nearly $52 million for Hawai‘i Island’s Senatorial District 1 consisting of South Hilo, including portions of Pauka‘a, Pi‘ihonua, Ka?mana, Wai?kea, and Keaukaha, represented by Senator Gilbert Kahele. “I fought to secure funding for our district so that our communities are maintained and that we remain economically viable,” said Senator Kahele. “Funding these projects and programs improve the quality…

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Counties to Receive a Larger Share of the Hotel Tax

Bill to increasing the Transient Accommodations Tax revenues distributed to the counties passes out of the Legislature and will be enrolled to the Governor The Hawaii State Legislature passed out on final reading a bill that will increase the counties’ share of the transient accommodation tax (TAT). The measure will now go to the governor for further consider. The governor can sign, veto or let the bill become law without his signature. The Legislature believes…

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Senators Break from Conference to Observe Good Friday

Happy Good Friday. Legislators are breaking from conference committee meetings today after a week of getting together to hash out differences between House and Senate versions of bills. The first bill out of conference was SB2901 SD1 HD1, a bill that would bring the State into compliance with federal motor carrier safety regulations by deleting any existing statutes or provisions containing federal requirements that are currently addressed in Hawaii Administrative Rules. This would help ensure…

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Art at the Capitol 2014 Concludes

Last Friday was the 6th annual Art at the Capitol, where lawmakers welcomed the public to tour their offices to view the publicly held artwork there. This year’s theme was Illuminating the Legislative Process for the featured complementary chandeliers hanging in the Senate and House chambers at the Hawaii State Capitol. The “Sun” and “Moon” by kinetic artist, Otto Piene, hang in the House and Senate chambers of the Hawaii State Legislature at the State…

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Senators to Honor Hokule‘a Crew Members Ahead of Worldwide Voyage

Sen. Gilbert Kahele Introduces Resolution Urging the Governor to Proclaim 2014 Year of the Worldwide Voyage As the Legislature navigates its way through the 27th Legislative Session making important policy decisions on issues that affect Hawai‘i’s people, it takes inspiration from the crew members of the Hokule‘a and their dedication to shared values of and responsibility for caring for the land and its people while honoring Hawai‘i’s heritage and culture. With great admiration, Hawai‘i senators…

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Hawaii State Senators Go Red For Women

Hawaii State senators wore red today in support of National Wear Red Day, a movement to raise awareness for the battle against heart disease in women. Heart disease is the number one killer of women and is more prevalent in women than men. Now in its 10th year, the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women campaign has saved lives by raising awareness of this serious issue. From Left: Hawaii State Senators Kahele, Nishihara, Tokuda,…

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Senate Water and Land Chair to Visit the Islands of Maui and Lana‘i

MAUI –Senate Water and Land Chair Malama Solomon will conduct site visits on the islands of Maui and Lana‘i from Wednesday, September 18 to Friday, September 20, 2013. Invited by the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), the Senator will receive updates on various programs, projects, and concerns. Senator Gilbert Kahele, chair of the Tourism Committee, will also be joining the group. Wednesday, September 18, 2013 • Koa forest watershed project • Iao Valley…

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Senate Ways and Means Committee Visits Hawai‘i Island

Earlier this week, the Senate Committee on Ways and Means, Hawai‘i Island Senators, and the Senate President conducted site visits across Hawai‘i Island. Led by Ways and Means Chair David Ige, Ways and Means Committee members, Hawaii Island Senators Malama Solomon, Josh Green, Gil Kahele, and Russell Ruderman, and Senate President Donna Mercado Kim toured and were updated on various programs, projects, and concerns. While on Hawai‘i Island, Senators visited the Kona Airport, Judiciary Courthouse,…

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