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Maui senators J. Kalani English, Rosalyn Baker and Gilbert Keith-Agaran talk about the issues affecting Maui and how the State Senate is addressing those issues in the latest episode of Maui Mana‘o.

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Maui’s Keone Kali Confirmed as Chief Information Officer for the Hawai‘i Office of Information Management and Technology

The Senate today confirmed Keone Kali as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Hawai‘i Office of Information Management and Technology. Kali previously served as the State’s Deputy CIO for operations and was appointed by Governor Neil Abercrombie to fill outgoing CIO Sanjeev Bhagowalia’s position when he was appointed as Chief Advisor for Technology and Cyber-Security. Kali also served as the Director of Information Technology and acting Chief Technology Officer for the Pacific Disaster Center on Maui and the CIO for the City of Beverly Hills.


Maui’s Senate delegation join Keone Kali flanked by his parents for a photo after a floor vote confirming Kali as CIO of the Hawai‘i Office of Information Management and Technology

“I am pleased that my colleagues joined me in confirming Keone Kali as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the State of Hawai‘i,” said Senator J. Kalani English, who represents Hana, east and upcountry Maui, Moloka‘i, Lana‘i and Kaho‘olawe. “With nearly twenty years of experience in information technology, business development and management, I believe that Kali is the best person to lead the State’s 12-year technology plan to modernize its IT systems.”

“Kali has a proven record of success,” said Senator Roz Baker, who represents South and West Maui. “I have no doubt that under Kali’s leadership, the State will improve the delivery of government programs and services to the people of Hawai‘i.”

“Kali has the experience and skills needed to propel the State’s e-gov goals,” Senator Gilbert Keith-Agaran, who represents Wailuku, Waihe‘e, and Kahului. “Embracing new technologies will improve government services and increase its accessibility to Hawai‘i’s residents.”

The plan also emphasizes open government, a concept that has been the centerpiece of Bhagowalia’s IT career. It will reinforce the state’s e-gov goals by improving mobile and online access to all government services, and the planning for it all will involve the people who actually do the separate jobs throughout the government.

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Senators Recognize Maui School Teacher Anthony Kamaka‘eu Williams

 Pa‘ia Elementary School Teacher wins Maui District Teacher of the Year


The Hawai‘i State Senate recognized Anthony Kamaka‘eu Williams in a special presentation on the chamber’s floor for being named the 2014 Maui School District Teacher of the Year. Williams is a fourth grade Hawaiian language immersion teacher at Pa‘ia Elementary School. Williams was one of seven District Teacher of the Year recipients and will receive a monetary award from the Polynesian Cultural Center and gifts of instructional software from SMART Technologies for this honor.

“I commend Kumu Kamaka‘eu for this great honor. His passion for the Hawaiian language and teaching students is inspirational to all educators,” said Senator J. Kalani English, who represents Hana, east and upcountry Maui, Moloka‘i, Lana‘i and Kaho‘olawe. “Just 30 years ago, the Hawaiian language was close to becoming extinct. The Hawaiian language lives on thanks to committed teachers such as Kumu Kamaka‘eu who have dedicated their lives to the Hawaiian Immersion Program.”

“Congratulations to Kumu Kamaka‘eu,” said Senator Gilbert Keith-Agaran, who represents Wailuku, Waihe‘e, and Kahului. “In addition to classroom education in Hawaii, Kumu Kamaka‘eu leads extracurricular activities in order to provide a Hawaiian language environment to students outside of the school day. It is truly encouraging to see educators so invested in our keiki.”

“This is a well-deserved accolade for Kumu Kamaka‘eu. He is an extraordinary educator who was also voted Maui Hawaiian Immersion Teacher of the Year in 2012,” said Senator Roz Baker, who represents South and West Maui. “Kumu Kamaka‘eu plays an important role in keeping the Hawaiian language alive as well as maintaining the rigors of the Common Core standards. I admire his dedication to students and the community.”

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Statement from Senator J. Kalani English on the Inaugural Flight of Ohana by Hawaiian to Molokai

Senator J. Kalani English, District 7 – Hana, East and Upcountry Maui, Moloka‘i, Lanai‘i and Kaho‘olawe, today released the following statement on the inaugural flight of ‘Ohana by Hawaiian to Moloka‘i, the first of two islands it will return to the Hawaiian Airlines network. On March 18, twice daily service between Honolulu and Lana‘i will launch. Sen. English is chairman of the Committee on Transportation and International Affairs.

 

“This is a special day for Moloka‘i and its residents. The last time Hawaiian Airlines flew to Molokai was 10 years ago and we are excited to welcome them back. The ‘Ohana by Hawaiian operation will better serve our residents while creating more than 100 new jobs locally.

“I am humbled by Hawaiian Airlines’ invitation to take the inaugural flight, provide remarks and tour the aircraft. Hawaiian Airlines is establishing a network of safe and reliable routes that connect families and friends daily and we look forward to the launch of the Lana‘i flights.”

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Statement from Senator J. Kalani English on the Release of $1.5 Million for Maui’s Heritage Hall

Senator J. Kalani English today released the following statement on the capital improvement grant funding for Maui’s Heritage Hall in Paia:

“I, along with my colleagues at the Legislature, worked to include funding in the budget for Heritage Hall during the 2013 session because we believe Maui’s diverse cultures should be celebrated and shared.

“The Portuguese and Puerto Ricans have long seeded histories on Maui and I am pleased that $1.5 million to build the Heritage Hall has been released to support the cultural collaboration between the Maui Puerto Rican Association and the Portuguese Association of Maui.

“Heritage Hall will provide a physical learning site that preserves and honors the proud history and cultures of the Portuguese and Puerto Rican people on Maui. Additionally, Heritage Hall will provide much needed public-use community meeting rooms.”

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Senator English’s Statement on Lana‘i Plane Crash

Senator J. Kalani English (District 7- Hana, East and Upcountry Maui, Moloka‘i, Lana‘i, Kaho‘olawe), Chair of the Senate Committee on Transportation and International Affairs, today issued the following statement after learning of the fatal plane crash near Lana‘i Airport:

“It is with great sadness that I extend my most heartfelt condolences to the friends and families of those who passed in last night’s fatal plane crash on Lana‘i. I continue to keep the survivors who are currently under the care of Queen’s Medical Center in my thoughts and prayers.”

“We lost two officials from Maui County’s Department of Planning and the pilot of the charter plane, with three others injured. They were on their way back from a Lana‘i Planning Commission meeting that ended at 8:30 p.m. Their flight left around 9:05, about an hour after the last commercial flight leaving Lana‘i. The Maui Planning Department officials played an integral part in development of the county and will be remembered for their service to the community.”

“Maui County has endured great tragedy in just a few months. We are still grieving the loss of Loretta Fuddy, Hawai‘i’s State health director, to a plane crash off the shores of Kalaupapa, Moloka‘i.”

“As a unique and isolated county, small chartered planes are necessary for travel within the county. As such, air travel safety is an issue that is highly important to us. Maui Air had a previously unblemished record and I trust that a thorough investigation of the crash will occur. For those traveling by air to and from Lana‘i, I want to assure you that services are safe and will continue.”

“We are grateful to the first responders in the crash and for their continued commitment to protecting Hawai‘i and those who visit our state.”

“On behalf of the Hawai‘i State Senate, I offer my sincere condolences to the family and friends of those who lost their lives and will keep the survivors in our thoughts and prayers.”

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Senator J Kalani English Applauds Completion of Second Phase of Lahaina Bypass

Honolulu- Chair of the Senate Committee on Transportation and International Affairs J. Kalani English (District 7- Hana, East and Upcountry Maui, Moloka‘i, Lana‘i, Kaho‘olawe) applauds the completion of the Lahaina Bypass, Phase 1B-1 project, the second of five phases of the bypass corridor.

Formally titled “Honoapiilani Highway Realignment, Phase 1B-a, Lahainaluna Road to Hokiokio Place,” the project involves constructing a two-lane highway within a right-of-way that will ultimately become a four-lane divided facility with sufficient capacity to accommodate future traffic growth.

The successful completion of the second phase of the Lahaina Bypass marks a significant milestone in the realignment of the Honoapiilani Highway,” said Senator J. Kalani English. “The people of Maui and Lahaina have waited nearly three decades for the completion of this project. By relieving congestion on the existing Honoapiilani Highway through Lahaina town this new segment of bypass will greatly impact the lives and needs of our local residents.”

Phase 1B-1 will complete a 1.7-mile segment of the Lahaina Bypass corridor, extending further south of Lahainaluna Road to allow motorists an alternate route between Keawe Street and Hokiokio Road.

Senator J. Kalani English’s Statement Regarding Tragic Death of the Department of Health Director Loretta Fuddy

Honolulu- Chair of the Senate Committee on Transportation and International Affairs J. Kalani English  (District 7- Hana, East and Upcountry Maui, Moloka‘i, Lana‘i, Kaho‘olawe) today shared the following remarks upon learning of the passing of the Department of Health Director Loretta Fuddy in yesterday’s tragic plane crash off the coast of Kalaupapa on Molokai.

 

On behalf of the people of Hawaii, I would like to extend my most heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the Department of Health Director Loretta Fuddy, who tragically passed away in a plane crash late Wednesday afternoon. Loretta was a true public servant and friend of the people.” 

“As the Director of Health, Loretta demonstrated an unwavering support for Hawaii and the people she served. She will be dearly missed.”

Hawaii State Senate Confirms Judge Lloyd A. Poelman to Maui District Court

(Maui Senators congratulate Lloyd A. Poelman on his confirmation to District Court Judge for the Second Circuit, located on Maui.)

Honolulu- The Hawaii State Senate today confirmed the appointment of Lloyd A. Poelman as judge to the District Court of the Second Circuit, located on Maui. He was nominated by Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald and was subject to Senate confirmation.

Judge Poelman has established himself as a person of great integrity, judicial competence, and diligence,” said Senator Roz Baker, who represents South and West Maui. “We are honored to confirm him to Maui’s District Court of the Second Circuit.”

Judge Poelman possesses the experience, temperament, and passion for justice essential to serve on a District Court,” said Senator J. Kalani English, who represents Hana, East and Upcountry Maui, Moloka‘i, Lana‘i, Kaho‘olawe. “I believe that the people of Maui will be well-served under his judgeship.”

I am pleased, along with my fellow Maui Senators, to support Judge Poelman’s confirmation,” said Senator Gilbert Keith-Agaran, who represents Wailuku, Waihe‘e, Kahului. “I am confident that he will serve the people of Maui well in this position based on his knowledge, compassion, and demeanor.”

Poelman currently serves as a partner in the Wailuku firm of Poelman and Langa, where his practice includes personal and business law, personal injury, bankruptcy, insurance defense, property law, and estate planning. In addition, he serves as a per diem judge presiding in the District Family Court on Maui.

Poleman earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah, and his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School.

He will serve a term of six years.

Department of Transportation Updates Senate on HI and H2 Projects

(Department of Transportation briefs the Senate Committee on Transportation and International Affairs regarding major projects on Interstates H-1 and H-2.)

Honolulu- The Senate Committee on Transportation and International Affairs held an informational briefing today to receive an update from the Department of Transportation (DOT) on major projects on Interstates H-1 and H-2.

During the briefing DOT officials informed Senators on the purpose, timelines, lane closures, cost and method of funding for highway projects currently being planned and executed. Senators were also briefed on how major roadway projects are planned, coordinated and implemented.

This informational briefing was a great opportunity for us to meet with the Department of Transportation and discuss the current status of projects in progress on H-I and H-2,” said Senator J Kalani English, Chair of the Senate Committee on Transportation and International Affairs. “Now that we have a better understanding of where the organization is, the Senate can take the necessary steps to address the department’s future needs and shortfalls. The tax payers deserve for us to make prudent and precise decisions when it comes to the safety of our interstates.”

Projects discussed during today’s briefing included the implementation of an interagency incident management program, an advanced traveler information system to give motorist real-time traffic info (via phone, internet and signs), destination sign upgrades and replacements, interstate improvements and bridge replacements.

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