Mililani High School Valedictorian Receives Scholarship From National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislatures

A Mililani High School graduate is one of just eleven students from across the U.S. selected to receive a college scholarship award from the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislatures (NHCSL). Isis Usborne, a valedictorian from the MHS Class of 2014, will use the $3,000 grant to help with tuition and expenses as she enrolls at UH Manoa for the fall semester. The John S. Martinez Closing the Achievement Gap Scholarship was created in memory…

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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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Education Week at the Capitol Continues

Senators Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of University of Hawaii Community Colleges Education Senators were spotted today in the Capitol rotunda and lanai participating in the Education Week’s University of Hawaii Community College Day in celebration of its 50th anniversary. The events of the day opened with remarks from Sen. Jill Tokuda, chair of the Education Committee, UH Interim President David Lassner and community college chancellors. Senator Tokuda gives opening remarks on Community College Day during Education…

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Education Week Kicks Off at the State Capitol

Today is the start of Education Week at the Hawaii State Legislature. The week-long event will feature displays, presentations, demonstrations, and rallies in support of education initiatives that highlight the success of our schools and our students. Sponsored by the Senate and House Education Committees chairs, Senator Jill Tokuda and Representative Roy Takumi, the celebration will include programs and events that encourages our students and the public to visit the State Capitol, engage with policymakers…

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Hawaii State Senate Celebrates Education

State Legislature’s Annual Education Week to Begin on March 17th   Education will be the focus of an interactive week-long celebration at the State Capitol from March 17-21, 2014. Various educational stakeholders and organizations that make a difference in the lives of Hawaii’s students will be participating in the legislature’s annual Education Week. Displays, presentations, demonstrations, and rallies in support of education initiatives that highlight the success of our schools and our students will take…

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DOE Updates Lawmakers on 5-Year Program to Reduce Energy Costs

Lawmakers discuss SB2424 SB2, master strategy for cooling of public school facilities  The Senate and House Committees on Education and Energy yesterday heard from the Department of Education (DOE) to get an update on Ka Hei, the department’s five-year comprehensive sustainability energy program. The goal of the program is to integrate innovative energy technology with meaningful learning experiences, all while reducing energy costs and operational expenses.  (The hearing can be viewed at the Senate Webcast…

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In the Community: Senator Tokuda Attends the 34th Annual Windward District Fitness Meet

Today, Senator Jill Tokuda, Senate District 24 (Kailua, Kaneohe) attended the 34th Annual Windward District Fitness Meet at Castle High School in Kaneohe. 3rd through 6th grade students from elementary schools in Windward Oahu competed in various physical fitness elements. Eleven windward Oahu elementary schools were presented with the 2014 Excellence in Wellness Award. The success of today’s event was credited to a number of community partners, including the Marine Corps Base Hawaii. Students participate…

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Senators visit Moanalua Middle School as implementation of Access to Learning pilot project begins

State senators Jill Tokuda and Michelle Kidani, along with members of the State House of Representative, Board of Education, and staff from the Department of Education,  visited Moanalua Middle School Friday, February 21. In July 2013, Moanalua Middle School was one of eight public schools, and the only middle school, chosen to participate in the Hawaii Department of Education pilot project, Access to Learning. The eight schools were given a tablet or laptop for every…

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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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Students Testify via Videoconference

SB2441 establishes R.E.A.C.H. programs, SB2446 names new Maui school after late U.S. Rep. Mink Honolulu – Students from across the state participated in the legislative process by testifying via videoconferencing during a Senate hearing on two education bills. Senate Bill 2441 establishes the R.E.A.C.H. program within the Office of Youth Services to provide a standardized framework and funding for after-school programs in public middle and intermediate schools. The bill establishes a revolving fund to receive…

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