Native Hawaiian Roll Commission to Give an Update on its Progress

The Senate Committee on Hawaiian Affairs will hold an informational briefing to hear an update on the progress of the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission on Monday, May 5, 2014 at 10:30am in Room 229 of the Hawaii State Capitol. The Native Hawaiian Roll Commission was established by Act 195 in 2011 to certify and publish a roll of Qualified Native Hawaiians for the purpose of organizing a Native Hawaiian governing entity that is recognized by…

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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 Special Investigative Committee on the Hawaii State Hospital Meets Again

The Senate Special Investigative Committee on the Hawaii State Hospital yesterday continued questioning top administrators in a hearing held at the Capitol. During the hearing, concerns were raised about nepotism and if there was a possibility of overtime pay being awarded unfairly. The Hawaii Legislature subpoenaed a top administrator, Bill Elliott, to inquire specifically whether clerks at the hospital were unfairly giving more overtime to one employee over another. The investigation will be ongoing as…

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Partners in Development Foundation’s Ka Pa‘alana Homeless Family Education Program is first program of its kind to receive accreditation

The Senate today recognized Partners in Development Foundation’s Ka Pa‘alana Homeless Family Education Program on receiving full accreditation from the prestigious National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The Ka Pa‘alana Homeless Family Education Program is the first program of its kind in the nation to receive full NAEYC accreditation. Ka Pa‘alana assists homeless families with young children on the Waianae coast by delivering or providing access to essential services, such as a…

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Legislative Committees to Receive Updates on Issues Related to DHHL and OHA

Honolulu- The Senate Committee on Hawaiian Affairs and the House Committee on Ocean, Marine Resources, and Hawaii Affairs will be conducting a series of informational briefings to receive updates on several emergent issues being addressed by the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA). The briefings will be held on Thursday, November 21, 2013, beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the State Capitol conference room 329. During the briefing the…

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Hawaii State Senate Announces Transformation in Committee Lineup

Honolulu–The Hawaii State Senate today unveiled changes to its committee lineup and chairmanships. Two committees have been added, splitting the current Committee on Tourism and Hawaiians Affairs (THA) into two separate subject matter committees. The new committees are Tourism (TSM) and Hawaiian Affairs (HWN). Senator Gilbert Kahele will chair TSM with Senator Gilbert Keith-Agaran serving as vice-chair. Senator Maile Shimabukuro will chair HWN with Senator Clayton Hee serving as vice-chair. In the beginning of the…

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Waianae High School’s Searider Productions to be Honored by Hawaii State Senate

Honolulu – The Hawaii State Senate will be presenting Waianae High School’s Searider Productions with a Certificate of Recognition for receiving the Apple Distinguished Program tomorrow, April 2, 2013 during its Session, which begins at 11:30 a.m. I am really proud of the Searider Productions students.  They are a fine example of integrating technology with education and learning,” said Sen. Maile Shimabukuro (District 21-Kalaeloa, Honokai Hale, Ko ‘Olina, Nanakuli, Ma‘ili, Wai‘anae, Makaha, Makua).  “Through Searider…

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U.S Navy to be Recognized for its Hawaiian Cultural Stewardship and Renewable Energy Initiatives

Honolulu – The Hawaii State Senate will be presenting the United States Navy with a Certificate of Recognition for its Hawaiian cultural stewardship and its renewable energy initiatives on Tuesday, March 12, during its Session. Senator Maile Shimabukuro is co-sponsoring the certificate with Senator Will Espero, chair of the Senate Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs.  Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam has partnered with other organizations to perform important projects that help preserve our…

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Ask Your Senator 2012: Thanks For Asking

As part of this year’s ask your Senator project, students from Nanakuli High and Intermediate School emailed in several questions to their State Senator, Senator Maile Shimabukuro (District 21 Ko ‘Olina, Kahe Point, Nanakuli, Ma’ili, Wai’anae, Makaha, Makua, Ka’ena Point). Actively participating in this year’s inaugural Ask Your Senator Project Nanakuli High and Intermediate School students submitted over 20 video questions, the most questions received from any school or district. After listing to all of…

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Clean-up and Beautification of the People’s Path Planned

MAILI —  A clean-up and beautification of the People’s Path will be held on Sunday, February 12, 2012 from 7:30am to noon.  The People’s Path is a pathway located along the Waianae Coast.  Sen. Maile Shimabukuro, along with many volunteer groups, is coordinating the clean-up. For the past three years, we’ve been cleaning up and sprucing up the area, making it a safe pathway for residents to use,” said Sen. Shimabukuro, who represents District 21,…

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