Waikoloa to receive $525,000 for design of a new public library

Sen. Malama Solomon is pleased to announce that funding identified by the Legislature for a new public library in Waikoloa has been released by the administration. The project includes $525,000 for design work for a new Waikoloa Public Library. “Residents of Waikoloa worked very hard over the years to get this much-needed public library in the community,” said Solomon, who represents District 4 – Hilo, Hamakua, Kohala, Waimea, Waikoloa and Kona. “The rural area of…

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Sen. Solomon on the Selection of Hawaii as the Next Host of the 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) today selected Hawaii as the location to host the 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress. Senator Malama Solomon (District 4 – Hilo, Hamakua, Kohala, Waimea, Waikoloa, Kona) this past session put forth a certificate supporting Hawaii’s bid to host the 2016 World Conservation Congress. She issued the following remarks on the selection of Hawaii: “We’ve been waiting with anticipation for the announcement of the next host of the…

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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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District 4 on Hawai‘i Island to Receive Almost a Half Billion Dollars in Capital Improvement Project Funding

Residents of the new North Hawai‘i Senate District 4 were assured they will receive a larger share back of the General Excise Taxes (GET) and Transient Accommodation Taxes (TAT) that this community generates as a result of the passage on final reading today of the 2014 Legislature’s supplemental budget bill, according to District 4 Senator Malama Solomon. With the passage of this biennium budget (HB 1700 CD1), Sen. District 4 will receive close to a…

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$1.5 Million Project to Modernize the Kahilu Theatre

The Kahilu Theatre will finally have a new look thanks to the release of a $1.5 million general obligation bond fund grant by Gov. Neil Abercrombie. The Legislature appropriated these funds in 2013. “The Kahilu Theatre has and will continue to play a substantial role in bringing culture and the arts to Waimea,” said Sen. Malama Solomon, who represents District 4-Hilo, Hamakua, Kohala, Waimea, Waikoloa, and Kona. “It holds a special place in the hearts…

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Senate’s Capitol Idol Raises Over $1,700 for the Hawaii Foodbank

The Capitol Idol II: The Return of Capitol Idol, a government talent show, raised over $1,700 for the Hawaii Foodbank. In 2012, the event raised $1,400. Members of the executive branch and legislature didn’t hold anything back to win the coveted individual and team perpetual trophies. However, Blake Oshiro, Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Neil Abercrombie, and his backup dancers outshone everyone with “Last Dance.” Sen. Mike Gabbard organized the fundraiser and comedian Champ…

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State Leaders Take the Stage for Capitol Idol II

Everyone’s got talent, right? We’ll see about that at Capitol Idol II: The Return of Capitol Idol, a government talent show fundraiser for the Hawai‘i Foodbank, featuring a handful of brave government leaders from the executive and legislative branches.  Members of the Senate, House and executive branch will sing, dance, and showcase other talents to win the applause of audience members on Monday, April 14 from 5-7 p.m. in the Capitol Auditorium. Admission is FREE….

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Solomon Supports New Laws Honoring Veterans and their Families

With a family of veterans, including a brother who lost his life during the Vietnam War, Senator Malama Solomon today attended the bill signing of HB2071 and HB1770 by Governor Neil Abercrombie in the ceremonial room to show her support of these bills.                 Photo Credit: Office of Senator Malama Solomon HB2071 designate the last Sunday in September as “Gold Star Family Day,” and HB1170 requires notation of…

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Senator Malama Solomon Applauds Richard Ha’s Leadership in Agriculture

Submits testimony in strong support of the Hawai‘i Island farmer’s Board of Agriculture appointment In written testimony to the chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Senator Malama Solomon (District 9 – Hilo, Hamakua, Kohala, Waimea, Waikoloa, and Kona) expressed strong support for the appointment of Richard Ha to the state Board of Agriculture. “The challenges that face the agricultural business in Hawai‘i are daunting,” Solomon said in written testimony. “This is why we need…

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Statement from Senator Malama Solomon on the Release of $850,000 for State Parks on Hawaii Island

 Senator Malama Solomon, District 4 – Hilo, Hamakua, Kohala, Waimea, Waikoloa, Kona, today released the following statement on the release of $850,000 capital improvement project funds for the following state recreation areas on Hawaii Island: 1) Hapuna Beach Recreation Area ($500,000) 2) Mauna Kea Recreation Area ($350,000) “I am happy that the administration has released the funds to improve our state recreation areas on Hawaii Island. “From picnicking and camping to swimming in our oceans and…

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