Town Hall Meeting Scheduled to Discuss Little Fire Ant Infestation of Residential Areas in Mililani Mauka

Senators Donovan Dela Cruz and Michelle Kidani have scheduled a town hall meeting for concerned Mililani residents to discuss how the community can work together with city and state agencies to stop the spread of Little Fire Ants (LFA). The meeting will be held on Monday, July 14 from 7-9 p.m. at Mililani Mauka Elementary School Cafeteria. Agencies invited to the meeting are the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Land and Natural Resources, 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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Senate Honors Senator David Ige on His Final Day as a State Senator

Lawmakers bid farewell to Ways and Means Chair on Sine Die The Hawaii State Senate honored one of its longest continuously serving members of its body for having devoted more than half his life to representing residents of Pearl City and Aiea. Lawmakers presented Sen. David Ige, who has chosen not to seek re-election to his Senate seat, with a certificate of appreciation commending his service to the state of Hawaii. “The legislature has been…

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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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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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The Senate Celebrates the Japanese Women’s Society Foundation 60th Anniversary

The Senate today recognized the Japanese Women’s Society Foundation (JSWF) for their service to our Hawaii community and joined them in celebrating its 60th anniversary. The Japanese Women’s Society was founded in 1954 to promote culture and provide education and quality services to the community while promoting friendship between the United States and Japan, cultivating fellowship among its members and encouraging members to engage in community service.  With the goal of being trendsetters in health and…

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SENATOR MICHELLE KIDANI ELECTED TO LEADERSHIP ROLE WITH WOMEN IN GOVERNMENT

HONOLULU – Senator Michelle Kidani has been elected a 2014 State Director with Women In Government (WIG) by her legislative colleagues.  State Directors help to define important issues in their states so that Women In Government can tailor programming to address these needs. “Women In Government congratulates Senator Kidani for her election again this year,” said Marjorie Maginn, WIG President and Executive Director.  “She has been a State Director since 2009 and has been an…

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Senate Judiciary Chair Announce Effort to Establish “No Fishing Zone” Around Ni’ihau Island

Honolulu- Hawai‘i State Senate Judiciary Chair Clayton Hee in a press conference today announced that the Hawaii State Legislature and the Department of Land Natural Resources (DLNR) intend to respond individually to the depletion of near shore fisheries on the Island of Ni‘ihau. Ni‘ihau is a constant and living reminder of the interdependence of man and nature,” said Senator Hee. “There is no question that unless the government takes dramatic proactive steps to reserve the…

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Senators Discuss WSF with Public School Principals

Early this week, Senate Education Chair Jill Tokuda met with principals from the Leilehua-Mililani-Waialua Complex and Aiea-Moanalua-Radford Complex to discuss the impacts of the Weighted Student Formula (WSF). This week’s meeting was part of a set of statewide site visits the Senator is conducting this interim, as she meets with principals across the State to receive feedback and comments about the way public schools are funded through WSF. Area Senators Michelle Kidani, Glenn Wakai, David…

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Senator Michelle Kidani’s Floor Remarks on House Bill 200, the Hawaii State Budget

On April 3o, 2013, Senator Michelle Kidani, who serves as vice chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means and oversees Capital Improvements Projects for the Senate, offered the following remarks in support of House Bill (HB) 200, the Hawaii State Budget: Thank you Madam President. I rise in support of this measure. This past session has been an interesting one to say the least. I say this because of how different this year…

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