Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day! Here in Hawai‘i, we are lucky to live in a place with diverse ecology and unique environments. As such, we must actively strive to be stewards of our ‘aina and protect our islands for the future. Celebrating Earth Day at the State Capitol, students from Farrington High School, Waialua High and Intermediate School, Nanakuli High and Intermediate School, Leilehua High School, Hawai‘i Pacific University, Hongwanji Mission School, ‘Iolani School, and Le Jardin…

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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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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 Commends the Kalaeloa Heritage and Legacy Foundation

The Senate today commended the Kalaeloa Heritage and Legacy Foundation (KHLF) for their work in preserving and protecting Native Hawaiian cultural and historical sites of Kalaeloa by creating a heritage park. Kalaeloa Heritage and Legacy Foundation Members with State Senators The Kalaeloa Heritage Park site is a relatively undisturbed, 77-acre parcel with over 177 recorded cultural sites that consist of a heiau and other habitation sites near Kapolei. The cultural structures at Kalaeloa Heritage Park…

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Statement from Senator Mike Gabbard on the Joint Senate-House Informational Briefing on Fuel Leaks at U.S. Navy Fuel Storage Facility

“On Wednesday, I went on a tour of the Navy’s Red Hill Underground Fuel Storage Facility with other legislators to see first-hand the situation with the recent fuel leak on January 13th. Today, we heard from the U.S. Navy, the Department of Health, and the Honolulu Board of Water Supply during an informational briefing at the Capitol. We definitely appreciated the openness of the Navy and have learned much about the current situation with the…

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Senate and House Lawmakers Schedule Briefing on Navy Fuel Leak

Senator Mike Gabbard, Chair of the Senate Energy and Environment Committee, today announced that Hawai‘i lawmakers are taking action to protect and inform the public through an informational briefing on the Navy fuel leak situation and its impacts on our water resources. Committees on subject matters relating to energy and environment, health, and public safety and military affairs from both the Senate and House will sit down with Navy officials and other relevant government agencies…

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Senator Mike Gabbard Commends Energy Excelerator

On the 12th day of the 27th Hawaii State Legislature, Senator Mike Gabbard, chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy and the Environment, commended the work of Energy Excelerator, a startup program of the Pacific International Center for High Technology Research (PICHTR) dedicated to helping solve the world’s energy challenges. Energy Excelerator plays a vital role in helping solve energy challenges by funding clean energy technologies. The Hawaii-based program recently received a $30 million grant…

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Senator Mike Gabbard Applauds Governor for Enacting “PV Renter” Bill

Honolulu- Governor Neil Abercrombie signed into law today a measure to encourage renewable energy generation on rental and leased property. Senate Bill (SB) 19, enacted as Act 261, removes the barriers for landlords and lessors to install renewable energy systems for their tenants and lessees by removing them from the definition of what constitutes a public utility. “I’m a big supporter of distributed generation – generating electricity where it’s used. That’s why I introduced SB…

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Statement by Senator Mike Gabbard in Response to Governor’s Signing of Green Infrastructure Financing Bill

Honolulu- Governor Neil Abercrombie signed into law today Senate Bill (SB) 1087, which establishes a green infrastructure financing program. Senator Mike Gabbard, Chair of the Senate Committee on Energy and Environment, issued this statement in response to the enactment of SB 1087: This innovative, first in the nation legislation allows us to do something unprecedented and that’s to join bond financing with on-bill repayment,” said Senate Committee on Energy and Environment Chair Mike Gabbard. “This…

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