Kauai Legislators Meet with Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School Students

Senator Ronald D. Kouchi, along with Representatives James Tokioka and Derek S.K. Kawakami, presented students from Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School (CKMS) with legislative certificates commending them on their achievement at the Jr. SkillsUSA Convention Construction and Technology Challenge. The Jr. SkillsUSA Convention Construction and Technology Challenge was held at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu on February 20 to 21. After the competition, the CKMS students and their advisor, Robyn Herbig, met with members of…

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KAUAIBOTS Participate in 2012 First in Hawaii Regional Robotics Competition

HONOLULU – The KAUAIBOTS Team (Team #2465), composed of students from Kapa‘a High School, Island School, Kaua‘i High School, and Waimea High School, are on Oahu today to compete in the 2012 First in Hawaii Regional Robotics Competition.  The three-day tournament is being held at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa’s Stan Sherriff Center.  This is the 5th consecutive year that a team representing the island of Kaua‘i is participating.

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Hawaii State Senate Passes Ocean Safety Collective Bargaining Bill

OAHU – The Hawaii State Senate passed SB 2967 (SD1), which seeks to establish a separate collective bargaining unit for Ocean and Water Safety Officers, at a floor vote during Session on March 6, 2012.  Under SB 2967, Bargaining Unit 14, which represents ocean safety and water safety officers, would be created. Upon passage of SB 2967, Kauai Senator Ronald D. Kouchi commented, “Ocean safety personnel and water safety officers are an integral part of…

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Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School Students Take Home Top Awards in State Competition

OAHU – Thirteen students from Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School (CKMS) won first and second places in the SkillsUSA Convention Technology Challenge Contest held on Wednesday, February 22, 2012, in Honolulu. SkillsUSA is a non-profit educational association which serves high school and post-secondary school students. The organization hosts annual local, state, and national competitions in which students demonstrate occupational and leadership skills.  The association works to provide quality educational experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship…

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Hawaii State Senate Recognizes Author of “The Descendants”

  HONOLULU —  Just a few days after attending the Academy Awards in Los Angeles, Kaui Hart Hemmings, author of  the novel, “The Descendants,” was recognized by the Hawaii State Senate. Today, Senators honored Hemmings with a certificate of recognition for the success she received in having her novel adapted into a screenplay for the movie, “The Descendants,” which won an Academy Award for the Best Adapted Screenplay Sunday night. The film also garnered four…

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Senate Ways and Means Committee Passes SB 2986

OAHU – The Senate Ways and Means Committee passed Senate Bill (SB) 2986 on Thursday, February 23, 2012, extending the sunset date on Act 198 of 2009 for five years from 2012 through 2017.  SB 2986 recognizes and affirms the Senate’s belief that utilities like Kauai Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) that use environmentally cleaner naptha fuel for power generation should continue to realize reduced tax requirements. In proposing an extension of five years instead of…

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Senator Ronald D. Kouchi Presents Chance Bukoski with Senate Certificate

OAHU- Senator Ronald D. Kouchi presented Kauai’s Chance Bukoski with a Senate Certificate at the State Capitol on Monday, January 30, 2012.  The Senate Certificate commended Bukoski on his athletic achievements throughout his collegiate soccer career.  Bukoski, a Hawaii Pacific University senior forward on the men’s soccer team, was voted on to the 2011 Daktronics NCAA Division II All-American First Team.  Bukoski was also recently featured in Sports Illustrated’s  “Faces in the Crowd”  January 9,2012…

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Senator Ronald D. Kouchi Meets With Leilehua High School Students Participating In Youth Capitol Commentary

OAHU- Director of Olelo Community Media, Greg Davis, and students from Leilehua High School, interviewed Kauai Senator Ronald D. Kouchi for the 9th Annual Youth Capitol Commentary on Wednesday, January 18, 2012, which was the Opening Day of the 26th Legislative Session. Olelo Community Media is Oahu’s Public Access television station.  Leilehua High School students interviewed Senator Kouchi on various issues affecting Hawaii. Coverage of the interview will be televised on Kauai via Olelo Community…

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KALAHEO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL’S ROBOMINATIONS LEGO TEAM HONORED

KAUAI- Senator Ronald D. Kouchi, along with Darlene Chung, owner/operator of McDonalds Restaurants on Kauai, and Ruth Johnson, Kauai McDonalds Human Resources Manager, teamed up to honor the students and coaches of Kalaheo Elementary School’s Robominations Lego Team.  The Robominations Lego Team captured the District Championship Title at the First Lego League 2011 Food Factor Kauai Tournament, by accumulating the highest overall points in the competition among twelve participating elementary schools on Kauai.  As District…

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Senate Committee On Tourism Visits Kaua‘i

KAUA‘I – On Monday, August 22, 2011, Senate Committee on Tourism Chair Senator Donna Mercado Kim joined Senate Committee on Tourism Vice Chair Senator Ronald D. Kouchi on Kauai to tour various visitor attractions. Both senators also met with visitor industry professionals in a roundtable discussion to talk about current issues and concerns relating to Kaua‘i. Many issues were discussed, but one overriding message attendees raised was the appreciation for preserving Kauai county’s share of…

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