$19.5 Million Protects Lipoa Point from Development

Sen. Roz Baker today applauded the administration’s release of $19.5 million specified by the Legislature for the acquisition of Lipoa Point at Honolua in West Maui. The land will be preserved as conservation land in perpetuity. During the 2013 session at the behest of Sen. Baker and Rep. Angus McKelvey, lawmakers passed a bill (HB 1424, Act 241, SLH2013) for the acquisition of lands at Honolua Bay with the intent of protecting it from future…

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Senate Looks into Inmate Visitation Hour Cancellations

This past Sunday, the Hawaii State Department of Public Safety (DPS) cancelled visitation hours at the Women’s Community Correctional Center in Kailua. Earlier this month, DPS also cancelled visitation hours at the Oahu Community Correctional Center and Hawaii Community Correctional Center. The recent cancellations of visitation hours prompted the Senate Committee on Public Safety and Military Affairs (PSM) to hold an information hearing to hear from inmate family members and the DPS to learn more…

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Senator Baker Announces Release of Funds to Improve Infrastructure of Maui Schools in Senate District 6

Senator Roz Baker announced the release of funding identified by the Hawaii State Legislature for construction projects for six schools in Senate District 6. Projects include: Lahaina Intermediate, One general portable classroom, $650,000 estimated for statewide capacity projects Princess Nahienaena Elementary, Classroom building project, $7,224,000 estimated for statewide construction and equipment Princess Nahienaena Elementary, Reroof P3, $65,000 Princess Nahienaena Elementary, Erosion Control, $124,000 Kamehameha III Elementary, Renovate and paint various buildings, $25,000 Kihei Elementary, Building…

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Kihei Library to Receive $400,000 for Air Conditioning

Sen. Roz Baker, who represents District 6 – South and West Maui, is pleased to announce that funding identified by the Legislature for a new air conditioning system at Kihei Public Library has been released by the administration. The library will receive $400,000 for construction. “Improving the conditions of community infrastructure which supports education and literacy is part of the legislature’s commitment to the people of Hawaii and my commitment to the people of Kihei,” said…

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Hot Off the Press: The Latest Episode of Maui Manao

The Maui senate delegation consisting of Rosalyn Baker, J. Kalani English and Gilbert Keith-Agaran, talk about issues affecting Maui County in the latest episode of Maui Mana‘o. Watch the senators answer frequently asked procedural questions detailing the legislative process and discuss some of the bills being negotiated in conference committee.

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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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Statement from Maui Senators on $305 Million for New Car Rental Facility for Kahului Airport

Maui’s Kahului Airport will receive $305,500,000 in capital improvement projects (CIP) funding appropriated by the legislature. Governor Neil Abercrombie released funds for the construction of a new multi-level consolidated car rental facility and roadway improvements at Kahului Airport. The car rental facility will include a customer service building, quick turnaround, ready return vehicle parking spaces, four 15,000-gallon fuel storage tanks, a people mover system to and from the terminal, site improvements, roadway connections to airport…

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Women’s Legislative Caucus Donates Easter Baskets to Help Families in Need

Senator Baker with the Easter Bunny and donated baskets for the Institute for Human Services  The Women’s Legislative Caucus today donated more than 100 Easter baskets full of essential household items to the Institute for Human Services (IHS) to help families in need. Baskets filled with laundry soap, utensils, dishes, toiletries, towels, and school supplies will benefit clients who get help and support in transitioning out of homelessness. The items in the baskets will be a…

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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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Latest Episode of Maui Mana‘o is out

Maui senators J. Kalani English, Rosalyn Baker and Gilbert Keith-Agaran talk about the issues affecting Maui and how the State Senate is addressing those issues in the latest episode of Maui Mana‘o. If you’ve been curious about airport and highway modernization on Maui, the status of naming the new high school in Kihei after the late U.S. Representative Patsy T. Mink, funding for Maui Memorial Medical Center, and issues facing Hawaiian Homelands, then watch Maui…

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