Lawmakers Highlight Need for More Affordable Housing and Statewide Coordination at Informational Briefing with State and City Agencies

With the shortage of affordable housing options for the moderate income workforce, Hawaii lawmakers today held a joint Senate and House informational briefing to learn more about affordable housing needs in Hawaii. Senators and representatives heard from various government agencies to learn about the status of existing and planned affordable housing projects, and their plans to address the growing need for affordable housing as the state’s population and housing demands increase. “We convened this informational…

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Senator Chun Oakland Visits Armenia to Strengthen Relations

Senator Suzanne Chun Oakland is in Armenia this week as a part of the Professional Fellows Program (PFP), a cultural exchange program sponsored by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the American Councils for International Education. Last interim, Senator Chun Oakland hosted Arshak Gasparyan, an Armenian PFP fellow who studied Hawaii’s public policy to develop ideas to reform the juvenile justice system in his home country. This interim,…

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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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Hawaii State Senators Go Red For Women

Hawaii State senators wore red today in support of National Wear Red Day, a movement to raise awareness for the battle against heart disease in women. Heart disease is the number one killer of women and is more prevalent in women than men. Now in its 10th year, the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women campaign has saved lives by raising awareness of this serious issue. From Left: Hawaii State Senators Kahele, Nishihara, Tokuda,…

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Senate Committees Hold a Hearing for a Bill Supporting Kupuna

The Hawaii Senate Committees on Human Services, Health, and Commerce and Consumer Protection held a hearing on January 30, 2014 on Senate Bill 2228, a bill that would support the elderly in our communities. The measure would address the need for new executive-level positions and provide funding for programs that maintain the health of our kupuna. Various state and county agencies, advocacy groups and individual citizens testified in support. Proposed by the Kupuna Caucus, the…

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20th Annual Children and Youth Summit to be Held at the State Capitol

Honolulu- The 20th annual Children and Youth Summit will be held on Friday, October 11, 2013, in the Hawaii State Capitol Auditorium at 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Led by the Hawaii State Legislature’s Keiki Caucus, the summit is geared toward assisting the Legislature in identifying key children (0-12 years old) and youth (12-21 years old) issues to be addressed in the 2014 Legislative session.  Over 200 students of different ages and adults from across the State will be…

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Safe Places for Youth Mini Conferences Held at State Capitol

Honolulu- One hundred and fifty children and youth advocates gathered at the State Capitol today to attend a Safe Places for Youth Mini Conference. The conference provided an opportunity for members of the community to discuss the concept of the State’s “Safe Places for Youth” initiative and receive community outreach and training. Children, youth, and community advocates identified the provision of “Safe Places for Youth” as a top priority during the 2012 Children and Youth…

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Kupuna Caucus Receives Honor

The Hawaii State Legislature’s Kupuna Caucus was honored this morning for its years of outstanding service on behalf of Hawaii’s senior citizens and retirees. Senator Suzanne Chun Oakland was joined by her Co-Convener Representative Gregg Takayama in accepting the 2013 Distinguished Service Award at the Hawaii Alliance for Retired Americans and Kokua Council’s Seventh Annual Legislative Review. Representatives Marcus Oshiro, Bertrand Kobayashi and Cynthia Thielen along with members of the Caucus were also present. This…

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Lawmakers to Discuss Bus Routes and Urban CIP Updates at Town Hall Meeting

Honolulu- Senators Suzanne Chun Oakland and Brickwood Galuteria, along with Representatives Karl Rhoads and Scott Saiki and Councilmember Carol Fukunaga, will sponsor a community meeting on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the State Capitol Auditorium. Lawmakers have invited guest speakers from the State Department of Transportation, State Department of Accounting and General Services, State Department of Hawaii Housing Finance Development Corporation, State Department of Hawaii Community Development Authority, and…

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Lawmakers to Discuss Transportation, Affordable Housing and Homeless Solutions at Town Hall Meeting

Honolulu- Senator Suzanne Chun Oakland, along with Representative Takashi Ohno and Councilmember Carol Fukunaga, will hold a community meeting on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Lanakila Elementary School Cafeteria. The lawmakers have invited guest speakers from the City & County of Honolulu’s Department of Transportation Services, State Department of Transportation, State Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corporation, State Department of Education, Hawaii Public Housing Authority and State Department…

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