HONOLULU, Hawai‘i – SB591 which would allow the issuance of general obligation bonds for the construction and infrastructure development for affordable housing units is scheduled for a hearing on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 2:55 p.m. in conference room 225 with the joint Senate Committee on Transportation and Energy (TRE) and Housing (HOU).

The bill proposes providing funding resources to state housing agencies and the developers and non-profits that they work with to address the shortage of affordable housing across the state. It also provides a financial mechanism to build affordable rental units as well as temporary transitional housing or homeless shelters.

“We need housing for our working class families and our residents who are low income,” said HOU Chair, Sen. Will Espero (Dist. 19 - ‘Ewa Beach, Ocean Pointe, ‘Ewa by Gentry, Iroquois Point, portion of ‘Ewa Villages), who authored the bill. “We need to take care of their needs and this bill will allow them a chance to afford a place to live, sooner rather than later.”

To view all bills in the 2017 Legislative Session and the hearing schedule, visit

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The Hawai 'i State Senate is honored to formally recognize Lieutenant General (Retired) Daniel P. Leaf for his service as the Director of the Daniel K. Inouye Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies (DKI APCSS). Director Leaf is also distinguished for his contributions to enhance security cooperation among government and non-government professionals during a critical period of national rebalance to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

During his tenure as the Director, he brilliantly led the DKI APCSS through an unprecedented

expansion in the influence of the Center in Indo-Asia-Pacific security. Acting in support of the

Office of Secretary of Defense and United States Pacific Command (USPACOM) strategic objectives, he elevated DKI APCSS to become the premier institution for development of new ideas and relationships affecting regional security. Under his direction, DKI APCSS became the forum of choice for focused strategic communications via unique education, capacity building workshops, and policy relevant research. His tremendous leadership, innovation and unbridled energy has been responsible for the Center's position in the forefront of responsive regional engagement.

Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Leaf became the Director for DKI APCSS in January 2012. Prior to APCSS, he worked in the defense industry as vice president of full spectrum initiatives at Northrop Grumman Information Systems. Formerly the Deputy Commander of U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM), he retired from the U.S. Air Force in 2008 after more than 33 years of service. Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Leaf was a command pilot with more than 3,600 flight hours, including F-15 and F-16 combat missions

Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Leaf holds a master's degree in military art and science from the Command and

General Staff College. He also earned a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison

The Senate of the Twenty-Ninth Legislature of the State of Hawai 'i hereby recognizes Lieutenant General (Retired) Daniel P. Leaf for his dedication to furthering positive relationships between nations and expresses its appreciation and aloha for his service to the people of the State of Hawai 'i.

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WHO: Sen. Stanley Chang, other state and city government officials

WHAT: Community Town Hall Meeting

WHEN: Monday, February 6, 2017

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

WHERE: John H. Wilson Elementary School

4945 Kilauea Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816

After hearing from multiple constituents concerning the 24-inch water main break along Kalanianaole Highway on January 21, 2017, Senator Stanley Chang (Dist. 9- Hawai‘i Kai, Kuli‘ou‘ou, Niu, ‘Aina Haina, Wai‘alae-Kahala, Diamond Head) will be holding a community town hall meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday, February 6, 2017 at Wilson Elementary School to discuss the severity of the water main break, the resulting traffic congestion, and possible solutions to mitigate traffic through interdepartmental coordination in preparation for future emergencies.

Representatives from the following agencies will provide presentations:

  • Honolulu Board of Water Supply

  • Honolulu Police Department

  • City Department of Transportation Services

  • State Department of Transportation

  • City Department of Facility Maintenance

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