Hawai‘i State Representative Cynthia Thielen (R, 50th District: Kailua, Kaneohe Bay) will speak at the Opening Ceremony of the 9th European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference Series (EWTEC) in September in Southampton, England. A biennial event, this international conference brings together global leaders in ocean-based renewable energy and has a strong emphasis on academic merit, technical and scientific aspects, and policy.

Representative Thielen, an ardent supporter of wave energy technology, will present a Proclamation from the State of Hawai‘i during the Opening Ceremony of the EWTEC. She joins a select group of dignitaries from the United Kingdom in kicking off this week-long event, including Mr. Chris Huhne MP, Secretary of State for the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

“I am very honored to have this opportunity to express to the global community Hawaii’s commitment to generating clean, sustainable energy from our ocean,” stated Rep. Thielen.

Governor Neil Abercrombie and Lieutenant Governor Brian Schatz have proclaimed the week of September 5-11, 2011 as EUROPEAN WAVE AND TIDAL ENERGY CONFERENCE WEEK in support of the goals of developing ocean renewable energy. Hawai‘i (specifically the 50th District) is home to the first wave energy facility in the United States, situated offshore of Marine Corps Base Hawai‘i at Kaneohe Bay (MCBH). MCBH leadership has committed to becoming energy secure by 2015 and considers wave energy conversion an integral part of this goal.

“Hawaii’s wave energy resources are among the best on the planet and could potentially supply all of Hawaii’s energy needs; our military neighbors are charting these waters for the State,” Rep. Thielen explained. “Thanks to their efforts, we are not only poised to be a national leader for this technology, but also for the Pacific Rim. I am very pleased that Governor Abercrombie and Lt. Governor Schatz recognize this potential and encourage its development, as stated in their Proclamation:

…[the EWTEC] presents an excellent opportunity for all developers of wave energy to strongly consider Hawai‘i as an ideal market to present your products to the world; Hawai‘i’s proximity to the emerging market economies in China, Japan and the Pacific Rim, in partnership with their supportive political climate, makes for an optimal location for doing business;…”

For more information on the European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference, see


Gil Gets It Done – Robotics with the Hawaiian Kids from Waialua High

Representative Gil Riviere talks with Glenn Lee director of the Hawaiian Kids Robotics team.

“The Hawaiian Kids: Transforming Our Community and Culture 359 of Waialua Robotics, a.k.a. the Hawaiian Kids proudly represent Hawaii as not only the first FRC team, but also as the first robotics-related program in the state! We have been a part of FIRST since 1999 and have participated in the FIRST Robotics Competition for twelve years. Comprised of a relatively small and dedicated group of diverse students, mentors, and volunteers, we strive to transform the culture of our plantation community through the values of FIRST. As our motto says: It’s not about winning…. It’s about teamwork, commitment, and responsibility!”

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‘Ewa Beach residents are urging their neighbors to get prepared for disasters in light of Tuesday’s earthquake in Virginia.  The ‘Ewa Emergency Preparedness Committee, a nonprofit organization, will host a “Get Ready ‘Ewa Beach” Emergency Preparedness Fair as part of September’s National Preparedness Month.

“Today’s earthquake on the East Coast serves as a reminder that disasters can strike on any day, at any time, anywhere in the world.  It’s important that all of our residents take the risk seriously and get prepared,” said Rep. Kymberly Pine (‘Ewa Beach, Iroquois Point, Pu‘uloa).

The fair is scheduled for September 24, 2011, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at ‘Ewa Makai Middle School in ‘Ewa Beach.  The event will focus on tsunami, hurricane and earthquake preparedness, how to create a family plan, supply kits, evacuations, health emergencies and insurance.

Experts from the Department of Emergency Management, State Civil Defense, FEMA, American Red Cross, Boy Scouts of America and dozens of other organizations will host informational booths, seminars and training sessions.

For more details or to inquire about hosting a booth, call Donald Harlor at 683-3388.


State of Education in Hawaii Tops Agenda at “Back to School” Town Hall

Elected officials from Aiea and Pearl City will be hosting a “Back to School” Town Hall on education in the State of Hawaii.  Special guest speakers include:

  • Don Horner, Hawaii State Board of Education Chairman
  • Dr. Teri Ushijima, Aiea, Moanalua, Radford Complex Area Superintendent
  • Norman Pang, Pearl City, Waipahu Complex Area Superintendent

The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, August 25, 2011 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Pearl Ridge Elementary School cafeteria.

With school back in session, many Hawaii residents are looking for updates from the Department of Education and the newly appointed Board of Education on the state of education in Hawaii as well as the vision for education as we move forward.

“As a proud public school graduate, I share the community’s interest in improving Hawaii’s public schools and celebrating their successes,” Representative Aaron Ling Johanson stated. “My goals for this community meeting are to give Chairman Horner and our other guests an opportunity to share their current assessment of education in Hawaii, vision for the future of Hawaii’s public schools and provide residents an opportunity to ask questions and share concerns.”

“It is also a great opportunity for the residents of Aiea and Pearl City areas to hear directly from their Complex Area Superintendents, who play a pivotal role in assuring our students from elementary through high school receive the right tools to facilitate success,” said Rep. Johanson

Sponsoring legislators of the Aiea/ Pearl City Community Town Halls include Senator David Ige, Senator Donna Mercado Kim, Representative Blake Oshiro, Representative K. Mark Takai, Representative Roy Takumi, and Representative Johanson.


For More Information, contact: Erin Kealoha Fale,

Office of Rep. Aaron Ling Johanson,

 Office: 586-9470, Cell: 277-9445