Hawaii House of Representatives Honored Local World War II Soldiers for Their Enduring Support of the Children of a Japanese Orphanage

Hawaii soldiers led by Master Sergeant Hugh O’Reilly who together, on Christmas Day 1949, committed to years of caring for the orphans of the Holy Family Home Orphanage of Osaka, Japan will be honored Wednesday by the Hawaii House of Representatives. The soldiers provided significant personal time and financial support during and after the war to help to improve living conditions for the children.

In 1957 and 1958 respectively, the soldiers began two traditions that continue to this day. During Christmastime, children from the Holy Family Home are invited to visit the soldiers and their families stationed in Hawaii, and two soldiers visit the orphanage to act as “Father Christmas,” offering gifts and companionship to the children.

House of Representatives floor presentation commending the 27th Infantry Regiment Wolfhounds and Master Sergeant Hugh O’Reilly for its Peace Bridge with Japan

Offered by State Representatives Lauren Kealohilani Cheape and K. Mark Takai


House of Representatives Chamber

Front row left to right:

Command Sergeant Major James Wadsworth, 2nd Battalion of the 27th Infantry Regiment; Ms. Kuniko Iwaki, Friend of the O’Reilly Family, Mrs. Yuko O’Reilly, wife of that special soldier, Master Sergeant Hugh O’Reilly, Lieutenant Colonel Barrett Bernard, Commander of the 2nd Battalion of the 27th, Ms. Norma Vantoll, Relative of the O’Reilly Family (Hugh Jr’s Mother-in-Law), Command Sergeant Major Tony Tuck, 1st Battalion of the 27th Infantry Regiment

Back row left to right:

Mr. Hugh O’Reilly, Junior, son of Sergeant O’Reilly, Representative Lauren Kealohilani Cheape, Ms. Mora Dolormente President of Peace Bridge, Incorporated and Representative K. Mark Takai


CYnthia in chamber standingA resolution urging Congress and the President to clarify that “the congressional intent of the federal Controlled Substances Act is not to prohibit the production of industrial hemp” was passed today by the state House of Representatives.

HR6 was introduced by Speaker Joseph Souki, Representative Cynthia Thielen, Representative Angus McKelvey, Representative Tom Brower, Representative Faye Hanohano, Representative Chris Lee, Representative Scott Nishimoto, Representative Roy Takumi, and Representative Jessica Wooley.

HR6 now goes to Congress and President Obama.

“Thousands of consumer products are made with hemp, yet it is illegal to grow it in the United States,” Rep. Thielen said. “There is simply no logical reason why Hawaii farmers, entrepreneurs, and consumers should not be able to benefit from the cultivation of such a versatile crop.”

The Controlled Substances Act of 1970 was aimed at marijuana, but its cousin hemp was caught up in the language of the law, which targets all Cannabis plant species. While hemp and marijuana are both Cannabis, hemp lacks the psychoactive properties of marijuana, and is not a drug, Thielen said.

HR6 seeks to make that clarification.

“You won’t get high from smoking hemp,” Rep. Thielen said, “although you might get diarrhea and a headache.”

Similar legislation has been introduced at the federal level. HR525, the “Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2013,” was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on February 6; a companion bill is expected to be introduced in the U.S. Senate later this month.

HR 6 http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=HR&billnumber=6&year=2013

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