Archive for March, 2015

Campbell Bids Adieu To Takamori

March 31, 2015

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McDermott’s Message

When it comes to requesting funds from the state budget, as a legislator, I place education and the improvement of our schools as one of my top priorities.

This year, I’m focusing on ways to expand the capacity of our district schools. During recent discussions with one of Campbell High School’s assistant principals, Shayne Greenland, we zeroed in on what is needed straightaway. Campbell High School needs additional classroom space to accommodate our growing community.

“My concern is that our projected enrollment in the years to come reveals that our facility is undersized to house additional students,” said Greenland. “Our student population is expected to be more than 3,100 next year, and the projected numbers by 2016-2017 are said to be near 3,500.”

Given the growing competition to secure state funding, we have to pick the projects that will do the most good for the community’s children. Currently, that would be portable classrooms, according to Greenland.

“We know portable classrooms aren’t the best possible solution for our teachers and students, but they can be an option,” he continued. “We are very limited on space. However, we do have some areas that could accommodate some portable classrooms.”

Capital improvement projects for heat abatement and athletic facilities renovations that were secured during the last legislative session are well underway. The current construction project awarded to Campbell High School involves improvements to the football/track field, and should be completed by the end of July.

Mocdermott Utu McDermott and Mrs Takamori

Rep. Bob McDermott and wife Utu stand with Naomi Takamori (right), who recently retired after more than 30 years of dedicated service to Campbell High and other schools.

In conclusion, I would like to mention that the longtime principal of Campbell High School, Naomi Takamori, retired at the end of last year and she will be sorely missed. It has been my pleasure to work with Mrs. Takamori over the years.

I applaud her dedication to the school and our community. I pledge to work hard with Campbell’s new principal, along with hardworking assistant principal Greenland, to get the school what it needs.

State Rep. Bob McDermott represents District 40 – Ewa, Ewa Beach and Iroquois Point. Call him at 586-9730 or email repmcdermott@capitol.hawaii.gov.

Rep. Tupola hosts Congresswoman Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen

March 31, 2015

Representative Andria Tupola speaks with Congresswoman Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen during a visit to Hawaii.

AMATA COLEMAN RADEWAGEN (AUMUA AMATA), Republican, was elected as American Samoa’s third Member of Congress on November 4, 2014.  She is the first woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from American Samoa, will be the first Republican woman of Samoan descent in Congress when sworn into office in January and upon taking office also will become her party’s highest ranking Asian Pacific elected federal officeholder in the nation.   She has been the most senior member of the Republican National Committee since 2012 and holds the orator (talking chief) title of Aumua from the village of Pago Pago in American Samoa, where she is a registered voter.

Congresswomam Aumau Amata and Rep Tupola

Congresswoman Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen and Representative Andria Tupola

Contact: reptupola@capitol.hawaii.gov

or

Office of Congresswoman Aumua Amata
American Samoa
U.S. House of Representatives
1339 Longwoth HOB
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: 202-225-8577

Rep. Feki Pouha acknowledges -“Young men of Hawaii, HUI PANALA’AU”

March 31, 2015

H.R. No. 172
ACKNOWLEDGING THE CONTRIBUTIONS AND SACRIFICES OF THE YOUNG MEN OF HAWAII, HUI PANALA’AU, WHO SERVED AS COLONISTS ON BEHALF OF THE UNITED STATES IN THE FEDERAL OCCUPATION OF THE ISLANDS OF HOWLAND, BAKER, JARVIS, CANTON, AND ENDERBURY FROM 1935 THROUGH 1942, FACILITATING THE UNITED STATES CLAIM OF JURISDICTION OVER SUCH ISLANDS.

Hui Panala'au # 2 chamber floor 2015

Brigadier Gen. Irwin Cockett, Gordan Pi’ianaia (representing his father), Heather Giungi (co-director of documentary), Paul Phillips, Noelle Kahanu (co-director of documentary and granddaughter of George Kahanu) and Representative Feki Pouha

Contact: reppouha@capitol.hawaii.gov  Excerpt from Capitol TV

Hawaii House of Representatives Minority Caucus Introductions 2015

March 30, 2015

In order of appearance:
Representative Beth Fukumoto Chang – Minority Leader; Representative Feki Pouha, Representative,  Representative Cynthia Thielen, Representative Lauren Matsumoto, Representative Gene Ward, Representative Bob McDermott and
Representative Andria Tupola  Floor Leader

RFC opening day

Left to Right: Representatives Bob McDermott, Feki Pouha, Gene Ward, Andria Tupola, Beth Fukumoto Chang, Lauren Matasumoto and Cynthia Thielen

Contact: repfukumoto@capitol.hawaii.gov; reptupola@capitol.hawaii.gov; repmatumoto@capitol.hawaii.gov; repmcdermott@capitol.hawaii.gov; reppouha@capitol.hawaii.gov; repthielen@capitol.hawaii.gov and repward@capitol.hawaii.gov

Rep. Thielen addresses SB1214 Bonds to assist Hawaiian Electric Company,

March 28, 2015

RELATING TO THE ISSUANCE OF SPECIAL PURPOSE REVENUE BONDS TO ASSIST HAWAIIAN ELECTRIC COMPANY, INC., MAUI ELECTRIC COMPANY, LIMITED, AND HAWAII ELECTRIC LIGHT COMPANY, INC.
Report Title:  Special Purpose Revenue Bonds; Electric Utilities; HECO ($)
Description:  Authorizes the issuance of special purpose revenue bonds to assist Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc., Maui Electric Company, Limited, and Hawaii Electric Light Company, Inc. Requires electric utilities to unbundle customer rates and charges to be eligible to receive financing assistance through SPRBs. (SB1214 HD1)  Companion:  HB992  3/27/2015 H Reported from EEP (Stand. Com. Rep. No. 1229) as amended in HD 1, recommending passage on Second Reading and referral to FIN.
3/27/2015 H Passed Second Reading as amended in HD 1 and referred to the committee(s) on FIN with none voting aye with reservations; Representative(s) Thielen, Tupola, Ward voting no (3) and Representative(s) Choy, Ing, Lowen, Luke, McKelvey, Pouha excused (6).

thielenContact: repthielen@capitol.hawaii.gov

excerpt from Capitol TV

Rep. Ward congratulates Kaiser High School Varsity Basketball Team

March 27, 2015

H.R. No. 170
CONGRATULATING THE KAISER HIGH SCHOOL COUGARS BOYS’ VARSITY BASKETBALL TEAM AND HEAD COACH BRANDEN KAWAZOE FOR WINNING THE 2015 DIVISION II STATE BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP.

Kaiser # 3 2015

Front row (left to right):  Coach Branden Kawazoe, Principal Justin Mew, Rep Gene Ward, AD Rodney Iwasaki, AD Secretary Marlis Khansmith, Coach Kainoa Scheer, Keoua Mahiko, Chance Kalaugher, Isaiah Lundell, Coach Jomo Young

Second row (left to right):  Kelsey Lewis, Spencer Lee, Nic Tom, Cameron Ma, Jalen Pinks, Coach Tyler Kamita, Jonah Chinen, Coach Jordan Wong, Isaiah Akiona, Shaun Kim, Brayden Nueku, Micah Okamoto, Bryan Iha

Contact: repward@Capitol.hawaii.gov  Excerpt from capitol TV

A Better Day host Senator Sam Slom – The Jones Act

March 26, 2015

Senator Sam Slom introduces Kimberly Kepner-Sybounmy film director and producer of the Jones Act –

The Jones Act is a federal  law enacted as Section 27 of the Merchant Marine Act of 1920 and requires a vessel be U.S. built, flag, owned, crewed and managed to transport cargo by water between two domestic points.

Hawaii State Senator Sam Slom (R), minority leader and introducer of a Jones Act reform resolution in 2014, said, “Thanks to the work of the Hawaii Shippers Council and others, I feel after 20 years of activity, the public has a better understanding of the cost impact of the Jones Act and our options. We welcome support from the Hawaii Republican Party but reiterate this reform is a non-partisan issue that negatively affects all residents of Hawaii. We welcome future support from political, social and business organizations. We can win this issue.”

Kim and SLom Olelo 2015Contact: senslom@capitol.hawaii.gov or Kimberly Kepner-Sybounmy  at: k.kepner-sybounmy@capitol.hawaii.gov

Jones Act

Jones Act conference with Hawaii, Alaska, and Puerto Rico lawmakers. Hawaii: Senator Sam Slom (R); Representative Gene Ward (R); Representative Cindy Evans , Michael N. Hansen, President, Hawaii Shippers Council, and  Cliff Slater, Independent Transportation/Trucking/Railroad Professional

Legislators on the Move host Rep. Cynthia Thielen – NextEra Energy

March 25, 2015

Representative Cynthia Thielen discusses NextEra Energy with Robert Harris, who has joined the Hawaii office of Sunrun, one of the nation’s largest residential solar energy companies.  Harris, an attorney who holds a law degree from the University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law.

Robert Harris and Thielen 2015Contact:  repthielen@capitol.hawaii.gov

Reps. Fukumoto CHang, McDermott, Tupola and Ward address SB 979 Office of Youth Services

March 25, 2015

RELATING TO YOUTH.
Report Title:  Office of Youth Services; Safe Places for Youth Pilot Program; Appropriation ($)
Description:  Requires the office of youth services to coordinate a safe places for youth pilot program until 6/30/2021 to establish a network of safe places where youth in crisis can access safety and services. Establishes the position of safe places for youth program coordinator. Allows youth in crisis who are at least 14 but under 18 years of age to consent to services in the safe places program under certain circumstances. Makes an appropriation. Effective 7/1/2050. (SD2)  /24/2015 H Passed Second Reading and referred to the committee(s) on FIN with none voting aye with reservations; Representative(s) Fukumoto Chang, Matsumoto, McDermott, Pouha, Tupola, Ward voting no (6) and Representative(s) Har, Ing, Takumi excused (3).

VTS_01_1Contact: repfukumoto@capitol.hawaii.gov repmcdermott@capitol.hawaii.gov, reptupola@capitol.hawaii.gov or reward@capitol.hawaii.gov

Excerpt from Capitol TV

Rep. Ward addresses SB 1155 – Film Development and Marketing; Appropriation

March 23, 2015

Measure Title: RELATING TO THE CREATIVE MEDIA INDUSTRY.
Report Title:  Hawaii Tourism Authority; Transfer of Authority; Film Development and Marketing; Appropriation ($)
Description:  Assigns to the Hawaii Tourism Authority the responsibilities for film development and marketing. Transfers the Film Industry Branch within the Creative Industries Division of the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism to the Hawaii Tourism Authority and makes conforming amendments. Appropriates funds from the Film Development and Marketing Special Fund to the Hawaii Tourism Authority for implementation of the film development and marketing activities. (SB1155 HD1)
3/20/2015 H Passed Second Reading as amended in HD 1 and referred to the committee(s) on EDB with Representative(s) San Buenaventura, Thielen, Ward voting aye with reservations; Representative(s) McKelvey voting no (1) and Representative(s) Kawakami, LoPresti, Luke, Saiki excused (4).

wardContact repward@capitol.hawaii.gov  Excerpt from capitol TV