Reps. Pouha and Tupola Perform “Hawaii Aloha” in a Bipartisan Celebration

In the State of Hawaii House of Representatives,  Representatives Feki Pouha and Andria Tupola lead the chamber in the song “Hawaii Aloha”  for Sine Die.  It is a tradition that all Representatives join hands and sing in this bipartisan celebration.

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Reps. Pouha and Tupola HB 623 – Clean Energy

Report Title:  Renewable Portfolio Standards; Clean Energy Initiative; Public Utilities Commission
Description:  Increases renewable portfolio standards to 30 percent by December 31, 2020, 70 percent by December 31, 2040, and 100 percent by December 31, 2045. Requires the Public Utilities Commission to include the impact of renewable portfolio standards, if any, on the energy prices offered by renewable energy developers and the cost of fossil fuel volatility in its renewable portfolio standards study and report to the Legislature. (HB623 CD1).  5/5/2015 H Passed Final Reading as amended in CD 1 with none voting aye with reservations; Representative(s) McDermott voting no (1) and none excused (0).

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Renegotiating Turtle Bay Easement Preservation

Rep Pouha Apr 30 Governor's chamber

Lt to right: Row 1: Rep. Ryan Yamane, Gov. Ige, Sen. Pres. Kim Row 2: Sen. Kalani English, Rep. Feki Pouha, Rep. Tom Brower, Sen. Laura Thielen  Row 3: Ray Soon, Mayor’s Chief of Staff, Lea Hong Trust for Public Land, Doug Cole North Shore Community Land Trust, Sen. Gil Riviere, Sen. Les Ihara

Governor David Ige along with both House and Senate leadership, and City and County of Honolulu officials announced an agreeable deal financing the Turtle Bay Resort Conservation easement.  Community representation included The Trust for Public Lands, the North Shore Community Land Trust as well as Turtle Bay Resort with all parties collectively committed to reaching a deal.

“Through this on-going collaborative effort made by all parties focused on what was best for Kawela Bay to Kahuku Point shows that we can reach solutions with balance of interests and responsibilities. I am proud of the leadership executed in this plan and am grateful for my community to come away with a win-win solution that includes our Kahuku High School athletes,” stated Rep. Feki Pouha House District 47.  

While SB 284 SD2 HD2 still needs to reconvene for a vote May 1, 2015 at 3:00pm, Rep. Pouha remains optimistic of the future preservation of the Turtle Bay Easement after today’s re-negotiations.

Rep. McDermott hosts Report # 3 “The Indoctrination of our children” with Dr. Joe McIlhaney

What is your position on abstinence-only, abstinence-plus, and comprehensive sex education in America’s high schools? What type of sexuality education would you recommend?  Our thought is that what we should have programs that work.

Joe_McIlhaney-FOUNDERDr. Joe McIlhaney presents a PowerPoint and a presentation

Joe McIlhaney, MD is the Founder and Chairman of The Medical Institute for Sexual Health. He is from Lubbock, TX and graduated from Texas Technological College (now Texas Tech University) in 1957. He graduated from Baylor University School of Medicine with an MD degree in 1991. Following an internship at Jefferson Davis Hospital in Houston he entered the USAF as a general medical officer, serving for two years. He returned to Baylor to do nine months of residency in Pediatrics and then to complete a three year residency in Ob-Gyn. He and his wife and three daughters then moved to Austin, TX where he practiced Obstetrics and Gynecology with an emphasis on care of infertile couples. During that time he was an innovator, bringing gynecologic laparoscopy, gynecologic microsurgery, gynecologic laser and, with three other doctors, IVF to the Central Texas area.

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Rep. Pouha addresses SB 144 Jury Trials

Report Title:  Suits at Common Law; Jury Trials; Value in Controversy
Description:  Increases the threshold value in controversy requirement for jury trials in civil cases at common law from $5,000 to $10,000. (SB144 HD1)  4/14/2015 H Passed Third Reading with none voting aye with reservations; Representative(s) Fukumoto Chang, Matsumoto, Pouha, Tupola voting no (4) and none excused (0). Transmitted to Senate

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For 147 students killed at Garissa University by Al Shabaab militants

Representative Gene Ward  along with his colleagues in the Hawaii House of Representatives sent a letter of sympathy to the people of Kenya for the tragic loss of 147 students lives at Garissa University.

“I was extremely saddened and disheartened by the news that these college students were gunned down on the morning of Tuesday, April 2, 2015,” Ward said recalling he had traveled a number of times to Kenya as a United Nations consultant.

The letter (see attached) in part states that: “We encourage Kenyans to move forward as a strong and united nation. Our thoughts are with the families and loved ones of those killed. We wish full restoration and swift healing for your country and for Garissa University College. We are confident that the University will continue to excel in the valuable work it does for education and research.”

“Our letter of aloha and sympathy is the least we can do halfway around the world to show our aloha and concern for the families and nation that was brutally attacked without cause,” Ward concluded. Copies of the letter are being sent to the President of Garissa University, the President of the Republic of Kenya, the Kenyan Parliament, the National Police Service of Kenya, and the Kenya Red Cross Society Council among others.

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Reps. Ward and Pouha Honors the Society of the Ho`kule’a

Floor Presentations –  H.R. No. 179 – Honoring the Polynesian
voyaging society on the 40th anniversary of the launch of

On March 8, 1975, the Polynesian Voyaging Society
launched its first wa’a kaulua — Ho`kule’a from the sacred
shores of Hakipu’u in Kane’ohe Bay on the island of O’ahu; its
design was a replica based on oral traditions, sketches, and
petroglyphs of ancient canoes of the Pacific Islands.

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Representatives  Romy Cachola, Lynn Decoite, Lauren Matsumoto, Feki Pouha, Andria Tupola Gene Ward and Ryan Yamane  are standing with members of the Society of the Ho`kule’a in the chamber of House of Representatives.

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