I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving! While our state faces big challenges with the high cost of living, homelessness, and traffic congestion, we are still blessed by living in one of the most beautiful places on earth with people who value and perpetuate our spirit of aloha.
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The 2016 Legislative Session will kick-off on January 20, 2016. Leading up to that date, I'll be working on bills to introduce with the goal of improving our quality of life. I'm also interested in getting ideas from you on things we can do at the Legislature to make positive changes. Please contact my office if you'd like to weigh in. It doesn't have to be a fully fleshed-out concept. All we need is a few bullet points to get the process going.
We're finalizing the details for the West O‘ahu Education Town Hall Meeting, December 1st from 7pm to 9pm at the UH West O‘ahu Multipurpose Room. The event is being sponsored by myself, Senator Espero, and Senator Nishihara and will focus on the Ewa, Kapolei, and Waipahu communities.
The general theme of the Town Hall will be to inform the community about the situation with public K-12 school facilities, including electrical upgrades and AC, planned new schools, and curriculum. We'll also have leaders from UH West O‘ahu talk about the long range plans for the university, its innovative programs, and its role in serving the broader community. One of the most exciting things being highlighted is the partnerships that are being forged between the Department of Education and UH West O‘ahu.
Here's our speaker line up:
Suzanne Mulcahy, Assistant Superintendent of the Office of Curriculum, Instruction and Student Support - Department of Education
Dann Carlson, Assistant Superintendent, Office of School Facilities and Support Services - Department of Education
Kathy Wong-Nakamura, Interim Vice Chancellor for Administration - UH West O‘ahu
Doris Ching, Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs - UH West O‘ahu
There will also be ample time for Q & A from the community. I hope you can make it!
I had the opportunity to surprise Ezra Mo‘o with an Honorary Certificate from the State Senate at the Makakilo Stake of the LDS Church on October 28th. Ezra was recognized as part of his Eagle Court of Honor Ceremony for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout.
Ezra is the son of proud parents Tehina and Lori, and is a natural leader who is kind, giving, and respectful as well as being full of ambition--the good kind. At the age of 14, Ezra began his own DJ business. He started off with a pair of golf clubs that he used to barter for most of his music equipment. For the past four years he has owned and operated EM Productions. While he was a student at Kapolei High School, Ezra participated in the Marine JROTC program where he earned the Kings Guard Award for his participation in exhibition riflery and later received the Non-Commissioned Officers Award. He served as the Commander over the Exhibition Riflery for all four years and as a Platoon Sergeant for three of his four years. At the end of his senior year, Ezra held the rank of Marine JROTC 1st Lieutenant.
The scouting program has been an important part of Ezra's life since the age of 8 when he joined the Cub Scouts. Ezra has been an Assistant Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader, and Senior Patrol Leader. He is a recipient of the Arrow of Light Award, which is the highest award in Cub Scouting. For Ezra's Eagle Scout project, he coordinated all the work and equipment needed to paint multiplication charts on three flights of stairs at Maukalani Elementary. Outside of Scouts and church, Ezra loves to fish, dive, and body board and dreams of one day owning his own fishing boat. After he returns from a two year mission for the LDs Church, Ezra plans to enlist in the Marine Corps and become a dog handler. We wish him all success.
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