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Senate District 8
Kaua'i, Ni'ihau
Room: 409
Phone: 808-586-6030
Fax: 808-586-6031
[email protected]
On September 7, 2010, Governor Linda Lingle appointed Ronald D. Kouchi to complete the term of the vacant eighth (formerly seventh) senatorial district. Since then, Senator Kouchi has been elected to serve in his first term as the current senator representing Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau.

Senator Kouchi secured his current position as President of the Hawai‘i State Senate on May 5, 2015. In the past, Senator Kouchi served as Majority Caucus Leader, Vice Chair for the committee on Tourism, and Vice Chair for the committee on Ways and Means. He had also served as a member on the committees on Agriculture, Education, Transportation, and International Affairs.

Raised on Kaua‘i's Westside, Senator Kouchi graduated from Waimea High School in 1975 and attended Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Senator Kouchi is married to the former Joy Tanimoto and they have two sons, Dan and Egan.
 Education
•  Waimea High School, Waimea, Kaua‘i
•  Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa

 Kaua‘i County Council
•  Kaua‘i County Council Member (1983-2002)
•  Kaua‘i County Council Member (2006-2008)
•  Kaua‘i County Council Chair (12 years)

 Legislative
•  Appointed to the Hawai‘i State Senate in September 2010
•  Elected to the Hawai‘i State Senate in November 2010
•  7th Senatorial District - Kaua‘i & Ni‘ihau
•  Elected to the Hawai‘i State Senate in November 2013
•  8th Senatorial District - Kaua‘i & Ni‘ihau
•  Elected as Senate President in May 2015

 Committees
   2015-2018
•  Hawai‘i State Senate President

   2014-2015
•  Ways and Means, Vice-Chair
•  Education, Member
•  Transportation, Member

   2013-2014
•  Hawai‘i State Senate Vice President
•  Agriculture, Vice-Chair
•  Transportation and International Affairs, Member
•  Ways and Means, Member

   2011-2013
•  Majority Caucus Leader
•  Tourism, Vice-Chair
•  Agriculture, Member
•  Transportation and International Affairs, Member
•  Ways and Means, Member

Accomplishments
•  Director, National Association of Counties (1992-2002)
•  Director, Kaua‘i Visitors Bureau (2006)
•  Director, Kaua‘i Island Utility Cooperative (2003-2006)
•  Chairman, Capital Campaign for Wilcos Health Foundation (2003-2005)
•  Vice-Chair, Agriculture and Rural Affairs Steering Committee of the National Association of Counties (2005-2010)
•  Member, New Hope Kaua‘i (January 2011-present)
•  Member, Kaua‘i Veterans Memorial Hospital Board (2006)
•  Member, YMCA Board of Directors (2003-2006)
•  Member, Kaua‘i Chamber of Commerce Legislative Committee (2006)
•  Member, Kaua‘i High School Baseball Booster Club (2006-2009)
•  President, Lihue Baseball League (1995-2000)
•  President, West Kaua‘i Midget Baseball League (1985-1990)
•  Head Coach, Waimea High School Girls Volleyball Program (1985-1987)
•  Coach, Simpson College Women's Volleyball Team (1980-1981)

Thursday, March 15, 2018

HDOT News Release: Kauai Lane Closures for the weekend of March 16 - March 18

PLEASE NOTE: Lane closure schedules may change at any time without further notice. All projects are weather permitting.

---KAPULE HIGHWAY---

LIHUE (WEEKEND/NIGHT WORK)
24-hour turning lane closures on Kapule Highway in both directions at the Kaana Street intersection on Friday, March 16, through Friday, March 23, for concrete pavement repair. The left turns onto or from Kaana Street heading north on Kapule Highway will not be allowed during the lane restriction.




Thursday, March 8, 2018

HDOT News Release: Turning Lane Restriction at the Kauai Veterans Memorial Highway and Kaana Street Intersection Begins On Monday, March 12

LIHUE – The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) advises Kauai motorists of a turning lane restriction at the intersection of Kauai Veterans Memorial Highway and Kaana Street in Lihue beginning on Monday, March 12, 2018, through Friday, March 23, 2018, 24-hours a day, for concrete pavement repair.

The left turns onto or from Kaana Street heading north on Kauai Veterans Memorial Highway will not be allowed during the lane restriction.

The through lanes at the Kauai Veterans Memorial Highway and Kaana Street intersection and the right-hand turn from Kaana Street onto the highway and makai of the highway will remain open to traffic.

Motorists are advised to use the Vidinha Stadium Access Road as an alternate route.

The speed limit through the construction zone will be reduced to 25 miles per hour from Rice Street to Ahukini Road for the safety of the workers and to allow the concrete to set properly. For a map of the closure please click here.

Motorists should expect traffic delays and drive with caution through the work zone area. Roadwork is weather permitting.




Friday, February 16, 2018

Changes to polling places in District Precincts 16-01 and 16-05

Dear President Kouchi:

This letter is to inform you of changes to polling places in your district for the 2018 Elections. The polling places for District Precinct (DP) 16-01 and DP 16-05 are being relocated back to the facilities used prior to the 2016 Elections.

Voters residing in DP 16-01 are now assigned to vote at Koloa Neighborhood Center, Meeting Room, located at:

Koloa Neighborhood Center
3461 Weliweli Road
Koloa, Hawaii 96756

Voters residing in DP 16-05 are now assigned to vote at Kekaha Neighborhood Center, Meeting Room, located at:

Kekaha Neighborhood Center
8130 Elepaio Road
Kekaha, Hawaii 96752

However, voters registered as a permanent absentee voter will continue to receive their ballot in the mail.

Please feel free to contact Rhowell Ruiz, Election Support Services Section Head, at (808) 453-VOTE (8683) if you require additional information or have any further questions.

Very truly yours,

/s/ Scott T. Nago
SCOTT T. NAGO
Chief Election Officer



Friday, November 3, 2017

Aid for Tenants, Landlords Program Expands to Kauai, OCTOBER 31, 2017

LIHUE, Hawaii - Following the success of a program that helps landlords to get paid and keep tenants from being evicted on Oahu and in Maui County, Steps to Avoid Eviction is now available on Kauai.

Click here to view the Steps to Avoid Eviction brochure.
Click here to learn more about the program.









Friday, November 3, 2017

STATE NATIVE PLANT NURSERIES CELEBRATE ARBOR DAY WITH PLANT SALES, NOVEMBER 4, 2017

KAUA‘I BASEYARD NURSERY
•  Date and time: Friday November 3, 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
•  Location: 4398 Pua Loke Street, Līhu‘e, HI 96766
•  Parking information: Parking lot behind the Department of Agriculture
•  Example selection of plants: ‘ilima, maile, ‘ōhi‘a lehua, wiliwili, ‘akia, naupaka, pohinahina, ‘ūlei, māmaki, koki‘o ke‘o ke‘o, and loulu. Two rare native hibiscus species will also be sold: koki‘o ‘ula (Hibiscus koki‘o saintjohnianus) and koki‘o ‘ula‘ula (Hibiscus clayi). Puakenikeni trees will be given away for free.
•  Payment types to be accepted: Cash only
•  Contact number: 808-212-4495

For more information on Arbor Day click here




Friday, November 3, 2017

HDOT News Release: KAUAI LANE CLOSURES FOR THE WEEKEND OF NOV. 3 - NOV. 5, 2017

PLEASE NOTE:
Lane closure schedules may change at any time without further notice. All projects are weather permitting.


--- KAUMUALII HIGHWAY ---

1) OMAO (WEEKEND/NIGHT WORK)
24-hour lane shifts on Kaumualii Highway (Route 50) in both directions between Maluhia Road and Kahili Road on Friday, Nov. 3, through Thursday, Nov. 9, for bridge work.

--- KUHIO HIGHWAY ---

1) WAILUA (WEEKEND WORK)
Alternating lane closure on Kuhio Highway (Route 56) in both directions at the Haleilio Road intersection on Sunday, Nov. 5, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., for utility repairs. Traffic will be allowed through in both directions.




Friday, October 27, 2017

PUBLIC HEARINGS SCHEDULED, OCTOBER 24, 2017

The State Commission on Water Resource Management (CWRM) will hold public hearings on proposed amendments to its administrative rules pertaining to water use, wells and stream diversion works.

Lihu‘e, Kaua‘i: 6pm on Nov. 17, 2017, at Lihu‘e Civic Center, Rooms 2A & 2B, 4444 Rice St.

Click here to review the proposed rule amendments





Friday, October 27, 2017

HISTORIC WAIMEA RIVER WATER SETTLEMENT CHRONICLED IN MINI DOCUMENTARY, OCTOBER 23, 2017

The mediated settlement to immediately restore continuous flows in West Kaua‘i's Waimea River, is the subject of a video mini-documentary produced by the Department of Land and Natural Resources. Ultimately, as the 13 minute documentary indicates, the settlement will mean water for agriculture, renewable energy projects, and residential and economic opportunities for Kaua‘i's west side.

Click here to view the video






Thursday, July 7, 2016

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Kauai Town Hall Meeting on July 13, 2016

Calling all students, teachers, principals, parents, education leaders, community members, business leaders, and other interested stakeholders, as a member of the ESSA Task force, Senator Kidani, and the State Senate, invite you to join her for these Town Hall Meetings on the neighbor islands to learn more about ESSA and to hear from guest speaker, and policy expert, Lee Posey.

Purpose:
• To learn about Federal ESSA from policy experts and education leaders;
• To learn how Hawaii is impacted

When: Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Where: Kapa‘a High School
Time: 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
COST: FREE

ESSA Town Hall Meetings are sponsored by The Hawaii State Senate and HSTA. For more information contact [email protected] or [email protected]. Should you need reasonable modifications due to a disability, please contact (808) 586-7100, or via relay, at least 7 days prior to event.

Click here to view the flier.




Tuesday, February 23, 2016

KAUAI SHINING STARS IN EDUCATION FEBRUARY 2016 EPISODE:

In the February 2016 episode of Kauai Shining Stars, Mr. David Braun will be featured as the 2016 Kauai District Teacher of the Year. This episode will also feature the Kauai District Spelling Bee, which two students have qualified to represent Kauai at the State Spelling Bee on Oahu.

The show will air on Oceanic Channel 6 on the following days and times:
Sundays: 6:30 - 7:00 pm
Mondays: 6:30 - 7:00 pm and 9:00 - 9:30 pm
Wednesdays: 6:30 - 7:00 pm
Thursdays: 9:00 - 9:30 pm
Saturdays: 9:00 - 9:30 pm

For access via computer or smartphone, please check the following link: http://vimeo.com/channels/kauaishiningstars.




Monday, January 25, 2016

HDOT NEWS RELEASE: KAUAI LANE CLOSURES FOR THE WEEK OF JANUARY 23-29, 2016

PLEASE NOTE: Lane closure schedules may change at any time without further notice. All projects are weather permitting.

KAUMUALII HIGHWAY

1) KEKAHA
Alternating lane closure on Kaumualii Highway (Route 50) in both directions between Imiloa Road and Waimea Canyon Drive on Monday, Jan. 25, through Friday, Jan. 29, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for resurfacing work. Traffic will be contraflowed through the remaining open lane. Motorists are advised to expect delays.

2) LAWAI (WEEKEND WORK)
Lane closure on Kaumualii Highway (Route 50) in the westbound direction between Konishi Road and Akemama Road on Sunday, Jan. 24, from 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for tree trimming. Traffic will be contraflowed through the remaining open lane. Motorists are advised to expect delays.

3) OMAO TO LAWAI (NIGHT WORK)
Single lane closure on Kaumualii Highway (Route 50) in both directions between Maluhia Road and Koloa Road on Monday, Jan. 25, through Friday, Jan. 29, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. for road resurfacing. Traffic will be contraflowed through the remaining open lane. Motorists are advised to expect delays and drive with caution through the project zone.

KUHIO HIGHWAY

1) HANAMAULU (WEEKEND WORK)
Lane closure on Kuhio Highway in the southbound direction between Laukona Street and Kuene Street on Sunday, Jan. 24, from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for vegetation removal. Traffic will be contraflowed through the remaining open lane. Motorists are advised to expect delays and drive with caution through the project zone.

2) KILAUEA-KALIHIWAI (NIGHT WORK)
Alternating lane closure on Kuhio Highway (Route 56) in both directions between Kailiholo Road and Kalihiwai Road (North) on Monday night, Jan. 25, through Friday morning, Jan. 29, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., nightly, for tree removal work. Traffic will be contraflowed through the remaining open lane. Motorists are advised to expect delays and drive with caution through the project zone.

3) WAINIHA
Lane closure on Kuhio Highway in the eastbound direction between Haena State Park and Alamihi Road on Monday, Jan. 25, through Thursday, Jan. 28, from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m., daily, for tree trimming. During the closure, motorists are advised to drive with caution through the work area and allow for extra travel time.

NAWILIWILI ROAD

1) LIHUE (WEEKEND WORK)
24/7 single lane closure on Nawiliwili Road in both directions between Kaumualii Highway and Kanani Street on Friday, Jan. 22, through Friday, Jan. 29, for highway reconstruction work. Motorists are advised to expect delays.

PIKAKE STREET

1) LIHUE (WEEKEND WORK)
All lanes closed in both directions on Pikake Street at the Nawiliwili Road Intersection for access to the Pua Loke Subdivision on Friday, Jan. 22, through Friday, Jan. 29, twenty-four hours a day, for highway reconstruction work. Motorists are advised to expect delays.

KUAMOO ROAD

1) WAILUA
Single lane closures on Kuamoo Road in both directions between milepoint 6.4 to milepoint 6.8 on Monday, Jan. 25, through Friday, Jan. 29, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., daily, for tree trimming.




Monday, October 26, 2015

HDOT NEWS RELEASE: KAUAI LANE CLOSURES FOR THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 24 - 30, 2015

PLEASE NOTE: Lane closure schedules may change at any time without further notice. All projects are weather permitting.

KAUMUALII HIGHWAY

1) KEKAHA
Alternating lane closure on Kaumualii Highway (Route 50) in both directions between Akialoa Road and Waimea Canyon Drive on Monday, Oct. 26, through Friday, Oct. 30, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for resurfacing work. Traffic will be contraflowed through the remaining open lane. Motorists are advised to expect delays.

2) OMAO TO LAWAI
Single lane closure on Kaumualii Highway (Route 50) in both directions between Maluhia Road and Koloa Road on Monday, Oct. 26, through Friday, Oct. 30, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for road resurfacing. Traffic will be contraflowed through the remaining open lane. Motorists are advised to expect delays and drive with caution through the project zone.

KUHIO HIGHWAY

1) WAINIHA
Single lane closure on Kuhio Highway in both directions between Kumu Road and Anahulu Road on Monday, Oct. 26, through Friday, Oct. 30, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., daily, for tree trimming.

2) WAINIHA
Alternating single lane closure on Kuhio Highway in both directions between Haena State Park and Haena Place on Monday, Oct. 26, through Friday, Oct. 30, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., daily, for tree trimming.

NAWILIWILI ROAD

1) LIHUE (WEEKEND WORK)
24/7 single lane closure on Nawiliwili Road in both directions between Kaumualii Highway and Kanani Street on Friday, Oct. 23, through Friday, Oct. 30, for highway reconstruction work. Motorists are advised to expect delays.

2) LIHUE (WEEKEND WORK)
Alternating lane closure on Nawiliwili Road (Route 51) in both directions between Kukui Grove Street and Pikake Street on Sunday, Oct. 25, from 5 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for road improvement work. Traffic will be contraflowed through the remaining open lane. The Haleko Road entrance to Kukui Grove Shopping Center will not be available during this time. Motorists are advised to expect delays.

HALEKO ROAD

1) LIHUE (WEEKEND WORK)
All lanes closed in both directions on Haleko Road between Nawiliwili Road and Kukui Grove Street on Friday, Oct. 23, through Friday, Oct. 30, twenty-four hours a day, for highway reconstruction work. Motorists are advised to expect delays.

Access to Kukui Grove Shopping Center will be available from Kukui Grove Street and Haleko Road on the west side of Nawiliwili Road.




Monday, September 14, 2015

DLNR EXTENDS PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD FOR DRAFT MASTER PLAN, EIS FOR HA‘ENA STATE PARK

The Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of State Parks, will continue to accept public comments on the Master Plan and EIS for Ha‘ena State Park through October 8, 2015.

Please refer to http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/blog/2015/09/09/nr15-133/ for more information.




Monday, September 14, 2015

PUBLIC MEETING ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2015, FROM 6:30 P.M. TO 7:30 P.M.

Meeting held to provide an overview of the project and to obtain community feedback on the project.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Hanapepe Public Library; 4490 Kona Road, Hanapepe, HI 96716

For more information, please visit http://flh.fhwa.dot.gov/hanapepe or click here to view the flier.




Tuesday, September 1, 2015

HDOT NEWS RELEASE: PUBLIC INFORMATIONAL MEETING SCHEDULED FOR REPLACEMENT OF WAINIHA TEMPORARY BRIDGES

LIHUE - The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration, Central Federal Lands Highway Division (FHWA-CFLHD) will be holding a public meeting to discuss a project to replace three temporary bridges located on Kuhio Highway (Route 560) in Wainiha. Work is currently in the environmental compliance and preliminary engineering phase. This meeting is being held to support the National Environmental Policy Act and Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act as well as applicable Hawaii Revised Statutes. The meeting is scheduled at the following location and time.

Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015
6 to 8 p.m.
Hanalei Elementary School Cafeteria
5-5415 Kuhio Highway, Hanalei

Information will be shared and input will be collected on the proposed project design and traffic management strategies necessary to support construction activities. FHWA and HDOT representatives will be available to answer questions on the project.

Those unable to attend can contact the project manager, Mr. Mike Will, to request meeting materials, so they may share their input. Mr. Will may be reached by e-mail at [email protected] or by phone at 720-963-3647. Any person requiring special accessibility or communication accommodations may contact Mr. Fred Reyes (HDOT Kauai District) at 808-241-3017 before Sept. 9, 2015. TTY users may use TRS to contact HDOT at 808-587-2210.




Monday, August 17, 2015

DLNR to hold public meets regarding the updating of Hawaii's State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP)

Public meetings to provide information regarding SWAP and to gather input from interested parties are going to be held across the state. For Kauai, the meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 18, 2015, at 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Location:
Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School (Cafeteria)
4431 Nuhou Street, Lihue, HI 96766

For more information, visit: http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/wildlife/hswap/.




Friday, August 14, 2015

KAUAI LANE CLOSURES FOR THE WEEKEND OF FRIDAY, AUGUST 14, TO SUNDAY, AUGUST 16

PLEASE NOTE: Lane closure schedules may change at any time without further notice. All projects are weather permitting.

KAUMUALII HIGHWAY

1) PUHI (WEEKEND/NIGHT WORK)
Single lane closure on Kaumualii Highway (Route 50) in both directions between Kipu Road and Kahili Road on Sunday night, Aug. 16, through Friday morning, Aug. 21, from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m., nightly, for road resurfacing. Traffic will be contraflowed through the remaining open lane. Motorists are advised to expect delays.

For more information, visit http://hidot.hawaii.gov/highways/roadwork/weekend/.




Monday, August 10, 2015

Notice of Public Meeting Held on Kauai to Discuss Proposed Changes for HAR-62:

Regarding: Proposed changes to Hawaii Administrative Rules (HAR), Chapter 11-62, Wastewater Systems

Date: Tuesday, August 12, 2015
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Location: Kauai District Health Office Conference Room, 3040 Umi Street, Lihue, HI 96766




Friday, August 7, 2015

KAUAI LANE CLOSURES FOR THE WEEK OF AUG. 8 - AUG. 14

PLEASE NOTE: Lane closure schedules may change at any time without further notice. All projects are weather permitting.

KAUMUALII HIGHWAY

1) HANAPEPE
Single lane closure on Kaumualii Highway (Route 50) in both directions between Lele Road and Kaumakani Road on Monday, Aug. 10 through Friday, Aug. 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for resurfacing work. Traffic will be contraflowed through the remaining open lane. Motorists are advised to expect delays.

2) LIHUE
Lane shifts on Kaumualii Highway between Hoomana Road and Nawiliwili Road on Monday, Aug. 10, through Friday, Aug. 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for waterline work in the median. Occasional night work will occur from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m., Sunday nights through Friday mornings. Motorists are advised to use caution and allow for extra travel time.

3) PUHI (WEEKEND/NIGHT WORK)
Single lane closure on Kaumualii Highway (Route 50) in both directions between Kipu Road and Kahili Road on Sunday night, Aug. 9, through Friday morning, Aug. 14, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., nightly, for road widening. Traffic will be contraflowed through the remaining open lane. Motorists are advised to expect delays.

4) WAIMEA
Single lane closure on Kaumualii Highway (Route 50) in both directions between Mahaikona Bridge and Alawai Road on Monday, Aug. 10, through Friday, Aug 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for rumble strip installation and striping work. Traffic will be contraflowed through the remaining open lane. Motorists are advised to expect delays.

NAWILIWILI ROAD

1) LIHUE
Single lane closure on Nawiliwili Road in both directions between Kaumualii Highway and Kanani Street, on Monday, Aug. 10, through Friday, Aug. 14, from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., daily, for highway reconstruction work. Occasional night work will occur from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m., Sunday through Thursday. Motorists are advised to expect delays.




Friday, June 26, 2015

WEEKEND LANE CLOSURES FOR THE WEEKEND OF FRIDAY, JUNE 26, TO SUNDAY, JUNE 28

KAUAI - KAUMUALII HIGHWAY

PUHI (WEEKEND/NIGHT WORK)

Single lane closure on Kaumualii Highway (Route 50) in the eastbound direction between Koloa Road and Maluhia Road on Sunday night, June 28, through Thursday morning, July 2, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., nightly, for road repaving. Traffic will be contraflowed through the remaining open lane. Motorists are advised to expect delays.

Click here to read more.




Tuesday, June 23, 2015

SIREN TESTING ON KAUA‘I - WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24



Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, together with Kauai County Civil Defense Agency, will conduct siren testing on Wednesday, June 24, at the following locations and times:

•   Isenberg Field, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
•   Shipwreck Beach Park, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Click here to read more in the Hawaii State Civil Defense press release






Thursday, October 31, 2013

STATE HOUSE APPROVES BILL FOR EMERGENCY FUNDING TO KAUAI HOSPITALS



The Hawaii House of Representatives has passed HB3 HD1, of the 2013 Second Special Sessoin, which will provide $7.3 million in emergency funding to sustain the operations of the Kauai regional health care system. Without this funding, Kauai's two hospitals operated by the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation (HHSC) would have run out of money in January 2014, forcing them to close down - placing the health care of Kauai's residents and visitors in jeopardy.

Click here to read more.






Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Lihue Public Library will Reopen on 10/24/13 - ADA Renovation Completed



A Blessing Ceremony to celebrate the reopening of the Lihue Public Library will be conducted on Thursday, October 24 at 9 a.m. for invited legislators, local officials, and the public following the completion of an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Renovation Project.

Click here to read more.









Thursday, March 28, 2013

KAUAI LANE CLOSURES FOR THE WEEK OF MARCH 30 - APRIL 5

Click here to read more in the DOT press release.




Friday, March 22, 2013

KAUAI LANE CLOSURES FOR THE WEEK OF MARCH 23 - MARCH 29

Click here to read more in the DOT press release.




Monday, March 18, 2013

SENATE VICE PRESIDENT RONALD D. KOUCHI HELPS TO STRENGTHEN HONOLULU-SEOUL TIES


Senate Vice President Ronald D. Kouchi welcomes Seoul Metropolitan Council Chair Kim Myung Soo







Senate Vice President Ronald D. Kouchi, (District 8 -Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau) on behalf of Senate President Donna Mercado Kim, met with the Seoul Metropolitan Council to discuss the continuation and support of both cities' sister relationship last week. The Council also attended a Senate Legislative Session.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Honolulu-Seoul relationship. The sister-city relationship was established to promote international good will and understanding.

This year is also the 110th anniversary of the Korean Immigration to the United States.

View the press release.




Wednesday, February 27, 2013

KAUAI LEGISLATORS MEET WITH CHIEFESS KAMAKAHELEI MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS


Senator Ronald D. Kouchi, Representative James Tokioka, Representative Derek S.K. Kawakami, advisor Robyn Herbig, and students from Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School.





Senator Ronald D. Kouchi, along with Representatives James Tokioka and Derek S.K. Kawakami, presented students from Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School (CKMS) with legislative certificates commending them on their achievement at the Jr. SkillsUSA Convention Construction and Technology Challenge. The Jr. SkillsUSA Convention Construction and Technology Challenge was held at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu on February 20 to 21. After the competition, the CKMS students and their advisor, Robyn Herbig, met with members of their Kauai Legislative Delegation at the Hawaii State Capitol. Participating in this year's event included: Ben Brady, Sydney Brady, Kaylee Braun, Seeley Byers, Scott Cushnie, Mariflor Delos Santos, Kiyib (Erina) Garbphin, Ku‘ulei Ikeda, Camron Navor, Ryan Smith, Rina Takabayashi, and Shirying Tay.

A non-profit student organization serving more than 300,000 student and professional members, SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives working together to ensure America has a skilled work force. The organization hosts annual local, state, and national competitions in which students demonstrate occupational and leadership skills. It also provides students with leadership, teamwork and character development.

View the press release.




Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Senate Committee on Ways and Means Passes Bill that Removes Cap on Income Tax Deductions for Charitable Donations

The Senate Committee on Ways and Means has passed Senate Bill 1091, relating to itemized income tax deductions. The measure removes the cap on itemized income tax deductions for charitable contributions, encouraging more people the opportunity to make generous donations to non-profit and charitable organizations.

Non-profit and charitable organizations are dependent upon donations in order to operate and provide necessary social services.

View the press release.




Tuesday, February 19, 2013

KAUAI LANE CLOSURES FOR THE WEEK OF FEBRUARY 16 - 22

Click here to read more in the DOT press release.




Thursday, February 14, 2013

RHODA AND WARREN GOLDEN CELEBRATE THEIR 50TH GOLDEN WEDDING ANNIVERSARY

Warren & Rhoda Golden of Kekaha, Kauai celebrate 50 years of marriage.


Rhoda and Warren Golden of Kekaha, Hawaii celebrated their 50th Golden Wedding Anniversary with their family and friends at the Waimea Plantation Cottages on Kauai. To mark the special occasion, they were honored with a Hawaii State Senate Certificate of Recognition from Senator Ronald D. Kouchi (District 8 - Kauai, Niihau).

View the photo release.




Friday, February 1, 2013

KAUAI LANE CLOSURES FOR THE WEEK OF FEBRUARY 2 - 8

Click here to read more in the DOT press release.




Monday, January 28, 2013

SENATE'S PILOT PROGRAM ALLOWS KAUAI RESIDENTS TO TESTIFY AT SENATE COMMITTEES ON EDUCATION AND TECHNOLOGY AND THE ARTS VIA VIDEO CONFERENCING

Kauai constituents will now be allowed to testify before Senate Committees on Education (EDU) and Technology and The Arts (TEC) via video conferencing without having to travel to Oahu during the 2013 legislative session.

Hearing notices for pilot project hearings will specifically indicate that video conferencing testimony will be allowed and will also contain a link to instructions for participation. Because this is a pilot program, there are limitations to the program, including the number of individuals allowed to participate.

"This new Senate initiative will connect Kauai constituents to the committee hearing process and I encourage everyone to take advantage of this opportunity to get involved in the legislative process," said Senator Ronald D. Kouchi, District 8 Senator representing the islands of Kauai and Niihau.

Following completion of the 2013 Legislative Session, the pilot program will be evaluated with an eye toward expanding the program to cover more committees, more hearings, and perhaps reaching a wider audience.




Wednesday, January 23, 2013

SENATE VICE PRESIDENT RONALD D. KOUCHI MEETS WITH FUKUOKA PREFECTUAL ASSEMBLY


Senate Vice President Ronald D. Kouchi meets with the Fukuoka Prefectural Assembly.










Senate Vice President Ronald D. Kouchi, Senator for the 8th Senatorial District for the islands of Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau, received the Fukuoka Prefectural Assembly on behalf of Senate President Donna Mercado Kim. The delegation was here to visit with Governor Neil Abercrombie, Speaker of the House Joseph Souki, and Senate President Donna Mercado Kim.

Fukuoka Prefectural Assembly Chair Kunihiro Matsumoto and the delegation wished Senator Kouchi a successful legislative session, congratulated him on becoming vice president, and discussed issues of interest for the State of Hawaii and the Prefecture of Fukuoka. Senator Kouchi expressed his appreciation for the culture and people of Japan and his gratitude for the contributions of the Japanese professional baseball team, the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks to Kaua'i residents. Chair Matsumoto and Senator Kouchi expressed their interest in continuing and supporting the established relationship between the State of Hawaii and the Prefecture of Fukuoka.

In 1981, the State of Hawaii and the Prefecture of Fukuoka established a Sister-State relationship to exchange knowledge and encourage international cooperation. This relationship serves to raise Hawaii's profile internationally, attract dynamic cooperative programs, and stimulate Hawaii's economy. Since 1982, it has become tradition for the Fukuoka Prefectural Assembly to send a delegation to attend the celebration of the opening of the Hawaii legislative session.

View the press release.




Friday, December 28, 2012

Senator Donna Mercado Kim Selected as Senate President

Senate Vice President Donna Mercado Kim (Sen. District 14) has been selected as the President of the Senate and will preside during the 27th Hawaii State Legislature, which will convene on January 16, 2013. Senator Ronald D. Kouchi (Sen. District 8) will serve as Senate Vice President. Senator David Ige (Sen. District 16) will continue as Chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means, with Senator Michelle Kidani (Sen. District 18) serving as his Vice Chair.

The Senate acted quickly to organize after Maui State Senator Shan Tsutsui (Sen. District 5) took the oath of office as Lieutenant Governor yesterday. The Senate line up remains mostly intact to allow members continuity in their committee work as the Senate has been preparing for the upcoming session.

"We are solidified in dealing with the pressing issues facing our State. The Senate continues to be organized in a cooperative and focused manner. I'm humbled to receive the confidence and support of my colleagues" said Senate President Kim.

"We reached an agreement quickly so that we can continue to focus our attention on the issues and begin preparations for the 2013 session," said Senate Vice President Kouchi.

A complete listing of Senate Leadership and Committee Chairmanships is as follows:

President: Donna Mercado Kim
Vice President: Ronald D. Kouchi
Majority Leader: Brickwood Galuteria
Assistant Majority Leader: Michelle Kidani
Ways and Means, Chair: David Ige
Ways and Means, Vice Chair: Michelle Kidani
Majority Floor Leader: Will Espero
Majority Policy Leader: Les Ihara, Jr.
Majority Whip: Gil Kahele
Majority Whip: Jill Tokuda
Judiciary and Labor, Chair: Clayton Hee
Commerce and Consumer Protection, Chair: Roz Baker
Agriculture, Chair: Clarence Nishihara
Technology and The Arts, Chair: Glenn Wakai
Economic Development, Government Operations, and Housing, Chair: Donovan Dela Cruz
Energy and Environment, Chair: Mike Gabbard
Education, Chair: Jill Tokuda
Tourism and Hawaiian Affairs, Chair: Brickwood Galuteria
Health, Chair: Josh Green, M.D.
Higher Education, Chair: Brian Taniguchi
Human Services, Chair: Suzanne Chun Oakland
Public Safety and Military Affairs, Chair: Will Espero
Transportation & International Affairs, Chair: J. Kalani English
Water and Land, Chair: Malama Solomon

 View the media release.




Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Senator Kouchi Attends Western Legislative Academy


Senator Ronald Kouchi was among 39 state legislators who participated in this year's Western Legislative Academy. (Photo courtesy: Lynn Boutte Photography)









Senator Ronald D. Kouchi, senator for the 8th Senatorial District for the islands of Kauai and Niihau, recently received his certificate of legislative training completion from the Western Legislative Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado conducted by The Council of State Governments-WEST (CSG-WEST), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization serving Western state legislators.

The purpose of the Western Legislative Academy is to build excellence and effectiveness in state legislators in the Western Region of the United States. The selection process is very competitive and is based on the individual legislator's commitment to public service, desire to improve personal legislative effectiveness and interest in improving the legislative process.

Senator Kouchi was one of 39 state legislators selected by the academy from 93 applicants in the Western Region to participate in its prestigious training institute for newly elected lawmakers in their first four years of service. Joining Senator Kouchi as members of the Western Legislative Academy Class of 2012 from the Hawaii State Legislature were Senator Donovan Dela Cruz (District 22), Representatives Aaron Johanson (District 31) and Representative Derek S. K. Kawakami (District 14).

"I am excited to put what I learned at the academy in motion as a legislator," said Senator Kouchi, "The skills and knowledge I gained have taught me to become a more effective legislator, which will result in further benefit to my constituents."

The academy was held during three and a half days of intensive training in subjects such as legislative institutions, ethics, communications, negotiations, time management and leadership. Faculty is drawn from academia, former military and private sector instructors. A highlight of the training is an afternoon at the US Air Force Academy, working on personal assessments and team building.

The Council of State Governments-WEST is the western region arm of the national Council of State Governments (CSG) which is based in Lexington, Kentucky. Regional offices of the CSG are located in Sacramento, Chicago, Atlanta and New York. View the media release.




Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Kauai Continues to Be Represented in the Hawaii State Senate Leadership

Kauai Senator Ronald Kouchi has once again been selected to serve as the Hawaii State Senate's Majority Caucus Leader during the 27th Hawaii State Legislature, which will convene on January 16, 2013. Senator Kouchi was first selected as the Majority Caucus Leader for the 26th Legislature, which began in 2011.

Adding to Senator Kouchi's role is his position as vice chair of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, with Senator Clarence Nishihara serving as chair.

"Having been involved in the agriculture community, I was pleased to accept the position when Senate President asked me to serve as vice chair of the committee," said Senator Kouchi. "I would like to work on issues regarding food security and sustainability, making sure that we as a state is able to provide for ourselves if a disaster strikes and isolates us from cargo being shipped here."

Senator Kouchi will also continue to serve as vice chair of the Senate Committee on Tourism and Government Operations, with Senator Donna Mercado Kim serving as chair, and he will also continue to serve as a member of the Senate Committee on Transportation and International Affairs.

The Hawaii State Senate announced its leadership members a day after the general election. The Senate acted quickly to organize with a primary goal of promoting an environment of cooperation and shared leadership and authority. Committee assignments were announced last Friday. View the media release.




Friday, October 19, 2012

Hawaii Ocean Resources Management Plan - Public Listening Sessions - Round 2


Thursday, November 15
5:30pm
War Memorial Convention Hall
4191 Hardy Street
Lihue
View the flyer for more information.






Monday, October 15, 2012

SENATOR RONALD KOUCHI HOSTS SENATE EDUCATION COMMITTEE CHAIR JILL TOKUDA - THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2012

Senator Ronald Kouchi is hosting Senator Jill Tokuda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Education, for a Town Meeting that includes representatives from the Hawaii State Department of Education on Thursday, October 25, 2012. It will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School Cafeteria (4431 Nuhou Street).

The Hawai‘i State Senate Committee on Education Chair will provide information on continuing and upcoming projects relating to education. Residents will have the opportunity to provide comments and ask questions.

Senate Committee on Education Chair Town Meeting
Thursday, October 25, 2012
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School Cafeteria
4431 Nuhou Street, Lihue, Hawai‘i 96766

Individuals requiring special assistance or accommodations are asked to contact Senator Kouchi's office at (808) 586-6030 at least four days in advance of the meeting. View the media release.




Thursday, September 20, 2012

First Segment of Kaumualii Highway Widening Project Complete, Next Phase Begins

LIHUE - The state Department of Transporatation (DOT) and Governor Neil Abercrombie celebrated the completion of the first segment of the Kaumualii Highway Widening Project and broke ground on the next phase in a ceremony today in Lihue.

The first segment widened the highway from two-to-four-lanes from Anonui Road, west of the Kauai Community College (KCC) campus, over 1.8-miles to the approach to the Lihue Mill Bridge. New bike lanes and sidewalks were also added to help keep cyclists and pedestrians safe. Total cost for this segment was approximately $39 million, with 80-percent paid for by federal funds. View the DOT news release for more information.




Thursday, September 20, 2012

DLNR Hosts Public Talk Story and Mapping Session with Fishermen and Ocean Gatherers on Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau

LIHU‘E - The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) invites fisherment and ocean gatherers of Ni‘ihau, Lehua Rock, Ka‘ula, and the Na Pali Coast to a talk story and mapping session aimed at helping to identify important use areas. The meeting and mapping session will be held starting at 8 a.m. Saturday, September 22, 2012, at King Kaumuali‘i Elementary School Cafeteria, located at 4380 Nahamaulu Rd. in Lihue. This meeting is open to the public. View the DLNR news release for more information.




Monday, August 6, 2012

Public Information Meeting for Kikiaola Small Boat Harbor Projects


Wednesday, August 15, 2012
5:30pm
Waimea Neighborhood Center

View the flyer for more information.










Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Lawmakers Listen Kaua‘i


Lawmakers Listen Kaua‘i
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
5:30-7:00pm
Wilcox Elementary School Cafeteria

View the flyer for more information.









Thursday, April 5, 2012

Kauai Students Honored for Being Chosen as Club Winners of the Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii Youth of the Year Program


(Senator Ronald D. Kouchi with Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii Youth of the Year Club Winners Joseph Camelo and Tosha Taylor.)







Kauai students Tosha Taylor and Joseph Camelo were recognized by the Hawaii State Senate today for being chosen as club winners for the Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii (BGCH), Youth of the Year Program. The Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing youth with personal and character development programs to assist them in their growth to become responsible citizens.  View the photo release.




Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Kaua‘i Students Participate in 2012 Hawai‘i State Science & Engineering Fair


(Senator Ronald D. Kouchi with 2012 Hawaii State Science & Engineering Fair Kaua‘i student participants.)







Fifteen Kaua‘i students who won divisions in the Kaua‘i District Island-wide Science Fair participated in the 2012 Hawai‘i State Science & Engineering Fair (HSSEF) held at the Hawai‘i Convention Center from April 2 - 4, 2012. The HSSEF, now in its 55th year, is the oldest and largest science fair held in Hawai‘i. Each year, more than 7,000 students participate in science fair programs throughout the State, with approximately 500 of these students qualifying to compete in the HSSEF.

The following Kaua‘i students qualified to participate in the 2012 HSSEF and were also division winners in the Kaua‘i District Island-wide Science Fair: Julia Hirano, Emily Carlson, Cheyenne Natividad-Parraga, BreeAnn Cabayan, Sharay Rapozo, Jacky Lin, and Braden Kobayashi of Waimea Canyon Middle School, Mallorie Aiwohi, of Kapa‘a Middle School, Savanah Frisk, Casey Nakamura, Taylor McGinnis, Kalani Murakami and Marissa Goo of Kapa‘a High School, Kayla Ishida of Waimea High School, and Noelani Murray of Kaua‘i High School.

While on Oahu, the students visited the State Capitol to observe the Senate and House Legislative Sessions, and met with the Kaua‘i legislative delegation. Senator Ronald D. Kouchi spoke to the students and commended them on their accomplishments. Senator Kouchi stated, "It is inspiring to see so many students interested and excelling in the science, math, technology and engineering fields. Participating in science fairs such as the HSSEF gives students the unique opportunity to meet and learn from scientists, while gaining hands-on training. It is important for our youth to cultivate an interest in these fields which will help them in the increasingly technical global workforce."  View the press release.




Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Kauai County Farm Bureau Participates in "2012 Agricultural Awareness Day" at the State Capitol


(Kauai County Farm Bureau members with Senator Ronald D. Kouchi at Agricultural Awareness Day at the State Capitol. From left to right: Johnny Gordines, Senator Ronald D. Kouchi, Jerry Ornellas, Scott McFarland and Laurie Ho)





The Kauai County Farm Bureau participated in the 2012 Agricultural Awareness Day held on Thursday, March 29, 2012, at the State Capitol. Agricultural Awareness Day, now in its sixth year, is an opportunity for the Hawaii agricultural industry to showcase its diverse range of products while giving policy makers and the public an opportunity to learn more about the industry.

The Kauai County Farm Bureau provided a "Kauai Grown" exhibition which featured flowers, produce, plants, honey, coffee, keeshir tea, dried bananas, jam and honey lip balm, in addition to literature promoting various products from the island at the event. The Kauai Grown exhibit was one of 39 exhibitions, which included companies, statewide government agencies and organizations participating in the sponsored event.

As a member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Kauai Senator Ronald D. Kouchi said, "The annual Agricultural Awareness Day at the State Capitol provides a unique opportunity for legislators and the public to meet farmers and organizations integral to the agricultural industry. I am pleased to see the many varieties of high quality produce, specialty fruits and products from Kauai, which reflects our island's diversified agriculture industry."

The Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation, along with the Hawaii Food Industry Association, Hawaii Food Manufacturers Association, Hawaii Restaurant Association, Hawaii Cattlemen's Council, Hawaii Department of Agriculture, and the University of Hawaii at Manoa College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources sponsored this year's event. Senate Committee on Agriculture Chair Clarence Nishihara and Vice Chair Gilbert Kahele, along with State House Committee on Agriculture Chair Clift Tsuji and Vice Chair Mark Hashem, co-hosted the event.  View the press release.




Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Senate Ways and Means Committee Passes Bill Benefiting Power-Generating Facilities


(Senator Ronald D. Kouchi and Mike Yamane, Chief of Operations for Kauai Island Utility Cooperative)







The Senate Ways and Means (WAM) Committee passed out HB 2740 HD1 with amendments today, extending the sunset date on Act 198 of 2009 for a total of five years from 2012 through 2017. The Senate amendment extended the sunset date from three years in the House version of the bill, to five years. HB 2740 HD1 and the Senate amended sunset extension recognizes and re-affirms the Senate's belief that Hawaii utilities like Kauai Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) that use environmentally cleaner naptha fuel for power generation, should continue to realize reduced tax requirements.

After the Senate WAM Committee passed HB 2740 HD1 with the extended sunset date, Senator Ronald D. Kouchi commented, "The extension of the sunset date from three years to five years will ensure that KIUC's lower tax rate will provide substantial savings of approximately five million dollars a year to Kauai cooperative members, allowing KIUC to pass these savings on to businesses and to the community."

The bill now goes before the full Senate for a floor vote.  View the media release.




Wednesday, March 28, 2012

HSTA Kaua‘i Representatives Meet with State Legislators

(Senator Ronald D. Kouchi and HSTA Kauai Chapter Representatives. Back row left to right: Senator Ronald D. Kouchi, Senator Jill Tokuda, Representative Derek S.K. Kawakami, Representative James Tokioka. Front row left to right: Kathy Shibuya, Jackie Sanborn, HSTA Kauai Chapter President Jodi Maeda, Representative Dee Morikawa and HSTA State Government Relations Chairperson Devi Berg with her daughter Hi‘ilei Berg)


Representatives from the Kaua‘i Chapter of the Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA) Government Relations Committee met with the Kaua‘i legislative delegation and Senator Jill Tokuda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Education, at the State Capitol on Friday, March 23, 2012 to discuss current legislative issues. The Kaua‘i legislative delegation consisted of Senator Ronald D. Kouchi, Representative James Tokioka, Representative Dee Morikawa and Representative Derek S.K. Kawakami.  View the photo release.




Friday, March 23, 2012

KAUAIBOTS Participants in 2012 First in Hawaii Regional Robotics Competition


(Students and coaches from KAUIBOTS Team #2465 and Senator Ronald D. Kouchi at the Stan Sherriff Center.)


The KAUAIBOTS Team (Team #2465), composed of students from Kapa‘a High School, Island School, Kaua‘i High School, and Waimea High School, are on Oahu today to compete in the 2012 First in Hawaii Regional Robotics Competition. The three-day tournament is being held at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa's Stan Sherriff Center. This is the 5th consecutive year that a team representing the island of Kaua‘i is participating.  View the photo release.










Friday, March 16, 2012

Hawaii State Student Council Kauai District Representative Meets With Senator Ronald D. Kouchi


(Senator Ronald D. Kouchi and Kiana Pigao, Hawaii State Student Council Kauai District Representative.)


Kiana Pigao, Kauai District Representative for the Hawaii State Student Council and a sophomore at Waimea High School, met with Senator Ronald D. Kouchi today at the State Capitol. Kiana was on Oahu to take part in Education Week activities at the State Capitol.  View the photo release.






Friday, March 16, 2012

Kauai Delegation Honors Miss Garden Isle 2012 Liane Ancajas


(Senator Ronald D. Kouchi, Miss Garden Isle 2012 Liane Ancajas, Representative Dee Morikawa and Representative James Tokioka)






The Kaua‘i delegation today presented Miss Garden Isle 2012 Liane Ancajas with a Legislative Certificate of Recognition, congratulating her on being crowned Miss Garden Isle 2012. The Kaua'i delegation that honored Miss Garden Isle 2012 consisted of Senator Ronald D. Kouchi, Representative James Tokioka and Representative Dee Morikawa.  View the photo release.




Friday, March 16, 2012

Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School Students Take Home Top Awards in State Competition


(Senator Ronald D. Kouchi, Representative James Tokioka, Representative Dee Morikawa, Representative Derek S.K. Kawakami, teachers Justin Carvalho and Robyn Herbig, and students from Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School.)






(Representative Derek S.K. Kawakami, Representative James Tokioka, CKMS teacher Justin Carvalho, Senator Ronald D. Kouchi. Bottom row: Representative Dee Morikawa, CKMS teacher Robyn Herbig)





Thirteen students from Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School (CKMS) won first and second places in the SkillsUSA Convention Technology Challenge Contest held on Wednesday,
February 22, 2012, in Honolulu.

SkillsUSA is a non-profit educational association which serves high school and post-secondary school students. The organization hosts annual local, state, and national competitions in which students demonstrate occupational and leadership skills. The association works to provide quality educational experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development.

CKMS students participating in the SkillsUSA contest were Keala Iwasaki, Scott Cushnie, Keegan Loo, Sean Ebueng, Trevor Fruedig, Branden Remegio, Scott Ota, Saedy Tumaneng, Marissa Martinez, Sarah Matsunaga, Sydney Brady, Marilyn Clement and Elizabeth Makizuru. CKMS teachers Justin Carvalho and Robyn Herbig accompanied the group.

While in Honolulu, the CKMS students and their teachers met with their Kauai Legislative delegation, Senator Ronald D. Kouchi, Representative James Tokioka, Representative Dee Morikawa and Representative Derek S.K. Kawakami. Each student was presented with a legislative certificate commending them on their achievement at the SkillsUSA Convention.  View the media release.




Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Kaua‘i Delegation Honors Kaua‘i Surfer Reef McIntosh


(Representative James Tokioka, Senator Ronald D. Kouchi, Reef McIntosh and Representative Derek Kawakami)







Reef McIntosh, a professional surfer from Kapa‘a, Hawaii, was honored by the Kaua‘i Legislative delegation on winning the "2012 Da Hui Backdoor Shootout" surf competition. The event was held at the Banzai Pipeline on Oahu's North Shore in January 2012. Presenting the Certificate of Recognition yesterday were Senator Ronald D. Kouchi, Representative James Tokioka and Representative Derek S.K. Kawakami.  View the photo release.




Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Kaua‘i Delegation Honors Miss Kaua‘i 2012 Lei U‘i Kaholokua


(Senator Ronald D. Kouchi, Miss Kaua‘i 2012 Lei U‘i Kaholokua, Representative Dee Morikawa, Representative Derek S.K. Kawakami and Representative James Tokioka)






Miss Kaua‘i 2012 Lei U‘i Kaholokua was presented with a Certificate of Recognition by the Kaua‘i delegation today at the State Capitol, congratulating her on being crowned Miss Kaua‘i 2012. The Kaua‘i delegation that honored Miss Kaua‘i 2012 consisted of Senator Ronald D. Kouchi, Representative James Tokioka, Representative Dee Morikawa and Representative Derek S.K. Kawakami.  View the photo release.




Monday, March 12, 2012

Hawaii State Senate Honors 2011 Librarian of the Year Karen Ikemoto


(Senator Ronald D. Kouchi and 2011 Librarian of the Year Karen Ikemoto)







The Hawaii State Senate recognized Kauai Librarian Karen Ikemoto for being named 2011 Librarian of the Year. As the first librarian from the Garden Isle to win the award, Mrs. Ikemoto was presented with a Certificate of Recognition from Kauai Senator Ronald D. Kouchi during a Senate Floor Presentation celebrating Education Week today.

A strong supporter of public libraries, Senator Kouchi commented, "Karen is more than deserving of the Librarian of the Year Award. She has gone to extraordinary lengths to upgrade facilities and services at the Hanapepe Public Library to better meet the needs and interests of the local community. Her humility, kindness and passion for the profession make her more than deserving of this honor."

Ms. Ikemoto has worked for the Hawaii Public Library system since 1992 and is currently Branch Manager of Hanapepe Public Library.

In its ninth year, Education Week is organized by the Hawaii State Senate Committee on Education. Focused on highlighting the success of our libraries, schools and our students, this year's celebration will include programs and events that bring everyone, from our youngest of keiki to our most mature kupuna, to the State Capitol to educate and engage with policymakers.  View the media release.




Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Hawaii State Senate Passes Ocean Safety Collective Bargaining Bill


(Kauai Senator Ronald D. Kouchi during Senate Session)

The Hawaii State Senate passed SB 2967 (SD1), which seeks to establish a separate collective bargaining unit for Ocean and Water Safety Officers, at a floor vote during Session on March 6, 2012. Under SB 2967, Bargaining Unit 14, which represents ocean safety and water safety officers, would be created.

Upon passage of SB 2967, Kauai Senator Ronald D. Kouchi commented, "Ocean safety personnel and water safety officers are an integral part of our first line of emergency responders. Kauai has some of the most beautiful, but also dangerous beaches in the world, and our water safety officers put their lives on the line everyday as part of their job. By having their own bargaining unit, they will now have the chance to represent themselves collectively and have their issues and concerns unique to their group addressed."

Senator Kouchi continued, "I am greatly pleased with the passage of this bill since it reflects our understanding and appreciation for the service that ocean safety personnel provide."

SB 2967 has crossed over to the House of Representatives where it will await assignment to a Committee for a hearing.  View the media release.




Monday, March 5, 2012

HTSA Representatives Meet with Senator Ronald D. Kouchi


(HSTA State Secretary Beverly Gotelli, Senator Ronald D. Kouchi and former HSTA Hawaii District President Lorraine Hora)






Kauai resident and Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA) State Secretary Beverly Gotelli and former HSTA Hawaii District President Lorraine Hora met with Senator Ronald D. Kouchi on February 23, 2012 to discuss upcoming legislative priorities for HSTA.  View the photo release.




Friday, March 2, 2012

Kaua‘i Legislators Meet With Security Directors from Kaua‘i Hotels


(Charles Iona, Representative Derek S.K. Kawakami, Mahi‘ai Na‘ihe, Representative Dee Morikawa, Senator Ronald D. Kouchi, Kaupena Kinimaka, and Representative James Tokioka)





Charles Iona, Director of Safety and Risk Management for Waimea Plantation Cottages; Mahi‘ai Na‘ihe, Security Manager for Kaua‘i Beach Resort; and Kaupena Kinimaka, Area Director of Global Safety and Security for Kaua‘i Resort and Marriott on Kalapaki Beach stopped by the State Capitol on Tuesday, February 28, 2012. They met with the Kaua‘i Legislative Delegation to discuss measures regarding private security services.  View the photo release.




Thursday, March 1, 2012

Hawaii State Capitol Holds 4th Annual Art at the Capitol


(A hand crafted artwork by Kauai Artist Judy Mahon of Luki Arts is displayed in Senator Ronald D. Kouchi's office at the State Capitol.)






The Hawaii State Legislature will host the 4th Annual "Art at the Capitol" event this Friday,
March 2, 2012, from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. "Art at the Capitol" is a unique opportunity for the public to view over 460 works of state owned art displayed in the offices of legislators and executive offices located in the State Capitol.

Representing the 7th Senatorial District, Senator Ronald D. Kouchi stated, "I believe it is important to support art and our local artists. Numerous studies have shown that art stimulates and develops imagination and critical thinking, while refining cognitive and creative skills. Included in my office collection of state sponsored artwork are pieces from Kauai artists, David Kuraoka, Phyllis Kunimura, Paul Yardley, and Koloa born and raised Take Hama."

Senator Kouchi further added, "In addition to the state sponsored art in my office, I have on display several pieces of my personally owned artwork from Kauai artists, Kerry Oda, Noah Silva, and a commissioned ceramic piece from Judy Mahon."  View the media release.




Thursday, March 1, 2012

Hawaii State Senate Recognizes Author of "The Descendants"


(Senators recognize Kaui Hart Hemmings for the success of her novel, "The Descendants," which was turned into a screenplay for the movie with the same namesake. Photo courtesy of Senate Communications.)





Just a few days after attending the Academy Awards in Los Angeles, Kaui Hart Hemmings, author of the novel, "The Descendants," was recognized by the Hawaii State Senate.

Today, Senators honored Hemmings with a certificate of recognition for the success she received in having her novel adapted into a screenplay for the movie, "The Descendants," which won an Academy Award for the Best Adapted Screenplay Sunday night. The film also garnered four Oscar nominations.

Along with the Oscars, the movie was nominated and has won numerous other awards, including two Golden Globe Awards. The Descendants stars George Clooney, Amara Miller and Shailene Woodley. The film was shot in Honolulu and in Kauai's Hanalei Bay.

"Scenery from Kauai's iconic properties and landscapes are beautifully photographed and highlighted in the film, thanks to Kaui and the producers of the movie," said Senator Ronald D. Kouchi, who represents Kauai. "We are pleased with being able to share our island lifestyle with those who watch the movie."

The soundtrack uses Hawaiian music, featuring artists including Gabby Pahinui, Ray Kane, Keola Beamer, Lena Machado, Sonny Chillingworth, Jeff Peterson, and Reverend Dennis Kamakahi.  View the media advisory.




Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Kaua‘i Legislators Support Kaua‘i Grant-In-Aid Applicants


(Representative Derek S.K. Kawakami, Kaua‘i Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Stephen Spears, Kaua‘i Habitat for Humanity Development Director Anne Dimock, Senator Ronald D. Kouchi and Representative James Tokioka)







(Representative Derek S.K. Kawakami, Kaua‘i Economic Opportunity Chief Executive Officer MaBel Fujiuchi and Representative James Tokioka)






Stephen Spears, Executive Director of Kaua‘i Habitat for Humanity and MaBel Fujiuchi, Chief Executive Officer for Kaua‘i Economic Opportunity (KEO), testified in support of their grant-in-aid applications before the Senate Committee on Ways and Means and the House Committee on Finance on Wednesday, February 22, 2012. The committees held a joint informational briefing on grants-in-aid applications for the 2012 Legislature. After the briefing, Kaua‘i Senator Ronald D. Kouchi, along with Kaua‘i Representatives James Kunane Tokioka and Derek S. K. Kawakami, met with Spears and Fujiuchi to express support for their applications.  View the photo release.




Monday, February 27, 2012

Kauai Legislators Support Kauai Food Bank


(Senator Ronald D. Kouchi, Kauai Food Bank Board President Rowena Cobb, Representative Dee Morikawa and Representative Derek S.K. Kawakami)







Senator Ronald D. Kouchi, along with Representative Dee Morikawa and Representative
Derek S.K. Kawakami, met with Kauai Food Bank (KFB) Board President Rowena Cobb, at Senator Ronald D. Kouchi's office in the State Capitol on Tuesday, February 21, 2012. Cobb was at the Capitol to give Kauai legislative members an update on KFB.

Senator Kouchi stated "The Kauai Food Bank has been helping and supporting the local community for the past sixteen years. Although they are the smallest food bank in the State, they have a significant impact on the lives of those who struggle to afford food. They have proven their commitment to the local Kauai community by their dedication these past sixteen years. I believe they are truly committed to ending food poverty on Kauai and I am greatly appreciative of their efforts in this endeavor."

Kauai Food Bank, Inc. is a non-profit, tax-exempt charitable organization, formally established in December 1994. Prior to its incorporation, KFB was initially operated by volunteers in the wake of the Hurricane Iniki disaster in 1992. In addition to its food distribution program, KFB also sponsors a disaster assistance program, vocational rehabilitation, EBT Farmers Market Program, SNAP Outreach, Keiki Cafe and Youth Backpack Program. View the media release.




Monday, February 27, 2012

Senate Ways and Means Committee Passes SB 2986

The Senate Ways and Means Committee passed Senate Bill (SB) 2986 on Thursday,
February 23, 2012, extending the sunset date on Act 198 of 2009 for five years from 2012 through 2017. SB 2986 recognizes and affirms the Senate's belief that utilities like Kauai Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) that use environmentally cleaner naptha fuel for power generation should continue to realize reduced tax requirements.

In proposing an extension of five years instead of the previous three, Ways and Means Chair Senator David Y. Ige, stated, "As part of our state-wide site visits this past interim, I was able to visit the KIUC facility and meet with the directors and employees. During these discussions, KIUC's concerns relating to this issue were raised and a determination was made that a five year extension was more appropriate at this time."

Senator Ronald D. Kouchi added that, "I would like to thank Ways and Means Chair David Ige for taking the time to visit Kauai to get a firsthand look at our concerns and problems. KIUC's lower tax rate will save Kauai cooperative members approximately five million dollars a year, which is a great help to our residents paying one of the highest kilo watt cost in the state."

The bill now goes before the full Senate for a floor vote on March 6, 2012 before crossing over to the House of Representatives.  View the media release.




Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Senate Passes S.B. 2012 Unanimous Floor Vote



(Senator Ronald D. Kouchi with Ways and Means Committee Chairman David Ige and Senator Donna Mercado Kim.)






The Senate today unanimously voted to pass Senate Bill 2012 (S.B. 2012), also known as "The Invest in Hawaii Act of 2012". Senate Bill 2012 now goes on to the House of Representatives for its consideration.

In voting to pass the bill, Senate Majority Caucus Leader Senator Ronald D. Kouchi stated, "We have a harmonic convergence of events that greatly favor utilization of 'The Invest in Hawaii Act.' Not only will half a billion dollars for repairs and maintenance get our citizens back to work and stimulate the economy, we have the opportunity to utilize historically low interest rates, low materials cost, and a strong competitive bidding environment that will allow us to greatly extend the useful life of our State buildings and infrastructure. This will prevent the need to build or rebuild replacement structures and will allow more efficient use of existing structures. For example on Kauai, renovations to the vacant Lihue Courthouse will allow state agencies to move into state owned buildings, resulting in rental savings that will more than pay for the renovations."

Senator Kouchi continued, "We have an obligation to future generations in Hawaii. We have direct control over energy costs and the repair and maintenance projects scheduled will utilize energy efficient materials, and sustainable and renewable energy strategies, reducing our dependency on fossil fuels. Furthermore, repairs and maintenance for schools will result in a better learning environment for our children."

Departments scheduled to receive appropriations include the Department of Education, ($153,000,000) the University of Hawaii ($127,000,000), the Department of Accounting and General Services ($60,000,000), the Department of Agriculture ($5,000,000), the Department of Defense ($5,000,000), the Department of Health ($70,000,000), the Department of Human Services ($40,000,000), the Department of Land and Natural Resources ($20,000,000), the Department of Public Safety ($15,000,000) and the Judiciary ($5,000,000).  View the media release.




Monday, February 13, 2012

Kaua‘i Legislators Congratulate Desiree Vea


(Kaua‘i Legislators present Desiree Vea with a congratulatory certificate for her accomplishment on being chosen as one of eleven Native American Youth Leaders as part of President Barack Obama's "Winning the Future Across America" initiative.)





Kaua‘i native Desiree Vea was presented with a congratulatory certificate by all the Kaua‘i Legislators at the State Capitol on Monday, February 6, 2012. Desiree was recognized for her accomplishment on being chosen as one of eleven Native American Youth Leaders as part of President Barack Obama's "Winning the Future Across America" initiative.

Vea has been active in community service since 2007 and is known for her advocacy on homelessness on behalf of the Native Hawaiian community. She is currently working for Hawaiian Community Assets as a HUD Certified Housing Counselor, where she continues to serve her community with home-buyer education, youth financial literacy, and asset building programs.  View the photo release.




Monday, February 13, 2012

Kaua‘i Legislators Congratulate Waimea High School Cheerleading Champions



(Senator Ronald D. Kouchi congratulates members of the Waimea High School Cheerleading Team.)







Senator Ronald D. Kouchi congratulated the Waimea High School Cheer Team on winning the 2011 HHSAA State Cheerleading Championship. At a testimonial dinner held at Waimea High School on Saturday, February 4th, 2012, Senator Kouchi and Representative Dee Morikawa presented the team with a Legislative Certificate signed by all the Kaua‘i Legislators, applauding the team's victory.

The top high school cheerleading teams in Hawai‘i competed at the 11th annual HHSAA State Cheerleading Championships held in December. Out of 13 teams, the Menehune of Waimea captured the Medium Division, State Championship Title.  View the photo release.




Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Senator Ronald D. Kouchi Presents Chance Bukoski with Senate Certificate



(Kaua‘i native Chance Bukoski with Senator Ronald D. Kouchi.)







Senator Ronald D. Kouchi presented Kaua‘i's Chance Bukoski with a Senate Certificate at the State Capitol on Monday, January 30, 2012. The Senate Certificate commended Bukoski on his athletic achievements throughout his collegiate soccer career. Bukoski, a Hawaii Pacific University senior forward on the men's soccer team, was voted on to the 2011 Daktronics NCAA Division II All-American First Team. Bukoski was also recently featured in Sports Illustrated's "Faces in the Crowd" January 9, 2012 issue.  View the photo release.




Friday, January 27, 2012

Senator Ronald D. Kouchi Meets with Kaua‘i PHOCUSED Rally Participants



(Senator Ronald D. Kouchi and PHOCUSED Rally participants from Kaua‘i. From left to right, Senator Ronald D. Kouchi, Kelcie Morita, Joni Wong, Jennifer O'Donnell, Jennifer Cilfone and Matthew Murray)





Senator Ronald D. Kouchi met with PHOCUSED Rally participants representing various Kauai social services groups at the State Capitol on Tuesday, January 24, 2012. The group was on Oahu to express their support for social service funding at the PHOCUSED Rally held at the Capitol Rotunda.

PHOCUSED, which stands for Protecting Hawaii's Ohana, Children, Underserved, Elderly and Disabled, is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to increasing the investment and visibility of children and adults in Hawai‘i who are marginalized, impoverished, and underserved, and for whom access to health and human services is critical.  View the photo release.




Friday, January 27, 2012

Kaua‘i Legislators Meet with HGEA Representatives



(Representative Derek S.K. Kawakami, Senator Ronald D. Kouchi and Representative Dee Morikawa are surrounded by Kaua‘i HGEA representatives.)






Representatives from the Hawaii Government Employees Association (HGEA), met with Senator Ronald D. Kouchi, Representative Derek S.K. Kawakami, and Representative Dee Morikawa to discuss upcoming issues for the 2012 legislative session. The Kaua‘i HGEA Representatives were in town for the Legislators' Luncheon held at the State Capitol on January 23, 2012. View the photo release.




Friday, January 27, 2012

Senator Ronald D. Kouchi Hosts Internatioanl Exchange Student



(Representative Dee Morikawa, Tanim Zunaed Alam and Senator Ronald D. Kouchi at the State Capitol.)







Senator Ronald D. Kouchi hosted Waimea High School student and Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange & Study (YES) Program Recipient, Tanim Zunaed Alam, at the State Capitol on Friday, January 20, 2012. Alam was participating in a one-day internship and spent the day shadowing Senator Kochi.

"It has been a genuine pleasure hosting Mr. Alam. We engaged in many interesting conversations throughout the day and I was impressed with his congeniality and his desire for knowledge. The YES program provides an excellent opportunity for students to form connections and gain valuable and unique cultural experiences. I am a strong supporter of international education, as it helps students become global thinkers and gain new perspectives."

Alam, who is from Dhaka, Bangladesh, stated, "I am very grateful to have this chance to meet Senator Kouchi. The thing I most enjoyed was spending time with Senator and his staff. I have learned a lot. Spending the day with the Senator at the Capitol is one of the most unique experiences I have had in the U.S." Alam is a Senior at Waimea High School and serves on the West Kaua‘i Bike Path Advisory Committee. He is staying with Dr. Steven Penner and his family throughout the duration of the program.

The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange & Study (YES) Program is an international exchange program between the United States and countries with significant Muslim populations. The YES Program is administered by the United States Department of State (DOS) and seeks to promote mutual understanding and respect between the United States and participating countries. In Alam's country of Bangladesh, more than 16,000 students applied for the 2011-2012 program. Out of 23 student finalists, Alam was awarded the YES Program Scholarship.  View the press release.




Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Senator Ronald D. Kouchi Meets with Leilehua High School Students Participating in Youth Capitol Commentary



(Senator Ronald D. Kouchi with Jeff Galicinao of ‘Olelo Community Media and students from Leilehua High School)







Director of ‘Olelo Community Media, Greg Davis, and students from Leilehua High School, interviewed Kaua‘i Senator Ronald D. Kouchi for the 9th Annual Youth Capitol Commentary on Wednesday, January 18, 2012, which was the Opening Day of the 26th Legislative Session.

‘Olelo Community Media is Oahu's Public Access television station. Leilehua High School students interviewed Senator Kouchi on various issues affecting Hawaii. Coverage of the interview will be televised on Kaua‘i via ‘Olelo Community Media's, "Capitol Commentary" on Tuesday, January 31, 2012, at 9:00 a.m. on Focus 49.

For further information on future airdates, please check the ‘Olelo Website at www.olelo.org/capitolcommentary.  View the press release.




Monday, January 23, 2012

Kaua‘i Students Visit Senator Ronald D. Kouchi


(Senator Kouchi with some members of the 2011 Hawaii Secondary Student Conference. L to R: Rachel Capinpin (James Campbell High School), Nicholas Alcover (James Campbell High School), Layla Fidel (Pearl City High School), Dillon Ancheta (Kauai High School), Kauai Senator Ronald Kouchi, Brianna Ramos (James Campbell High School), and Lorisha Timbresa-Richardson (James Campbell High School).)



Kaua‘i Senator Ronald D. Kouchi met with Dillon Ancheta, a Kaua‘i High School student and member of the Hawaii Secondary Student Conference (SSC), on Wednesday, January 17, 2012. While meeting with Senator Kouchi, Dillon, along with some of his fellow SSC members, discussed issues as well as expressed their support for resolutions formulated during their Conference held in December 2011.

Dillon was among dozens of middle and high school students from across the state who visited the State Capitol to meet with legislators to discuss issues addressed by the SSC student members. The issues include: Board of Education Student Representative voting rights, child pornography charges for minors, and supplying locally grown produce for use in school cafeterias.

The (SSC) is an annual conference established to provide middle and high school students the opportunity to identify and discuss solutions to major youth problems. During the 2010 Hawaii Secondary Student Conference, Dillon proposed a resolution for public schools to receive the opportunity for installation of photovoltaic panels to reduce electricity costs for the schools.

Dillon's resolution was adopted by the SSC and as a result parts of the resolution were included in House Bill 10 in the 2011 legislative session. Although the bill did not move through the legislative session, it is evident that the SSC and the State were both looking at the same statewide goals of having a more sustainable future. Governor Neil Abercrombie and Hawai‘i State Department of Education Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi announced in December 2011 that the State Department of Education awarded a Power Purchase Agreement to install photovoltaic systems at 15 Kaua‘i schools.

"It is inspiring to see the development of young leaders such as Dillon Ancheta," said Senator Ronald D. Kouchi. "Seeing the commitment they demonstrate toward working to improve our society is very rewarding. It reminds me that the choices we make as leaders are a reflection of our values and priorities, and motivates me to continue to demonstrate a commitment to our students and education."  View the press release.




Friday, January 20, 2012

Kalaheo Elementary School's Robominations Lego Team Honored



(Sen. Kouchi presents a certificate of recognition to Kalaheo Elementary School's Robominations Lego Team)






Senator Ronald D. Kouchi, along with Darlene Chung, owner/operator of McDonald's Restaurants on Kaua‘i, and Ruth Johnson, Kaua‘i McDonald's Human Resources Manager, teamed up to honor the students and coaches of Kalaheo Elementary School's Robominations Lego Team. The Robominations Lego Team captured the District Championship Title at the First Lego League 2011 Food Factor Kaua‘i Tournament, by accumulating the highest overall points in the competition among twelve participating elementary schools on Kaua‘i. As District Champion, the team had the honor of representing Kaua‘i at the State Championships held on the island of Oahu.

Senator Ronald D. Kouchi recognized the team's hard work and dedication by presenting each team member and coach with a Senate certificate commending their accomplishment. "Academic achievements are far too often overlooked and it gives me great pleasure to congratulate and recognize the team members and coaches," he said.

In recognition of their success, McDonald's Restaurants of Kaua‘i awarded gift certificates to the team and coaches. Upon seeing the children's excitement and appreciation, Senator Kouchi added, "I think it is wonderful that Darlene Chung and McDonald's of Kaua‘i are strong supporters of the robotics program. It is programs such as these that inspire student interest in science, math, and technology."

The Kalaheo Robominations Lego Team is comprised of team members Alexandra Centra, Sage Cierras, Olivia Gegen, Kenyon Johnson, Kaden Keep, Emily Melchor, Jaedyn Pavao, Coby L. Simon, Levi Snowden and Luke Sullivan. Robominations coaches include Rosemary Laulea Smyth, Traci Sullivan, and Gaetano Vasta.

The First Lego League Food Factor Tournament provides students the opportunity to utilize and develop their skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics by researching the topic of food safety, and providing innovative solutions to problems involving food sanitation, preparation and storage.

Students are judged on developing, building, testing and programming an autonomous robot to address these specific food safety concerns.  View the press release.




Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Kaua‘i AARP Members Visit Senator Ronald D. Kouchi's Office


(Janice Bond, Kaua‘i AARP member and Kaua‘i AARP Vice President and Treasurer Stewart "Stu" Burley)


Kaua‘i AARP Vice President and Treasurer Stewart "Stu" Burley, along with Kaua‘i AARP member Janice Bond, stopped by Senator Ronald D. Kouchi's office on Wednesday, January 11, 2012. The members expressed AARP's support for the expansion of the Kupuna Care Program and for the additional development of the Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) on Kaua‘i.  View the photo release.





Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Hawai‘i Association of Realtors Day at the Capitol


(L-R: Kaua‘i Senator Ronald D. Kouchi; Karen Ono, Executive Director of the Kauai Board of Realtors; Chad Deal, Broker in Charge of Kauai Tropical Brokerage; Stathie John Prattas, Owner/Principal Broker of Coast Properties Ltd; and Kaua‘i Representative James Kunane Tokioka.)



Kaua‘i Senator Ronald D. Kouchi and Kaua‘i Representative James Kunane Tokioka met with members of the Hawaii Association of Realtors at the State Capitol on Wednesday, January 11, 2012. Karen Ono, Executive Director of the Kauai Board of Realtors, along with Hawaii Association of Realtors members Chad Deal and Stathie John Prattas, discussed their legislative priorities for the upcoming 2012 session.   View the photo release




Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Senator Ronald D. Kouchi Meets President of French Polynesia


Kauai Senator Ronald D. Kouchi met His Excellency Oscar Manutahi Temaru, President of French Polynesia, during his visit at the Hawaii State Capitol earlier this week. President Temaru was accompanied by some members of his delegation, Minister of Agriculture Kalani Teixeira and Minister for Marine Resources Temauri Foster, during his visit to explore economic opportunities between Tahiti and Hawaii. Senator J. Kalani English, chair of the Senate Committee on Transportation and International Affairs, hosted the President and his delegation.   View the photo release







Monday, January 9, 2012

State Convenes First Kauaʻi Green Workforce Summit




Please read press release for more information.










Friday, January 6, 2012

DOT Hawaii Scenic Byways Info Briefing Memo




Please read press release for more information.











Friday, January 6, 2012

Flyer regarding Mayor Carvalho community meetings




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Friday, December 16, 2011

Kauai High Student's Solar Power Idea Becomes a Reality


(L-R) Mrs. Marissa Purcell, Cy Corona, Dillon Ancheta, and Bryson Cayaban visiting with legislators during the 2010 Secondary Student Conference



Kauai High School sophomore Dillon Ancheta was excited to learn that on Tuesday,
December 13, 2011, Governor Neil Abercrombie and Schools Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi announced that the State Department of Education (DOE) awarded a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) contract to install photovoltaic (PV) systems at 15 Kaua‘i schools. Under the agreement, the installation of the PVs at the schools will be completed at no cost to the state.

During the 2010 Hawaii Secondary Student Conference (SSC), Dillon introduced a resolution that PV systems be installed in public schools to reduce electricity costs. Dillon's resolution was adopted by the SSC and as a result parts of the resolution were included in House Bill 10 in the 2011 legislative session. Although the bill did not move through the legislative session, it is evident that the SSC and the State were both looking at the same statewide goals of having a more sustainable future.

"I was thrilled to hear the governor's announcement," said Dillon. "As a student I felt empowered that the resolution I proposed during the SSC and some of my ideas were included in House Bill 10 during the 2011 legislative session."

Sen. Ronald D. Kouchi (D-Kauai and Niihau) and Rep. James K. Tokioka (D-Wailua Homesteads, Hanamaulu, Lihue, Puhi, Portion of Old Koloa Town, Omao) met with Dillon and fellow Kauai students last year and encouraged them to share their forward-thinking idea with Legislators.

"I am ecstatic for Dillon with this recent announcement by the Governor and Superintendent Matayoshi," said Sen. Ronald D. Kouchi. "The fact that the focus of Dillon's resolution related to the renewable operation of state institutions will inspire other students to propose ideas to their lawmakers. This shows that we should be listening to our vibrant youth and validates their belief that their voices can make a difference in shaping the future of Hawaii into what they want it to be."

"The future is bright," said Rep. James K. Tokioka, "and it is encouraging to see a project that mirrors a young student's proposal like Dillon's become reality, because our youth truly can author change."

The PV installation at the schools will begin in January and is expected to be completed by summer 2014. The DOE will save an estimated $30 million over the life of the project, taking into account a projected 3 percent yearly increase in commercial electricity rates. View the media release




Friday, December 9, 2011

Kauai Student Delegates Visit Senator Ronald D. Kouchi at the State Capitol


High school students from Kauai attending the 2011 Hawaii Secondary Student Conference (SSC) with Senator Ronald D. Kouchi (D-Kauai, Niihau) at the State Capitol on Thursday, November 30, 2011.


High school and middle school students from across the State gathered at the Hawaii State Capitol for the Hawaii Secondary Student Conference from November 30 to December 2, 2011.

Student delegates met to discuss key issues, participate in hearings and floor sessions, and voted on resolutions. During their time at the Capitol, delegates also had the opportunity to meet with legislators and listen to guest speakers.

The SSC is an annual conference for selected secondary students established by ACT 94, which was signed into law on June 16, 1970 by Governor John A. Burns. The purpose of SSC is to provide secondary school students the opportunity to identify, discuss and arrive at recommended solutions to major youth problems, with emphasis on school problems that require the attention and joint action by the students, the Department of Education and the Hawaii State Legislature. View the media release




Monday, November 28, 2011

Lihue Courthouse Renovation

Please read press release for more information.




Monday, November 28, 2011

State DOT and Kauai County Townmeeting 12-01-11

Please read press release for more information.



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Measure and Title
SB177
RELATING TO RECOUNTS.
SB178
RELATING TO VALIDATION OF BALLOTS.
SB180
RELATING TO ELECTIONS.
SB181 SD1
MAKING AN APPROPRIATION FOR COUNTY ETHICS.
SB183
RELATING TO LEGISLATIVE ALLOWANCE.
SB184
RELATING TO LOBBYISTS.
SB185
RELATING TO MANDATORY LOBBYIST TRAINING.
SB186
RELATING TO NEPOTISM.
SB187
RELATING TO RECORD DISPOSITION.
SB188
RELATING TO FINANCIAL DISCLOSURES.
SB189
RELATING TO GIFTS FROM LOBBYISTS.
SB190
RELATING TO THE REDUCED IGNITION PROPENSITY CIGARETTE PROGRAM.
SB191
RELATING TO PUBLIC SAFETY.
SB192
RELATING TO FIREWORKS.
SB194
RELATING TO CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS BY CANDIDATE COMMITTEES.
SB195
RELATING TO COMMITTEE FUNDRAISERS.
SB196
RELATING TO ORDERS OF THE CAMPAIGN SPENDING COMMISSION.
SB197 SD1 HD1
RELATING TO VIOLATIONS OF CAMPAIGN FINANCE LAW.
SB198
RELATING TO ORGANIZATIONAL REPORTS.
SB199
RELATING TO CANDIDATE COMMITTEE EXPENDITURES.
SB200 SD1
RELATING TO PARTIAL PUBLIC FINANCING OF ELECTIONS.
SB201 SD1 HD1
RELATING TO CONTRIBUTIONS BY STATE AND COUNTY CONTRACTORS AND GRANTEES OF THE STATE.
SB202
RELATING TO PRELIMINARY DETERMINATION OF PROBABLE CAUSE.
SB204
RELATING TO LIMITING A CAMPAIGN'S ACCEPTANCE OF CASH CONTRIBUTIONS.
SB205 SD1
RELATING TO THE BUDGET OF THE OFFICE OF HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS.
SB206
RELATING TO THE EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM.
SB207
RELATING TO SPECIAL MANAGEMENT AREAS.
SB208
RELATING TO THE REGULATION OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS.
SB209
RELATING TO TRAFFIC FINES.
SB212
RELATING TO PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS.
SB213
RELATING TO THE EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM.
SB215
RELATING TO LICENSE PLATES.
SB216
RELATING TO THE COUNTIES.
SB217
RELATING TO RENEWAL OF DRIVER'S LICENSES.
SB218
RELATING TO PUBLIC NOTICE.
SB219 SD1
RELATING TO COUNTY ZONING.
SB220
RELATING TO LICENSE PLATES.
SB221 SD1 HD1
MAKING AN APPROPRIATION TO THE DEPARTMENT OF THE PROSECUTING ATTORNEY OF THE CITY AND COUNTY OF HONOLULU.
SB222 SD1 HD1
MAKING AN APPROPRIATION TO THE DEPARTMENT OF THE PROSECUTING ATTORNEY OF THE CITY AND COUNTY OF HONOLULU.
SB223 SD1
RELATING TO PROBATION.
SB224 SD2 HD1
RELATING TO NOISE CONTROL.
SB225
RELATING TO CRIMINAL PROCEDURE.
SB226
RELATING TO CRIMINAL PROCEDURE.
SB227
RELATING TO PUBLIC CORRUPTION.
SB229
RELATING TO UNMANNED AIRCRAFT.
SB230
RELATING TO MINIMUM WAGE.
SB231
RELATING TO THE EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM.
SB232
RELATING TO THE HAWAII PUBLIC PROCUREMENT CODE.
SB233
RELATING TO PUBLIC TESTIMONY AT OPEN MEETINGS.
SB234
RELATING TO FIREARMS.
SB354
RELATING TO THE STATE BUDGET.
SB482 SD1
RELATING TO THE JUDICIARY.
SB484
RELATING TO PARENTAGE.
SB485 SD1
RELATING TO JUDGES FOR THE DISTRICT COURT OF THE FIRST CIRCUIT.
SB486
RELATING TO THE SAFETY OF JUDICIARY PERSONNEL.
SB488
RELATING TO RESTRICTIONS ON AGRICULTURAL USES AND ACTIVITIES.
SB489
RELATING TO THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING REVOLVING FUND.
SB963
RELATING TO STATE PARKS.
SB1191 SD2 HD1
RELATING TO TRANSIT-ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT.
SB1269
RELATING TO AGRICULTURAL LOANS.
SB1270
RELATING TO THE ANIMAL INDUSTRY SPECIAL FUND.
SB1271
RELATING TO HEMP.
SB1272
RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.
SB1273
RELATING TO SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE.
SB1274
RELATING TO HEMP SPECIAL FUND.
SB1275
RELATING TO PURCHASES OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES.
SB1276
RELATING TO PURCHASES OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES.
SB1278
RELATING TO FORFEITURE PURSUANT TO SECTION 804-51, HAWAII REVISED STATUTES.
SB1279
RELATING TO CRIMINAL HISTORY BACKGROUND CHECKS.
SB1280 SD1
RELATING TO FUNDING FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL TOBACCO ENFORCEMENT UNIT.
SB1281
RELATING TO TIME LIMITATIONS.
SB1282
RELATING TO FIREARMS.
SB1283
RELATING TO GOVERNMENT FRAUD.
SB1284
RELATING TO OFFICIAL MISCONDUCT.
SB1285
RELATING TO LABOR DATA COLLECTION.
SB1286 SD1 HD2
RELATING TO THE HAWAII COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY.
SB1287 SD2
RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, AND TOURISM.
SB1288
RELATING TO TAX CREDIT FOR RESEARCH ACTIVITIES.
SB1289
RELATING TO THE HAWAII TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION.
SB1290
RELATING TO THE AFFORDABLE HOMEOWNERSHIP REVOLVING FUND.
SB1291 SD1 HD1
RELATING TO SEA LEVEL RISE ADAPTATION.
SB1292
RELATING TO LAND USE.
SB1293
RELATING TO IMPORTANT AGRICULTURAL LANDS.
SB1294
RELATING TO IMPORTANT AGRICULTURAL LANDS.
SB1295 SD2 HD1
PROPOSING AMENDMENTS TO ARTICLE VII, SECTIONS 12 AND 13, OF THE HAWAII CONSTITUTION TO EXPRESSLY PROVIDE THAT THE LEGISLATURE MAY AUTHORIZE THE COUNTIES TO ISSUE TAX INCREMENT BONDS AND TO EXCLUDE TAX INCREMENT BONDS FROM DETERMINATIONS OF THE FUNDED DEBT OF THE COUNTIES.
SB1296 SD2 HD2
RELATING TO DESIGNATED ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT.
SB1297 SD2
RELATING TO THE HAWAII TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION.
SB1298
RELATING TO PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT COST ITEMS.
SB1299
RELATING TO PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT COST ITEMS.
SB1300
RELATING TO PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT COST ITEMS.
SB1301
RELATING TO PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT COST ITEMS.
SB1302 SD1 HD1
RELATING TO PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT COST ITEMS.
SB1303
RELATING TO PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT COST ITEMS.
SB1304
RELATING TO PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT COST ITEMS.
SB1305
RELATING TO PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT COST ITEMS.
SB1306
RELATING TO PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT COST ITEMS.
SB1307
RELATING TO PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT COST ITEMS.
SB1308
RELATING TO PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT COST ITEMS.
SB1309
RELATING TO PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT COST ITEMS.
SB1310
RELATING TO PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT COST ITEMS.
SB1311 SD2 HD1
RELATING TO THE REPEAL OF ACT 192, SESSION LAWS OF HAWAII 2007.
SB1312 SD1
RELATING TO EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM DISABILITY RETIREMENT.
SB1316
RELATING TO STATE FUNDS.
SB1317 SD3 HD1
RELATING TO BROADBAND.
SB1318
RELATING TO PAYMENT OF CLAIMS OF THE UNCLAIMED PROPERTY PROGRAM.
SB1319 SD1
RELATING TO FUNDS.
SB1320
RELATING TO FUNDING ADJUSTMENTS FOR STATE PROGRAMS.
SB1321
RELATING TO FUNDING ADJUSTMENTS FOR STATE PROGRAMS.
SB1322
RELATING TO NURSES LICENSED IN ANOTHER JURISDICTION.
SB1323
RELATING TO THE PROFESSIONAL AND VOCATIONAL LICENSING ACT.
SB1324 SD1
RELATING TO INSURANCE.
SB1325 SD1
RELATING TO MONEY TRANSMITTERS MODERNIZATION ACT.
SB1326 SD1
RELATING TO TITLE 24, HAWAII REVISED STATUTES.
SB1328 SD1
RELATING TO THE PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION SPECIAL FUND CARRYOVER BALANCE.
SB1329
RELATING TO LICENSE REQUIREMENTS FOR PSYCHOLOGISTS.
SB1330
RELATING TO THE HAWAII EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY.
SB1331
RELATING TO THE STATE BUILDING CODE COUNCIL.
SB1332 SD1 HD2
RELATING TO EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT.
SB1333
RELATING TO HOMELAND SECURITY.
SB1334
RELATING TO HOMELAND SECURITY.
SB1335
RELATING TO STATEWIDE INTEROPERABLE PUBLIC SAFETY COMMUNICATIONS.
SB1336
RELATING TO HOMELAND SECURITY.
SB1337
RELATING TO ACT 278, SESSION LAWS OF HAWAII 2022.
SB1338
RELATING TO THE ENHANCED 911 BOARD.
SB1339
RELATING TO FIREWORKS.
SB1341
RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION.
SB1342
RELATING TO DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION PROCUREMENT.
SB1343 SD1
RELATING TO EDUCATION.
SB1345
RELATING TO EDUCATION.
SB1346
RELATING TO EDUCATION.
SB1347
RELATING TO INCOME TAX.
SB1348
RELATING TO GENERAL EXCISE TAX EXEMPTIONS.
SB1349
RELATING TO NATURAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT.
SB1350 SD1
RELATING TO CLIMATE CHANGE.
SB1351 SD2 HD2
RELATING TO INFANT AND EARLY CHILDHOOD MENTAL HEALTH.
SB1352 SD2 HD2
RELATING TO HOUSING.
SB1353 SD1
RELATING TO HOUSING.
SB1354 SD2
RELATING TO HISTORIC PRESERVATION REVIEWS.
SB1355
RELATING TO INTERIM ADMINISTRATIVE RULES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HAWAIIAN HOME LANDS.
SB1356 SD1
RELATING TO ADOPTION.
SB1358
RELATING TO SCHOOL IMPACT FEES.
SB1359
RELATING TO THE OFFICE OF YOUTH SERVICES.
SB1360
RELATING TO THE HOSPITAL SUSTAINABILITY PROGRAM.
SB1361
RELATING TO THE NURSING FACILITY SUSTAINABILITY PROGRAM.
SB1362
RELATING TO BACKGROUND CHECKS.
SB1363
RELATING TO EXPUNGING JUVENILE RECORDS.
SB1364
RELATING TO THE SECOND DEPUTY DIRECTOR IN THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES.
SB1365
RELATING TO ACT 317, SESSION LAWS OF HAWAII 2022.
SB1366
RELATING TO THE HAWAII PUBLIC HOUSING AUTHORITY.
SB1367
RELATING TO ACT 130, SESSION LAWS OF HAWAII 2022.
SB1368
RELATING TO MEDICAID REIMBURSEMENT RATES FOR CERTAIN HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS.
SB1369 SD1
RELATING TO THE REPEAL OF ACT 212, SESSION LAWS OF HAWAII 2021, AS AMENDED BY ACT 150, SESSION LAWS OF HAWAII 2022.
SB1371 SD1
RELATING TO FEES FOR MARRIAGE LICENSES.
SB1374
RELATING TO HEALTH.
SB1375
RELATING TO HEALTH.
SB1376
RELATING TO THE WATER POLLUTION CONTROL SPECIAL FUND.
SB1377 SD1
RELATING TO WATER POLLUTION CONTROL.
SB1379 SD1
RELATING TO PENALTIES FOR UNLICENSED CARE HOMES.
SB1380 SD1
RELATING TO MEDICAL CANNABIS.
SB1382
RELATING TO LIQUOR.
SB1384 SD2 HD2
RELATING TO WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT.
SB1385 SD1
RELATING TO THE WAGE AND HOUR LAW.
SB1386 SD1
RELATING TO DECLARATION OF WATER SHORTAGE AND EMERGENCY.
SB1387
RELATING TO A STATE BOATING FACILITY LEASE PILOT PROGRAM.
SB1388
RELATING TO OCEAN RECREATION COMMERCIAL PERMITS.
SB1389 SD2
RELATING TO REAL PROPERTY DISCLOSURES WITHIN SHORELINE AREAS.
SB1390
RELATING TO CLIMATE ADAPTATION.
SB1392 SD1
RELATING TO PERIODIC REVIEWS OF DETAINEES IN COMMUNITY CORRECTIONAL CENTERS.
SB1393
RELATING TO METHADONE TREATMENT PROGRAMS.
SB1394
RELATING TO METHADONE TREATMENT PROGRAMS.
SB1395
RELATING TO THE UNIFORM CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES ACT.
SB1396
RELATING TO THE UNIFORM CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES ACT.
SB1397
RELATING TO THE ELECTRONIC PRESCRIPTION ACCOUNTABILITY SYSTEM.
SB1398 SD1
RELATING TO CONFORMITY TO THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE.
SB1399
RELATING TO STORMWATER FEES.
SB1400 SD1 HD1
RELATING TO CAPITAL ADVANCEMENT CONTRACTS.
SB1401
RELATING TO THE ELECTRIC BICYCLE AND ELECTRIC MOPED REBATE PROGRAM.
SB1402
RELATING TO MOTOR VEHICLES ENFORCEMENT.
SB1403
RELATING TO MOTOR CARRIER VEHICLE INSPECTIONS.
SB1404 SD1 HD1
RELATING TO AERONAUTICS.
SB1405 SD1
RELATING TO COMMERCIAL MOTOR VEHICLE WEIGHT LIMITS.
SB1406
RELATING TO COMMERCIAL MOTOR VEHICLE FINES.
SB1407
RELATING TO COMMERCIAL DRIVER LICENSING.
SB1408
RELATING TO THE ROAD USAGE CHARGE PROGRAM.
SB1409
RELATING TO PROTECTIVE DEVICES FOR MOTORCYCLES, MOTOR SCOOTERS, AND MOPEDS.
SB1410 SD1
RELATING TO TRUCK BEDS.
SB1411 SD2 HD1
RELATING TO THE DRUG AND ALCOHOL TOXICOLOGY TESTING LABORATORY.
SB1412
RELATING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII PROMISE PROGRAM.
SB1413 SD2 HD1
RELATING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII RESIDENT TUITION FEE.
SB1420
RELATING TO CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS.
SB1421
RELATING TO FRAUD.
SB1422
RELATING TO GOVERNMENT.
SB1423
RELATING TO THE LEGISLATURE.
SB1424
PROPOSING AMENDMENTS TO ARTICLE III OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF HAWAII TO ESTABLISH LEGISLATIVE TERM LIMITS.
SB1425
RELATING TO CAMPAIGN FUNDS.
SB1426
RELATING TO RECORDINGS OF PUBLIC MEETINGS.
SB1427
RELATING TO THE SUNSHINE LAW.
SB1454 SD2
RELATING TO PSILOCYBIN.
SB1465 SD2
RELATING TO PROCUREMENT.
SB1466 SD1
RELATING TO CESSPOOLS.
SB1467
RELATING TO HOUSING.
SB1469 SD1 HD1
RELATING TO THE FIRST RESPONDERS TECHNOLOGY CAMPUS AND CYBERSECURITY DATA CENTER.
SB1548
RELATING TO HEMP.
SB1549 SD1
RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES.
SB1550
RELATING TO COLLECTIVE BARGAINING.
SB1551 SD2
RELATING TO SUPPORTIVE HOUSING.
SB1557 SD1
RELATING TO GIFTS.
SB1558
RELATING TO ELECTIONS.
SB1559 SD1
PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE III, SECTION 15, OF THE HAWAII STATE CONSTITUTION TO ALLOW ELECTRONIC COPIES, AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO PRINTED COPIES, OF A BILL TO BE MADE AVAILABLE FOR MEMBERS OF A HOUSE IN WHICH THE BILL IS BEING VOTED UPON FOR THIRD OR FINAL READING IN FULFILLMENT OF THE FORTY-EIGHT HOUR AVAILABILITY REQUIREMENT.
SB1560
RELATING TO VOTING.
SB1561 SD1
PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE II, SECTION 1, OF THE HAWAII STATE CONSTITUTION TO CHANGE THE AGE QUALIFICATION FOR VOTING IN STATE OR LOCAL ELECTIONS.
SB1562
RELATING TO REAPPORTIONMENT.
SB1563
PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE IV, SECTION 2, OF THE HAWAII STATE CONSTITUTION TO ADD TWO MEMBERS TO THE REAPPORTIONMENT COMMISSION TO REPRESENT CITIZEN ORGANIZATIONS.
SB1564
RELATING TO PUBLIC RECORDS.
SB1565
RELATING TO THE STATE ETHICS CODE.
SB1566
RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH.
SB1582
RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HAWAIIAN HOME LANDS.
SB1583
RELATING TO AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT.
SB1584
RELATING TO TRANSPARENCY.
SB1585
RELATING TO ANIMAL AGRICULTURE.
SB1618
RELATING TO THE PROTECTION OF TARO LANDS.
SB2190
MAKING AN APPROPRIATION FOR THE CAREER CRIMINAL PROSECUTION PROGRAM.
SB2191
MAKING AN APPROPRIATION FOR THE VICTIM WITNESS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM.
SB2192
RELATING TO BRIBERY.
SB2193 SD1
RELATING TO COMPUTER CRIME.
SB2194 SD1
RELATING TO UNMANNED AIRCRAFT.
SB2195
RELATING TO CRIMES AGAINST ELDERS.
SB2196
RELATING TO FRAUDULENT ACTIVITY.
SB2197
RELATING TO GAMBLING OFFENSES.
SB2198
RELATING TO PUBLIC AGENCY MEETINGS.
SB2199
RELATING TO PUBLIC AGENCY MEETINGS.
SB2200
RELATING TO ADMINISTRATE PROCEDURE.
SB2201 SD1
RELATING TO NUMBER PLATES.
SB2202 SD1
RELATING TO SMALL PURCHASES.
SB2203 SD1
RELATING TO LAND USE COMMISSION.
SB2204 SD1
RELATING TO THE LAND USE COMMISSION.
SB2205
RELATING TO COMMERCIAL USE PERMITS.
SB2206
RELATING TO THE COUNTY TRANSIENT ACCOMMODATIONS TAX.
SB2207
RELATING TO FAMILY LEAVE.
SB2208
RELATING TO PROCUREMENT.
SB2209
RELATING TO THRILL CRAFT.
SB2210
RELATING TO PARTIAL PUBLIC FINANCING OF ELECTIONS.
SB2211
RELATING TO CANDIDATE COMMITTEE EXPENDITURES.
SB2212
RELATING TO CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS.
SB2213
RELATING TO CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS.
SB2214
RELATING TO CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS.
SB2215
RELATING TO ADMINISTRATIVE FINES.
SB2216 SD1
RELATING TO THE STATE ETHICS COMMISSION.
SB2217
RELATING TO REPORTING PERIODS.
SB2218
RELATING TO STANDARDS OF CONDUCT.
SB2219
RELATING TO LOBBYING.
SB2220
RELATING TO VESTING IN THE EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM.
SB2221
MAKING APPROPRIATIONS TO THE DEPARTMENT OF LAND MANAGEMENT AND THE DEPARTMENT OF DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF THE CITY AND COUNTY OF HONOLULU.
SB2222
MAKING AN APPROPRIATION TO THE DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY SERVICES OF THE CITY AND COUNTY OF HONOLULU.
SB2223
RELATING TO MUNICIPAL SEPARATE STORM SEWER SYSTEM PERMITS.
SB2224
RELATING TO TOBACCO PRODUCTS.
SB2225
RELATING TO FAMILY LEAVE.
SB2226 SD1
RELATING TO TRAFFIC REGULATION.
SB2227 SD1
RELATING TO EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT.
SB2228
RELATING TO FIRE PROTECTION.
SB2229
RELATING TO PUBLIC SAFETY.
SB2230
RELATING TO FIREWORKS.
SB2231
RELATING TO WORKERS' COMPENSATION MEDICAL BENEFITS.
SB2232
RELATING TO THE DIGITAL VOTER INFORMATION GUIDE.
SB2233
RELATING TO THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE.
SB2234
RELATING TO THE STATE BUDGET.
SB2251 SD1
RELATING TO INDECENT EXPOSURE.
SB2374 SD1
RELATING TO THE JUDICIARY.
SB2375
RELATING TO JUDGES FOR THE DISTRICT COURT OF THE FIRST CIRCUIT.
SB2376
RELATING TO COMPENSATION FOR COURT-APPOINTED REPRESENTATION.
SB2377
RELATING TO COMPENSATION FOR COURT-APPOINTED COUNSEL.
SB2378
RELATING TO THE UNIFORM PROBATE CODE.
SB2379
RELATING TO THE DISCLOSURE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION ASSOCIATED WITH CERTAIN PUBLIC SERVANTS.
SB2380
RELATING TO COLLECTIVE BARGAINING.
SB2447
RELATING TO THE BOARD OF AGRICULTURE.
SB2951 SD1
RELATING TO THE EAST KAUAI IRRIGATION SYSTEM.
SB2952
RELATING TO WASTEWATER.
SB2953
RELATING TO ELECTIONS.
SB2954
RELATING TO ADMINISTRATIVE FEES.
SB2955
RELATING TO INFRASTRUCTURE.
SB2956
RELATING TO ORAL HEALTH.
SB2957
RELATING TO ROSE-RINGED PARAKEETS.
SB2958
RELATING TO STATUTORY REVISION: AMENDING OR REPEALING VARIOUS PROVISIONS OF THE HAWAII REVISED STATUTES OR THE SESSION LAWS OF HAWAII FOR THE PURPOSES OF CORRECTING ERRORS AND REFERENCES, CLARIFYING LANGUAGE, OR DELETING OBSOLETE OR UNNECESSARY PROVISIONS.
SB3024
RELATING TO AGRICULTURAL LOANS.
SB3025
RELATING TO HEMP.
SB3026
RELATING TO PESTICIDES.
SB3027 SD1
RELATING TO THE STRATEGIC PLAN TO INCREASE FOOD PRODUCTION AND FOOD SECURITY.
SB3028 SD1
RELATING TO 911 SERVICES.
SB3029 SD1
MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR CLAIMS AGAINST THE STATE, ITS OFFICERS, OR ITS EMPLOYEES.
SB3030
RELATING TO FUNDING FOR THE TOBACCO ENFORCEMENT SPECIAL FUND.
SB3031
RELATING TO WEAPONS.
SB3032
RELATING TO ENFORCEMENT OF ORDERS OF WAGE PAYMENT.
SB3033
RELATING TO PHYSICAL EVIDENCE.
SB3034
RELATING TO PENAL LIABILITY.
SB3035
RELATING TO MANSLAUGHTER.
SB3036
RELATING TO OFFENSES AGAINST PUBLIC HEALTH AND MORALS.
SB3037
RELATING TO PROMOTING PORNOGRAPHY FOR MINORS.
SB3038
RELATING TO ABOLITION OF JOINT AND SEVERAL LIABILITY FOR GOVERNMENT ENTITIES IN HIGHWAY-RELATED CIVIL ACTIONS.
SB3039
RELATING TO ARREST BY FEDERAL OFFICERS.
SB3040
RELATING TO FIREARMS REPORTING.
SB3041 SD1
RELATING TO LAW ENFORCEMENT.
SB3042
RELATING TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE DATA SHARING GROUPS.
SB3043 SD1
RELATING TO THE SMALL BUSINESS REGULATORY REVIEW BOARD.
SB3044
RELATING TO TAX CREDIT FOR RESEARCH ACTIVITIES.
SB3045 SD1
RELATING TO THE HAWAII TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION.
SB3046
RELATING TO THE HAWAII HOUSING FINANCE AND DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION.
SB3047 SD1
RELATING TO ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENTS.
SB3048 SD1
RELATING TO THE HAWAII BROADBAND AND DIGITAL EQUITY OFFICE.
SB3049
RELATING TO THE FILM INDUSTRY.
SB3050 SD1
RELATING TO THE HAWAII COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY.
SB3051
PROPOSING AMENDMENTS TO ARTICLE VII, SECTIONS 12 AND 13, OF THE HAWAII CONSTITUTION TO EXPRESSLY PROVIDE THAT THE LEGISLATURE MAY AUTHORIZE THE COUNTIES TO ISSUE TAX INCREMENT BONDS AND TO EXCLUDE TAX INCREMENT BONDS FROM DETERMINATIONS OF THE FUNDED DEBT OF THE COUNTIES.
SB3052
RELATING TO TAX INCREMENT BONDS.
SB3053
RELATING TO THE CONVEYANCE TAX.
SB3054 SD1
RELATING TO TRANSIT-ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT PLANNING.
SB3055
RELATING TO GREENHOUSE GAS SEQUESTRATION TASK FORCE.
SB3056
RELATING TO ENERGY.
SB3057
RELATING TO ENERGY EFFICIENCY.
SB3058
RELATING TO THE HAWAII COMMUNITY-BASED ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TECHNICAL AND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM.
SB3059 SD1
RELATING TO THE STADIUM AUTHORITY.
SB3060 SD1
RELATING TO A CLIMATE ADAPTION AND RESILIENCE IMPLEMENTATION PLAN.
SB3061 SD1
RELATING TO THE SOLAR ENERGY STORAGE LOAN PROGRAM.
SB3062
MAKING EMERGENCY APPROPRIATIONS FOR PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT COST ITEMS.
SB3063
MAKING EMERGENCY APPROPRIATIONS FOR PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT COST ITEMS.
SB3064
RELATING TO FUNDS.
SB3065
RELATING TO FUNDING ADJUSTMENTS FOR STATE PROGRAMS.
SB3066
RELATING TO FUNDING ADJUSTMENTS FOR STATE PROGRAMS.
SB3067 SD1
RELATING TO THE HURRICANE RESERVE TRUST FUND.
SB3068
MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR WILDFIRE RECOVERY.
SB3069
MAKING AN EMERGENCY APPROPRIATION TO THE DEPARTMENT OF BUDGET AND FINANCE.
SB3070
RELATING TO THE EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM FUNDING PERIOD.
SB3071
RELATING TO THE EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM.
SB3072 SD1
RELATING TO EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT.
SB3073
RELATING TO THE SCHOOL FACILITIES SPECIAL FUND.
SB3074
RELATING TO EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM PERSONNEL.
SB3075
RELATING TO THE MORTGAGE LOAN RECOVERY FUND.
SB3076
RELATING TO INSTALLMENT LOANS.
SB3077
RELATING TO MONEY TRANSMITTERS MODERNIZATION ACT.
SB3078
RELATING TO ENERGY-EFFICIENCY PORTFOLIO STANDARDS.
SB3079 SD1
RELATING TO RENEWABLE ENERGY.
SB3080
RELATING TO TELECOMMUNICATIONS ACCESS FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH PRINT DISABILITIES.
SB3081 SD1
RELATING TO INSURANCE.
SB3082
RELATING TO TITLE 24, HAWAII REVISED STATUTES.
SB3083
RELATING TO INSURANCE.
SB3084 SD1
RELATING TO THE HAWAII NATIONAL GUARD.
SB3085 SD1
RELATING TO THE HAWAII NATIONAL GUARD.
SB3086
RELATING TO DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION PROCUREMENT.
SB3087 SD1
RELATING TO EARLY LEARNING.
SB3088
RELATING TO THE HAWAII STATE PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM.
SB3089 SD1
RELATING TO EDUCATION.
SB3090 SD1
RELATING TO WORKERS' COMPENSATION.
SB3091 SD2
MAKING AN EMERGENCY APPROPRIATION TO THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION FOR FOOD SERVICES.
SB3092 SD2
MAKING AN EMERGENCY APPROPRIATION TO THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION FOR CHARTER SCHOOLS.
SB3093
RELATING TO INCOME TAX.
SB3094 SD1
RELATING TO PEER SUPPORT SPECIALISTS.
SB3095
RELATING TO STATE FINANCES.
SB3096 SD1
RELATING TO WILDFIRE RISK MITIGATION.
SB3097
RELATING TO CLIMATE.
SB3098
RELATING TO A STATE FIRE MARSHAL'S OFFICE.
SB3099 SD1
RELATING TO THE EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM.
SB3100 SD1
RELATING TO HEALTH.
SB3101
RELATING TO BEHAVIORAL HEALTH.
SB3102
RELATING TO HOUSING.
SB3103 SD1
RELATING TO ENERGY.
SB3104
RELATING TO THE NURSE LICENSURE COMPACT.
SB3105
RELATING TO TAXATION.
SB3106
RELATING TO THE COMMISSION ON WATER RESOURCE MANAGEMENT.
SB3107
RELATING TO HISTORIC PRESERVATION REVIEWS.
SB3108
RELATING TO SCHOOL IMPACT FEES.
SB3109
RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HAWAIIAN HOME LANDS.
SB3110
RELATING TO THE HAWAII HOUSING FINANCE AND DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION.
SB3111
RELATING TO THE HAWAII COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY.
SB3112
RELATING TO THE HAWAIIAN HOMES COMMISSION ACT.
SB3113
RELATING TO THE HAWAIIAN HOMES COMMISSION ACT.
SB3114 SD1
RELATING TO THE CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT CENTRAL REGISTRY.
SB3115 SD1
RELATING TO RELATIVE RESOURCE CAREGIVERS.
SB3116 SD1
RELATING TO THE PRESCHOOL OPEN DOORS PROGRAM.
SB3117
RELATING TO THE CHILD PROTECTIVE ACT.
SB3118 SD1
RELATING TO EMERGENCY PUBLIC ASSISTANCE.
SB3119
RELATING TO SUMMER ELECTRONIC BENEFITS TRANSFER FOR CHILDREN PROGRAM.
SB3120 SD1
RELATING TO THE HAWAII PUBLIC HOUSING AUTHORITY.
SB3121
RELATING TO THE HAWAII PUBLIC HOUSING AUTHORITY.
SB3122 SD1
RELATING TO PUBLIC HEALTH STANDING ORDERS.
SB3123 SD1
RELATING TO ACCESS TO VITAL RECORDS FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF HAWAIIAN HOME LANDS.
SB3124
RELATING TO LICENSING.
SB3125 SD1
RELATING TO MEDICAL CARE FOR MINORS.
SB3126 SD1
RELATING TO EMERGENCY AEROMEDICAL SERVICES.
SB3127 SD1
RELATING TO NUISANCE PREVENTION.
SB3128 SD1
RELATING TO ACT 212, SESSION LAWS OF HAWAII 2021.
SB3129 SD1
RELATING TO HEALTH.
SB3130
RELATING TO HEALTH.
SB3131
RELATING TO HEALTH.
SB3132 SD1
RELATING TO MEDICAL CANNABIS.
SB3133 SD1
RELATING TO CRIMINAL HISTORY RECORD CHECKS.
SB3134
RELATING TO THE TESTING OF CANNABIS AND MANUFACTURED CANNABIS PRODUCTS.
SB3135 SD1
RELATING TO PARKING FOR DISABLED PERSONS.
SB3136
RELATING TO PARKING FOR DISABLED PERSONS.
SB3137 SD1
RELATING TO MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES FOR CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS.
SB3138 SD1
RELATING TO MANUFACTURED HEMP PRODUCTS.
SB3139 SD1
RELATING TO CRISIS SERVICES.
SB3140
RELATING TO MENTAL HEALTH.
SB3141 SD1
RELATING TO MENTAL HEALTH.
SB3142 SD1
RELATING TO WATER INFRASTRUCTURE.
SB3143 SD1
MAKING AN EMERGENCY APPROPRIATION TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH.
SB3144
RELATING TO PRIVATE SECURITY CONTRACTS.
SB3145
RELATING TO THE UNIFORM CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE ACT.
SB3146
RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF LAW ENFORCEMENT.
SB3147 SD1
RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF LAW ENFORCEMENT.
SB3148
RELATING TO ILLEGAL FIREWORKS.
SB3149
RELATING TO HOMELAND SECURITY.
SB3150
RELATING TO HOMELAND SECURITY.
SB3151
RELATING TO THE ELECTRONIC PRESCRIPTION ACCOUNTABILITY SYSTEM.
SB3152 SD1
RELATING TO THE WAGE AND HOUR LAW.
SB3153 SD1
RELATING TO THE DAM AND APPURTENANCE IMPROVEMENT OR REMOVAL GRANT PROGRAM.
SB3154 SD1
RELATING TO REGULATION OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL ACTIVITIES.
SB3155
RELATING TO PUBLIC LAND LIABILITY.
SB3156 SD1
RELATING TO RENT CREDITS FOR DEMOLITION AND INFRASTRUCTURE COSTS ON PUBLIC LAND LEASES.
SB3157 SD1
RELATING TO DIRECT NEGOTIATION FOR PUBLIC LAND LEASES.
SB3158 SD1
RELATING TO UPDATING PUBLIC LAND LEASES ISSUED PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 171, HAWAII REVISED STATUTES.
SB3159
RELATING TO CONTESTED CASES.
SB3160 SD1
RELATING TO INSPECTIONS ON PUBLIC LAND.
SB3161
RELATING TO THE CONSERVATION OF THREATENED SPECIES.
SB3162
RELATING TO CONSERVATION MITIGATION PROGRAMS.
SB3163
RELATING TO OCEAN RECREATION EQUIPMENT.
SB3164
RELATING TO COMMERCIAL OCEAN ACTIVITY.
SB3165
RELATING TO OCEAN RECREATION MANAGEMENT.
SB3166
RELATING TO COMMERCIAL OCEAN RECREATION OPERATIONS.
SB3167 SD1
RELATING TO THE PACIFIC MARINE FISHERIES COMPACT.
SB3168 SD1
RELATING TO THE TAKING OF MARINE DEPOSITS.
SB3169
RELATING TO THE CERTIFICATION OF DOCUMENTS.
SB3170 SD1
RELATING TO TIME SHARE COMMISSIONERS OF DEEDS.
SB3171
RELATING TO MEETING NOTICES.
SB3172
RELATING TO CRIMINAL HISTORY RECORD CHECKS.
SB3173
RELATING TO CONFORMITY TO THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE.
SB3174 SD1
RELATING TO STATE TAX ADMINISTRATION.
SB3175
RELATING TO TAX ENFORCEMENT.
SB3176
RELATING TO TAX ENFORCEMENT.
SB3177
RELATING TO THE TAXATION BOARD OF REVIEW.
SB3178
RELATING TO TAX ADMINISTRATION.
SB3179
RELATING TO CAPITAL ADVANCEMENT CONTRACTS.
SB3180
RELATING TO COMMERCIAL DRIVER'S LICENSES.
SB3181
RELATING TO COMMERCIAL DRIVER'S LICENSES.
SB3182
RELATING TO COMMERCIAL DRIVER'S LICENSES.
SB3183 SD1
RELATING TO ROAD USAGE CHARGE PROGRAM.
SB3184 SD1
RELATING TO PROCUREMENT.
SB3185 SD1
RELATING TO PROCUREMENT.
SB3186
RELATING TO PUPIL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY.
SB3187
RELATING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII RESIDENT TUITION FEE.
SB3188
RELATING TO PROCUREMENT FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII.
SB3189 SD1
RELATING TO UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII CONFERENCE CENTER REVOLVING FUND.
SB3190 SD1
RELATING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII REPORTING REQUIREMENTS.
SB3191 SD1
RELATING TO TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER AT THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII.
SB3192 SD1
RELATING TO UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII RESEARCH.
SB3193
RELATING TO CIGARETTE TAXES.
SB3203
RELATING TO PUBLIC AGENCY MEETINGS AND RECORDS.
SB3226 SD1
RELATING TO ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURE.
SB3267
RELATING TO VETERANS' FACILITIES.
SB3268
RELATING TO AQUATIC RESOURCES.
SB3288
RELATING TO TAXATION.
SB3289 SD1
RELATING TO TAXATION.
SB3345 SD1
RELATING TO THE ESTATE TAX.
SB3372
RELATING TO KRATOM.
SB3376
RELATING TO GAMING.
SB3377
RELATING TO GAMING.
SCR6
APPROVING THE DEDICATION OF KUKUIA STREET, LAHAINA, HAWAII, TO THE COUNTY OF MAUI.
SCR7
AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF A PERPETUAL, NON-EXCLUSIVE EASEMENT COVERING A PORTION OF STATE SUBMERGED LANDS AT HEEIA, KOOLAUPOKO, OAHU, FOR THE EXISTING DRAIN, AND FOR USE, REPAIR, AND MAINTENANCE OF THE EXISTING IMPROVEMENTS CONSTRUCTED THEREON.
SCR8
AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF A TERM, NON-EXCLUSIVE EASEMENT COVERING A PORTION OF STATE SUBMERGED LANDS AT KANEOHE, KOOLAUPOKO, OAHU, FOR THE EXISTING BOAT RAMP AND CONCRETE WALL, AND FOR USE, REPAIR, AND MAINTENANCE OF THE EXISTING IMPROVEMENTS CONSTRUCTED THEREON.
SCR9
AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF A TERM, NON-EXCLUSIVE EASEMENT COVERING A PORTION OF STATE SUBMERGED LANDS AT WAIALAE-IKI, HONOLULU, OAHU, FOR THE EXISTING REVETMENT, AND FOR USE, REPAIR, AND MAINTENANCE OF THE EXISTING IMPROVEMENTS CONSTRUCTED THEREON.
SCR10
AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF A TERM, NON-EXCLUSIVE EASEMENT COVERING A PORTION OF STATE SUBMERGED LANDS AT KANEOHE, KOOLAUPOKO, OAHU, FOR THE EXISTING CONCRETE BOAT RAMP, AND FOR USE, REPAIR, AND MAINTENANCE OF THE EXISTING IMPROVEMENTS CONSTRUCTED THEREON.
SCR11
AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF A TERM, NON-EXCLUSIVE EASEMENT COVERING A PORTION OF STATE SUBMERGED LANDS AT HAUULA, KOOLAULOA, OAHU, FOR THE EXISTING RIPRAP REVETMENT, RAMP, AND ROCK GROIN, AND FOR USE, REPAIR, AND MAINTENANCE OF THE EXISTING IMPROVEMENTS CONSTRUCTED THEREON.
SCR12
AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF A TERM, NON-EXCLUSIVE EASEMENT COVERING A PORTION OF STATE SUBMERGED LANDS AT MAALAEA BEACH LOTS, WAIKAPU, WAILUKU, MAUI, FOR THE EXISTING SEAWALL, AND FOR USE, REPAIR, AND MAINTENANCE OF THE EXISTING IMPROVEMENTS CONSTRUCTED THEREON.