Year: 

23
Kāne‘ohe, Kahalu‘u thru Lā‘ie, Kahuku to Mokulē‘ia, Schofield Barracks, Kunia Camp
Brenton Awa is a leader, blessed to have been given the opportunity to work for the people of District 23 in the State Senate (Kāne‘ohe, Kahalu‘u through Lā‘ie, Kahuku through Mokulē‘ia, Schofield Barracks, Kunia Camp).

Born in Ka‘a‘awa, raised in Kahalu‘u, and a graduate of Kahuku High School, Awa is committed to putting the needs of local people over politics, while representing them with the values embraced in the country.

Awa is currently the youngest elected State Senator at age 36. The Senator’s top priority is to make sure locals can afford to continue living in Hawaii, while also helping those who’ve been forced to leave, return.

Awa has deep roots in Ko‘olauloa and Ko‘olaupoko. The father of three currently lives in Kahalu‘u.

Prior to being elected in November of 2022, Awa had spent nearly a decade working as a TV News Anchor and Reporter for local ABC affiliate KITV4 Island News. Awa started his broadcast career in 2009 as the last intern for then KGMB9 News prior to being one of the first new hires at Hawaii News Now following the KGMB/KHNL/KFVE merger.

Awa also worked for the Department of Education as a substitute teacher within the Windward District and helped students at Kahuku High School create a weekly news broadcast, while also restoring the school’s agricultural farm. Awa, a former D1 collegiate wrestler, returned to Kahuku High School in 2008 and led the Junior Varsity Wrestling team to an undefeated season and an OIA title in his only stint as head coach.
EDUCATION:
• St. Ann’s Pre-K
• Kapunahala Elementary School
• King Intermediate School
• Kahuku High School – Class of 2004
• Clarion University of Pennsylvania – B.S. Speech Communication, Leadership

HAWAII STATE SENATE:
   2023 Committee Member of:
    • Agriculture and Environment
    • Commerce and Consumer Protection
    • Government Operations
    • Health and Human Services
    • Housing, Judiciary
    • Public Safety and Intergovernmental and Military Affairs
    • Transportation and Culture and the Arts.

KITV4 ISLAND NEWS (ABC):
• Journalist, former evening News Anchor, Reporter, Producer

HAWAII NEWS NOW:
• Former Video-journalist, Editor, Associate Producer

SPECTRUM, OC16:
• Sports Commentator, High School Athletics

HAWAII DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION:
• Former Substitute Teacher (Primary – Kahuku High & Intermediate School)
• Former Head Coach, Kahuku Junior Varsity Wrestling

DISASTER RECOVERY:
• Former Project Manager, large scale disaster recovery projects across the U.S.

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

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Friday, February 9, 2024

Are Limitations To Property Ownership In Hawaii Starting Here? (Hawai‘i Travel News)

https://beatofhawaii.com/limitations-to-property-ownership-in-hawaii-starting-here/




Friday, February 9, 2024

New Hawaii bill would ban foreigners from buying land on the Islands (ABC News)

https://www.kake.com/story/50428142/new-hawaii-bill-would-ban-foreigners-from-buying-land-on-the-islands#:~:text=New%20Hawaii%20bill,of%20tax%20revenue.%22




Friday, February 9, 2024

Hawaii Considers Ban On Foreign Land Ownership: New Bill Introduced (Blogging Big Blue)

https://www.bloggingbigblue.com/2024/02/08/hawaii-considers-ban-on-foreign-land-ownership-new-bill-introduced/#:~:text=OTHER-,Hawaii%20Considers%20Ban%20On%20Foreign%20Land%20Ownership%3A%20New%20Bill%20Introduced,-By%20Clark%20Baisa




Friday, February 9, 2024

Hawaii Bill Would Block Land Grab by Non-US Buyers (Newsmax)

https://www.newsmax.com/us/hawaii-real-estate-land-grab/2024/02/08/id/1152827/#:~:text=Hawaii%20Bill%20Would%20Block%20Land%20Grab%20by%20Non%2DUS%20Buyers




Friday, February 9, 2024

New Hawaiian bill could ban foreigners from buying property in the state (Irish Star)

https://www.irishstar.com/news/us-news/new-hawaiian-bill-could-ban-32076143#:~:text=New%20Hawaiian%20bill%20could%20ban%20foreigners%20from%20buying%20property%20in%20the%20state




Friday, February 9, 2024

Hawaii Introduces Bill to Ban Foreigners from Buying Land (The Stock Dork)

https://www.thestockdork.com/hawaii-introduces-bill-to-ban-foreigners-from-buying-land/#:~:text=Slideshow-,Hawaii%20Introduces%20Bill%20to%20Ban%20Foreigners%20from%20Buying%20Land,Feb%2008%2C%202024,-A%20new%20bill




Friday, February 9, 2024

Here’s Why Some Hawaii Lawmakers Want To Ban Foreigners From Purchasing Land (Forbes)

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jamesfarrell/2024/02/08/heres-why-some-hawaii-lawmakers-want-to-ban-foreigners-from-purchasing-land/?sh=2693c0205cf3#:~:text=FORBES,may%20spur%20lawsuits




Thursday, January 4, 2024

Kahalu‘u community members unite and plant a foundation for future food sources (KITV4)

Originally published by KITV4; click here to read the article on kitv.com.

By Eric Naktin | December 16, 2023 | Updated December 18, 2023

Developing & cultivating local food sources for the future, community members met in Kahalu‘u, near Kahekili Highway on Saturday, planting 70 ulu bread fruit trees & mountain apple trees.




Thursday, January 4, 2024

Small project to plant fruit trees along highway seen as big step toward sustainability (Hawaii News Now)

Originally published by Hawaii News Now; click here to read the article on hawaiinewsnow.com.

By Jolanie Martinez | December 16, 2023 | Updated December 16, 2023

After three months of planning and prepping, a Windward Oahu highway is now lined with fruit trees for the first time. Invasive haole koa trees and overgrown guinea grass were removed to make way for ulu and mountain apple trees.




Wednesday, November 22, 2023

Fatality follows years of assaults on staff at State Hospital (KHON2)

Originally published by KHON2; click here to read the article on khon2.com.

By Gina Mangieri | November 14, 2023 | Updated November 15, 2023

Keeping workers safe, and figuring out a better way for patients to re-enter society, are top concerns after a patient was arrested on suspicion of killing a nurse at the Hawaii State Hospital. The state’s psychiatric hospital has been under scrutiny for decades, with hundreds of millions invested in new facilities, security and beefing up staff.




Wednesday, November 22, 2023

An initiative begins to restore Hawaiʻi’s ecosystem (KHON2)

Originally published by KHON2; click here to read the article on khon2.com.

By Sandy Harjo-Livingston, Chris Latronic | November 9, 2023 | Updated November 9, 2023

This Saturday, Nov. 11 beginning at 8 a.m., a group of local residents will be in Kahaluʻu where they are instigating a food tree planting project. They will be working with donated machinery and volunteer operators to remove invasive haole koa trees and overgrown guinea grass in preparation for planting of about 70 food trees along Kahekili Highway.




Wednesday, November 22, 2023

Wildfire concerns revive pleas for new emergency evacuation routes on Oahu (Hawaii News Now)

Originally published by Hawaii News Now; click here to read the article on hawaiinewsnow.com.

By Jolanie Martinez | November 7, 2023

Three months since the Maui fires and communities all over Hawaii are re-thinking their own safety plans, including coastal areas on Oahu where thousands of people have no alternate escape routes. Critical areas include the west side, the North Shore, and the Windward side. These communities have different approaches, but the big issues are usually money and permission.




Wednesday, November 22, 2023

State senator will push to license medical cannabis farms after federal raid (KITV4)

Originally published by KITV4; click here to read the article on kitv.com.

By Kristen Consillio | November 2, 2023 | Updated November 2, 2023

A bill backed by Sen. Brenton Awa would allow the state Health Department to issue licenses to individuals or private entities wanting to grow medical cannabis. The move comes after federal authorities raided Care Waialua, seizing more than 1,000 plants at the medical marijuana farm on Oahu's North Shore.




Wednesday, November 22, 2023

State-of-the-art emergency shelter facility in the works for Windward Oahu (KHON2)

Originally published by KHON2; click here to read the article on khon2.com.

By Kristy Tamashiro | October 9, 2023 | Updated October 9, 2023

A new state-of-the-art emergency shelter is in the works on the Windward side of Oahu. It comes with a big price tag, but residents and officials said safety should be priceless. Koolauloa stretches from Kaaawa to Kahuku and residents are concerned about what will happen during an emergency. “In a disaster, even a Category 1 our roads will most likely be blocked,” said Dotty Kelly-Paddock, of Hui O Hauula.




Wednesday, November 22, 2023

Military’s plan to stop using fresh drinking water on Oahu golf course halted by DOH (Hawaii News Now)

Originally published by Hawaii News Now; click here to read the article on hawaiinewsnow.com.

By Eddie Dowd | October 2, 2023 | Updated October 3, 2023

After years of pressure from environmental groups, the military wants to stop using fresh drinking water to irrigate a golf course in Kaneohe. However, environmentalists are skeptical, and the state health department says there are rules to follow. The state Sen. Brenton Awa who represents the area tells us the golf course at Marine Corps Base Hawaii uses about 11 million gallons of fresh drinking water a month.




Wednesday, November 22, 2023

Decade long water leak being fixed after millions of gallons wasted (KHON2)

Originally published by KHON2; click here to read the article on khon2.com.

By Nikki Schenfeld | October 1, 2023 | Updated October 1, 2023

A decade-long water leak on Oahu’s North Shore is in the process of being fixed. Officials estimate over one million gallons of water was being wasted each month at Dillingham Airfield, which is owned by the Army, and leased by the state.




Wednesday, November 22, 2023

‘This has got to end’: Pipes leaking millions of gallons of water at Dillingham Airfield still not fixed (Hawaii News Now)

Originally published by Hawaii News Now; click here to read the article on hawaiinewsnow.com.

By Eddie Dowd | September 20, 2023 | Updated September 21, 2023

Leaky pipes at Dillingham Airfield on Oahu’s North Shore have been a problem for years, causing millions of gallons of water to be wasted monthly. The Army owns Dillingham Airfield, but the DOT is currently leasing it. Over the years, HNN has talked to the state lawmakers who represent the area, all reporting the leaks have gone on for at least 10 years.




Wednesday, November 22, 2023

Tokuda proposes more help for low-income families to buy healthy food (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)

Originally published by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser; click here to read the article on staradvertiser.com.

By Dan Nakaso | August 9, 2023

Even on Oahu, state Sen. Brenton Awa (R, Kaneohe- Laie-Mokuleia) said his constituents have plenty of need for support for healthful food, especially in Kahuku and Kahaluu. “We need it, food assistance,” he said. Even after the COVID-19 pandemic ended, “we’re still doing food drives. People who used to be middle income no longer have savings and can’t afford anything beyond the necessities.”




Wednesday, November 22, 2023

A $9M roundabout is coming to a busy Windward Oahu intersection, and not everyone is rejoicing (Hawaii News Now)

Originally published by Hawaii News Now; click here to read the article on hawaiinewsnow.com.

By Eddie Dowd | May 30, 2023 | Updated May 30, 2023

The state plans to start construction next week on a $9 million roundabout in Windward Oahu. Construction for the roundabout in Kahaluu is set to start on June 7. The DOT says it’s meant to improve safety in the area, but some residents say the real focus should be improving traffic.




Wednesday, November 22, 2023

Hawaii native Iam Tongi wins ‘American Idol’ (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)

Originally published by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser; click here to read the article on staradvertiser.com.

By John Berger | May 22, 2023

State Sen. Brenton Awa, who took the lead in organizing the “welcome home” convoy that took Tongi from Kahuku High School to the Turtle Bay Resort where he headlined a free concert for a crowd estimated at almost 14,000 people on Tuesday, said Tongi’s win would inspire younger residents of the district and Hawaii in general.




Wednesday, November 22, 2023

Kahuku-born Iam Tongi will compete for top spot on ‘American Idol’ (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)

Originally published by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser; click here to read the article on staradvertiser.com.

By John Berger | May 21, 2023

Tongi was back on Oahu and riding as the guest of honor in a “welcome home” convoy that took him from Kahuku High School to the Turtle Bay Resort, where he headlined a free concert for the community. The homecoming events were first envisioned by state Sen. Brenton Awa and quickly grew with the active support of other community members.




Wednesday, May 3, 2023

Town Hall coming up to discuss how to preserve Kamehameha Highway in Windward Oahu (KITV4)

Originally published by KITV4; click here to read the article on kitv.com.

By Diane Ako | April 28, 2023 | Updated April 28, 2023

A years-old problem gets another look from the community in the near future. Elected officials from Windward Oahu are hosting a town hall to discuss what to do about the erosion on Kamehameha Highway.




Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Committee endorses Hawaii attorney general nominee (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)

Originally published by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser; click here to read the article on staradvertiser.com.

By Dan Nakaso | April 13, 2023

The lone vote against recommending Anne Lopez’s confirmation by the full Senate came from Sen. Brenton Awa, who disagrees with Lopez’s position that the U.S. Constitution prohibits Hawaii from barring real estate sales to people and companies from out of state.




Tuesday, April 25, 2023

Some Government Reform Measures Are Emerging From The Darkness (Honolulu Civil Beat)

Originally published by Honolulu Civil Beat; click here to read the column on civilbeat.org.

By The Sunshine Editorial Board | April 21, 2023

Republican Brenton Awa is a Senate conferee on HB 727, even though he voted against the bill on its third reading during session. Awa said he had been told that senators that vote “no” can’t serve on a conference committee, which is a reason many vote “WR” – with reservations, which amounts to a yes vote. Turns out, he said, that that is not the case.




Monday, April 17, 2023

Honolulu inflation shrinks to 3.3% (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)

Originally published by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser; click here to read the article on staradvertiser.com.

By Dave Segal | April 13, 2023

Honolulu consumers may be finding prices more affordable as inflation continues to ease under the weight of the Federal Reserve’s aggressive campaign to increase interest rates.




Wednesday, April 5, 2023

Senator’s social post questioning switched votes misrepresents the facts, lawmakers say (Hawaii News Now)

Originally published by Hawaii News Now; click here to read the article on hawaiinewsnow.com.

By Jolanie Martinez | April 4, 2023 | Updated April 5, 2023

Senator Awa’s social media post caused hundreds of people to comment, questioning the legislative process.




Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Ownership of historic Waiāhole Valley up for debate after proposed 600% rent increase (Hawaiʻi Public Radio)

Originally published by Hawaiʻi Public Radio; click here to read the article on hawaiipublicradio.org.

By Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi | March 23, 2023

Rent lease negotiations between the state and nearly 100 tenants in Waiāhole Valley are sparking conversations about the future of this rural, agricultural community.




Tuesday, March 14, 2023

In Kahaluu, a giant tree that fell into the stream has residents worried about the next big rain (Hawaii News Now)

Originally published by Hawaii News Now; click here to read the article on hawaiinewsnow.com.

By Jolanie Martinez | March 12, 2023

State Sen. Brenton Awa said the Department of Land and Natural Resources confirmed that the tree is on private property, but there is a statute that allows the city to go into the stream and remove the tree.




Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Plenty Of Legislators Support Term Limits. So Why Won't They Let The Public Vote On Them? (Honolulu Civil Beat)

Originally published by Honolulu Civil Beat; click here to read the article on civilbeat.org.

By Richard Wiens | March 12, 2023

Civil Beat surveyed many of Hawaii’s 76 lawmakers or researched their positions on term limits.




Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Illegal hikers in Hawaii may have to pay for their own rescues, after many are saved from this popular hike (USA Today)

Originally published by USA Today; click here to read the article on usatoday.com.

By Kathleen Wong | March 10, 2023 | Updated March 10, 2023

The bill just passed its first reading and has crossed over to the House, according to Senator Brenton Awa, who represents Kaneohe, the area where the trail is located.

“When you go into the wilderness, there’s responsibility that comes with it,” he said. “I would never go into another state and expect to be saved by anybody…”




Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Waiahole Valley tenants get reprieves over rent (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)

Originally published by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser; click here to read the article on staradvertiser.com.

By Andrew Gomes | March 10, 2023

A state agency trying to increase ground-lease rents in Waiahole Valley for about 100 residential and farm tenants with decades-old low rates made several moves Thursday to defuse the tense situation where some fear evictions.




Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Big changes coming to popular North Shore beach (KHON2)

Originally published by KHON2; click here to read the article on khon2.com.

By Jenn Boneza | March 7, 2023 | March 8, 2023

According to the plan, the re-alignment project would have space for up to 90 cars to park on the makai side close to the ocean

Sen. Brenton Awa, (R) Kahuku to Mokuleia said it’s been a long time coming.

“It’s something that we on the North Shore know needs to happen. Because when there’s traffic, it’s hours of our lives are wasted. Families cannot pick up their kids from school,” Awa explained.




Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Advocates look to change the name of iconic Hawaii landmark (KHON2)

Originally published by KHON2; click here to read the article on khon2.com.

By Sam Spangler | March 5, 2023 | March 5, 2023

“We been battling that for a long time because that’s not Chinaman’s Hat this is Mokolii,” Hawaiian educator and activist Calvin Hoe said. “That’s how we grew up. This is Mokolii…”




Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Bid to make every day ‘Aloha Friday’ in Hawaii Senate chamber fizzles (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)

Originally published by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser; click here to read the article on staradvertiser.com.

By Andrew Gomes | March 4, 2023

An effort to exhibit more aloha spirit in one chamber of Hawaii’s Legislature didn’t go over well on “Aloha Friday…”




Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Bill would require officers to stop, report excessive force (Spectrum News)

Originally published by Spectrum News; click here to read the article on spectrumlocalnews.com.

By Michael Tsai | February 27, 2023

Sens. Karl Rhoads, Mike Gabbard and Brandon Elefante voted in favor of recommending the bill without amendments. Sen. Brenton Awa was the lone dissenting vote.




Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Lawmakers unreceptive to moratorium on Waiahole Valley rent increases (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)

Originally published by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser; click here to read the article on staradvertiser.com.

By Andrew Gomes | February 26, 2023

A legislative committee has declined to support a five-year block on the state raising ground-lease rents for about 100 residential and farm tenants in Waiahole Valley, where tension exists over potential evictions.




Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Hawaii Senator Votes ‘No’ Then ‘Yes’ To Legalize Marijuana (Honolulu Civil Beat)

Originally published by Honolulu Civil Beat; click here to read the article on civilbeat.org.

By Blaze Lovell | February 16, 2023

At a joint hearing, Republican Sen. Brenton Awa first voted “no” then voted “yes” on a bill that would legalize marijuana in Hawaii.




Tuesday, March 14, 2023

New Tax Credit Proposed For Selling Homes To Hawaii Residents (Honolulu Civil Beat)

Originally published by Honolulu Civil Beat; click here to read the article on civilbeat.org.

By Alex Melendez | February 13, 2023

Sen. Brenton Awa is proposing a new tax credit for people who sell their homes to Hawaii residents who may often find themselves fighting out-of-state homebuyers for housing.




Tuesday, March 14, 2023

New bill proposes an outright ban to riding in truck beds (KHON2)

Originally published by KHON2; click here to read the article on khon2.com.

By Jenn Boneza | February 9, 2023 | Updated February 9, 2023

Senate Bill 1410 passed its second reading, with only one senator opposing: Sen. Brenton Awa.

“As a local from the country, we don’t want the government stepping into our business,” Awa explained. “I know this one is about safety, but as a responsible driver, you’ve got your license. Your family, whoever’s riding in the back, there’s already rules, follow it, keep people safe…”




Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Kamehameha Highway collapse in Hauula elicits concerns (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)

Originally published by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser; click here to read the article on staradvertiser.com.

By Mark Ladao and Rosemarie Bernardo | February 8, 2023

A portion of Kamehameha Highway in Hauula collapsed, prompting more discussion about what to do about the ocean erosion and sea level rise affecting the highway and nearby communities.




Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Affordable housing proposal that would go after non-residents deemed unconstitutional (Hawaii News Now)

Originally published by Hawaii News Now; click here to read the article on hawaiinewsnow.com.

By Chelsea Davis | February 7, 2023

Senate Bill 34 was deferred and deemed unconstitutional on Tuesday.

Senator Awa’s idea was to go after the Hawaii Real Property Tax Act. That means 7.25% of any profit made by nonresidents on Hawaii real estate must go to the state. Awa wanted 75% of the profit to go to the state instead.




Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Freshman lawmakers aim to rebuild Hawaii’s GOP (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)

Originally published by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser; click here to read the article on staradvertiser.com.

By Dan Nakaso | January 25, 2023

Freshman state Sen. Brenton Awa — who is embroiled in a stalemate with the Senate’s only other Republican over who will lead their two-member caucus — wants to reinvigorate and rebrand Hawaii’s Republican Party by helping disenfranchised, working-class families in his rural district on the Windward side of Oahu.




Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Proposal aims to tackle Hawaii’s affordable housing crisis by targeting non-residents (Hawaii News Now)

Originally published by Hawaii News Now; click here to read the article on hawaiinewsnow.com.

By Chelsea Davis | January 18, 2023 | Updated January 19, 2023

Day one of the new Hawaii State Legislature means fresh faces and innovative ideas.

One idea includes tackling Hawaii’s affordable housing crisis by going after non-residents.

“The problem that we’ve seen over the pandemic was the home prices went up $400,000,” said Minority Floor Leader Sen. Brenton Awa.




Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Meet some of the fresh faces at the Hawaiʻi State Legislature (Hawaiʻi Public Radio)

Originally published by Hawaiʻi Public Radio; click here to read the article on hawaiipublicradio.org.

By Sabrina Bodon | January 17, 2023

Former television anchor Sen. Brenton Awa doesn’t quite see himself as a first-term lawmaker. He’s been in these halls reporting in the past, and he’s placed himself in the shoes of a lawmaker during his campaign.

The Republican Awa unseated Democrat Gil Riviere to represent District 32, which encompasses the north and east sides of Oʻahu.

He continues to report in a different way. Even last week, Awa used his Instagram platform to publish a story on rents rising in Waiahole.




Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Hawaii bill proposed to offer backpay to those terminated over vaccine mandates (KITV4)

Originally published by KITV4; click here to read the article on kitv.com.

By Shanila Kabir | January 16, 2023 | Updated January 18, 2023

More than 1,400 state jobs were lost from July 2021 to June 2022. However, state legislators said how many of those jobs are COVID-19 related is still unconfirmed.

"A number of things happened during the pandemic where you had a majority of people seeing things one way and a minority of voices that were so weak. Now that we're in office, we're going to make sure they're represented," Awa said.




Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Efforts underway to address worsening erosion on Kamehameha Highway (Hawaii News Now)

Originally published by Hawaii News Now; click here to read the article on hawaiinewsnow.com.

By Eddie Dowd | January 11, 2023

Concern mounts as residents say cracks on Kamehameha Highway in Hauula are only getting worse.

In 2020, the state Department of Transportation spent $2 million on emergency repairs to stabilize and support the ocean side of Kamehameha Highway after a section of road fell into the water.




Tuesday, March 14, 2023

A Conversation With Hawaii’s Newest GOP State Senator (Honolulu Civil Beat)

Originally published by Honolulu Civil Beat; click here to read the article on civilbeat.org.

By Chad Blair | January 1, 2023

Brenton Awa won’t officially be sworn in as a Hawaii state senator until Jan. 18, but — like many state senators and representatives — he’s already on the job and working from an office at the Capitol.

A former news anchor for KITV, he narrowly defeated Democratic incumbent Gil Riviere to win the District 23 seat (Kaneohe, Kahaluu thru Laie, Kahuku to Mokuleia, Schofield Barracks and Kunia Camp) in November.

Awa, 36, is the youngest state senator and one of only two Republicans in the 25-member chamber.


 Measures Introduced in 2023
Measure and Title
SB2
PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO THE HAWAII CONSTITUTION TO REQUIRE THE ELECTION OF MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION.
SB12
PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE III, SECTION 4, OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF HAWAII TO LIMIT THE TOTAL NUMBER OF YEARS THAT ANY PERSON MAY SERVE AS A STATE LEGISLATOR.
SB34 SD1
RELATING TO TAXATION.
SB96
RELATING TO AQUACULTURE.
SB111
RELATING TO PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT.
SB286
RELATING TO WASTEWATER SYSTEMS.
SB288
RELATING TO THE TRANSFER OF THE CULINARY INSTITUTE OF THE PACIFIC.
SB304 SD2 HD3
RELATING TO VISITOR IMPACT FEES.
SB375 SD1
RELATING TO CANNABIS.
SB388 HD1
RELATING TO WASTE DISPOSAL FACILITIES.
SB430 SD2 HD1
RELATING TO THE HAWAII FARM TO FOOD BANK PROGRAM.
SB452
RELATING TO POLICE.
SB508 SD1
RELATING TO THE ENVIRONMENT.
SB513
RELATING TO FISHPONDS.
SB517 SD1
RELATING TO MOTORCYCLES.
SB520 SD2 HD1
RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.
SB521 SD2
RELATING TO MILITARY LAND USE.
SB664
RELATING TO GIFTS.
SB665
RELATING TO OPIOID ANTAGONISTS.
SB666
RELATING TO TREES.
SB702
RELATING TO EDUCATION.
SB730 SD2 HD1
RELATING TO FISHPONDS.
SB732 SD2 HD1 CD1
RELATING TO STATE HOLIDAYS.
SB733 SD1 HD1
RELATING TO HAWAIIAN CULTURE.
SB734 SD1
RELATING TO BURIAL SITES.
SB735 SD1 HD2
RELATING TO THE DISPOSITION OF WATER RIGHTS.
SB738 SD2 HD1
RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HAWAIIAN HOME LANDS.
SB747
RELATING TO CONSUMER PROTECTION.
SB782 SD2 HD1
RELATING TO TARO.
SB783
RELATING TO EDUCATION FUNDING.
SB786 SD1 HD2
RELATING TO SEARCH AND RESCUE.
SB790
RELATING TO PROTECTION OF STREAMS.
SB792 SD1
RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.
SB794
RELATING TO THE CESSPOOL CONVERSION FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE PILOT PROGRAM.
SB823 SD2 HD1
RELATING TO MOTOR VEHICLE REGISTRATION.
SB850
RELATING TO EDUCATION.
SB1188
RELATING TO CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS.
SB1189 SD1 HD1 CD1
RELATING TO CAMPAIGN FINANCE.
SB1192
RELATING TO SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS.
SB1193
RELATING TO ALBIZIA.
SB1194
RELATING TO EDUCATION.
SB1195 SD1
RELATING TO WAIAHOLE VALLEY.
SB1217
PROPOSING TO AMEND ARTICLE V OF THE STATE CONSTITUTION TO RAISE THE STATE RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT FOR CANDIDATES FOR GOVERNOR AND LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR.
SB1251
RELATING TO SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS.
SB1259
RELATING TO SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM INCENTIVES.
SB1415 SD2 HD1
RELATING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII.
SB1428
RELATING TO PARENTAL RIGHTS IN EDUCATION.
SB1429
RELATING TO SEX-SPECIFIC STUDENT ATHLETIC TEAMS.
SB1430
RELATING TO MOTOR VEHICLES.
SB1431
RELATING TO FENTANYL.
SB1432
RELATING TO SOCIAL MEDIA CENSORSHIP.
SB1450
RELATING TO PUBLIC CONTRACTS.
SB1486 SD2 HD1
RELATING TO MEAT PROCESSING.
SB1493 SD1 HD1 CD1
RELATING TO LOBBYISTS.
SB1495 SD1
RELATING TO THE MOTION PICTURE, DIGITAL MEDIA, AND FILM PRODUCTION INCOME TAX CREDIT.
SB1524
RELATING TO PESTICIDES.
SB1536
RELATING TO TORT LIABILITY.
SB1544
RELATING TO FRAUD.
SB1553
RELATING TO THE COCONUT RHINOCEROS BEETLE PROGRAM.
SB1555
RELATING TO GENERAL EXCISE TAX.
SCR19
URGING THE HAWAII HOUSING FINANCE AND DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION TO POSTPONE FOR FIVE YEARS LEASE INCREASES FOR WAIAHOLE VALLEY LESSEES TO ALLOW FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF A COMPREHENSIVE LEASE PLAN FOR WAIAHOLE VALLEY ON THE ISLAND OF OAHU, AND REQUESTING THE CORPORATION TO ISSUE A REPORT RECOMMENDING WHETHER THE CORPORATION'S RESPONSIBILITIES FOR WAIAHOLE VALLEY SHOULD BE TRANSFERRED TO A DIFFERENT STATE AGENCY.
SCR22
REQUESTING THE DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, AND TOURISM TO PROMOTE THE USE OF ALBIZIA IN COMMERCIAL PRODUCTS BY ESTABLISHING A GRANT PROGRAM AND CONDUCTING A STUDY.
SCR26 SD1
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.
SCR28
DESIGNATING THE MONTH OF MARCH AS HAWAII KIDNEY AWARENESS MONTH.
SCR63
REQUESTING THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION IMPROVE AND REGULARLY MAINTAIN THE INFRASTRUCTURE LOCATED IN AND BETWEEN KUALOA AND LAIE ON THE ISLAND OF OAHU.
SCR65
REQUESTING THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION TO PARTNER WITH THE HAWAII STATE TEACHERS' ASSOCIATION AND TEACHER EDUCATION PROGRAMS AT LOCAL UNIVERSITIES AND COLLEGES TO PROVIDE PATHWAYS FOR SCHOOL SUPPORT PERSONNEL TO BECOME FULL-TIME TEACHERS.
SCR85 SD1
REQUESTING THE OFFICE OF MEDICAL CANNABIS CONTROL AND REGULATION, IN COLLABORATION WITH THE CHAIRPERSONS OF THE SENATE STANDING COMMITTEE ON HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES STANDING COMMITTEE ON HEALTH AND HOMELESSNESS, TO CONVENE THE MEDICAL AND ADULT USE CANNABIS WORKING GROUP TO RESEARCH, DEVELOP, AND FINALIZE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE CREATION OF A DUAL USE REGULATORY SYSTEM ALLOWING ACCESS TO MEDICAL CANNABIS AND CANNABIS FOR ADULT USE.
SCR104 SD1 HD1
URGING HAWAII'S CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION TO RE-INTRODUCE AND SUPPORT THE PASSAGE OF THE HAWAIIAN HOME LANDS PRESERVATION ACT, H.R. RES. 9614, 117TH CONG. (2ND SESS. 2022), TO LOWER THE REQUIRED MINIMUM BLOOD QUANTUM FOR CERTAIN DEPARTMENT OF HAWAIIAN HOME LANDS SUCCESSOR LESSEE BENEFICIARIES FROM ONE-QUARTER NATIVE HAWAIIAN BLOOD TO ONE THIRTY-SECOND.
SCR186
URGING THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND HAWAI‘I ASSOCIATION OF INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS TO EXPAND THE REVITALIZATION OF THE FUTURE FARMERS OF AMERICA AND 4-H YOUTH PROGRAMS TO SUPPORT PATHWAYS TO AGRICULTURE CAREERS IN HAWAII.
SCR194
REQUESTING THE CITY AND COUNTY OF HONOLULU AND DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OF THE CITY AND COUNTY OF HONOLULU TO CREATE A COMMUNITY RESILIENCE PLAN FOR DISASTER PREPAREDNESS ALONG THE WAIANAE COAST.
SCR195
REQUESTING THE BOARD OF EDUCATION AND DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION TO INTEGRATE THE DOCUMENTARY FILM "WATERMAN" INTO MIDDLE AND INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL CURRICULUM.
SR15
URGING THE HAWAII HOUSING FINANCE AND DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION TO POSTPONE FOR FIVE YEARS LEASE INCREASES FOR WAIAHOLE VALLEY LESSEES TO ALLOW FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF A COMPREHENSIVE LEASE PLAN FOR WAIAHOLE VALLEY ON THE ISLAND OF OAHU, AND REQUESTING THE CORPORATION TO ISSUE A REPORT RECOMMENDING WHETHER THE CORPORATION'S RESPONSIBILITIES FOR WAIAHOLE VALLEY SHOULD BE TRANSFERRED TO A DIFFERENT STATE AGENCY.
SR17
REQUESTING THE DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, AND TOURISM TO PROMOTE THE USE OF ALBIZIA IN COMMERCIAL PRODUCTS BY ESTABLISHING A GRANT PROGRAM AND CONDUCTING A STUDY.
SR20
AMENDING THE RULES OF THE SENATE TO ESTABLISH THAT A FAILURE TO SUBMIT TO A BREATHALYZER TEST, BLOOD TEST, OR FIELD SOBRIETY TEST DURING A LAWFUL STOP SHALL BE GROUNDS FOR EXPULSION.
SR21
AMENDING THE RULES OF THE SENATE OF THE THIRTY-SECOND LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII, REGULAR SESSION OF 2023, BY ADOPTING A NEW RULE 27.5, FLOOR SESSION ATTIRE.
SR22
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.
SR57
REQUESTING THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION IMPROVE AND REGULARLY MAINTAIN THE INFRASTRUCTURE LOCATED IN AND BETWEEN KUALOA AND LAIE ON THE ISLAND OF OAHU.
SR58
REQUESTING THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION TO PARTNER WITH THE HAWAII STATE TEACHERS' ASSOCIATION AND TEACHER EDUCATION PROGRAMS AT LOCAL UNIVERSITIES AND COLLEGES TO PROVIDE PATHWAYS FOR SCHOOL SUPPORT PERSONNEL TO BECOME FULL-TIME TEACHERS.
SR76 SD1
REQUESTING THE OFFICE OF MEDICAL CANNABIS CONTROL AND REGULATION, IN COLLABORATION WITH THE CHAIRPERSONS OF THE SENATE STANDING COMMITTEE ON HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES STANDING COMMITTEE ON HEALTH AND HOMELESSNESS, TO CONVENE THE MEDICAL AND ADULT USE CANNABIS WORKING GROUP TO RESEARCH, DEVELOP, AND FINALIZE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE CREATION OF A DUAL USE REGULATORY SYSTEM ALLOWING ACCESS TO MEDICAL CANNABIS AND CANNABIS FOR ADULT USE.
SR93 SD1
URGING HAWAII'S CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION TO RE-INTRODUCE AND SUPPORT THE PASSAGE OF THE HAWAIIAN HOME LANDS PRESERVATION ACT, H.R. RES. 9614, 117TH CONG. (2ND SESS. 2022), TO LOWER THE REQUIRED MINIMUM BLOOD QUANTUM FOR CERTAIN DEPARTMENT OF HAWAIIAN HOME LANDS SUCCESSOR LESSEE BENEFICIARIES FROM ONE-QUARTER NATIVE HAWAIIAN BLOOD TO ONE THIRTY-SECOND.
SR170
URGING THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND HAWAI‘I ASSOCIATION OF INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS TO EXPAND THE REVITALIZATION OF THE FUTURE FARMERS OF AMERICA AND 4-H YOUTH PROGRAMS TO SUPPORT PATHWAYS TO AGRICULTURE CAREERS IN HAWAII.
SR199
REQUESTING THE CITY AND COUNTY OF HONOLULU AND DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OF THE CITY AND COUNTY OF HONOLULU TO CREATE A COMMUNITY RESILIENCE PLAN FOR DISASTER PREPAREDNESS ALONG THE WAIANAE COAST.
SR200
REQUESTING THE BOARD OF EDUCATION AND DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION TO INTEGRATE THE DOCUMENTARY FILM "WATERMAN" INTO MIDDLE AND INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL CURRICULUM.