31st Legislature, 2021
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Floor session convene time for July 28, 2021:
Senate: 10:00 a.m.
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Senate District 17
Hawaii State Capitol
Room: 214
phone: 808-586-6970
fax: 808-586-6879
sennishihara@capitol.hawaii.gov
Leadership: Assistant Majority Whip
Member of the following committees:
District Information
17th Senatorial District Map - Waipahu, Crestview, Manana, Pearl City, Pacific Palisades
Experience
Professional
•  Parent Community Network Coordinator - Kalakaua Middle School (2002-2004)
•  Vice Principal - August Ahrens Elementary School (1994-2002)
•  Vice Principal - Waianae High School (1992-1994)
•  Special Education Teacher - Nanakuli High & Intermediate School, Waipahu High School, and Waipahu Intermediate School (1972-1992)

Community Activities
•  Friends of Waipahu Public Library (President)
•  Pearl City Lions Club (President)
•  Leeward Oahu Jaycees (Vice-President of Community Affairs)
•  Leeward Lions Club
•  Friends of Waipahu Cultural Garden Park (President)
•  Waipahu Neighborhood Board
•  Waipahu Community Association (President)
Legislative Accomplishments
Appropriated funds for the:
•  Filipino Community Center - $600,000
•  Filipino Centennial Celebration - $50,000
•  Leeward YMCA - $2,000,000
•  Waipahu and Pearl City Schools
•  University of Hawaii, West Oahu
Measures Introduced
 Title
SB58 RELATING TO CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE SEVENTEENTH SENATORIAL DISTRICT.
SB64 SD1 RELATING TO MEDICAL CANNABIS.
SB159 SD1 HD1 CD1 RELATING TO VOTING.
SB244 SD2 HD1 CD1 RELATING TO FOOD DONATION.
SB252 RELATING TO INDUSTRIAL HEMP DERIVED PRODUCTS.
SB253 RELATING TO MEDICAL CANNABIS.
SB458 RELATING TO ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY ENTITLEMENTS.
SB460 RELATING TO EXEMPTIONS FROM JURY DUTY.
SB479 SD2 RELATING TO AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION.
SB491 RELATING TO INSPECTION FEES.
SB494 RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE.
SB495 SD1 RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.
SB496 SD2 HD1 RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.
SB512 SD2 HD1 CD1 RELATING TO SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM INCENTIVES.
SB513 SD1 HD2 RELATING TO THE ENFORCEMENT OF LAWS.
SB515 RELATING TO A STATE STOCKPILE STORAGE FACILITY.
SB518 SD2 RELATING TO EDUCATION.
SB561 RELATING TO GAMING.
SB608 RELATING TO GENERAL EXCISE TAX EXEMPTIONS.
SB609 RELATING TO VETERINARIANS.
SB610 SD1 HD1 RELATING TO BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS.
SB611 SD1 RELATING TO BEHAVIOR ANALYSTS.
SB612 RELATING TO CRITICAL ELECTRICAL INFRASTRUCTURE.
SB633 RELATING TO THE EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM.
SB753 RELATING TO SEX TRAFFICKING.
SB760 RELATING TO MEDICAL DEVICES.
SB836 RELATING TO LONG-TERM CARE INSURANCE.
SB837 RELATING TO CRIMES AGAINST SENIORS.
SB838 SD1 HD2 RELATING TO SERVICES FOR KUPUNA.
SB839 SD2 RELATING TO HEALTH.
SB862 RELATING TO FIREWORKS.
SB951 RELATING TO TUITION WAIVERS.
SB952 RELATING TO PAROLE.
SB953 RELATING TO PUBLIC IMPROVEMENTS.
SB954 RELATING TO TAX RELIEF.
SB1243 SD2 HD1 RELATING TO THE PHASEOUT OF PRIVATE CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES.
SB1244 SD1 RELATING TO THE MODERNIZATION OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE.
SB1245 RELATING TO CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES.
SB1246 SD1 RELATING TO THE LAW OF THE SPLINTERED PADDLE.
SB1282 SD1 RELATING TO CATALYTIC CONVERTERS.
SB1387 SD1 HD2 CD1 RELATING TO MICROCHIP IDENTIFICATION.
SCR47 SD1 URGING THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS TO RECOGNIZE A PRESUMPTIVE SERVICE CONNECTION FOR CHRONICALLY ILL VETERANS WHO WERE STATIONED AT KUNIA FIELD ON THE ISLAND OF OAHU.
SCR62 URGING MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS TO ENACT FEDERAL LEGISLATION GRANTING STATEHOOD TO THE PEOPLE OF WASHINGTON, D.C.
SCR66 SD1 HD1 CONDEMNING AND DENOUNCING ALL FORMS OF ANTI-ASIAN SENTIMENT AND ALL ACTS OF RACISM, XENOPHOBIA, INTOLERANCE, DISCRIMINATION, HATE CRIME, AND HATE SPEECH AGAINST ASIAN AMERICANS AND ASIAN INDIVIDUALS IN THE UNITED STATES AND REQUESTING THE HAWAII CIVIL RIGHTS COMMISSION TO ANALYZE AND REPORT ON ANTI-ASIAN SENTIMENT AND ACTS IN THE STATE.
SCR67 SD1 RECOGNIZING OCTOBER 4 THROUGH OCTOBER 8, 2021, AS DIGITAL INCLUSION WEEK IN THE STATE OF HAWAII.
SCR68 REQUESTING THE LEGISLATIVE REFERENCE BUREAU TO CONDUCT A STUDY ON WAYS TO CLOSE THE DIGITAL DIVIDE.
SCR75 SD1 REQUESTING THE OFFICE OF PLANNING TO CONVENE AN INTERDISCIPLINARY TASK FORCE TO DEVELOP A FRAMEWORK FOR A SEA LEVEL ADAPTATION AND RESILIENCE PLAN FOR THE WAIKIKI DISTRICT.
SCR76 SD1 REQUESTING THAT THE CITY AND COUNTY OF HONOLULU PROTECT PEDESTRIANS ON SIDEWALKS BY CREATING SEPARATE FACILITIES FOR ELECTRIC SCOOTERS, ELECTRIC BICYCLES, AND ELECTRIC TRIKES.
SCR80 URGING THE CREATION OF A SAFE GRADUATION TASK FORCE.
SCR97 SD1 REQUESTING THE CONVENING OF A RETIREMENT SAVINGS PROGRAM TASK FORCE TO ASSESS THE FEASIBILITY OF ESTABLISHING A HAWAII RETIREMENT SAVINGS PROGRAM FOR PRIVATE SECTOR EMPLOYEES WITHOUT ACCESS TO EMPLOYER-SPONSORED RETIREMENT PLANS.
SCR106 ENCOURAGING THE CITY AND COUNTY OF HONOLULU TO PLAN FOR THE NECESSARY IMPROVEMENTS TO, AND REVITALIZATION OF, HANS L'ORANGE PARK.
SCR107 REQUESTING THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY TO CORRECT ISSUES AND DISMANTLE BARRIERS RELATING TO THE PROVISION OF CIVIL IDENTIFICATION DOCUMENTS TO AND SUCCESSFUL COMMUNITY REENTRY OF INMATES EXITING INCARCERATION.
SCR108 URGING THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY TO INCREASE ITS INVESTMENT IN COMPREHENSIVE OFFENDER REENTRY TRAINING PROGRAMS FOR INDIVIDUALS EXITING CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES.
SCR109 URGING THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, AND ANY OTHER LICENSING AGENCY THAT OVERSEES A PROFESSION LISTED IN SENATE BILL NO. 1115 (2021), SECTION 3, TO EXAMINE OTHER STATES' LICENSING CREDENTIALS AND DETERMINE WHICH STATES HAVE LICENSING STANDARDS THAT MEET OR EXCEED HAWAII'S LICENSING STANDARDS.
SCR110 REQUESTING THE STADIUM AUTHORITY TO IDENTIFY AND DEVELOP APPROPRIATE AREAS WITHIN THE STADIUM DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT TO WITHSTAND THE STRUCTURAL REQUIREMENTS OF A PERMANENT SHIPPING CONTAINER STORAGE AND LAY DOWN FACILITY FOR USE BY PEARL HARBOR WHEN SERVING AS A BACKUP IN AN EMERGENCY THAT RENDERS HONOLULU HARBOR UNUSABLE.
SCR111 SD1 HD1 REQUESTING THE HAWAII EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY TO CONVENE A TASK FORCE TO STUDY AND IDENTIFY APPROPRIATE STOCKPILE STORAGE FACILITY OPTIONS TO STORE AND DISTRIBUTE EMERGENCY SUPPLIES IN THE STATE OF HAWAII.
SCR139 STRONGLY URGING THE DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES TO RECOGNIZE THAT EFOIL VESSELS CONSTITUTE THRILL CRAFT AND TO UPDATE THE DEPARTMENT'S WEBSITE AND ENFORCE THRILL CRAFT LAWS AND RULES ACCORDINGLY.
SCR143 SD1 REQUESTING THE AUDITOR TO CONDUCT A SOCIAL AND FINANCIAL ASSESSMENT OF PROPOSED MANDATORY HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE.
SCR148 URGING THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS TO FORGIVE THE STATE'S OUTSTANDING FEDERAL UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE LOAN BALANCE FOR FEDERAL LOANS BORROWED TO CONTINUE TO PAY FOR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS.
SCR184 REQUESTING THE DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, AND TOURISM TO CONVENE A WORKING GROUP TO PRODUCE AN INTEGRATED STRATEGIC PLAN FOR REGIONAL ENGAGEMENT BY THE STATE OF HAWAII IN THE PACIFIC ISLANDS REGION.
SCR214 URGING THE GOVERNOR TO REQUEST THE DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, AND TOURISM AND DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH TO ESTABLISH A GAMBLING TASK FORCE TO DEVELOP AN EVIDENCE-BASED FRAMEWORK WITH AN APPRAISAL OF THE RESOURCES NECESSARY TO ENSURE THE PUBLIC'S HEALTH AND SAFETY AND MITIGATE GAMBLING-RELATED HARM IN ORDER TO GUIDE FUTURE GAMBLING LEGISLATION IN THE STATE OF HAWAII.
SCR218 URGING THE GOVERNOR'S COORDINATOR ON HOMELESSNESS TO INCLUDE A REPRESENTATIVE FROM A LGBTQ+-FOCUSED NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION IN THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE HAWAII INTERAGENCY COUNCIL ON HOMELESSNESS TO ADDRESS THE SPECIFIC NEEDS OF LGBTQ+ YOUTH ACROSS THE STATE.
SCR219 HD1 URGING THE BROADBAND HUI TO INCLUDE A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE EXECUTIVE OFFICE ON AGING AS A MEMBER OF THE HUI TO REPRESENT THE NEEDS OF KUPUNA WITH REGARD TO DIGITAL LITERACY, BROADBAND ACCESS, AND COMPUTER EQUIPMENT.
SCR220 SD1 RECOGNIZING THE SEVENTY-FIFTH ANNIVERSARY OF DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND THE REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES.
SCR221 URGING THE CITY AND COUNTY OF HONOLULU TO ADOPT A STREAMLINED PERMITTING PROCESS LIKE HOALA LOKO IA FOR THE RESTORATION, REPAIR, MAINTENANCE, AND RECONSTRUCTION OF TRADITIONAL HAWAIIAN FISHPOND SYSTEMS UNDER ITS JURISDICTION.
SCR222 URGING THE LEGISLATIVE REFERENCE BUREAU TO CONDUCT A STUDY ON THE BEST PRACTICES FOR TELEWORK AND ALTERNATIVE WORK SCHEDULES, INCLUDING POLICIES, GUIDELINES, STANDARDS, AND PROCEDURES, TO BE ADOPTED AND IMPLEMENTED BY GOVERNMENT EXECUTIVE AGENCIES, BUSINESSES, AND NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS IN HAWAII.
SCR223 SD1 REQUESTING THE LEGISLATIVE REFERENCE BUREAU TO CONDUCT A STUDY TO EXAMINE THE USE AND EFFECTS OF TRANSACTION MEDIUM EQUITY, WHICH INCLUDES ELECTRONIC TRANSACTIONS AND CASH TRANSACTIONS, ON CONSUMERS AND BUSINESSES IN THE STATE OF HAWAII.
SR44 URGING MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS TO ENACT FEDERAL LEGISLATION GRANTING STATEHOOD TO THE PEOPLE OF WASHINGTON, D.C.
SR48 SD1 CONDEMNING AND DENOUNCING ALL FORMS OF ANTI-ASIAN SENTIMENT AND ALL ACTS OF RACISM, XENOPHOBIA, INTOLERANCE, DISCRIMINATION, HATE CRIME, AND HATE SPEECH AGAINST ASIAN AMERICANS AND ASIAN INDIVIDUALS IN THE UNITED STATES AND REQUESTING THE HAWAII CIVIL RIGHTS COMMISSION TO ANALYZE AND REPORT ON ANTI-ASIAN SENTIMENT AND ACTS IN THE STATE.
SR49 SD1 RECOGNIZING OCTOBER 4 THROUGH OCTOBER 8, 2021, AS DIGITAL INCLUSION WEEK IN THE STATE OF HAWAII.
SR50 REQUESTING THE LEGISLATIVE REFERENCE BUREAU TO CONDUCT A STUDY ON WAYS TO CLOSE THE DIGITAL DIVIDE.
SR56 SD1 REQUESTING THAT THE CITY AND COUNTY OF HONOLULU PROTECT PEDESTRIANS ON SIDEWALKS BY CREATING SEPARATE FACILITIES FOR ELECTRIC SCOOTERS, ELECTRIC BICYCLES, AND ELECTRIC TRIKES.
SR60 SD1 REQUESTING THAT THE YEAR 2022 BE DESIGNATED AS THE YEAR OF THE LIMU.
SR76 SD1 REQUESTING THE CONVENING OF A RETIREMENT SAVINGS PROGRAM TASK FORCE TO ASSESS THE FEASIBILITY OF ESTABLISHING A HAWAII RETIREMENT SAVINGS PROGRAM FOR PRIVATE SECTOR EMPLOYEES WITHOUT ACCESS TO EMPLOYER-SPONSORED RETIREMENT PLANS.
SR83 ENCOURAGING THE CITY AND COUNTY OF HONOLULU TO PLAN FOR THE NECESSARY IMPROVEMENTS TO, AND REVITALIZATION OF, HANS L'ORANGE PARK.
SR84 REQUESTING THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY TO CORRECT ISSUES AND DISMANTLE BARRIERS RELATING TO THE PROVISION OF CIVIL IDENTIFICATION DOCUMENTS TO AND SUCCESSFUL COMMUNITY REENTRY OF INMATES EXITING INCARCERATION.
SR85 URGING THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY TO INCREASE ITS INVESTMENT IN COMPREHENSIVE OFFENDER REENTRY TRAINING PROGRAMS FOR INDIVIDUALS EXITING CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES.
SR86 URGING THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, AND ANY OTHER LICENSING AGENCY THAT OVERSEES A PROFESSION LISTED IN SENATE BILL NO. 1115 (2021), SECTION 3, TO EXAMINE OTHER STATES' LICENSING CREDENTIALS AND DETERMINE WHICH STATES HAVE LICENSING STANDARDS THAT MEET OR EXCEED HAWAII'S LICENSING STANDARDS.
SR87 REQUESTING THE STADIUM AUTHORITY TO IDENTIFY AND DEVELOP APPROPRIATE AREAS WITHIN THE STADIUM DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT TO WITHSTAND THE STRUCTURAL REQUIREMENTS OF A PERMANENT SHIPPING CONTAINER STORAGE AND LAY DOWN FACILITY FOR USE BY PEARL HARBOR WHEN SERVING AS A BACKUP IN AN EMERGENCY THAT RENDERS HONOLULU HARBOR UNUSABLE.
SR88 SD1 REQUESTING THE HAWAII EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY TO CONVENE A TASK FORCE TO STUDY AND IDENTIFY APPROPRIATE STOCKPILE STORAGE FACILITY OPTIONS TO STORE AND DISTRIBUTE EMERGENCY SUPPLIES IN THE STATE OF HAWAII.
SR111 STRONGLY URGING THE DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES TO RECOGNIZE THAT EFOIL VESSELS CONSTITUTE THRILL CRAFT AND TO UPDATE THE DEPARTMENT'S WEBSITE AND ENFORCE THRILL CRAFT LAWS AND RULES ACCORDINGLY.
SR114 URGING THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS TO FORGIVE THE STATE'S OUTSTANDING FEDERAL UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE LOAN BALANCE FOR FEDERAL LOANS BORROWED TO CONTINUE TO PAY FOR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS.
SR149 REQUESTING THE DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, AND TOURISM TO CONVENE A WORKING GROUP TO PRODUCE AN INTEGRATED STRATEGIC PLAN FOR REGIONAL ENGAGEMENT BY THE STATE OF HAWAII IN THE PACIFIC ISLANDS REGION.
SR178 URGING THE GOVERNOR'S COORDINATOR ON HOMELESSNESS TO INCLUDE A REPRESENTATIVE FROM A LGBTQ+-FOCUSED NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION IN THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE HAWAII INTERAGENCY COUNCIL ON HOMELESSNESS TO ADDRESS THE SPECIFIC NEEDS OF LGBTQ+ YOUTH ACROSS THE STATE.
SR179 URGING THE EXECUTIVE OFFICE ON AGING TO FORM A WORKING GROUP AND DEVELOP A PLAN FOR OUTREACH TO KUPUNA TO REMEDIATE A LACK OF DIGITAL LITERACY, BROADBAND ACCESS, AND COMPUTER EQUIPMENT.
SR180 SD1 RECOGNIZING THE SEVENTY-FIFTH ANNIVERSARY OF DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND THE REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES.
SR181 URGING THE CITY AND COUNTY OF HONOLULU TO ADOPT A STREAMLINED PERMITTING PROCESS LIKE HOALA LOKO IA FOR THE RESTORATION, REPAIR, MAINTENANCE, AND RECONSTRUCTION OF TRADITIONAL HAWAIIAN FISHPOND SYSTEMS UNDER ITS JURISDICTION.
SR182 URGING THE LEGISLATIVE REFERENCE BUREAU TO CONDUCT A STUDY ON THE BEST PRACTICES FOR TELEWORK AND ALTERNATIVE WORK SCHEDULES, INCLUDING POLICIES, GUIDELINES, STANDARDS, AND PROCEDURES, TO BE ADOPTED AND IMPLEMENTED BY GOVERNMENT EXECUTIVE AGENCIES, BUSINESSES, AND NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS IN HAWAII.
SR183 SD1 REQUESTING THE LEGISLATIVE REFERENCE BUREAU TO CONDUCT A STUDY TO EXAMINE THE USE AND EFFECTS OF TRANSACTION MEDIUM EQUITY, WHICH INCLUDES ELECTRONIC TRANSACTIONS AND CASH TRANSACTIONS, ON CONSUMERS AND BUSINESSES IN THE STATE OF HAWAII.