THE SENATE                           S.C.R. NO.            180
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 1999                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            
                                                             
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                    SENATE  CONCURRENT
                        RESOLUTION

  REQUESTING THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND THE UNIVERSITY OF
    HAWAII TO REPORT ON PLANS FOR THE IMPROVEMENT OF MARINE
    EDUCATION.


 1        WHEREAS, Hawaii's mid-Pacific location makes it uniquely
 2   an ocean state; and
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 4        WHEREAS, for centuries the ocean has been a cornerstone of
 5   Hawaii's culture, economy, and quality of life; and
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 7        WHEREAS, the future of Hawaii and its people is clearly
 8   linked to the sea through economic development and
 9   diversification, wise use and management of aquatic resources,
10   stewardship of the environment, and appreciation of our
11   maritime heritage; and
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13        WHEREAS, in order to navigate prudently into the next
14   century, Hawaii's residents and their leaders must understand
15   the ocean and how it affects life here, contributes to our
16   sense of place, and enriches our lives each day; and
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18        WHEREAS, the Department of Education and the University of
19   Hawaii system are the two principal publicly supported
20   institutions charged with educating our next generation; and
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22        WHEREAS, the Legislature is concerned that the Department
23   of Education and the University of Hawaii have not given
24   adequate priority to marine education; now, therefore,
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26        BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate of the Twentieth Legislature
27   of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 1999, the House of
28   Representatives concurring, that the Department of Education
29   and the University of Hawaii shall separately submit reports to
30   the Legislature about the current status of marine education in
31   their respective institutions and outline their plans for
32   significantly and systematically improving marine education
33   over the years 2000-2010, with particular reference to high
34   school and undergraduate education; and
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36        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Department of Education

 
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 1   and the University of Hawaii submit their respective reports to
 2   the Legislature no later than twenty days prior to the
 3   convening of the Regular Session of 2000; and
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 5        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this
 6   Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the Superintendent of
 7   Education and to the President of the University of Hawaii.
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