THE SENATE                           S.R. NO.              48
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 1999                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            

                    SENATE  RESOLUTION


 1        WHEREAS, Hawaii is unique among the fifty states with its
 2   diversity of ethnic groups and races representing cultures from
 3   throughout the world; and
 5        WHEREAS, the cultural traditions of Hawaii's peoples are
 6   remembered and perpetuated through various festivals and
 7   celebrations held throughout the year such as the Okinawan
 8   Festival, the Greek Festival, the Portuguese Fiesta, and the
 9   Aloha Festivals; and 
11        WHEREAS, other activities such as the Hookipa program that
12   presents hula at the airport, and culture day in the schools
13   during which students dress in the native costumes of their
14   ancestors and present traditional food and dance, also help to
15   preserve and recognize the rich cultural heritage of Hawaii's
16   peoples; and 
18        WHEREAS, in order to foster and encourage the recognition
19   and celebration of all the cultures that make this State a
20   unique and special place in which to live, one month within the
21   year should be designated in honor of Hawaii's diverse
22   cultures; and 
24        WHEREAS, a month-long celebration in honor of Hawaii's
25   cultures would aid in the promotion of Hawaii in the visitor
26   market and may help to stimulate further economic development;
27   and
29        WHEREAS, the designation of the month chosen to honor
30   Hawaii's diverse cultures should be the result of the
31   collaborative efforts of representatives of various cultural
32   organizations, the visitor industry, and government; and
34        WHEREAS, the King Kamehameha celebration commission,
35   composed of representatives from various Hawaiian civic and
36   community groups, was created to coordinate activities

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 1   celebrating the Hawaiian culture in commemoration of the life
 2   of Kamehameha the I; and
 4        WHEREAS, a task force, composed in equal parts of
 5   representatives from cultural groups, the visitor industry, and
 6   the counties and state government, should be established; now,
 7   therefore,
 9        BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate of the Twentieth Legislature
10   of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 1999, that the
11   Governor is requested to appoint an advisory task force on
12   promoting cultural diversity to make recommendations for
13   implementing events and activities celebrating Hawaii's diverse
14   cultures, which recommendations could include a month-long
15   celebration in honor of Hawaii's diverse cultures; and 
17        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this
18   Resolution be transmitted to the Governor of the State of
19   Hawaii, the Mayor of the City and County of Honolulu, the Mayor
20   of the County of Hawaii, the Mayor of the County of Maui, the
21   Mayor of the County of Kauai, the Director of Business,
22   Economic Development, and Tourism, the Hawaii Visitors and
23   Convention Bureau, and the Hawaii Tourism Authority. 
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