Honolulu, Hawaii
                                                   , 1999

                                 RE: H.B. No. 152
                                     H.D. 1

Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say
Speaker, House of Representatives
Twentieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 1999
State of Hawaii


     Your Committee on Higher Education, to which was referred
H.B. No. 152 entitled: 


begs leave to report as follows:

     The purpose of this bill is to appropriate unspecified
amounts for the development of programs by the East-West Center
in partnership with the University of Hawaii that will focus on
the economic growth and integration of the Asia-Pacific region.

     Testimony in support of the bill was submitted by the East-
West Center.  The University of Hawaii at Manoa submitted
testimony in support of the intent of the bill.

     Your Committee finds that the East-West Center and the
University of Hawaii are two of the most prestigious and
influential institutions of higher education in the state.  They
complement each other in many ways, and a closer relationship
between them can be used to benefit Hawaii and the entire Pacific

     The Governor in his state-of-the-state speech on January 25,
1999, spoke of his vision of making Hawaii the "Education Center
of the Pacific."  This bill plants seeds that can make his vision
a reality.

                                 STAND. COM. REP. NO. 47
                                 Page 2

     The bill has been amended by:

     (1)  Inserting the sum of $50,000 as the amount appropriated
          for each year of the fiscal biennium; and

     (2)  Revising the findings and purpose section of the bill
          to recognize the remarks of the Governor.

     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your
Committee on Higher Education that is attached to this report,
your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B.
No. 152, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second
Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 152, H.D. 1, and
be referred to the Committee on Finance.

                                   Respectfully submitted on
                                   behalf of the members of the
                                   Committee on Higher Education,

                                   DAVID MORIHARA, Chair