Rep. John M. Mizuno, Chair

Rep. Tom Brower, Vice Chair


Rep. Della Au Belatti

Rep. Maile S.L. Shimabukuro

Rep. Joe Bertram, III

Rep. Ryan I. Yamane

Rep. Mele Carroll

Rep. Gene Ward

Rep. Scott Y. Nishimoto





Thursday, September 16, 2010


10:00 a.m.


Conference Room 325

State Capitol

415 South Beretania Street




Recent data confirms that teen pregnancy costs taxpayers $22 million annually in Hawaii. The purpose of this informational briefing is to review current state, federal, and private policy and programs to prevent teen pregnancy. Under the Department of Human Services, it is estimated that $20 million in Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) funds are used to prevent teen pregnancy. The briefing seeks to identify the role of the state in teen pregnancy prevention efforts.


The briefing will have keynote speakers Forrest Alton[i], the Director of the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen pregnancy & Judith Clark, Executive Director of the Hawaii Youth Services Network. The speakers will share promising practices from Hawaii and other states to prevent teen pregnancy, invest in youth, and save taxpayers costs associated with teen pregnancies.


The following organizations have also been invited to participate in this briefing:


Department of Human Services

Individuals and organizations working to prevent teen pregnancies

Agencies and faith based organizations which receive state funding for teen pregnancy prevention and youth programs and other related human services providers working with the state's youth.


If you require special assistance or auxiliary aids and/or services to participate in the informational briefing (i.e., sign language interpreter or wheelchair accessibility), please contact the Committee Clerk at 586-6050 to make a request for arrangements at least 24 hours prior to the briefing. Prompt requests help to ensure the availability of qualified individuals and appropriate accommodations.


For further information, please call the Committee Clerk at 586-6050.



Only testimony from people on the testifiers list will be accepted.


Persons on the testifiers list wishing to offer comments should submit testimony at least 24 hours prior to the hearing with a transmittal cover indicating:


    Testifier's name with position/title and organization;

    The Committee the comments are directed to;

    The date and time of the hearing;

    Measure number; and

    The number of copies the Committee is requesting. 


While every effort will be made to copy, organize, and collate all testimony received, materials received on the day of the hearing or improperly identified or directed to the incorrect office, may be distributed to the Committee after the hearing.


Submit testimony in ONE of the following ways:

PAPER: One copy (including an original) to Room 315 in the State Capitol;

FAX:     For comments less than 5 pages in length, transmit to 586-8524 (Oahu) or 1-800-535-3859 (Neighbor Islands); or

EMAIL: For comments less than 5 pages in length, transmit to


Testimony submitted will be placed on the Legislative Web site after the hearing adjourns.  This public posting of testimony on the Web site should be considered when including personal information in your testimony.







Rep. John M. Mizuno








Rep. Calvin K.Y. Say

Speaker of the House


[i] Forrest Alton, CEO of the South Carolina Campaign to prevent teen pregnancy was a Speaker at the 2010 National Conference for State Legislatures preconference preventing teen pregnancy forum and has been featured at forums by the National Campaign to prevent teen and unplanned pregnancy.