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                WHEREAS, the future of our State and country depends upon the students of today, for they are the future leaders of the community and should be supported in their everyday endeavors; and


     WHEREAS, the Hawaii: Next 50 Contest is inspired by former Governor George Ariyoshi's book, "Hawaii: The Past Fifty Years, The Next Fifty Years," which looks into our islands' history as a State and prompts the next generation to think about what can be done to keep Hawaii moving forward in the next century; and


     WHEREAS, the Hawaii State Plan, developed by Governor Ariyoshi, contained a number of long-range policies regarding Hawaii's future development, with the contributions and ideas from concerned citizens being essential in the planning process; and


     WHEREAS, this contest is intended to encourage our youth to take ownership of their future, to take an active role in shaping their communities, and to voice their opinion on the direction that the State of Hawaii must take to make it the best place it can be, showing others that their opinions matter and their voices are being heard; and


     WHEREAS, the Hawaii: Next 50 Contest, sponsored by the Hawaii State House of Representatives, Chamber of Commerce Hawaii, Sultan Ventures, aio Foundation, and the Hawaii Crop Improvement Association, asks the students of Hawaii: "Looking ahead to the next 50 years, imagine how we can use current technology or future technology to create more affordable housing, achieve food sustainability, or promote new and innovative industries?"; and

     WHEREAS, over 200 students from grades four to twelve sent submissions to the Hawaii: Next 50 Contest, touching on topics such as reducing the cost of living and promoting affordable housing, building self-sufficient architecture, establishing clean agricultural practices, applying biotechnology to farming, and harnessing renewable energy sources; and


     WHEREAS, the submissions of the Hawaii: Next 50 Contest winners, Eliana Sueoka of Aina Haina Elementary School, Kye Steele of King Intermediate School, Robert Dempsey of Kealakehe High School, Kershylle Alivio of Maemae Elementary School, Remy Kubota of Highlands Intermediate School, and Aiyana Bennion of Kahuku High School, best embody the spirit of the Hawaii: Next 50 Contest in proposing solutions to the problems that Hawaii faces today and imagining a path for Hawaii's future in the next 50 years; now, therefore,


     BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the Twenty-ninth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 2017, that this body hereby congratulates the winners of the Hawaii: Next 50 Contest, and expresses to them its deep appreciation for coming up with creative solutions to keep Hawaii moving forward and make it the best place to live and work for the next 50 years and beyond. 









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Congratulating the Winners of the Hawaii: Next 50 Contest.