Wednesday, November 15, 2017

STUDENTS STATEWIDE TO TAKE A READ ON THE PULSE OF THE ISLANDS FOR A HEALTHIER HAWAII



The fourth annual Hawaii: Next 50 Contest focuses on health and wellness in the next 50 years

 
This year the Hawaii: Next 50 Contest asks students “What can we do to promote the healthy Hawaii we want to see in the next 50 years?” The students are being guided to think about the physical, mental, or environmental health issues that matter most to them and their community and to propose some creative and innovative solutions to promote a healthier Hawaii.
All students in grades 4 – 12 are eligible to submit their  essays or multimedia presentations  between  now and January 31, 2018.  The winning entries will be announce in March 2018. The students will be honored on the floor of the Hawaii State House of Representatives, attend a luncheon with key legislators, and receive a monetary prize.
The Hawaii: Next 50 Contest is inspired by former Governor George Ariyoshi's book, Hawaii: The Past Fifty Years, The Next Fifty Years, and students will read the book before launching their own ideas for Hawaii’s future. Free copies of the book can be requested online at www.HawaiiNext50.com.
The contest is a collaboration of the Hawaii State House of Representatives, Hawaii Future Caucus, and aio Foundation. More information can be found online at www.HawaiiNext50.com or email HawaiiNext50@gmail.com.


Hawaii: Next 50 Contest

WHO:             Students enrolled in grades 4 – 12 are eligible to enter.

WHAT:          Students are asked to read Hawai‘i: The Past Fifty Years, The Next Fifty Years and respond to the question "What can we do to promote the healthy Hawai‘i we want to see in the next 50 years?" Submissions will be accepted in two categories: essay and visual arts (poster, videos and multimedia). 

WHEN:          All entries must be submitted by January 31, 2018. Winners to be announced in March 2018.

WHY:             To challenge the up-and-coming generation to become stakeholders in shaping our future by asking them to consider how individuals and the State as a whole can make meaningful contributions for Hawai‘i.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES HONORED TO HOST FRENCH LEGION OF HONOR PRESENTATION TO WORLD WAR II 442ND VETERANS




Rep. Mark M. Nakashima (from left), Futao Terashima, Vice Speaker Della Au Belatti, Dale Tateishi holding a photo of his father Tetsuo Tateishi, Harold Zenyei Afuso, and Rep. Scott Y. Nishimoto.


The Hawaii House of Representatives was honored today to host the presentation of the French Legion of Honor decoration to three Nisei veterans of US Army’s 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team for their service during World War II.

The veterans: Harold Aenyei Afuso, 442nd RCT, 2nd Battalion, H Company; Tetsuo Tateishi (posthumously) 442nd RCT, 100th Battalion, A Company; and Futao Terashima, 442nd RCT, 3rd Battalion, I Company; were presented their medals by Guillaume Manan, Honorary Consul of France in Hawaii.

“The House of Representatives and Speaker Scott K. Saiki are so happy that our chamber could serve as the venue to honor these brave men,” said Vice Speaker Della Au Belatti. “The Legion of Honor is France’s highest award and it recognizes the bravery and sacrifice that these men made to protect the freedoms that we enjoy today.”

The 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team was comprised of Japanese Americans, most of them from Hawaii. The men volunteered and fought in Europe during the war, becoming the most highly decorated unit in the history of the United States for its size and length of service.

Representatives Scott Y. Nishimoto and Mark M. Nakashima also attended the event and presented lei to the honorees.