Friday, December 30, 2011
What are you doing New Year's Eve?
Whatever it may, we wish you a safe and wonderful holiday weekend with family and friends. We will see you in 2012, and look forward to sharing another Legislative Session with you all.
And just for kicks, enjoy the music!
|Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald|
|Associate Judge Daniel R. Foley|
Future dates include May 9, 2012, Windward Oahu, and November 14, 2012, Leeward/ Waianae Coast, locations and times to be determined. Info: (808) 586-9425
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Members of the House Finance Committee recently visited the the Office of Information Management and Technology (OIMT) and the Hawaii State Record Center. The entire day was spent learning about the department and a few of its divisions. In a previous post, we shared photos taken and information learned during a tour of the Kalanimoku building to view the solar panels installed on its roof.
Following that visit, lawmakers toured the OIMT, located in the basement of the Kalanimoku building, with Chief Information Officer Sanjeev "Sonny" Bhagowalia. He later presented a powerpoint to explain the divisions plans for transforming its resources and management practices. You can view reports and assessments here. Later, the group headed to the State Records Center, facility that stores inactive non-permanent paper records and security copies of microfilms and microfiche.
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
We're excited about expanding our team for the session. This is a great opportunity for someone who possesses good writing and computer skills, is adept at digital photography and social media, and who also has a passion for public affairs.
Interested in working with us? Send your resume, cover and brief (preferably one-page) writing sample via email to Assistant Communications Director, Thelma Dreyer at email@example.com.
We'll be reviewing the resumes and interviewing qualified candidates during the first week of January. Ideally, I'd like to have someone on board before Opening Day, January 18th.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Was da night bafo' Christmas, and all ova' da place,
Not even da geckos was showin' dere face.
Da stockings was hangin' on top da TV
(Cause no mo' fireplace in Hawai'i.)
Da kids stay all crashed, my old man too.
Dey leave all da work fo' you-know-who.
So me, I stay pickin' up all dea toys,
When - boom! - outside get only big noise!
I run to da window, I open 'em up.
I stick out my head and I yell, "Eh! Whassup?!"
And den, I no can ba-lieve what I seen!
Was so unreal, you know what I mean?
Dis fat haole guy get his reindeers in my yard!
And reindeer not housebroken, you know, as' why hard!
But, nemmind, dis Christmas. So, I cut 'em some slack.
Plus, had uku pile presents pokin' outta his sack!
So, I wait till he pau tie up his reindeer.
Den I yell out da window, "Huui! Brah, ova hea!"
An' I tell 'em first ting, when I open da door,
"Eh, hemo your shoes! You going dirty my floor!"
He take off his boots, he tell, "You know who I am?"
I go, "Ho! From da smell, must be Mr. Toe Jam!"
He make mempachi eyes and he go, "Ho, ho, ho!"
By now, I stay thinking dis guy kinda slow!"
He look like my Tutu, but little less weight.
And his beard stay so white, mo' white than shark bait!
He stay all in red, specially his nose,
And get reindeer spit on top his nice clothes!
But him he no care; he just smile at me,
And he start fo' put presents unda-neat da tree.
I tell 'em, "Eh, brah, no need make li' dat.
And watch were you step! You going ma-ke da cat!
Den, out from his bag, he pull one brand new computah,
Choke video games, and one motorized scootah!
He try for fill up da Christmas socks too,
But had so much pukas, all da stuff went fall troo!
When he pau, I tell 'em, "Eh Santa, try wait!
I get plenny leftovahs, I go make you one plate!"
But, he nevah like hang, he had so much fo' do.
Gotta make all dem small kids' wishes come true.
So I wave 'em goodbye, and I flash 'em da shaka,
And I tell 'em, "Mele Kalikimaka!"
When he hear dat, he stop...and I tellin' you true.
He go, "Garans, ball-barans! Merry Christmas to you!"
Monday, December 19, 2011
Photo: Kaupuni Park, Waianae Valley Homestead project. Office of Rep. Jo Jordan
Rep. Jo Jordan's recent Waianae Town Hall meeting, held on December 7th, will air on Olelo this week and next.. If you were unable to attend in person, catch the latest on the following dates/times:
*TONIGHT, Monday December 19th at 8:00 p.m.on VIEW Channel 54
*Wednesday, December 28th at 10:30 p.m. on FOCUS Channel 49
*Thursday, December 29th at 4:00 p.m. on FOCUS Channel 49
*Saturday, December 31st at 3:00 p.m. on VIEW Channel 54
Friday, December 16, 2011
The show airs on Olelo, Channel 54, Monday, December 19th at 1:00 p.m. and repeats on December 26th at 1:00 p.m.
Rep. Yamane represents District 37 - Waipio Gentry, Mililani. In addition to being Health Chair, Rep. Yamane is Vice Chair of the Commerce and Consumer Protection Committee. He has a background in social work and he obtained Master's degrees in both Social Work and Business. He has been in office for 7 years and was elected for the first time in the 2004 election.
The legislators go into some detail on how bills are considered for hearing and the time constraints they face. They also discuss new ways through which constituents can participate in the legislative process without having to physically come down to the state capitol.
The issues that come through the Health Committee affect almost everyone in the state. The range includes hospitals, health insurance, health epidemics, food safety, vector control, There is a certain amount of overlap with the Committee on Human Services, such as the area of medicaid.
Specific to the Waianae coast, Rep. Jordan's district, the Health Chair talks about the importance of community centers such as the Waianae Comprehensive Center. It is one of the few in the state that has a emergency room to service the residents due to the fact that Waianae is in a relatively isolated area with a single road for egress and ingress.
Rep. Yamane can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and by phone at 586-6150. Rep. Jordan can be reached by email at email@example.com and by phone at 586-8460.
Thursday, December 15, 2011
The site visits allow lawmakers to see firsthand the projects and initiatives funded (or not funded) by the state budget, and to meet and talk with departmental personnel and officials about what has been done, what needs to be done, and what the legislature can expect next session in funding requests.
On the morning of the first day I met with lawmakers and DAGS personnel at the Kalanimoku building where we were given a tour of the photovoltaic panels on the building rooftop. The installation of the 1,005 solar photovoltaic panels was completed in July 2011 as part of the State’s efforts to lead by example and lower Hawaii’s dependency on foreign oil. This project is part of the State’s Clean Energy Initiative.
An energy kiosk has been installed in the entry lobby of the building where the public can view a display of “real-time” and “historical energy usage” and snapshots of “carbon footprint data” demonstrating the PV system performance.
FACTS:The House Finance Committee is headed by chair Marcus Oshiro and co-chair Marilyn Lee. Members includeReps Chris Lee, Derek S.K. Kawakami , Pono Chong, Dee Morikawa, Isaac W. Choy, James Kunane Tokioka, Ty Cullen, Kyle T. Yamashita, Sharon E. Har, Barbara C. Marumoto, Mark J. Hashem, Gil Riviere, Linda Ichiyama, Gene Ward, and Jo Jordan.
The project is part of the $33.9 million Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC) project awarded by DAGS in 2009 to improve the energy efficiency for 10 office buildings, located in the downtown State Capital District, with high annual utility bills. The other buildings are the State Capitol, Kalanimoku, Ke‘elikolani, Kekauluohi (State Archives), Kekaunaoa, Keoni Ana, Kinau Hale, Queen Lili‘uokalani, No. 1 Capitol District, and Leiopapa-a-Kamehameha.
Construction started in August 2010 and the PV system has been producing power since January 2011.
The project was funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), the $2.9 million solar installation is an educational / demonstration project reviewed by the U.S. Department of Energy.
$70-80,0000 dollars energy savings per year.
200kW (AC) of photovoltaic (PV) solar capacity produces approximately 296,849 kilowatt hours (kWh) in its first year, the equivalent of powering 40 residences in Hawai’i for one year.
Over 20 years the 200 kW of PV solar capacity will produce an estimated 5,377, 911 kWh, the equivalent of powering 726 residences in Hawai’i for one year.
Rooftop mounting is provided by a fully ballasted PV panel mounting system with no roof penetrations to anchor PV panels.
In one full year of production, 200 kW (AC) of PV solar power offsets 506, 689 ;bs of carbon dioxide equivalents. This is the equivalent of taking 83 cars off the road for one year.
Monday, December 12, 2011
He is a familiar face at the State Capitol, usually jolly, and always passionate about his favorite subject: space. Jim Crisafulli is the director of the Office of Aerospace Development, and he is Rep. Marilyn Lee's guest on the next episode of "Kukui Connection".
Friday, December 9, 2011
Thursday, December 8, 2011
The group is traveling to areas across Israel, including Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, the Northern Border, the Dead Sea, and Sderot. They will attend sessions on economic development and absorption and integration of immigrant and minority communities, and how high tech initiatives foster effective co-existence between Arabs and Jews.
Project Interchange State Elected Officials Release
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Monday, December 5, 2011
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Speaker of the House Calvin K.Y. Say announced today he appointed C.J. Leong as the House of Representatives Chief Clerk, replacing Patricia Mau-Shimizu upon her retirement.
House Chief Clerk: Leong has served in the House for over 25 years. Most recently, she was the Director of the House Majority Staff Office. Prior to that, she served for 16 years as the Assistant Chief Clerk and nine years with the House Finance Committee. She has a degree in Business Management from the University of Maryland and is a U.S. Army veteran.
House Majority Staff Office: Speaker Say also announced the appointment of Joan Yamaguchi as the new Director and Rebecca L. Anderson as the Assistant Director of the House Majority Staff Office.
Joan Yamaguchi is an attorney who has worked at the legislature for over 10 years in various capacities. Prior to her appointment as Director, she served as the Assistant Director at the House Majority Staff Office. She also worked for the Hawaii Insurance Commissioner, and as Chief Legal Counsel for and Administrative Director of the Public Utilities Commission. Yamaguchi has a law degree from Southern Methodist University.
Rebecca Anderson joined the House Majority Staff Office this past year after serving in the Senate Majority Research Office for several years. Prior to working at the legislature, Anderson focused on the areas of nonprofit management and issue advocacy in both Hawaii and Texas. In Hawaii, she worked with homeless clients at the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii, and managed activities at the federally-fund Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Homeless Holistic Legal Services Program. She holds a law degree from the William S. Richardson School of Law and a bachelor's degree from Rhodes College.
The three appointments are effective December 1, 2011.