Legislative Alert – IVF Bill (SB768) Scheduled for Senate Decision Hearing: Monday, March 2, 2015

Legislation introduced by Senator Shimabukuro has been scheduled for a decision hearing before the Senate Committee on Ways and Means.

Monday, March 2, 2015, 1:00 p.m.
Hawaii State Capitol, Conference Room 211
415 South Beretania Street

SB768 provides insurance coverage equality for women who are diagnosed with infertility by making available to them expanded treatment options, ensuring adequate and affordable health care services.

For more information on SB768, including bill text and to submit testimony, click here for bill status.

The deadline to submit testimony is Sunday, March 1, 2015, at 1:00 p.m.

Although late testimony may be submitted on the day of the hearing, any testimony submitted less than 24 hours prior should also be printed and sent to the WAM chair as a hard copy. In-person testimony will not be accepted at the public hearing.

U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Public Meeting scheduled for Thursday, March 5, 2015

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Thursday, March 5, 2015, 6:30 p.m.
Waianae High School cafetorium
85-251 Farrington Hwy

Waianae Intermediate School Junior Achievement students Visit the Capitol on February 2, 2015

Junior Achievement students from Waianae Intermediate School shadowed Sen. Shimabukuro for a day. From left to right, Keala Judd, Sen. Shimabukuro, and Nanea Meyers.

Junior Achievement students from Waianae Intermediate School shadowed Sen. Shimabukuro for a day. From left to right, Keala Judd, Sen. Shimabukuro, and Nanea Meyers.

High School students shadow elected officials at the Hawaii State Capitol

{Click to enlarge} YES program participants with elected officials.  Elected officials from left to right, Sen. Gabbard, Sen. Kahele, Sen. Nishihara, Sen. Riviere,  Sen. Thielen, Sen. Galuteria, Sen. Wakai, and Sen. Inouye.

{Click to enlarge} YES program participants with elected officials. Elected officials from left to right, Sen. Gabbard, Sen. Kahele, Sen. Nishihara, Sen. Shimabukuro, Sen. Riviere, Sen. Galuteria, Sen. Thielen,  Sen. Wakai, and Sen. Inouye.

Sen. Thielen

{Click to enlarge} From left to right, Stacy Garcia, Sen. Shimabukuro , Verencya Oktaviani, Colleen Teramae, and Lopaka Baptiste take a photon the Senate floor

{Click to enlarge} From left to right, Stacy Garcia, Sen. Shimabukuro , Verencya Oktaviani, Colleen Teramae, and Lopaka Baptiste take a photo the Senate floor.

On January 23, 2015, Maui High School student Verencya Oktaviani, age 17 was selected to shadow Senator Shimabukuro for a day at the state capitol.

Verencya was one of many participants with the International Hospitality Center’s Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange & Study (YES) Program. The program advances mutual understanding of the United States and countries with significant Muslim populations by bringing students (ages 15-17) to the U.S. to study at a high school and live with a volunteer American host family for up to one year.

International Hospitality Center, founded in 1976, has been honored to receive U.S. Department of State Grantees on the high school level for the past 12 years.

Verencya would like to study astronomy, journalism, or culinary arts.

“As a kid, I was taught that I could be whoever I wanted to be. I used to say I’d teach kindergarten kids, since I love kids. As I grew, I realized how fun it is to make up story plots. That was how I got the idea of being a professional writer. My other passion is astronomy. My plan is to pursue my passion for astronomy in college and then becoming an astronomer – a researcher or a teacher.”

“During my career, I plan on publishing my novels. When I retire I [want to] open a cafe or restaurant that will become a family business. It’s always been my dream to experience an American life. Since Iam in love with culinary, Iwant to know what kind of foods Americans [eat]. I want to learn their culture and introduce my own.”

Waianae Free Pop-Up Legal Clinic on March 11, 2015

Flyer to Public 4.11.2015 Waianae NLC

Legislative Alert – Hawaiian Immersion Language Program Bill (SB778) Scheduled for Senate Decision Hearing: Monday, March 2, 2015

Legislation introduced by Senator Shimabukuro has been scheduled for a decision hearing before the Senate Committee on Ways and Means.

Monday, March 2, 2015, 9:00 a.m.
Hawaii State Capitol, Conference Room 211
415 South Beretania Street

SB778 Requires and appropriates funds for the department of education to develop an assessment of established statewide performance standards for students in the kaiapuni program. Requires reports to the legislature.

For more information on SB778, including bill text and to submit testimony, click here for bill status.

The deadline to submit testimony is Sunday, March 1, 2015, at 9:00 a.m.

Although late testimony may be submitted on the day of the hearing, any testimony submitted less than 24 hours prior should also be printed and sent to the WAM chair as a hard copy. In-person testimony will not be accepted at the public hearing.

Waianae Hawaiian Civic Club Scholarships for the 2015-2016 School Year

The Wai`anae Hawaiian Civic Club has six scholarship awards for 2015-2016. Each scholarship is for $500 and recipients can receive only one award per school year.

Applicants must :

*be of Hawaiian ancestry and

*have a GPA of 2.5  or better for a graduating high school senior

*3.0 or better, for a current college student.

Preference will be given to applicants who are members in good standing with the WHCC.

Scholarships are in  areas such as Hawaiian studies, health, and technical/vocational programs. Applications and scholarships packets are at Wai`anae Library and Wai`anae Leeward College, or call : 389-0129.

Postmarked deadline is Monday April 20th.

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