Testimony Needed for ‘Off-The-Grid’ Housing & Ho’okulaiwi Bills on March 14

Off-The-Grid Housing Bill to be Heard  3/14/12

SB2639, which removes barriers faced by DHHL to offering more vacant, infrastructure-free lots to beneficiaries, has been scheduled for hearing by the Hawaiian Affairs Committee (Chair, Rep. Faye Hanohano) on Wednesday, 3/14/12, at 8:45am in Rm 329.
The bill aims to provide a more affordable and “aina-based” option to those beneficiaries who desire this lifestyle.

Here is a link to the hearing notice and bill information:
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=2639

Testimony may be submitted to HAWtestimony@capitol.hawaii.gov

Ho’okulaiwi Bill to be Heard 3/14/12

On Mar 9, 2012, at 10:11 AM, Margaret Maaka <mjmaaka@gmail.com> wrote:

URGENT
Aloha mai kakou:

Our SB3071, SD2 (SSCR2783) (requesting appropriation to acquire faculty positions and operations monies for the University of Hawaii Hookulaiwi Center for Native Hawaiian and Indigenous Education to deliver critically needed teacher education/education programs to Hawaiian homestead communities of highest need—beginning with Molokai and Maui) is scheduled to be heard by the House Committee on Hawaiian Affairs.

DATE: Wednesday, March 14, 2012
TIME: 8:45 a.m.
ROOM: Conference Room 329

Please see below for sample testimony.

We need as many people as possible to send testimony. If you are able to attend the meeting, even better.

Mahalo,
Margie
Co-Chair, SCHHA Committee on Education
Director, Hoʻokulāiwi

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SAMPLE TESTIMONY

To: HAWtestimony@capitol.hawaii.gov

March 9, 2012

Aloha mai Representative Hanohano (Chair), Representative Lee (Vice Chair) and Members of the House Committee on Hawaiian Affairs

I write in very VERY STRONG SUPPORT of SB3071 to appropriate funds for three permanent positions and operating expenses for Hookulaiwi: Aha Hoonaauao Oiwi (the Center for Native Hawaiian and Indigenous Education) within the University of Hawaii.

In keeping with the educational priorities of the Sovereign Councils of the Hawaiian Homelands Assembly (SCHHA), the primary purpose for this appropriation is to acquire faculty positions and operations monies for the UHM Hookulaiwi in order to deliver critically needed teacher education/education programs in Hawaiian homestead communities of highest need—beginning with Molokai and Maui. The appropriation will also be used to support existing initiatives in Nanakuli/Waianae. The plan is to extend to other Hawaiian communities state-wide in the near future.

Please note that this is a Native Hawaiian community-driven bill. It has been introduced BY community, FOR community—in partnership with the University of Hawaii Hookulaiwi Center for Native Hawaiian and Indigenous Education. While Hookulaiwi is housed, in part, in the UHM College of Education, it is a Hawaiian community initiative in every sense of the word.

I believe our SCHHA/Hookulaiwi Partnership is the first step in bringing about systemic reform to public education in Hawaii that will provide enhanced educational opportunities for Native Hawaiians. That the community is central to this initiative—in the conceptualization, planning, implementation, and assessment—brings a “never-before-attempted” element to educational reform in Hawaii. Our goal is to make significant progress in addressing the critical need to prepare;

  • teachers for Hawaii DOE Title I schools with large numbers of Hawaiian children
  • teachers for the Hawaii DOE Hawaiian Language Immersion Program
  • teachers for Hawaiian charter schools, and
  • Native Hawaiian educational leaders in areas such as curriculum research, school administration, and teacher education through study at the master’s and doctoral levels.

Hawaiian children, particularly in homestead communities, deserve the best education possible–they are long overdue to receive this basic right! with this in mind, I ask that you give your VERY STRONGEST SUPPORT to our community-driven SB3071 by PASSING IT. MAHALO NUI.

Name:
Address:

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REGISTRATION TO SUBMIT TESTIMONY
Please register with the HI State Legislature: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov

As a registered user, you can
track your own personalized list of measures
get e-mail notifications for hearings on specific measures or for specific committees
submit online testimony more easily, since much of the information needed to send testimony through the website – date/time/place of hearing, etc.

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MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS
Should you wish to write to members of the committee and Speaker Say, please see below for their email addresses
rephanohano@Capitol.hawaii.gov
repclee@capitol.hawaii.gov
repmizuno@Capitol.hawaii.gov
reppine@Capitol.hawaii.gov
repbelatti@Capitol.hawaii.gov
repwooley@capitol.hawaii.gov
repjordan@Capitol.hawaii.gov
repyamane@Capitol.hawaii.gov
repmorikawa@capitol.hawaii.gov
repward@Capitol.hawaii.gov
repsay@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Here is a link to the bill status:
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=3071

PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD!

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