Waikapu—U.S. Senator Brian Schatz will address a public forum hosted by the Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, August 13th, 5:30 – 8:00 P.M. at Maui Tropical Plantation. Senator Schatz will share news from Washington on issues impacting business people and indigenous Hawaiians. RSVP is required. Dinner is $25 for non-members.
Senator Schatz serves on three Senate Committees essential to the future of Hawaii:
The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation is a standing committee overseeing the Coast Guard and coastal zone management, transportation, communications and highway safety, marine and ocean navigation, marine fisheries, nonmilitary space sciences, and regulation of interstate common carriers including ships and civil aviation.
The U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources oversees very important legislation for energy development, conservation and regulation, Hawaiian Home Lands, public lands and their renewable resources, federal resources leasing, and all territories, insular possessions and water resources.
The U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs studies and reports to the senate all issues pertaining to problems and opportunities of Indians, including land management and trust responsibilities, education, health, special services, loan programs and Indian claims against the United States.
Before being sworn into office as United States Senator, Brian Schatz transformed the Office of Lieutenant Governor into a flexible and dynamic force for the State of Hawaii’s economic turnaround:
• Facilitated Hawai’i’s hosting the 2011 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum and served as State lead representative creating consensus for economic and educational agreements with Asian governments.
• Created collaborative leadership for Hawaii’s Clean Energy Initiative, which surpassed its 2013 renewable energy goals.
• Initiated the Hawaii Fair Share Initiative to identify and bring in added external funding resources that would ensure economic recovery in Hawaii.
From 1998 to 2006, Schatz was State House of Representative for the 25th District and served as House Majority Whip. From 1990 to 1998 he was CEO of Helping Hands, Hawaii, one of Hawaii’s largest non-profit community social services organizations.
Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce hosts public educational events as their mission to the Maui business community: to promote and sustain our Hawaiian culture, nurturing a strong community of Hawaiian Values and to enhance opportunities for success in business and education. Anyone who shares this vision may join the Native Hawaiian Chamber, regardless of heritage. A full-day business conference, Hui Holomua Business Fest, will be held Friday, December 6th at The Grand Wailea Resort. For further information please visit www.mauinativechamber.org
To attend the August 13th Public Forum with Senator Brian Schatz, RSVP by Friday, August 9th to Kai Pelayo, 874-2426; email: Kai.Pelayo@grandwailea.com. For further information, interview or coverage requests, call Kama’ema’e Smith, 268-0787.