HONOLULU – Gov. Neil Abercrombie today announced the following appointments: Grant Y.M. Chun to the Board of Education (BOE); Doreen Napua Gomes to the Hawaiian Homes Commission; Aaron D. Mahi to the Land Use Commission (LUC); and Brian T. Tamamoto to the Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA), Kakaako District. The interim appointments are effective immediately and subject to state Senate approval.
“These individuals represent a cross-section of Hawaii residents’ diverse backgrounds, offering vital perspectives, input and leadership to the future of Hawaii,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “Good government depends on individuals getting involved and taking responsibility as leaders to work collaboratively toward solutions, and I am confident in their ability to do so on behalf of the people of Hawaii.”
Grant Y.M. Chun, a resident of Wailuku, will represent Maui on the BOE. Chun is currently vice president of A&B Properties Inc. and the former managing director of the County of Maui. He is a practicing attorney and
brings a strong background in administration and law to the position. Active in the community, Chun serves on the board of directors for A Keiki’s Dream, Alexander and Baldwin Foundation, Maui Chinese Cultural
Society, Maui Economic Development Board, and Maui Economic Opportunity, as well as on the executive board of the Boy Scouts of American Maui County Council, on the Maui Regional Board of the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation, and on the Chancellor’s Advisory Council for UH Maui College. He is also a life member of the Maui Young Business Roundtable. Chun earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and public relations from the University of Southern California. He also holds a law degree from the University of California Hastings College of the Law.
Doreen Napua Gomes, a resident of Kula, assumes the Maui seat on the Hawaiian Homes Commission. Employed by Palekana Permits since 2009, Gomes was previously a Health Unit Assistant at Kula Hospital. She is president-elect of the Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce, serves as a commissioner for the County of Maui Department of Fire and Public Safety, and is a member of the Ahahui Kaahumanu Society. Gomes also served as director of Hui No Ke Ola Pono Inc. from 2009 to 2011 and on the Maui Police Department Commission from 2005 to 2010. In addition, Gomes is an advocate for the American Cancer Society and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and she has been a Maui County Health Volunteer since 2007. Gomes earned an associate’s degree in general studies from the University of Phoenix.
Aaron D. Mahi, a resident of Honolulu, fills the LUC Hawaiian Specialist seat. Mahi has worked as a cultural consultant for the Malama Aina Foundation since 2011 and as an assistant cultural specialist for the Partners in Development Foundation since 2009. From 2005 to 2009, he served as chief manager of the Ka Waihona Mele Noeau, a division of the Abigail K.K. Kawananakoa Foundation, for the collection, research and preservation of Hawaiian music, literature and oral history as part of the establishment of a Hawaiian culture repository. From 1981 to 2005, he directed the Royal Hawaiian Band as bandmaster. Mahi is a past district
representative on the Oahu Island Burial Council and is first vice president of the Koolaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club board. Mahi earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Hartford in Connecticut and attended the University of Loma Linda for orchestral conducting.
Brian T. Tamamoto of Honolulu brings to the HCDA more than 24 years of experience in labor relations, business operations, and development. He is currently the executive vice president of Resort Holdings LLC, a subsidiary of Kobayashi Group. Previously, he worked as director of labor relations for Hawaiian Telcom, as managing director for Human Resources Solutions, and as director of human resources/labor relations for Aloha Airlines. Tamamoto has served as the Hawaii president of the Society for Human Resource Management, chair of the Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii, and as a commissioner for the State Foundation on the Culture and Arts. He also volunteers for River of Life Mission?s homelessness program. Tamamoto earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Hawaii.
The Office of the Governor oversees more than 180 boards and commissions established by the state constitution, statutes or executive orders.
HONOLULU – The State House of Representatives voted tonight to pass SB1
HD1 Relating to Equal Rights.
Gov. Abercrombie stated:
“I commend the House of Representatives for taking this historic vote to
move justice and equality forward.
“After more than 50 hours of public testimony from thousands of testifiers
on both sides of the issue, evaluating dozens of amendments, and
deliberating procedures through hours of floor debates, the House passed
this significant bill, which directly creates a balance between marriage
equity for same-sex couples and protects our First Amendment freedoms for religious organizations.
“I applaud Speaker Souki, Judiciary Chair Rhoads, Finance Chair Luke,
Majority Leader Saiki and the rest of the leadership team for their
patience, fairness and hard work in shepherding this bill through the
“I am confident that the Senate will address the bill in the same spirit.
I look forward to a successful conclusion to this major step in affirming
everyone?s civil rights.”
HONOLULU – Gov. Neil Abercrombie today announced the release of more than $12.7 million for capital improvement projects (CIPs) ranging from priority work at state health centers and correctional facilities, to upgrades for Hawaii’s statewide data network. Some of those funds will go to upgrading the facilities at the Maui District Health Office and ther Wailuku District Health Office.
“These projects will provide an immediate return in terms of jobs and boosting our economy, while delivering long-term benefits by improving our facilities and data network infrastructure,” Gov. Abercrombie said.
Allotment of funds for the following priority projects, identified by members of the state Legislature, has been approved by the Governor:
$9,423,000 – Department of Health Waimano Ridge Buildings and Site Improvements, Oahu – Design and construction to convert the former hospital and buildings at Waimano Ridge into office space for staff displaced from the Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) Building and Ala Moana Health Center (The AAFES building was recently transferred to OHA, and DOH intends to transfer 325 employees from the Environmental Health Administration – 260 from AAFES and 65 from the Ala Moana Health Center – to various facilities at Waimano Ridge and the Halawa Vector Control facility).
$364,000 – Department of Health Facilities, statewide – Additional design for health and safety improvement projects at various DOH facilities, including Lihue Health Center on Kauai; Diamond Head, Lanakila, Leeward Health, and Windward Health Centers on Oahu; Maui District Health Office and Wailuku Health Center on Maui; and Hilo Counseling Center and Keawe Health Center on Hawaii Island.
$1,000,000 – Oahu Community Correctional Center (OCCC), Oahu – Removal and replacement of refrigerated and frozen food storage facilities in OCCC’s main kitchen area (Due to normal wear and tear, the customized refrigeration boxes need to be rebuilt, and refrigeration systems need to be replaced).
$369,000 – Waiawa Correctional Facility, Oahu – Design and construction to replace malfunctioning boiler systems at the KASHBOX buildings (KASHBOX, which stands for Knowledge, Attitudes, Skills, Habits, Behaviors, Opinions, and the X – or unknown factor, is a substance abuse treatment program that occupies 240 of the facility’s 334 beds).
$650,000 – Kulani Correctional Facility, Hawaii Island – Reconstructing the controlled entryway/detention recreation yard, replacing the existing furnace for the detention cells, relocating the dental office, and various electrical upgrades (The renovations and improvements are needed to ensure the facility is suitable for a projected 200 inmates and that current code requirements are met; the facility was formerly occupied by the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Academy).
$386,544 – Financial Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) System, statewide – Design, development and implementation of a network infrastructure to support the additional data traffic flows, capacity, security and redundancy required to improve the state’s information technology environment.
$246,942 – Financial Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) System, statewide – Planning to explore available options for a public-private partnership alternative that could reduce the upfront costs and time required to acquire the new state data centers.
$200,000 – Kalanimoku Building Data Center Optimization and Energy Efficiency, Oahu – Planning for the data center optimization and energy efficiency improvement project (The project will optimize the functionality and increase energy efficiency within the Information and Communications Services Division facility).
$109,650 – Aiea Public Library, Oahu – Additional construction for a replacement facility for the library on the site of the former Aiea Sugar Mill (The library serves the Aiea, Halawa, Waiau, Pearlridge , Newtown, and Royal Summit communities).
HONOLULU ? After reviewing 293 measures passed by the 2013 Hawaii State Legislature, Gov. Neil Abercrombie today notified legislators of his intent to veto nine bills.
As required by the State of Hawaii Constitution, the Governor must provide 10 working days? notice for any measures that he may veto by July 9, 2013. As such, these bills are still under consideration and further review.
“I greatly respect the legislative process and the work of individual legislators in forming public policy,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “This past session resulted in meaningful measures that will ultimately benefit the people of Hawaii. However, there may be difficulty in implementing some of these bills as they are currently written, and there are other measures that require further consideration.”
The following bills are on the Governor’s intent-to-veto notice:
· HB763 (Relating to the State Building Code)
· SB1265 (Relating to Contracts)
· HB619 (Relating to Feral Birds)
· HB988 (Relating to Native Wildlife)
· HB424 (Relating to Timeshare Conveyances)
· HB654 (Relating to Nursing)
· HB1130 (Relating to the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation)
· SB3 (Relating to the Office of Hawaiian Affairs)
· SB68 (Relating to Sentencing)
Most of these bills are potentially objectionable because of concerns, raised by state departments or agencies, reflected in testimonies provided during the hearing process. The purpose of the notice is to allow sufficient time for the Governor to give additional consideration, have further discussions and inquiries, and conduct deeper analysis before he makes his final decision.
In addition, the Governor notified the Legislature of his plan to line-item veto SB909 (Relating to Making Appropriations for Collective Bargaining Cost Items). Specifically, the Governor will use his line-item authority to veto the funding of the bill associated with the rejected Bargaining Unit 13 settlement offer.
To date, Gov. Abercrombie has signed more than 172 measures into law. The Governor continues to review legislative bills that he must either veto or sign into law by July 9, 2013, or allow them to become law without his signature.
HONOLULU – Gov. Neil Abercrombie released a statement late Friday regarding the Hawaii State Legislature passing SB 1093 CD1, which establishes the school readiness program within the Early Learning System. This legislation builds upon the existing Preschool Open Doors, a Department of Human Services program that already provides some services for our young children.
Gov. Abercrombie stated: “This is a great start. I am very pleased that Senate Bill 1093 has passed and I’m grateful to our legislators for recognizing this important step for the future of our keiki.
“The State of Hawaii can now demonstrate its commitment to preparing our youth by ensuring that high quality childcare and early education will be available, accessible and affordable.
“The priority will be to serve the low-income and some middle income families. We are pleased that the amount provided by the Legislature will allow us to serve the children with the highest need, those most at risk of not attending a preschool program.”
Gov. Neil Abercrombie has invited the Maui community to meet members of his Cabinet and share information vital to the Valley Isle. The event will include breakout sessions focused on areas of greatest importance to the people of Maui, as identified by Maui legislators and community members.
“Governor’s Cabinet in Your Community” on Maui
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
UH Maui College, Ike Lea Auditorium
Gov. Neil Abercrombie
Department of Agriculture Chairperson Russell Kokubun
Budget Director Kalbert Young
State Energy Administrator Mark Glick
Department of Hawaiian Home Lands Chairperson Jobie Masagatani
Department of Health Director Loretta Fuddy and Deputy Director
(Environmental Health Administration) Gary Gill
Department of Land and Natural Resources Chairperson William J. Aila, Jr.
Department of Transportation Director Glenn Okimoto, Deputy Director
(Airports) Ford Fuchigami, and Deputy Director (Harbors) Randy Grune
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