Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Accepting Service Academy Nominations Until Oct. 31

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard announced today that she is currently accepting nomination request letters from individuals in Hawai‘i’s Second Congressional District to the U.S. Service Academies for the classes entering in the summer of 2017. Applicants can request a nomination form here. The deadline for completed files is October 31, 2016.

hayden-and-tulsi-squatting“Each year, I have the honor of nominating Hawai‘i’s best and brightest to attend our nation’s prestigious Service Academies,” said Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard. “There is no greater privilege than to serve our country in uniform, and I encourage anyone in the Second Congressional District who is qualified and interested to submit their application for a nomination.”

The Service Academies include:

  • Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
  • Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md.
  • West Point Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.
  • Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, N.Y.

Coast Guard Academy admissions are based on a nationwide competition and do not require Congressional nominations.

Potential candidates must have reached their 17th birthday and not passed their 23rd birthday on July 1 of the year they would enter the academy; be a U.S. citizen; have graduated from high school; be unmarried; have taken the ACT and/or SAT; and meet the stringent entrance requirements of their preferred academy. Answers to other frequently asked questions are available here: FAQ.

Although formal nominations will not be made until 2017, all applications are due by October 31, 2016. Applications can be submitted to:

Ryan Joslin, Office of Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, 300 Ala Moana Blvd., Room 5-104, Honolulu, HI 96850

Constituents may also call the congresswoman’s Hawaiʻi office at (808) 541-1986 for additional information.

Hawaii Senate to Hold Special Session to Consider and Confirm Judicial Appointments

A Special Session of the Hawai‘i State Senate will be held from September 13, 2016 through September 14, 2016 to confirm two judicial appointments, one for the District Family Court of the Third Circuit – Hawai‘i Island and one for the District Court of the Fifth Circuit – Kaua‘i

Dakota K.M. Frenz

Dakota K.M. Frenz

On September 2, 2016, Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald appointed Dakota K.M. Frenz to the District Family Court of the Third Circuit and Michael K. Soong to the District Court of the Fifth Circuit. To fill the District Court vacancies, the Chief Justice of the Hawai‘i State Supreme Court selects an appointee from a list of not less than six nominees submitted by the Judicial Selection Committee.

Pursuant to Hawai‘i State Constitution, Article IV, Section 3, the Senate has 30 days from the date of the appointment to consider and confirm the judgeships. Therefore, the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor will hold a hearing on the appointments on Monday, September 12, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. in Conference Room 325. The Senate will convene for the first day of the Special Session at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 in the State Capitol Auditorium. The second-day of Session is scheduled begin at 11:00 a.m. and adjourn following action by the full Senate on Wednesday, September 14, 2016.