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Public Meeting on Proposed Big Island Critical Habitat Tomorrow

On Wednesday, August 7, 2013, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be holding a second public informational meeting on a proposal to designate nearly 19,000 acres of land on the Big Island as critical habitat. The meeting is scheduled to take place from 3-5pm at the West Hawaii Civic Center – Community Meeting Hale, Building G in Kailua-Kona.

Mezoneuron Kavaiense. Photo credit: C. Harrington/USFWS

Mezoneuron Kavaiense. Photo credit: C. Harrington/USFWS

“As a member of the House Committee on Natural Resources, I am pleased we were able to work with USFWS to give Big Island residents and stakeholders another opportunity to provide input about this proposal and raise any unanswered questions,” said U.S. Representative Colleen Hanabusa. “I will continue to follow these discussions as we work towards a compromise that properly protects our native species and supports our communities.”

USFWS also reopened the public comment period until September 3, 2013.

On the Big Island, USFWS has proposed designating approximately 18,766 acres of land as critical habitat for three endangered plant species. More than 1/3 of the proposed lands are in private ownership and about 12,000 acres are owned by the State of Hawaii. A public meeting was held on May 15, 2013, but interested parties were left with unanswered questions and concerns.

 

Public Comment Period Reopened on Proposal to Designate Critical Habitat for Three Plant Species on Hawai‘i Island

U.S. Representative Colleen Hanabusa (HI-01), a member of the House Committee on Natural Resources, announced the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will hold an additional public informational meeting on a proposal to designate almost 19,000 acres of land on the Big Island as critical habitat. USFWS will also reopen the public comment period until September 3, 2013.

Mezoneuron Kavaiense. Photo credit: C. Harrington/USFWS

Mezoneuron Kavaiense. Photo credit: C. Harrington/USFWS

“I am pleased USFWS will continue to seek community input about this proposal and help address some of the public’s unanswered questions,” said Hanabusa. “I had a very productive meeting with Director Dan Ashe last month about this issue, and I appreciate his support in establishing a positive relationship between USFWS and affected stakeholders. We are committed to finding a compromise that provides for our communities and protects our native species.”

On the Big Island, USFWS has proposed designating approximately 18,766 acres of land as critical habitat for three endangered plant species. More than 1/3 of the proposed lands are in private ownership and about 12,000 acres are owned by the State of Hawaii.

A public meeting was held on May 15, 2013, but interested parties were left with unanswered questions and concerns. The newly announced second meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at the West Hawaii Civic Center from 3-5 p.m.

For more information about the critical habitat proposal and the draft economic analysis, click here: http://www.fws.gov/pacificislands/.

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Congresswomen Hanabusa and Gabbard Comment on 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

Mayor Billy Kenoi and Representative Colleen Hanabusa in Washington D.C. (Picture via yfrog)

Mayor Billy Kenoi and Representative Colleen Hanabusa in Washington D.C. (Picture via yfrog)

Rep. Colleen Hanabusa: “Forty years ago, the United States Supreme Court rendered its decision in Roe v. Wade, recognizing a woman’s right to control her own body and placing decisions about reproductive health in the hands of a woman and her doctor, not the government. It was Justice Harry Blackmun, appointed by a Republican president, who wrote for the court, ruling that constitutional principles, not emotion, must speak loudest in determining such important social issues.

“Today, those rights are still under attack, challenged by groups and individuals who would impose their own judgment and beliefs on women across our nation. America is a land of laws and rights, and at our best we defend freedom against the voices of intolerance. Today I stand proudly with women from every corner of our country to celebrate our freedom, to look proudly upon a Constitution that protects our rights, and to give thanks for the laws that respect our individual dignity.”

Tulsi Gabbard, Mazie Hirono and Colleen Hanabusa pay their respects to Patsy Mink.

Tulsi Gabbard, Mazie Hirono and Colleen Hanabusa pay their respects to Patsy Mink.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard: “Forty years ago this month, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed a woman’s constitutional right to choose in Roe v. Wade. This landmark decision ensures that women can make their own health decisions, and if they want to, consult with their doctor, family, and faith.

“Four decades later, even though abortion remains legal, women still face enormous barriers – barriers that wholly violate the spirit of the Roe v. Wade decision. I support efforts to increase access to affordable health-care services which can contribute to fewer unplanned and teen pregnancies, a goal we should all support.

“This monumental Supreme Court ruling remains under attack, as the ability for women to be free to make what is often the most difficult decision in their lives, is constantly challenged. Now more than ever, we must remain steadfast in our defense of a woman’s right to choose.”

Congresswoman Hirono Introduces Resolution Honoring Mother Marianne of Molokai

Congresswoman Hirono Introduces Resolution Honoring Mother Marianne of Molokai

Congresswoman Mazie K. Hirono today was joined by Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa , and two Republicans, Congressman Richard Hanna (NY-24) and Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle (NY-25) in introducing a House Resolution honoring Mother Marianne Cope for her life’s legacy of compassionate care and dedication to those she served at the Hansen’s disease settlement at Kalaupapa on the island of Molokai.

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Hirono, Hanabusa and Gabbard Honor Life and Legacy of Patsy T. Mink

One decade ago today, the people of Hawaii and the nation mourned the passing of a devoted champion for equality, fairness and social justice. The Honorable Patsy T. Mink, known throughout her career of public service as a thoughtful and tenacious legislator, passed away on September 28, 2002. On this 10th anniversary of her passing, Patsy Mink’s life and legacy were remembered today by several Hawaii leaders, including Mazie Hirono, Colleen Hanabusa and Tulsi Gabbard at a gathering at Ala Wai Community Park softball field.

Tulsi Gabbard, Mazie Hirono and Colleen Hanabusa pay their respects to Patsy Mink

Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Mazie Hirono said, “Patsy’s lifetime of accomplishments paved the way for women to have opportunities that she herself never had. Patsy was my friend and a continuing inspiration. In the time we spent together, we agreed to never give up and to always keep fighting for what was right. I will continue to work hard to build on her legacy by advancing our shared principals of equality, fairness and opportunity for all, especially for women, both in Hawaii and across the United States. We will continue to focus on expanding the possibilities for girls and women for generations to come.”

Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa said, “Patsy Mink led the way for many successful women by being willing to stand up and take on the challenges of her time. It’s easy today to forget the world women faced while Patsy was envisioning her own future. But she never backed down, and all Americans have benefitted from her courage. Women in government, in business, in sports, and in their lives can now walk a path set for them by Patsy Takemoto Mink. I am proud to celebrate her life, to continue on her mission in Congress, and to encourage others to find inspiration in her example.”

Tulsi Gabbard, Democratic nominee for Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District, said, “I too am proud to honor the legacy of Patsy Mink on the 10th anniversary of her passing. She was a trailblazer who accomplished so much that made Hawaii proud, starting with Title IX. Patsy was the first woman elected to Congress from Hawaii.  She was the first Asian American to seek the presidential nomination of the Democratic Party as an anti-war candidate.  If elected to the seat she represented from Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District, I will do my very best to uphold the legacy she left behind, and continue to fight for the people, including issues Patsy cared deeply about, such as legislation  impacting women, and the military conflicts that continue to claim the lives of Americans.”

This year also marks the 40th anniversary of the Patsy Takemoto Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act, better known as Title IX, the federal law that protects students from gender discrimination in federally supported education programs and activities.

If elected to Congress, Hirono, Hanabusa and Gabbard are respectively committed to building upon Mink’s achievements and accomplishments in education as well as other areas where gender discrimination still exists.

Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa on President Obama’s Press Conference

Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa released this statement following President Obama’s press conference Wednesday morning:

Rep. Colleen Hanabusa

Rep. Colleen Hanabusa

“I support President Obama’s call today for Congressional Republicans to step up, do their jobs, and show real leadership in addressing our nation’s economic concerns. Hawaii’s families continue to feel the sting of our nation’s economic downturn and Congress needs to take action to ease the burden on our working families, from job creation and the payroll tax reduction to addressing our debt ceiling and preserving America’s credit worthiness in the global economy. It is long past time for Republican leaders to end their single minded protection of tax breaks for the super-wealthy and oil companies, and acknowledge that America is a place that values decisive, effective action over political posturing.”

Mayor Kenoi Meets House Rep. Colleen Hanabusa

Earlier I mentioned that Mayor Kenoi was in Washington D.C.

US House Representative Colleen Hanabusa just tweeted the following picture with the following comment:

Mayor Billy Kenoi and Representative Colleen Hanabusa in Washington D.C. (Picture via yfrog)

Colleen Hanabusa
Met with Big Island Mayor Billy Kenoi today. http://t.co/KH1xx9W

Candidates Abercrombie & Aiona – Djou & Hanabusa Will Appear on PBS Hawaii October 14th

Media Release:

In an unprecedented edition of Insights on PBS Hawaii , host Dan Boylan will be joined by the leading candidates for Governor and U.S. Congress for two back-to-back conversations.  Candidates Abercrombie and Aiona will be first to join Boylan for a conversation beginning at 7PM on Thursday, October 14.   Without interruption for commercials or station breaks, for the next 45 minutes these candidates will answer Boylan’s questions as well as questions submitted by the public via phone, email and a live Insights blog forum.

Immediately following Abercrombie and Aiona, the leading candidates for Hawaii ’s 1st Congressional district, Charles Djou and Colleen Hanabusa, will sit down with Boylan for their turn answering questions in the same live conversation format.

“The format is civil discourse.  Disarmingly simple–and yet the exchanges are sometimes profound,” said Leslie Wilcox , PBS Hawaii President and CEO.

“We should expect our leaders of differing perspectives to disagree in a civilized manner, and to truly listen instead of just waiting to speak. We ask that candidates show the sense of respect and fairness that governs normal conversation.”

To accommodate the earlier 7PM start time of this special 90-minute edition of Insights , PBS NewsHour will move to 6PM on this night only.  Insights’ encore broadcasts will be scheduled on Friday night, October 15th at 9:30PM and Sunday afternoon, October 17th at 3PM.  The entire program will be available online at www.pbshawaii.org on Friday morning following Thursday’s live broadcast.