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Hawaii Department of Education Superintendent on Passing of Rep. Clift Tsuji

doe-logoRepresentative Clift Tsuji worked tirelessly on behalf of his constituents. Superintendent Matayoshi reflects on his relationship with the Hawaii State Department of Education and extends condolences to his family.

It is with great sadness to learn that Representative Clift Tsuji has passed away. As a Hilo native, I knew Clift and his commitment to his community and public service. Two weeks ago we spoke about his district and he expressed his support for the educational progress made. Sincere condolences go out to his family during this difficult time. He will be greatly missed.

Hawaii Governor and Lt. Governor Statements on Passing of Rep. Clift Tsuji

clift-tsujiRepresentative Clift Tsuji was a quiet man with a big heart who had the courage to stand for his convictions. He was a passionate leader and a vigorous advocate for the Hilo community. His legacy of service will be remembered by his constituents and all Hawaii Island residents. He was a personal friend, and I am going to miss his presence at the State Capitol. Dawn and I send our condolences to his sons, Ryan and Ashley.

— Governor David Y. Ige


Lt. Governor Shan Tsutsui has this statement to offer on the passing of State Representative Clift Tsuji:

“My deepest condolences go out to the ohana of Representative Clift Tsuji during this very difficult time.  Clift leaves behind a legacy as a strong voice for the people and a staunch advocate for Hawaii’s agriculture community.  I will always remember Clift’s booming voice coupled with his friendly and approachable nature.  Those who were fortunate to have known him will also remember his kindness and the aloha he shared with the countless people he touched.  He will be missed.”

Statement on the Passing of Representative Clift Tsuji From Senator Kaiali`i Kahele

“I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Representative Clift Tsuji today. A proud graduate of Hilo High School, Clift represented Hilo honorably for over 12 years in the House of Representatives. He proudly wore our nations uniform in the 442nd Infantry and was recognized as the Hawai‘i Farm Bureau’s Legislator of the Year in 2015. I will always remember his warm smile, friendship and encouragement he extended to me as a new legislator at the Capitol.

He leaves behind a legacy of service, hope and a better Hawaiʻi for our children. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, many friends and his sons Ashley Allen and Ryan Kalei.”

kai-kahele-profileSenator Kaiali`i Kahele, District 1 – Hilo

Rep. Clift Tsuji Hospitalized for Pneumonia

Expected to be released in a few days and to make full recovery

Rep. Clift Tsuji

State Representative Clift Tsuji (District 3 – South Hilo, Panaewa, Puna, Keaau, Kurtistown) announced today that he was admitted to Hilo Medical Center last week with pneumonia, but he is expected to be released in a few days and to make a full recovery.  He has been able to keep up with emails, correspondence and other work during his hospital stay.

Rep. Tsuji has served his East Hawaii district as a state representative since the 2005 legislative session.  Due to reapportionment, he is currently running in a new District 2 (Hilo, Waiakea, Keaukaha) unopposed.

“I am grateful for everyone’s kindness and well wishes during my illness,” said Rep. Tsuji.  “I am receiving excellent care at Hilo Medical Center and look forward to being back 100% very soon.”

Lawmakers Explain How the Budget was Balanced

Media Release:

The House of Representatives Finance Committee will make a presentation to the community on the 2010 state budget bill and how they resolved a $1.2 billion shortfall. Information will also be provided on major capital improvement projects for East Hawaii.

WHEN:  Wednesday, June 16, 2010  6:00  – 8:00 p.m.

WHERE:  UH Hilo UCB 127 (Ho’oulu Terrace)

WHO:  House Finance Chair Rep. Marcus Oshiro will be joined by Rep. Jerry Chang, Rep. Clift Tsuji, Rep. Faye Hanohano, and Rep. Robert Herkes.

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