Thursday, January 20, 2011

Opening Day of Hawaii State Legislature

Today the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported on the opening day of the 2011 Hawaii State Legislature. This presents the Pacific Islander Access project with an opportunity to shamelessly promote our mission of ending the exclusion of Pacific Islander Americans from scholarships and fellowships for underrepresented minorities.


Because six legislative sessions ago, the Hawaii State House of Representatives introduced and unanimously passed a resolution urging academic programs for underrepresented minorities to recognized Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders. The resolution was introduced by Rep. Cindy Evans, along with Reps. Kanoho, Morita, and Schatz (former-Rep. Schatz is now Hawaii's Lt. Governor).

To learn more about the resolution, you can click hear and access the 2005 Hawaii State Legislature's list of adopted resolutions: LINK

The University of Hawaii testified in support of the resolution. Their testimony is archived online and can be viewed here: LINK

The PIA project extends its aloha again to Rep. Evans, Kanoho, Morita, Schatz, and all the members of the 2005 Hawaii House of Representatives for their role in unanimously passing the resolution.


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