State of Hawaii Archives: on Environment


Charles Djou: Advocated for recycling and trash services on City Council

Urban and dense Honolulu forces its children to walk home from school on broken sidewalks. It was refreshing a few weekends ago spending the day with the Hawaii Bicycling League discussing government reform and safe streets at TEDx Honolulu. It's so nice to know others feel as strongly as you. If only our government leaders addressed structural problems the way they funneled pork projects like building a massive and widely unpopular rail system. I saw the frustration of my friend Charles Djou when he served on the city council as he advocated for and worked for better recycling and trash services. Fixing problems was real to him and his attempts in public service were often stifled by good intentioned politicians that promoted clumsy poor policy.
Source: Business Week on 2014 Hawaii Governor race Dec 9, 2013

Ed Case: Diversify tourism to include educational & eco-tourism

Mazie Hirono focused on her Visit the USA bill which would ease visa requirements making it easier for the Chinese to spend their money here in Hawaii. Democrat opponent Ed Case agreed it's a good idea but claims he's better suited to get it passed. He criticized Hirono for taking so long to introduce it and getting relatively few in congress to support it. "She didn't do anything for almost five years so from my perspective this is something she did because she is running for the Senate not because she was focusing on tourism," said Case. "People need a senator that works all six years not just in an election year and that's what I will do."

Case said he would diversify tourism because Hawaii is not just about Waikiki and beaches." People want constant change, they want some things about Hawaii but they want agricultural tourism, they want eco tourism, they want scientific tourism, educational tourism and these can all occur throughout this state," said Case.

Source: Hawaii News Now coverage of 2012 Hawaii Senate debate May 30, 2012

Mazie Hirono: Visit the USA Bill: attract 300,000 Chinese by easier visas

Mazie Hirono focused the majority of her comments on her Visit the USA bill which would ease visa requirements making it easier for the Chinese to spend their money here in Hawaii. "China, now that is a huge market: 54 million Chinese are traveling all across the world, fewer than a million of them come to our country. Why? Because our visa process is so difficult," said Hirono. "We can attract some 300,000 Chinese visitors, $600 million spent in our economy, creating 6,000 jobs."

Opponent Ed Case agreed it's a good idea but claims he's better suited to get it passed. He criticized Hirono for taking so long to introduce it and getting relatively few in congress to support it. Hirono responded saying there is a lot going on. "Right now there is an election that we need to get through but it's going to have bipartisan support," said Hirono.

Source: Hawaii News Now coverage of 2012 Hawaii Senate debate May 30, 2012

Neil Abercrombie: New Day Work Projects: transit-oriented development

I will convene a group of experts and University officials to consider the future of sports & the future of development on Oahu to make a definitive decision on Aloha Stadium and any future stadium we might build. Other than maintenance related to health and safety, I will divert all other capital improvement dollars for Aloha Stadium to other projects. Right now, multimillion dollar plans to extend the life of Aloha Stadium by 20 years could take 40 years to implement. It is time to reprioritize. The Ne Day Work Projects will look to the future and what our community and economy will look like decades from now. For example, as Honolulu moves on its transit plans, the state will actively support attractive, sustainable transit-oriented redevelopment. The legislature has proposals on these concepts, including looking at density rights and other zoning initiatives. I look forward to participating in the discussion and moving quickly. The people of Hawaii are going to get to work and build our future.
Source: 2011 Hawaii State of the State Address Jan 24, 2011

Benjamin Cayetano: Balance growth against environmental protection

Economic growth should never come at the expense of our natural environment. I propose a long-range analysis of our State’s carrying capacity to help evaluate our State’s ability to endure growth. We will look at whether the State’s infrastructure & our natural resources can survive such growth without being damaged. The results of this analysis will be used to create a strategic plan to make sure we balance our economic interests in maintaining tourism with our duty to protect our natural environment.
Source: 2001 State of the State address to Hawaii Legislature Jan 22, 2001

Benjamin Cayetano: $22M to improve state parks

Our parks system needs our attention now. We must repair worn facilities, upgrade older ones, and otherwise beautify these parks. I am proposing spending $22 million in capital improvements to repair and maintain our State parks. For the long-term care of our parks, I am proposing that half the money from the hotel room tax that does not go for marketing be used to improve and protect the wonders of our State parks system.
Source: 2001 State of the State address to Hawaii Legislature Jan 22, 2001

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