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Gabbard visits the Big Island, holds constituent meetings

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard watches as a Holualoa Elementary School student gets her robot ready for a demonstration. (Hawaii 24/7 photo by Karin Stanton)

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard watches as a Holualoa Elementary School student gets her robot ready for a demonstration. (Hawaii 24/7 photo by Karin Stanton)

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Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard this week visited Hawaii Island and discussed environmental and transportation policy during meetings with local officials, met with the Kealakehe High Robotics Team about their PISCES Lunar Project, saw the Holualoa Elementary students robotics class in action.

As part of her scheduled March District Work Period, Congresswoman Gabbard conducted district meetings and visits all week.

Meeting with Wally Lau, County of Hawaii Managing Director

Gabbard met with Wally Lau, county Managing Director, to discuss issues such as the Keauhou Aquifer System, the need for a Customs facility to open Kona Airport to international flights, and other transportation-related needs.

Kealakehe High Robotics Team & Holualoa Elementary School

Gabbard attended Kealekehe High School’s robotics team presentation to the Holualoa Elementary School faculty, parents, and students. Kealekehe High School was selected to participate in the Pacific International Space Center for Explorations Systems (PISCES) Lunar Project.

The lunar project was a project collaboration with NASA and the Google XPRIZE team to “fly a dust experiment to the moon.”

She also saw the Holualoa Elementary students in action, as they programmed their robots, getting ready for their first competition.

Chauncey Wong-Yuen, Hawaii District Airports Manager

Gabbard met with Hawaii District Airport Manager Chauncey Wong-Yuen to discuss Kailua-Kona Airport’s request to house a complete U.S Customs facility service.

Honolulu International Airport is currently Hawaii’s only port of entry open to international travelers.

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