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West Hawaii community center awarded $475,000

West Hawaii community center awarded $475,000

MEDIA RELEASE A Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grant totaling $475,000 has been awarded to a West Hawaii nonprofit organization to support planning, design and construction of its community center, said U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Akaka announced. Laiopua 2020 plans to build a comprehensive community complex to include a community center, medical center, […]

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Hawaii's bite of omnibus package: $387M

Hawaii’s bite of omnibus package: $387M

MEDIA RELEASE Hawaii will receive $387,072,035 for an array of critical initiatives including building and repairing roads, diversifying transportation options, refurbishing schools, expanding curriculums, funding scientific research, protecting endangered species and habitats, and subsidizing the work of law enforcement, Senate Appropriations Chairman Daniel K. Inouye announced. The money for Hawaii projects is part of a […]

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Akaka praises $15.3B boost to VA budget

Akaka praises $15.3B boost to VA budget

MEDIA RELEASE Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Daniel K. Akaka (D-Hawaii) applauded the veterans provisions included in the Consolidated Appropriations Act which was passed by the Senate on Sunday and sent to the President’s desk. Akaka noted the bill includes a multi-billion-dollar increase in the annual budget of the Department of Veterans Affairs and, for […]

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Inouye, Akaka laud assistance for drought relief

Inouye, Akaka laud assistance for drought relief

MEDIA RELEASE Hawaii County, Maui County and the Kalaupapa area of Molokai have been declared agricultural disaster zones after suffering from substandard rainfall that has resulted in severe drought conditions, Sens. Daniel K. Inouye and Daniel K. Akaka announced. Drought conditions in the affected counties have persisted for years and resulted in crop loss, livestock […]

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Fed funds for biofuel initiatives mean Big Isle jobs

Fed funds for biofuel initiatives mean Big Isle jobs

MEDIA RELEASE Hawaii will receive $48 million to fund a bio-refinery plant in Kapolei and to test and produce green gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel from agricultural residue, woody biomass, dedicated energy crops, and algae, U.S. Sens. Daniel K. Inouye and Daniel K. Akaka have announced. UOP, a Honeywell company working with the Kapolei Integrated […]

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Briefings slated on federal worker retirement reforms

Briefings slated on federal worker retirement reforms

MEDIA RELEASE U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Akaka (D-Hawaii) has announced a series of briefings for federal employees on Oahu, Maui and the Big Island to provide information and answer questions about the upcoming transition to replace non-foreign COLA with locality pay for federal workers in Hawaii.  Reservations are not needed. “For years, Hawaii federal employees […]

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Silo House earns praise, Hawaii students earn a bow at 2009 Solar Decathlon on the National Mall

Hawaii students at Cornell compete in solar contest

Silo House earns praise, Hawaii students earn a bow at 2009 Solar Decathlon on the National Mall

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Grant to assist American Samoa clean-up, recovery

Grant to assist American Samoa clean-up, recovery

MEDIA RELEASE U.S. Sens. Daniel K. Akaka and Daniel K. Inouye (D-Hawaii) and Delegate Eni Faleomavaega (D-American Samoa) applauded a $24,857,608 federal grant to assist clean-up and recovery efforts in American Samoa following last month’s destructive tsunami. The U.S. Department of Labor awarded the funds to American Samoa’s Department of Human Resources to create more […]

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Akaka supports domestic partner benefits for federal employees

Akaka supports domestic partner benefits for federal employees

MEDIA RELEASE Sen. Daniel K. Akaka has reiterated his support for providing domestic partnership benefits to federal employees at a hearing of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. Akaka is a co-sponsor of Chairman Joseph I. Lieberman’s Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act of 2009 (S. 1102). “As a nation and an employer, we […]

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Senate approves $29M for Hawaii energy, water initiatives

Senate approves $29M for Hawaii energy, water initiatives

MEDIA RELEASE Efforts to mitigate flooding in Hawaii and further harness the power of the sun, wind, water and earth to create sustainable energy alternatives to imported oil will receive more than $29 million, Senate Appropriations Chairman Daniel K. Inouye announced Thursday. The full Senate voted 80-17 to approve the spending bill, with Sen. Inouye […]

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Senate-House bill includes retirement equity for Hawaii federal workers

Senate-House bill includes retirement equity for Hawaii federal workers

MEDIA RELEASE The final conference agreement on the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 (NDAA) released Wednesday contains Federal workforce provisions, including the Non-Foreign Area Retirement Equity Assurance Act (S. 507), which would provide fairness in retirement pay for the roughly 50,000 federal workers in Hawaii, Alaska, and the Territories.   It was […]

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Senate passes veteran's benefits legislation

Senate passes veteran’s benefits legislation

MEDIA RELEASE The U.S. Senate unanimously approved legislation late Wednesday designed to enhance a number of benefits for veterans and their families, including compensation, housing, employment, education, burial, and insurance benefits. One key provision of the legislation would provide for retroactive payments to those servicemembers who suffered traumatic injury while on active duty on or […]

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Akaka, Inouye co-sponsor Travel Promotion Act

Akaka, Inouye co-sponsor Travel Promotion Act

MEDIA RELEASE A bill that establishes a non-profit corporation to promote U.S. leisure, business and scholarly travel to foreign visitors has passed the U.S. Senate. The Travel Promotion Act of 2009, co-sponsored and supported by Sens. Daniel K. Akaka and Daniel K. Inouye, is aimed at promoting foreign travel and tourism to the United States.  […]

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