Daniel K. Inouye, the third most senior member of the U.S. Senate, is known for his distinguished record as a legislative leader, and as a World War II combat veteran who earned the nation's highest award for military valor, the Medal of Honor.
Although he was thrust into the limelight in the 1970s as a member of the Watergate Committee and in 1987 as Chairman of the Iran-Contra Committee, he has also quietly made his mark as a respected legislator able to work in a bipartisan fashion to enact meaningful legislation.
As the ranking Democrat on the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, Senator Inouye has been able to focus on defense matters that strengthen national security, and enhance the quality of life for military personnel and
September 7, 1924. Born, the eldest of four children, to Hyotaro and Kame Inouye.
The son of Japanese immigrants, Dan Inouye was born and raised in Honolulu.
1948. Married Margaret Shinobu Awamura.
Majority leader of the Territorial House of Representatives
Eight-term U.S. Senator; second most-senior member of the U.S. Senate
Chairman, U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations
Senior member of Commerce, Rules and Indian Affairs Committees
On May 27, 1947, Inouye was honorably discharged with the rank of Captain, and returned home with a Distinguished Service Cross, the nation's second highest award for military valor, along with a Bronze Star, Purple Heart with cluster, and 12 other medals and citations.
As the ranking Democrat on the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, Senator Inouye has been able to focus on defense matters that strengthen national security, and enhance the quality of life for military personnel and their families.
1942. Graduated from McKinley High School.
With financial assistance from the G.I. Bill, Inouye graduated from the University of Hawaii and the George Washington University Law School.
1950. Graduated from the University of Hawaii with a B.A. degree in economics and government.
1952. Graduated from George Washington University Law School with a J.D. degree.
In March 1943, 18-year-old Dan Inouye, then a freshman in pre-medical studies at the University of Hawaii and long eager to join the U.S. war effort, enlisted in the U.S. Army's 442nd Regimental Combat Team, the famed "Go for Broke" regiment of soldiers of Japanese ancestry.
Inouye was soon promoted to the rank of Sergeant, and was designated a combat platoon leader during the Italian campaign. He slogged through nearly three bloody months of the Rome Arno campaign with the U.S. Fifth Army.
In the fall of 1944, Inouye's unit was shifted to the French Vosges Mountains and spent two of the bloodiest weeks of the war rescuing a Texas battalion surrounded by German forces. The rescue of the "Lost Battalion" is listed in U.S. Army annals as one
"I am pleased that this legislation includes language that prohibits abusive interrogations of suspected terrorists, and clarifies current anti-torture laws," said Senator Inouye, the Ranking Member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, who during House-Senate negotiations vigorously fought White House-backed efforts to remove the provision. "While we must do our best to protect our nation from foreign terrorists and all other enemies, we must ensure that we, as a nation, do not engage in the sort of conduct that dishonors our democratic ideals."
Source: Candidate Website (10/02/2004)
Military might and the physical security provided by our military is complemented by the East-West Center's approach of citizen diplomacy. For 50 years the East-West Center has worked to build stronger relationships in the Asia-Pacific region through education, dialogue, and research. East-West Center's programs educate international students who eventually return to their home countries, and develop an important corps of diplomats who are able to provide a better understanding of the U.S. to their peers. Over $186 million has been invested to establish and sustain this effective corps of diplomats while helping Americans gain a better understanding of their neighbors across the Pacific.
Source: inouye.senate.gov/Working4Hawaii (01/11/2011)
As Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, working with the House and the Obama Administration, I tried my best to craft the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to put people back to work, invest in critical infrastructure such as roads and schools, prevent cuts to basic services, reduce the tax burden on working families, and then to position our nation for the future in the areas of renewable energy and broadband connectivity that will help enable our economy to thrive once again. I always had one eye firmly on my beloved Hawaii to be sure that we not only got at least our fair share, but have a strategic plan of action to compete for additional federal funds.
The total formula funding for Hawaii in the Economic Stimulus
Source: inouye.senate.gov/Working4Hawaii (01/10/2011)
Educating our children is the greatest investment we can make in our future. While we cannot know all of the challenges they will face, we can give them the tools to be successful, and to grow a stronger, more sustainable Hawaii.
I wholeheartedly believe in our system of public education system. I will continue to do all that I can to assist our schools in providing quality educational opportunities for our children, and to support our teachers and principals with the resources they need to do their jobs. Rather than sit back and be critical, we must lean forward and ask, "How can I help?" It is our collective community responsibility.
I am also a proud graduate of the University of Hawaii, greatly benefiting from the GI Bill after returning
I am a proud graduate of McKinley High School. My son, Kenny, went to Maryland's public schools, and my first wife, Maggie, a graduate of Roosevelt High School, was a teacher. I wholeheartedly believe in our system of public education system. I will continue to do all that I can to assist our schools in providing quality educational opportunities for our children, and to support our teachers and principals with the resources they need to do their jobs. Rather than sit back and be critical, we must lean forward and ask, "How can I help?" It is our collective community responsibility.
I am a proud graduate of the University of Hawaii, greatly benefiting from the GI Bill after returning home after World War II. In the subsequent generations however, there was almost a sense of resignation that a son or daughter "ended up" at the University. No more. We have worked hard to establish excellence in a variety of disciplines from oceanography, volcanology, astronomy, to Hawaiian studies and language. Our law school, medical, nursing and pharmacy schools and our business school attract top-notch faculty and students which ensure a trained cadre of Hawaii professionals to address the needs in our community. The University's statewide community colleges provide training to meet our diverse employment needs from construction, tourism,
Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard's Apprenticeship Program. As Hawaii's largest industrial employer with a proud history that earned the motto: "We Keep Them Fit to Fight," the Shipyard provides vocational and specialized opportunities for the people of Hawaii. The $17.2 million investment in the Shipyard's revitalized and flourishing Apprentice Program gives Hawaii's next generation an opportunity to further their education and skills here at home. In addition, the over $715 million support for the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard demonstrates its tremendous value as an asset to the Navy's broad-spectrum capabilities protecting Hawaii, and strengthening our national security in the Asia - Pacific region.
The Departments of Agriculture, Education, and Housing and Urban Development each administer an Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions program. Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions such as Chaminade University, University of Hawaii at Hilo, and all of the community colleges under the University of Hawaii system have received a total of $83.1 million over the past 10 years. Programs are not limited to Native Hawaiian initiatives but rather support programs and students across the board.
Under the Department of Agriculture, the University of Hawaii established an Agribusiness Education, Training and Incubator project to build capacity and entrepreneurship among Hawaii's rural agriculture communities, including Native Hawaiian
Rural Development Project (RDP). Managed by the University of Hawaii community colleges, over 22,000 people have been positively impacted -- firemen, police recruits, lifeguards, school custodians, UXO workers, Pearl Harbor Shipyard and Pacific Missile Range workers, nurses and nurse assistants, dialysis workers, teachers, information tech workers, construction trades and culinary/food service workers.
Imiloa Astronomy Center. The Center is a celebration of Hawaiian culture and Mauna Kea astronomy -- all combined to bring a vibrant educational experience to Hawaii's youth.
Science Education Pilot Program. In Hawaii there is a unique opportunity to use the oceans and beaches as a "living science classroom." The program simultaneously strengthens
Our law school, medical, nursing and pharmacy schools and our business school attract top-notch faculty and students which ensure a trained cadre of Hawaii professionals to address the needs in our community. The University's statewide community colleges provide training to meet our diverse employment needs from construction, tourism, healthcare to computer sciences.
Federal support for teacher quality amounts to about $14 million annually. In addition, about $28 million is provided each year to the Hawaii Department of Education for upgrades in education technology, math and science, the tracking of student assessments, and for vocational and career educational programming.
Title I is a national education program which assists underachieving children from low-income communities. Annually Hawaii receives approximately $46 million to provide additional resources including remedial materials, additional teachers, specialized programs to support basic ready and math, as well as after-school homework support and tutors to help keep children from disadvantaged home settings from falling behind their peers. Hawaii received an additional $33 million this year in economic stimulus funds for Title I programs.
The U.S. Department of Education provides approximately $42 million annually to assist with the education of children with special needs. Following the state court ordered special education services, state expenditures had to increase. The federal dollars help ease the state's duty to provide significant additional resources for children with special needs. An additional $43 million was provided in the economic stimulus.
Secured $335.2 million dollars over 10 years for Native Hawaiian education initiatives focusing on early and pre-school education; Hawaiian language immersion curriculum; recruitment and retention of Native Hawaiian teachers; programs targeted to improve literacy, math and science skills, language arts, the social studies; higher education scholarships; gifted and talented programming; vocational education; and culturally targeted drug prevention and education.
This includes the Ke Huli Ao Native Hawaiian Law School Center of Excellence at the University of Hawaii to facilitate discourse between the legal community, the Native Hawaiian community, and the community at large. It promotes education, research, and scholarship on the unique aspects
Polynesian Voyaging Center. The Polynesian Voyaging Center provides cultural education programs geared towards enhancing leadership skills and cultural knowledge through ocean voyaging. With a legacy of ocean exploration as its foundation, $431,000 has been provided to support voyages of discovery; foster respect and learning about Native Hawaiian heritage and culture; and strengthen learning through the integration of voyaging, science and culture experiences into quality educational opportunities.
Education through Cultural and Historical Education (ECHO). Provided in excess of $11.6 million in support of the ECHO program, managed by the Bishop Museum, to foster innovative culture-based learning. These educational programs, shared through
Our Hawaiian Islands are one of America's crown jewels. One third of our nation's endangered species are found only in Hawaii. Our islands span seven of the world's eight climate and habitat types -- from desert heat to snowy mountain tops.
Living here, we recognize a responsibility for our environment not only because it is our home, but also because it is one of our earth's great treasures. Living here, we also recognize the need for a healthy economy to support prosperity for our island community. Balancing the two takes careful thought, and a conscience investment of federal, state, and local resources.
Science provides an important tool for managers of the environment and sustainable communities. Researchers can identify and evaluate
As an island state, the increasing pressures of climate change are felt acutely in Hawaii -- from rising sea levels to changes in fish populations and coral reefs. $24.5 million in funding has allowed Hawaii to be at the forefront of the nation's response to climate change. This includes carbon dioxide observations at Mauna Loa Observatory that proved the rise in atmospheric greenhouse gases, to the climate models at NOAA's Integrated Data and Environmental Applications Center.
Safe drinking water and wastewater infrastructure projects were a priority in the President's stimulus proposal. These projects will both create jobs and upgrade needed infrastructure. $50.1 million in stimulus funds from the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Water State Revolving Fund and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund programs will be sent to Hawaii. Hawaii's annual allocation from both these programs is about $15.5 million.
The list below represents just some of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) projects that received funds due to Senator Inouye's efforts. These projects provided economic, health, and environmental benefits for the islands.
Drinking Water System, Big Island, $1 million
Lihue Wastewater Treatment Plant, Kauai, $1.5 million
Renewable Resource Management, Big Island, $400,000
Seaweed Control, Maui, $250,000
Waimea Wastewater Treatment Plant Interim Expansion, Kauai, $500,000
$8.6 million will be used to replace the administrative headquarters for Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge on Maui which was destroyed by a fire. Kilauea Volcano remains very active, and in order to monitor both Kilauea and Mauna Loa, funds were provided to update and modernize equipment to ensure greater accuracy for earlier warning.
James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge. Over the years, the James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge expansion has been a huge undertaking. Since 1999, $15.7 million has been appropriated to acquire the 1,100 acres located in the northern part of Oahu. It is a protected haven for four endangered Hawaiian waterbirds, as well as a variety of migratory shorebirds and water fowl that use the coastal wetlands. Other
James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge. Over the years, the James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge expansion has been a huge undertaking. It is a protected haven for four endangered Hawaiian waterbirds, as well as a variety of migratory shorebirds and water fowl that use the coastal wetlands. Other wildlife include the pueo or Hawaiian owl, the Hawaiian monk seal, and green sea turtles.
Hawaii Experimental Tropical Forest. As the number of forest acres continues to grow on the Big Island, the Hawaii Experimental Tropical Forest serves as an important resource. This project remains a priority.
Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge and Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge. Over the years, significant federal funds have been appropriated to establish
I support preserving lands by federal purchase such as the Volcanoes National Park and the City of Refuge on the Big Island, Haleakala National Park and Kealia Wildlife Refuge on Maui, Kilauea Lighthouse on Kauai and the James Campbell Refuge on Oahu.
I also support public-private partnerships to protect special lands through either a purchase of fee title or a conservation easement. Recent examples include: Waimea Valley, Kawainui Marsh, Pupukea-Paumalu, Moanalua Valley, Muolea Point, Waihee Preserve, and very shortly the Honouliuli Preserve located along the Waianae mountain range. All of these efforts are critical to ensure that future generations can enjoy and experience Hawaii's beauty with all of their senses, and not from picture books
NOAA provides key services from forecasting wave sets for surfing, ensuring that the sashimi we eat is fresh and safe, to developing an increasingly mature understanding of our oceans. NOAA serves an integral role in daily island living and is in the process of standing up a regional presence in Hawaii. Construction funding of $156.8 million will allow for all of the different components of NOAA to be located in one building, enabling smoother communications and delivery of valuable services to the public. NOAA currently has three ships and about 500 employees in Hawaii.
Coral Reef Ecosystems. Hawaii and the territorial Pacific are stewards of much of the coral reef habitat in the United States, including the most unexplored coral reefs contained
Vertebrate pests are not only a major threat to Hawaii's endangered species, but to our fragile ecosystems. Should the brown tree snake population from Guam establish itself in Hawaii, it would be a major ecological disaster. Hawaii's unique biodiversity is at stake. More that $36.1 million has been invested in a host of brown tree snake eradication and prevention strategies via the Departments of Agriculture, Defense and Interior. Today, the Departments of Defense and Interior have included funds for brown tree snake prevention into their base budgets.
Endangered Species. Green sea turtles and other turtles in Hawaii are fully protected under the Endangered Species Act. Nearly $60 million for Hawaiian sea turtles helps protect this endangered species. Fisheries in Hawaii have long had a negative impact on the turtle population. This funding has allowed for new fishing gear that minimizes the accidental catch of turtles during fishing operations, as well as support for propagation.
Hawaiian Monk Seal. The Hawaiian monk seal is the most endangered seal in the United States. $10.6 million in funding has resulted in critical support for monitoring the monk seal population in both the Main and Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. It has also been used to identify the factors that stand in the way of
Security means knowing that our families are safe and our homes protected. These simple concerns are paramount. In Hawaii, our communities are resilient, and we grow up learning to look out for each other. With federal support and investment, we are better able to prepare, protect and recover -- and then to take a leadership role in the U.S. Pacific region.
From a defense standpoint, Hawaii serves as the Pacific headquarters to all the military services -- Navy, Army, Air Force and Marines. The Asia Pacific region is a hot spot, and a growing area of strategic and diplomatic focus. For example, 7 of the 10 largest military forces reside in this region; major increases in commerce and trade are occurring in the Pacific. For these reasons, Hawaii's
Below are some of my security and preparedness accomplishments for Hawaii:
U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM). PACOM's vast area of responsibility includes Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and Oceania. PACOM is supported by the U.S. Army Pacific, U.S. Pacific Fleet, U.S. Pacific Air Forces, and U.S. Marine Forces Pacific, armed with the latest equipment available to the U.S. military.
Stryker Brigade Combat Team. This state-of-the-art Army system is capable of rapid combat ready deployment, and gives our service members the best advantage on both close-combat urban terrain and open terrain battlefields.
Pearl Harbor. Pearl Harbor Naval Station and Shipyard both have played a key role in the history of our national defense.
Impact Aid. Hawaii receives about $37 million annually in Impact Aid payments. It is the federal government's method of compensating states for the additional duty of educating the children of military dependents. Because this is not a responsibility shared equally by all states, Impact Aid payments are intended to help reduce (but not alleviate) the economic burden placed on states with large number of military dependents, like Hawaii.
Joint Venture Education Forum (JVEF). Over the past 10 years, $53 million has been invested by the Department of Defense in the JVEF which is a partnership between the military's Pacific Command and the Hawaii Department of Education to support the needs of both military dependents in public schools, and provide
"I had the privilege and honor of meeting with Judge Roberts. I was impressed by his legal scholarship, but expressed a hope that he would be forthright and open with the American people as he progressed through the Senate confirmation process. Although I must regretfully conclude that there are still questions outstanding on Judge Roberts' record, in light of the urgency of ensuring that our nation's Supreme Court has its full complement of justices, I agree with my Democratic and Republican colleagues that his nomination should be given an up-or-down vote.
"I have studied the development of the Supreme Court by our Founding Fathers, and it is apparent to me that our nation's leaders did not want this group of citizens to be subjected to the
The measure urges the Postal Service to develop a procedure by which mail that originates on the same island to which it is addressed can be kept and sorted on that island. The Conferees agreed that the Postal Service would examine the feasibility of implementing procedures that take into account Hawaii's unique geography. This mail sorting issue arose in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack when air travel was temporarily halted between islands.
In Hawaii and the Pacific, natural disasters -- hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunami, floods, drought and other catastrophes -- are a constant threat. We have experienced many over the years. Time and time again, Hawaii's people are compassionate, sharing and resilient. I have worked to enhance investments on the front end -- better/earlier warnings so people can prepare and take heed. I am currently working to grow a more comprehensive Federal Emergency Management Agency presence in Hawaii, in concert with the U.S. Coast Guard, to ensure that we are able to more quickly and effectively respond in time of disaster.
National Disaster Preparedness Training Center.
Which is the bigger issue in healthcare today: spiraling costs or accessing quality care regardless of whether you live in an urban or rural community? Hawaii faces both challenges. With federal support, we have a spectrum of solutions. Federal community health centers provide quality healthcare to those in need. Moreover, telehealth utilizes internet and broadband connections to bring specialists to rural community hospitals and health centers. The new University of Hawaii at Hilo pharmacy school trains a new generation of practitioners for our communities. On tough issues like these, there is only one way forward: together.
Community Health Centers. I have long supported healthcare access for all residents, with or without insurance, by ensuring a growing network of federal Community Health Centers.
Emergency Medical Services for Children. For 25 years, I have spearheaded legislation and funding for the EMSC program which is designed to ensure that all children and adolescents, no matter where they live, receive appropriate care in a health emergency.
Administration on Aging Grants. I have facilitated $20 million in funding over 10 years for the Administration on Aging grants to Native Hawaiian organizations.
Pharmacy and Pre-Pharmacy Programs at University of Hawaii at Hilo (UHH).
The College of Pharmacy program will begin graduating about 90 doctorally prepared
Realizing the health disparities in Honolulu's urban core and in rural communities on all of the islands, I have long supported healthcare access for all residents, with or without insurance, by ensuring a growing network of federal Community Health Centers. They target services to medically underserved people including low-income families, Native Hawaiians, immigrants, the homeless, and those who lack health insurance. To date, 14 Community Health Centers with 47 service sites, serving over 117,000 patients per year, are up and running on the Islands of Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui, and the Big Island. The annual average aggregate federal subsidy for these 14 centers is about $15.7 million. In addition, I support another $1.8 million annually
Akamai supports applied research, development and deployment of telehealth and healthcare technology, biotechnology, and clinical informatics, to improve access and the quality of care to military families, federal beneficiaries and impacted communities. Building on an annual investment of approximately $25 million, this project has been successful in advancing the development of clinical diagnostic systems, regenerative medicine, human physiology sensors, medical information systems, medical simulation, vaccine development, clinical research in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other biotechnology and medical projects. Through this effort, Hawaii technology companies have succeeded and new technologies and services are in the marketplace.
The College of Pharmacy program will begin graduating about 90 doctorally prepared pharmacists annually beginning in 2011. The inaugural class was seated in 2007, and currently, about 115 students are enrolled, including at least 23 via distance learning. Once completed, the pharmacy programs at UHH are projected to generate $50 million per year in economic activity for the state, $4.2 million in tuition revenue per academic year for the university, and another $15 million in earnings.
A pre-pharmacy program was also established to meet the needs of students in the Pacific Region who may not have access to formal training opportunities. Realizing that many students do not have campus access due to geographical or transportation barriers, student
For 25 years, I have spearheaded legislation and funding for the Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) program which is designed to ensure that all children and adolescents, no matter where they live, receive appropriate care in a health emergency. Since its establishment, the EMSC Program has provided grant funding to all 50 states. $20 million dollars in annual funding has been used to help transform pediatric emergency care in a range of areas, including training EMTs how to care for ill and injured children, developing lists of equipment and drugs that should be in ambulances and in hospitals, and developing handbooks and tools for providers to use in caring for children. Since the program was created in 1984, the rates of child
I have facilitated $20 million in funding over 10 years for the Administration on Aging grants to Native Hawaiian organizations. This funding promotes the delivery of supportive programs, including nutrition services, to older Native Hawaiians and provides multifaceted systems of support services to family caregivers.
My involvement in support of cancer research in Hawaii dates back decades. During President Reagan's administration, I spearheaded a National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Cancer Panel site visit to Hawaii which ultimately led to the creation of the cancer center building on the Queen's Medical Center campus during President Carter's tenure.
In May, 2002, the Governor's Blue Ribbon Panel on Cancer Care in Hawaii found that comprehensive cancer care in Hawaii was poorly coordinated, due to a highly fragmented and competitive healthcare system. Existing cancer screening, cancer care and cancer research initiatives were complicated by Hawaii's geographical isolation and by the State's extraordinary ethnic and socioeconomic diversity.
A possible avian flu epidemic is a national concern. The funding in this appropriations measure will help us to be better prepared by increasing international surveillance, training more emergency officials, and stockpiling vaccines.
I am disappointed, however, that the bill included language that shields pharmaceutical companies that manufacture bird flu vaccines from liability. Americans may refuse to be vaccinated if they fear that drug companies are more concerned about protecting themselves than the public.
Hawaii remains the state most dependent on imported oil. About 90% of our energy needs are satisfied with imported oil, creating severe economic and security challenges. At the same time, Hawaii has a wide variety of renewable energy resources, the development of which will not only reduce oil dependence, but result in lasting environmental benefits, and energy self-sufficiency.
We must not falter this time around in accepting more distributed renewable and clean energy into the grid, such as wind, photovoltaic, geothermal, and biofuels. To do so, we must provide a level of certainty in the amount of renewables the utility will accept and at what price, as well as de-linking utility revenues and electricity profits to encourage conservation,
Hawaii - New Mexico Partnership. In 2006, Senator Pete Domenici of New Mexico and I started the Hawaii-New Mexico Partnership. The results addressed both the system integration/grid stability of taking significantly more renewable energy, as well as institutional issues like the need for easier execution of power purchase agreements with third-party renewable energy operators. These efforts continue to validate the islands' renewable energy road maps. This will include testing the impact of high wind penetration on Maui and Oahu, significant increases in geothermal energy on the Big Island, and the large-scale integration of photovoltaic on all islands.
Hawaii Renewable Energy Development Venture (HREDV). To further pursue and encourage the
Hawaii Energy and Environmental Technology Initiative. In 2002, I worked to secure funding from the Office of Naval Research for the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute of the University of Hawaii (UH) to establish the Hawaii Energy and Environmental Technology Initiative to address critical technology needs associated with the exploration and utilization of seabed methane hydrates, and the development and testing of fuel cells and fuel cell systems. The annual funding level was about $4 million which allows the UH to garner a national expertise of value to the U.S. Navy and transferable technology to the civilian sector. With this basic investment, the UH has been able to compete for additional funding. Today funding levels from the Navy are approaching
About $10 million has been spent over the years to both demonstrate and implement the following:
* The first fuel cell vehicle -- a 30 foot bus for Hickam shuttle service in operation within the Air Force and the State. It is a hybrid with a small fuel cell and a large battery pack.
* The first modular, deployable hydrogen production and fueling station to produce hydrogen and dispenses it into vehicles. The station is capable of producing 48 kg of hydrogen a day.
* A fleet of operational fuel cell vehicles at Hickam -- cars, vans, refueler.
* Solar and wind energy sources are being installed to produce renewable hydrogen. Photovoltaic arrays and wind turbines produce hydrogen with an annual electric cost savings. The cost savings with an operational photovoltaic array were about $43,500 in 2008.
Rural Hawaii Community College Job Training; Rural Development Project
This program, which was introduced by Senator Inouye in 1997, was originally called the Lanai Project and focused on assisting residents of Lanai. It was expanded to assist residents of neighbor islands, and in Fiscal Year 2001, funds were increased to further expand the program to provide assistance to residents of rural communities on Oahu and to help employees of the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai upgrade their job skills. The program, now known as the Rural Hawaii Community College Job Training Program or the Rural Development Project, offers job training, education, employment, and entrpreneurial opportunities. Its goals are to improve the economic and social
It may not sound particularly exciting or grand, but "infrastructure" connects our islands to each other and to the world. It also connects people with jobs today, and our children to the future. Roads and highways mean that families can visit each other safely, and that goods and services can flow freely from one side of an island to the other. Harbors receive cargo shipments from the mainland which are then distributed to every island by ocean. Airports make travel possible between the islands, to the mainland, and the world. Building, maintaining, and operating these facilities means jobs and the safe transit of cargo and people. The federal funds I have championed serve these goals for all our communities.
Energy and water are also part
Federal Highway Formula Funds. Hawaii annually receives about $130 million in federal highway formula funds to support the State of Hawaii and the four counties. Local funds pay 20 percent and the federal funds pay 80 percent to improve and build new roads and highways. The economic stimulus package provided another $127 million in highway funds to both create more jobs and upgrade infrastructure. Over the last 10 years, the federal government invested $200.4 million which highlights the significant role basic transportation infrastructure plays in the economic development of our state by creating construction related jobs, and its essential role in sustaining our military's readiness.
County Buses. Hawaii annually receives about $31 million
Federal Highway Formula Funds. Hawaii annually receives about $130 million in federal highway formula funds to support the State of Hawaii and the four counties. Local funds pay 20 percent and the federal funds pay 80 percent to improve and build new roads and highways. The economic stimulus package provided another $127 million in highway funds to both create more jobs and upgrade infrastructure. In addition to these formula funds, dollars have been specifically set aside for priority projects on all islands. For example, federal support for the construction of Saddle Road ensures the safety of both public motorists and military users of this important artery on the Big Island. Over the last 10 years, the federal government invested $200.4
Hawaii annually receives about $28 million to support the Airport Improvement Program which supports construction and new equipment upgrades for all of Hawaii's airports. The Transportation Security Administration also provides funds for security screening systems at the airports. In the economic stimulus package, $63.8 million was provided for explosive detection systems at Honolulu, Kahului, Hilo and Lihue airports. One of the priority projects is the construction of a new air traffic control tower for the Kona airport; planning and design has been completed and the construction has been budgeted.
Kaumalapau Harbor Basin. The Island of Lanai is extremely dependent on barge traffic for its supplies, and it has only one harbor, Kaumalapau, that receives supply-carrying barges. Storms over the past 25 years caused significant damage to the rubble-mound breakwater that protects the Kaumalapau Harbor Basin. Once 400-feet long and a decent barrier to rough seas and surge conditions, the breakwater eroded to half its length. A total of $24.7 million in federal funds were secured to improve harbor safety and usability for the people of Lanai.
The Kikiaola Small Boat Harbor. The Kikiaola Small Boat Harbor improvement project on the Island of Kauai was initiated more than 28 years ago. Improvements to the harbor strengthen harbor safety by eliminating
Upon their return from Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), our service members have been receiving improving care from the Department of Defense (DOD) and VA. At Congress' insistence, a concerted effort was made to help facilitate a smoother transition for our warriors from active duty to civilian life. This included compelling closer coordination between DOD and VA on medical records, service records, and receipt of benefits. The impacts of combat are not restricted to the fighting man or woman, and their spouses. Families also feel the strains of our warriors' sacrifices, as evidenced by the numbers of divorce, substance abuse, and homeless veterans.
Currently, efforts are underway to address the signature
In Fiscal Year 2008, over 14,433 veterans utilized the facilities located in Honolulu, and on our neighbor islands, over 5,700 veterans used the VA's outpatient clinics. Statewide, the total number of visits to VA facilities was over 20,000 during Fiscal Year 2008. Over the last two years, Congress has provided more funding to the VA than it has in the last 12 previous years.
Upon their return from Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), our service members have been receiving improving care from the Department of Defense (DOD) and VA. Currently, efforts are underway to address the signature wounds of our engagements in OEF/OIF -- traumatic brain injury and psychological health. Ensuring that there are an adequate
The impacts of combat are not restricted to the fighting man or woman, and their spouses. Families also feel the strains of our warriors' sacrifices, as evidenced by the numbers of divorce, substance abuse, and homeless veterans.
Upon their return from Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), our service members have been receiving improving care from the Department of Defense (DOD) and VA. At Congress' insistence, a concerted effort was made to help facilitate a smoother transition for our warriors from active duty to civilian life.
The Tripler Army Medical Center (TAMC), attends to the medical needs of our fighting men and women. It also shares space with the Spark M. Matsunaga Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center, which provides outpatient services to Hawaii's veterans. Hawaii has a proud tradition of service to our nation and is reflected in the number of veterans -- 118,017 -- that reside in the State. In Fiscal Year 2008, over 14,433 veterans utilized the facilities located in Honolulu, and on our neighbor islands, over 5,700 veterans used the VA's outpatient clinics. Statewide, the total number of visits to VA facilities was over 20,000 during Fiscal Year 2008. Over the last two years, Congress has provided more funding to the VA than it has in the last 12 previous
Upon their return from Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), our service members have been receiving improving care from the Department of Defense (DOD) and VA. This included compelling closer coordination between DOD and VA on medical records, service records, and receipt of benefits.
Currently, efforts are underway to address the signature wounds of our engagements in OEF/OIF -- traumatic brain injury and psychological health. Ensuring that there are an adequate number of DOD mental health providers to both our service members is critical to helping them cope with the experiences of war. As veterans, meeting the physical and mental needs of our brave men and women becomes the responsibility of the VA. Following the U.S. experience in Vietnam, psychological conditions suffered by our soldiers like Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, were recognized as "legitimate" ailments. Our painful lessons from the Vietnam War remind us that wounds from past conflicts do not end with one's service. As a result, Congressional funding for both DOD and VA mental health treatment and research have steadily increased. The VA now focuses some of its research efforts on the long-term effects of physical and mental wounds to improve treatments and their efficacy on our veterans.
Multiple legislative achievements for the Native Hawaiians, including:
Kuhio Park Terrace Community Resource Center
Native Hawaiian Culture and Arts Program
Native Hawaiian Education Act
Native Hawaiian Health Care Improvement Act
Native Hawaiian Housing Loan Guarantee Fund
Native Hawaiian Institutions Assisting Communities Program
Native Hawaiian Revolving Loan Fund
Native Hawaiian Vocational Education
Pacific Community Development Program and Fishery Demonstration Projects
Repatriation of Remains at Kaneohe Bay
Samoan/Asian Pacific Islander Job Training
Sustainable Agriculture in the American Pacific
The Pacific Islands Center for Educational Development
Title III of the Higher Education Act, Strengthening Native Hawaiian
Providing quality healthcare services to Native Hawaiians has always been critical. Cancer, diabetes, and heart disease continue to plague the Native Hawaiians at a greater rate than all other ethnic groups. Early health prevention and promotion greatly improve the chances of providing proper treatment to increase their longevity. Over the years I have secured over $115 million for Native Hawaiian healthcare. These funds have been used to provide preventative care, traditional healing practices, and general health services.
The Native Hawaiian Housing Block Grant program and Native Hawaiian Loan Guarantee Fund program were established to provide support to the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands for home construction and renovations, as well
The availability of adequate and affordable housing has oftentimes been a challenge in Hawaii. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development annually provides about $126.8 million to the state and counties to support their public housing areas, and their need for affordable housing on their respective islands. These funds come in the form of tenant-based vouchers, investment partnerships, operating and capital improvement monies.
Hawaii has not been sheltered from this economic recession. Our unemployment rate of 7.4%, as of May, 2009, has not been this high in a decade, not since December 1997. Our bankruptcies are up, as are our foreclosure rate, although not as great as the national average. In the first quarter of 2009, our hotel occupancy, a key indicator of the health of our tourism industry, fell to 69.9% with Oahu at 72.6%, Maui at 69.2%, Kauai at 65.1% and the Big Island at 58.9%. The break even is generally in the low 60th percentile, depending on the debt service a particular property is carrying, and whether it is a luxury or economy hotel.
However, through it all, we cannot and must not give in to despair, and not give up on our dreams. We are all in the same canoe -- we will rise or sink together. While there is no quick fix or easy answer, let us persevere and lean forward together with determination and optimism for better tomorrows.
Hawaii annually receives about $14.9 million, divided between the counties to support community development. Appropriated funds have been the catalyst for local economic development by providing job training, access to equipment and facilities for entrepreneurs and small businesses, and contributing to the growth strategy powered by local communities. Examples of economic development projects benefiting the low income and working families include the West Kauai High Tech Training Facility, Kipahulu certified kitchen, Pacific Gateway Center Business Incubator, and the Goodwill Leeward Job and Training Center.
Moreover, a healthy community also needs facilities for social services and safe housing. Projects for community development and housing
The Native Hawaiian Housing Block Grant program and Native Hawaiian Loan Guarantee Fund program were established to provide support to the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands for home construction and renovations, as well as to provide assistance to more families on the path to homeownership. Over the past 10 years, $82.3 million has been appropriated for these programs combined. With these funds, new communities have been established, more families have gotten homes, and the Department continues its mission to provide homes to more on the waiting list.
The Hawaii High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) received its designation in 1999 from the Office of National Drug Control Policy in response to rising rates of crystal methamphetamine abuse in the state. HIDTA's priorities include: intelligence, investigation, interdiction, prosecution, and support. With an annual budget of about $1.2 million, the Hawaii HIDTA provides technical and tactical training, pools technological and equipment resources, and coordinates the efforts of law enforcement agencies operating within the region. This includes the execution of all wiretap operations, the sharing of tips on critical information from informants, and coordinated busts which have been successful in disrupting drug trafficking linked to Asia, Oceania and the Pacific.
Akamai supports applied research, development and deployment of telehealth and healthcare technology, biotechnology, and clinical informatics, to improve access and the quality of care to military families, federal beneficiaries and impacted communities. Through this effort, Hawaii technology companies have succeeded and new technologies and services are in the marketplace.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). NOAA provides key services from forecasting wave sets for surfing, ensuring that the sashimi we eat is fresh and safe, to developing an increasingly mature understanding of our oceans. NOAA serves an integral role in daily island living and is in the process of standing up a regional presence in Hawaii. Construction
The basis for many of the advances in Hawaii agriculture is research. Over the past decade, approximately $128 million in federal funding was provided in support of applied and basic agricultural research in Hawaii. Funds have been provided to the Pacific Basin Agricultural Research Center, the Hawaii Agricultural Research Center, the University of Hawaii Manoa, the University of Hawaii Hilo, and the Oceanic Institute. This federal assistance I have worked to provide, is in addition to the federal Land Grant funding for agricultural research, extension, and instruction.
Of special note, much of the research effort over the years have been directed to fruit flies -- both growing crops in spite of their presence and developing ways to export
The basis for many of the advances in Hawaii agriculture is research. This federal assistance I have worked to provide, is in addition to the federal Land Grant funding for agricultural research, extension, and instruction.
RETAH, Agricultural Incubators, and Hawaii Agricultural Development. Three programs which contribute to the growth of diversified agriculture and Hawaii's food security are the Rural Economic Transition Assistance Hawaii (RETAH) program, the Agricultural Incubator program, and Hawaii Agricultural Development program. These programs address the confluence of two main issues -- the decline on plantation agriculture and the release of water and land resources to diversified agriculture; and, the limited history of entrepreneurship
The transformation from large-scale plantation agriculture to a smaller-scale diversified agriculture in Hawaii and the American Pacific requires a strong agriculture research base. Approximately $48 million in federal funds were secured to complete Phase I of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Pacific Basin Agriculture Research Center in Hilo. The Center effectively complements the research efforts provided by state and territorial entities. Plans and funding for Phase II construction (approximately $15.1 million) are on-going.
RETAH. This program, operating under the direction of a private sector oversight committee with business and agricultural experience, provided for public private partnerships to support displaced agricultural workers wishing to embark on farm business careers. The program evolved in its final years to support the deteriorating infrastructure as plantations dissolved. 20,000 acres of former sugar lands was put back into agricultural production, and 1,100 people were employed. RETAH played a pivotal role in a resurgence and expansion of diversified agriculture.
Agricultural Incubator Program. This program offers those wishing to engage in farm businesses access to state-of-the-art business management practices and mentoring.
Hawaii Agricultural Development Program. This program supports small public-private partnerships to expand diversified agriculture and improve food security.
RETAH. This program, operating under the direction of a private sector oversight committee with business and agricultural experience, provided for public private partnerships to support displaced agricultural workers wishing to embark on farm business careers. The program evolved in its final years to support the deteriorating infrastructure as plantations dissolved. 20,000 acres of former sugar lands was put back into agricultural production, and 1,100 people were employed. RETAH played a pivotal role in a resurgence and expansion of diversified agriculture