President's Message (Maile Bay)|
Lunch & Learn the Law
National Action Alert - Voting Rights for D.C. Citizens
Domestic Violence: Dual Arrest (Suzanne Meisenzahl)
Initiative & Referendum Study (Marian Wilkins)
Environment (Maile Bay)
Education (Mary Anne Raywid)
Campaign Finance (Laure Dillon)
Legislative Committee (Jean Aoki)
Two New Studies
League Local News - Honolulu (Pearl Johnson)
League Local News - Hawaii County (Marian Wilkins)
League Local News - Kauai (Carol Bain)
Aloha mai kakau,
Mahalo for everyone's support allowing me to serve for the next term. It was wonderful to see such a grand turnout for the State Convention and to have an opportunity to meet and speak with you all. I want to extend a special mahalo to the Convention Planning Committee: Grace Furukawa, Suzanne Meisenzahl, and Mary Anne Raywid for putting together such a provocative and interesting program.
For those of you who attended, thank you for sharing your thoughts and ideas with the chairs of the various League committees and studies. Much was gained to help lead the way for the next year. For those of you who were unable to come, we missed you, but we want to make sure you stay in contact: please call us if you have any ideas or questions.
The State League also wants to thank Linda Colburn, Executive Director, Hawai'i Nature Center, and the former administrator of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, for sharing her ideas on the interrelationship of our host culture of Native Hawaiians and the rest of the State of Hawaii. Linda provided a viewpoint that helps all to better understand the actions of Native Hawaiians, especially as we all relate to the environment. Her refreshing solutions for Hawai'i, such as functioning as a hub for economic transactions between the Asian and New York stock exchanges (since we are in the middle of the two time zones), offer new alternatives for consideration. It is wonderful to receive such positive words of wisdom delivered with intelligence and wit.
This year the State League has the opportunity to work on a couple of new fronts, in addition to our regular committee work, including a new study on Judicial Independence sponsored by the National League. Past president Jean Aoki is leading this effort, as well as forming a committee to monitor the State's reapportionment scheme that will be occurring over the next six months (to be pau by November 2001). This new scheme is in response to our 2000 census statistics. Those persons interested in these efforts should contact Jean as soon as possible. Reapportionment monitoring requires people to attend, observe, and report on the happenings at these meetings.
Once again, I thank all of you for this opportunity to serve the State League and I look forward to working with you all and our new officers and board members. Please feel free to call me with your comments and questions; I can be reached at 225-9210. (It's toll free for Neighbor Island members).
LWV - HawaiiMaile Bay - President
Jacqueline Parnell - Vice President
Grace Furukawa - Secretary
Janet Mason - Treasurer
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