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Open Skies
July 28, 2021
Today, Congressman Kaialiʻi Kahele (HI-02) voted in support of the Fair and Open Skies Act which passed through the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Markup. Kahele is an original cosponsor of the measure, alongside T&I Chair Peter DeFazio, Aviation Subcommittee Chair Rick Larsen (D-WA), T&I Vice Chair Sharice Davids (D-KS), Aviation Subcommittee Vice Chair Conor Lamb (D-PA), Subcommittee on Highways and Transit Ranking Member Rodney Davis (R-IL), and Representatives Drew Ferguson (R-GA), Bill Johnson (R-OH), Don Bacon (R-NE), and Jack Bergman (R-MI). The bill ensures that international airlines are unable to use “flags-of-convenience,” which allows them to subvert international labor and safety standards. 
HHCA Press Conference
July 20, 2021
Native Hawaiians this month marked the 100th anniversary of the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act, the federal legislation that established Hawaii’s homesteading program. Its first homesteader family moved into their new home about a year after the act’s creation.
Kahele DC
July 20, 2021
The compacts with western Pacific nations take on new importance as China seeks to extend its influence in the area.
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Pearl Harbor
July 16, 2021
The Homeland Defense Radar-Hawaii—which the Pentagon zeroed out two years in a row in its funding requests—is back with $75 million approved by the House Appropriations Committee today in the fiscal year 2022 defense funding bill.
Kahele DC
July 16, 2021
A Native Hawaiian congressman has introduced legislation to change requirements for passing down Hawaiian homestead leases to relatives.
kuhio
July 14, 2021
About 200,000 acres of land across the Hawaiian Islands are reserved solely for Native Hawaiians. But not all Native Hawaiians, just those with 50% or more Hawaiian blood.
homestead
July 14, 2021
New federal legislation introduced by Hawaii Congressman Kai Kahele would pave the way for more Hawaiians to succeed family members’ homestead leases.
Kahele DC
July 13, 2021
Congressman Kai Kahele is trying to make it official: allowing Native Hawaiian leasehold land to be more easily passed down to beneficiaries.
July 12, 2021
Native Hawaiians came together in Washington, DC to mark a milestone this weekend—the centennial of the signing of the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act (HHCA). Leaders from the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA) joined in the celebrations with members of Hawaiʻi’s Congressional delegation and other Native Hawaiian organizations.
epa
July 11, 2021
Before the Environmental Protection Agency got involved, state Department of Health officials reported urgent problems at the facility.