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Kahele and San Nicolas
September 3, 2021
In a markup session of the Armed Services Committee, language was added via the successful passage of an amendment to the 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), for the Secretary of the Airforce and the National Guard Bureau leadership to specifically study bringing permanent aircraft presense and capability into Guam and the Guam Air National Guard.
Congressman Kahele
September 2, 2021
U.S. lawmakers will look into the possibility of establishing a permanent air force unit under the Guam National Guard to further beef up the defense system on the island.
September 2, 2021
U.S. Rep. Kai Kahele said the annual fiscal 2022 defense bill passed by the House Armed Services Committee today includes multiple provisions for the National Guard — including the establishment of a Space National Guard as a reserve component of the U.S. Space Force — as well as a feasibility study for the establishment of a Hawaii Air Guard aeromedical squadron at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
Congressman Kahele- DC
September 2, 2021
Congressman Kaialiʻi Kahele (HI-02), a member of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC), successfully amended the Fiscal Year 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (FY22 NDAA) during the Committee’s consideration of the bill. The NDAA includes a number of policies championed by Congressman Kahele, and was approved by a bipartisan vote of 57-2. The bill will now move to floor consideration by the full U.S. House of Representatives.
Summer Sylva
September 1, 2021
Congressman Kaialiʻi Kahele (HI-02) issued the following statement today on the Department of Interior’s announcement of Biden-Harris Administration Native Hawaiian appointees, Summer Sylva and Keone Nakoa:
Congressman Kahele Interview with National Guard Magazine
August 30, 2021
Love of flying brought Lt. Col. Kaiali'i Kahele to the Hawaii Air National Guard. A desire to continue the work of his late father, Gil Kahele, brought him to public office. Now, Kahele is one of only six currently drilling Guardsmen who serve in Congress.
Congressman Kahele with National Guard
August 30, 2021
Today, Representatives Kaialiʻi Kahele (HI-02) and Trent Kelly (MS-01) announced the introduction of H.R.5095, the ʻ1095 Rule’ Amendment Act, bipartisan legislation to strengthen the National Guard and Reserve by increasing the maximum number of days reservists can serve on active duty.
Native Hawaiian Leaders urge unity in fight against COVID-19
August 28, 2021
Native Hawaiian leaders are calling for unity amongst Native Hawaiians in the fight to beat COVID-19, urging people to take the virus seriously and to “make use of the tools available.”
August 27, 2021
Condolences pour in for the loss of dozens in Thursday’s suicide bombings outside Kabul’s airport. U.S. Rep. Kai Kahele, a Hawaii Air National Guard officer, was one who acknowledged the sacrifice of service members who died helping thousands desperate to fly out of Afghanistan.
August 26, 2021
Native Hawaiians suffered relatively few Covid-19 cases early in the pandemic but began to see an uptick in July as the delta variant raged.