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June 28, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, on the latest episode of his show, Conversations with KaiCongressman Kaialiʻi Kahele (HI-02) sat down with U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) Denis McDonough to discuss issues important to veterans and their families in Hawaiʻi and throughout the country.

June 19, 2021
HILO, HI – U.S. Congressman Kaialiʻi Kahele (HI-02) issued the following statement today on the passing of Robert Kaleimomi Kekaula:
June 17, 2021
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representatives Ami Bera, M.D. (D-CA) and Steve Chabot (R-OH), Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, Central Asia, and Nonproliferation, led a bipartisan group of national security leaders in Congress in introducing the bipartisan Taiwan Peace and Stability Act, legislation that signals a path forward on U.S. policy toward Taiwan. Specifically, the legislation strengthens U.S. support for Taiwan’s participation in the international community, advances U.S.-Taiwan economic ties, and enhances deterrence over a cross-Strait conflict.
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June 11, 2021
HONOLULU, HI – U.S. Congressman Kaialiʻi Kahele (HI-02) and U.S. Congressman Ed Case (HI-01) today announced that 12 Native Hawaiian programs based In Hawai’i have been awarded grants totaling $1,181,486 to help preserve the indigenous history, heritage and culture of Hawaiʻi.
June 9, 2021
HONOLULU, HI – Today, Congressman Kaialiʻi Kahele (HI-02), a member of the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, successfully championed a measure to secure $50 million to invest in domestic wastewater systems, prioritizing household cesspools – a rampant problem across rural Hawaiʻi.
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June 3, 2021
HONOLULU, HI -- Congressman Kaialiʻi Kahele (HI-02) joined state leaders and health experts Lt. Gov. Josh Green, Bay Clinic CEO Dr. Christian Alameda and Hawaiʻi District Health Office Representative Jason Dela Cruz to encourage vaccination efforts throughout the community. The group participated in a public vaccine forum yesterday, immediately following President Biden’s announcement of his ‘National Month of Action’ to get 70% of US adults at least 1 shot by July 4.
June 3, 2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Kaiali’i Kahele (D-HI) and Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) yesterday led a bipartisan group of members in calling for Congress to provide USINDOPACOM with its full request for the Pacific Deterrence Initiative (PDI) in the FY2022 defense appropriations bill. In a letter to Reps. Betty McCollum (D-MN) and Ken Calvert (R-CA), as first reported by Defense News, the members outlined the importance of the investments outlined in former USINDOPACOM Commander Admiral Davidson's report on how to fulfill the PDI and why it's important to US security interests in the region.
May 28, 2021
HILO, HI — Today, Congressman Kaialiʻi Kahele issued the following statement on President Biden’s Executive Order establishing the White House Initiative on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders.
For Country
May 19, 2021
WASHINGTON – Yesterday, members of the For Country Caucus joined forces with national nonprofit, Operation Gratitude, to impact thousands of deployed troops in recognition of Military Appreciation Month and to draw attention to the importance of constructing a national memorial to the veterans who have served in the Global War on Terrorism.
May 18, 2021
WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the House of Representatives advanced an amended bipartisan VET TEC Enhancement Act, legislation introduced by Congressman Kaialiʻi Kahele (HI-02) and Congresswoman Mariannette Miller-Meeks (IA-02) which would increase the authorization for the high technology pilot program of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA).