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Monday, April 17, 2000

Legislature 2000

Lillian Hong bids third
time for mayor’s seat

LILLIAN Hong, who more than doubled the number of votes she received as a Honolulu mayoral candidate from 1994 to 1996, will run for the same job again this fall.

Hong, a former businesswoman who lives in Salt Lake, produces programs for Olelo.

Hong received 1,502 votes and finished fourth in the primary election in 1996, won by Mayor Jeremy Harris. She received 580 votes in 1994.

Hong, 58, said she will fight for "the little people" and create a "whistle-blower department." Other key issues are education and public transportation. She is promising to donate her entire salary as mayor to charity.


Everyone expects comedian Frank DeLima to pass on messages through humor -- but educational messages?

DeLima visits 357 public and private schools a year in Hawaii and hopes that his student enrichment program will help children make a successful transition from childhood to maturity.

DeLima was one of the recipients given a Kilohana Award for outstanding volunteerism.

"I love every minute of it. The kids are so wonderful," said DeLima.

Gov. Ben Cayetano honored DeLima and 22 other recipients for the Kilohana Awards at Washington Place on Friday.

"You'll find in Hawaii, there's a spirit of volunteers that few states can match," said Cayetano.

Cayetano congratulated recipients for their "tremendous testimonial to your commitment to the people of this state."

Each awardee was given a taro plant symbolizing ohana and their generous spirit for their care of Hawaii's community.

McKlyn Valenciano, senior at Kauai High School, said he was really excited to receive the award. Valenciano has been volunteering in Boy Scouts projects since he was 10 years old.

Mary Matayoshi, director of State Volunteer Services at the governor's office, said, "Each individual can contribute to the wellness of the community in their own way."


In celebration of National Great American Clean-up "Keep America Clean" campaign, Rep. Sylvia Luke (D, Nuuanu) is sponsoring a neighborhood cleanup along Lusitana, Huali, Puowaina and Kamamalu streets from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Saturday.

"This is a great opportunity for all of us to express our commitment to keeping our communities beautiful," said Luke.

Volunteers should meet at 9 a.m. at the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii parking lot near the Lusitana Street entrance. Equipment for the cleanup will be distributed at the parking lot.

Light refreshments will be provided.

For more information, contact Luke's office at 586-8530.


More than 100 lawmakers and staff pulsed at a blood drive held in the Capitol auditorium.

"Each person that takes time out of their busy day to donate blood in order to help someone they will never know walks away a winner," said Rep. Marcus Oshiro (D, Wahiawa-Whitmore Village).

Lawmakers hosted "The Legislative Challenge Blood Drive" on Wednesday. Rep. Bertha Kawakami and Senate President Norman Mizuguchi headed the drive.

Gov. Ben Cayetano and Lt. Gov. Mazie Hirono donated blood as well as Sen. Sam Slom and Sen. Brian Kanno. House Speaker Calvin Say and Rep. Dwight Takamine also participated.

In Hawaii, 2 percent of the people donate blood. In order to meet the demand of 50,000 units a year, more than 200 donors a day are needed.



Bullet Ray Kamikawa: The state tax director is smiling for the second month in a row as state tax returns keep coming in. The latest figure has revenues running 3 percent higher than last year at this time.

Bullet Simeon Acoba: The appellate court judge is nominated to the Hawaii Supreme Court, a nod Ben Cayetano's been itching to make since becoming governor six years ago.

Bullet Randy Iwase: The state senator wins a round of support as Gov. Cayetano's nominee to the Hawaii Labor and Industrial Relations Appeals Board.


Bullet Ben Cayetano: The governor backs a bill providing reciprocal benefits to gay couples but fails to win enough support; the measure is killed in the state House.

Bullet Eric Hamakawa, Cal Kawamoto: After nearly a year of talks, the conference committee chairmen are losing the chance to find agreement on new fireworks regulations.

Bullet Calvin Say: The House speaker blames himself for losing track of a bill to allow building and operation of private prisons. He vows to change it if the bill makes it to conference committee this week.

This feature by Richard Borreca runs Mondays throughout the legislative session.

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