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Monday, December 25, 2000

Gov. Cayetano:
A time for all to
show compassion
to less fortunate

'It is the aloha spirit and tradition
of caring that set Hawaii apart'

The Christmas season, especially in Hawaii, is a time for families, friends and neighbors -- as well as a time to help the less fortunate, Gov. Ben Cayetano said in his Christmas message to the state:

"For members of Christian religions, Christmas is a centuries-old holy day. For others, Christmas is a festive holiday marked by family gatherings and the exchange of gifts," Cayetano said.

"It is also a time when all of us, drawing upon our beliefs and traditions, can reach out with compassion to the less fortunate. Like the ancient Hawaiians who embraced all into their ohana, we must continue to care deeply about each other.

"We need always remember that it is the aloha spirit and tradition of caring that set Hawaii apart as a community," he said.

GOP REACHES OUT: Expect the Republican caucus of the state Legislature to reach out to the Democratic majority in both Houses and to the governor, says state Sen. Sam Slom (R, Hawaii Kai).

Slom, responding last Thursday to Cayetano's executive biennium budget, said rather than Republicans just complaining about how things are, you will see them offer very constructive suggestions and alternatives he hopes the majority will consider.

"The idea of making presentations just to one group of political leaders in this state while ignoring the other, I think is something that should be abolished," Slom said. "We want to meet openly, continuously, and we want to solve the problems the people told us in our districts they want solved. That's why you see new faces in the 21st Legislature."

"The constituents have told us they don't want Republican solutions or Democrat solutions; they want workable and effective solutions."

The 21st session of the Legislature convenes Jan. 17, 2001.

INAUGURATION PARADE: Now that we have a president, there's going to be a parade.

But Hawaii Bush for President chairwoman Barbara Marumoto says she still needs a group to represent Hawaii in the Inauguration Parade in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20.

"I have been asked to find an organized group -- like a marching band or hula halau -- who would be interested in representing Hawaii," Marumoto said.

"With the short time frame, it will be difficult for entrants to overcome logistical challenges, such as transportation, hotel reservations and associated costs -- not to mention the cold weather. Unfortunately, we are not able to offer much help with these issues. Nevertheless, I know Hawaii folks would like to be represented and to share our aloha spirit with the entire nation."

Interested parties can call Marumoto at 228-1438.

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