Kauai leaders at Hawaii on the Hill

  • Photo courtesy Emily Latimer

    Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard speaks to those at Hawaii on the Hill in Washington, D.C. Thursday, while, from left, state Senate President Ron Kouchi from Kauai, Chamber of Commerce Hawaii President and CEO Sherry Menor-McNamara and U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono listen.

  • Photo courtesy Emily Latimer

    Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, second from left, is joined by officials at Hawaii on the Hill in Washington, D.C. Thursday, including, from left, state Sen. Lorraine R. Inouye, state Sen. Donna Mercado Kim, Hawaii Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Sherry Menor-McNamara, Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr., U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono, state Rep. Jimmy Tokioka and Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Hawaii Congressional delegation joined local government officials, small business owners, and educators at the 5th annual Hawaii on the Hill events on Capitol Hill on Wednesday.

“Just as they are in Hawaii, relationships are so critical to getting things done in Washington,” said Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard. “Each year our leaders from across the Aloha State come to DC, they leave an even greater impact on our nation’s capital, helping to highlight Hawaii’s unique needs and opportunities, and secure resources for our economy and future.”

Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr., Senate President Ron Kouchi and Kauai Rep. Jimmy Tokioka were among those who attended.

Sen. Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) and the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii welcomed more than 100 members of Hawaii’s business community representing industries from hospitality, manufacturing, health care, transportation and education.

“We started Hawaii on the Hill five years ago to give Hawaii businesses direct access to federal decision makers,” Hirono said. “The Policy Summit is a great opportunity for participating businesses to make new connections, and I am grateful we have a record number of businesses joining us this year.”

At the Hawaii on the Hill Policy Summit, Gabbard spoke of recent updates that affect Hawaii, including the importance of continuing diplomatic negotiations with North Korea, passing critical legislation that strengthens and upgrades water infrastructure like the Ala Wai Canal and small boat harbors.

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