Members of the funding committees of the state Legislature are on Kaua‘i from today for three days of site visits that will see them tour the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility at Barking Sands, west of Kekaha, to Kilauea School and “gentlemen estates” in Kilauea.
The state Senate Ways and Means Committee, and state House Finance Committee, determine funding levels and fates of essentially every piece of legislation that has a dollar sign involved in it.
Hosted today, Monday, Oct. 27, by state Rep. Bertha C. Kawakami, D-West Kaua‘i-Ni‘ihau, vice chair of the House Finance Committee, the lawmakers will visit PMRF, Syngenta Seeds Hawaii, Waimea High School (to meet with class officers and other student leaders), and Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital at the West Kauai Medical Center.
After checking in at the Radisson Kauai Beach Resort near Hanama‘ulu, the lawmakers are scheduled to attend a pupu reception hosted by the Hawaii Tourism Authority and various Kaua‘i visitor-industry groups.
On Tuesday, Oct. 28, state Rep. Mina Morita, D-North Shore, hosts the group, with stops planned at Kilauea School, Kaua‘i Community College, Trex Hawaii in the Lihu‘e Industrial Park, Kapaa Public Library, and the “gentlemen estates” in the Kilauea area, according to a schedule provided by Kawakami’s office staff.
On Wednesday, Oct. 29, state Rep. Ezra Kanoho, D-east and south Kaua‘i, hosts the lawmakers, who will tour the new Kaua‘i Civil Defense agency offices and Kaua‘i Police Department headquarters, and the under-construction state courthouse complex before heading to Lihu‘e Airport for flights home later that morning.