Kouchi remains Senate president

HONOLULU — The state Senate recently announced new changes to its leadership and committee assignments, though Lihu‘e resident Ronald D. Kouchi remains Senate president.

Senator Jarrett Keohokalole (District 24 – Kane‘ohe, Kailua, He‘eia and ‘Ahuimanu) is majority floor leader and vice chair of the Committee on Hawaiian Affairs. He also serves as the chair of the Senate Committee on Health, vice chair of the Committee on Judiciary, and is a member of the Committee on Labor, Culture and the Arts.

Senator Laura Acasio, who was appointed by Gov. David Ige to fill the Hawai‘i Island unexpired term of Kai Kahele, who was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, will serve on the committees on Agriculture & Environment, Hawaiian Affairs, Human Services and Judiciary.

“With our leadership and committee assignments now complete, we will begin to move forward and tackle the tough challenges that lay ahead in this new legislative session,” said Kouchi, who represents Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau. “Each of our members brings a wealth of experience, expertise and knowledge that will be critical to the work that we do in the Senate.”

  1. I saw a Vampire once January 22, 2021 11:37 pm Reply

    I think it was a Mufi Hannemann who suggested Oahu build a rail transit. Many feel this is a waste of projet time and money that could have been used on something more worth while. But they started it. 2009. It is still not finished. It boils down to where you might be situated in the community. I have a neighbor friend who owns a small business where we are from. And according her, she pays huge amounts in state tax for running a business. She is into catering and restaurants. It’s picking up again. So it is good. It is located in the Airport industrial area. For workers there. Oahu that is. Anyway, when a community hold meetings she’s the very first one there. She always tells me that she would find the nicest politician like an Ed Case and build rapport with him. That way she can get off scot free from paying any taxes. Not so. Being a representative means you do the community good. Not just take up space in name only. You have to be paying the bills. Just like my lady friend always brings up to these politicians, how did you do? She meant financially. That is the whole point I wanted to make. How are your senators doing? Are they making it happen? Money wise. Nothing happens with out it.

  2. Ask Dan January 23, 2021 5:27 pm Reply

    Ask Dan don’t call me Ron Kouchi.

    His racket and the crackheads at the recycling center got hundreds of thousands of pandemic money when it did not need it or warrant such a relief.

    Free money for a racket that was called out several times for malfeasance.

    I guess if you play the game right like the multimodal (phony) transportation path on the east side of Kauai, you get paid.

    “First you get the money, then you get the power, then you get the respect” – Tony Montana

    Get some Yakuza.

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