Public Access Room Newsletter and Information

The Public Access Room’s April 2016 Newsletter is now available!

In this Issue:

  • Conference Committees
  • Important Deadlines for the Governor
  • Following the Money?
  • Maze: How a Bill Becomes Law


Civil Beat article on Manufactured Housing and why it’s not happening here in Hawaii

Manufactured housing communities can help bring down our cost of living, but stereotypes, land costs, regulations and a lack of will have conspired to block them.

What’s going on at the Waianae Library?

May Monthly events

Tree Trimming on Farrington Hwy. 4/19-4/26 FYI

Aloha Senator Shimabukuro,

My apologies for the short notice, we wanted to inform you that our Vegetation Management Section has scheduled tree trimming work along Farrington Highway from Honokai Hale to Nanakuli to clear brush growing near existing utility lines. The work will occur from April 19 to April 26, Monday through Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.  The contractor has been advised to be off of the road by 2:00 p.m.

Work will begin on the mauka side of Farrington Highway near Honokai Hale and crews will be moving west towards Nanakuli. For the safety of work crews and the public, a single westbound lane of Farrington Highway will be closed near the working area as crews are clearing the vegetation.  Traffic control measures, aided by special-duty police officers, will be used to help direct traffic flow on Farrington Highway in the work area.  Traffic advisories are also being issued.  We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Have a great afternoon,


Community Relations

Hawaiian Electric

PO Box 2750 / Honolulu, HI 96840

O: 808.543-4909


Disaster Prep Workshop April 20th

Community: FREE #Waianae Disaster Prep Workshop Wednesday April 20 at 6:30PM Waianae District Park. @MayorKirkHNL #NatlPrep

Are YOU and your family prepared for the next #hurricane, #tsunami or other disaster? Do you know what emergency supplies you should have on hand or have you developed a 7-day family disaster supplies kit? Learn about these issues and much, much MORE Wednesday April 20th at a FREE disaster preparedness workshop to be held at the Waianae District Park, 85-601 Farrington Hwy, Waianae, HI 96792 at 6:30 p.m. The Waianae Military Civilian Advisory Council, Waianae Rotary and Waianae community members are hosting free monthly disaster preparedness workshops every 3rd Wednesday. The Waianae Coast Readiness Team is working closely with the City & County of Honolulu Department of Emergency Management & the Hawaii State Emergency Management Agency, using the Hawaii Hazards Awareness & Resilience Program (HHARP). Every month there will be a new topic so the public is encouraged to come out to attend these free disaster preparedness workshops to help them get ready for an all-hazard event. The goal is to develop the Waianae Coast Readiness Team, made up of volunteers to help communities in the Makua/Keaau, Makaha, Waianae, Maili, Lualualei and Nanakuli areas.

If you’d like to join the team or would like more information, call Don “Rock” Arakaki at (808) 255-8669 or email him at

For full details, view this message on the web.

‘Hawaii Bill Would Excuse Breastfeeding Moms from Jury Duty’ (AP 4/18/16)

The following AP article by Cathy Bussewitz appeared in the Hastings (Nebraska) Tribune on 4/18/16. A similar article appeared in Washington Times.


Hawaii State Senators Maile Shimabukuro, left, and Roz Baker, right, talk on the Senate floor on Monday, April 18, 2016, in Honolulu. Breastfeeding moms could soon be exempt from jury duty in Hawaii under a bill passed by the Hawaii Legislature. The State Senate passed a bill Monday that would give the exemption to mothers who are breastfeeding children up to two years old. (AP Photo/Cathy Bussewitz)

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Sen. Maile Shimabukuro knows firsthand how hard it can be to find an appropriate space for breastfeeding. She found herself pumping milk on the bus while commuting to work when she was breastfeeding her son.

For women serving on juries, the challenge can be even greater, because jurors often don’t have access to supplies or an adequate space to pump.

Breastfeeding moms could soon be exempt from jury duty in Hawaii under a bill Shimabukuro co-sponsored and the Hawaii Senate passed on Monday. The bill, which would excuse mothers from jury duty if they are breastfeeding children up to age 2, heads next to Gov. David Ige, who may sign it into law.

“In a confined setting like a jury room or a jury box, it’s a little disconcerting for the mom, as well as for the people around, because not everybody knows how to handle a mom that’s breastfeeding in public,” said state Sen. Roz Baker, who co-introduced the bill. “All the statistics show that you bond, and there are important immunities that pass from mom to baby that you don’t get if you’re not able to breastfeed.”

The National Conference of State Legislatures says 17 states and Puerto Rico excuse breastfeeding mothers from jury duty or allow their service to be postponed.

Fewer than one in three children in Hawaii receive breast milk at the age of twelve months, an age when breast milk is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the World Health Organization, according to Breastfeeding Hawaii, a nonprofit organization.

If jurors or other women don’t pump breast milk at the appropriate time, their bodies may stop producing milk, Shimabukuro said.

“It’s really a critical thing in terms of the health of both the baby and the mother,” she said.