Ocean-energy device launches, better positions Hawai‘i to harness wave power

Hawai‘i moved closer to gaining independence from fossil fuels, exerting control over its energy production and fulfilling the state's Clean Energy Initiative with the latest deployment of a high-tech ocean-renewable energy device that converts waves into energy off Kaneohe's shoreline this ... (more) Continue Reading

Legislative Roadshow Drives Student Input

With droves of young people currently exercising their right to have their voices heard in national government, our yearly Legislative Roadshow is perfectly timed to give students in our 50th District a hands-on experience of participating in the legislative process. This helps them to understand ... (more) Continue Reading

More Power To HMSA Means More Risk, Less Power To The Patient

By Rep. Cynthia Thielen It's risky business. Postponing health-related procedures to save money may be hazardous to your life. Three months ago, HMSA pulled the plug on doctors by revoking their earned "gold cards" that allowed them preapproval to order medical tests without delay. These are ... (more) Continue Reading

Opening the door to clean-energy loans

By Rep Cynthia Thielen As early as 2013, those applying for photovoltaic (PV) systems often faced long permitting delays that resulted in Hawaiian Electric (HECO) facing frustrated legislators and more than a few angry Windward residents. In response to this backlash, the Public Utilities ... (more) Continue Reading

2015 Legislative Report

Click here for Rep. Thielen's end of session annual 2015 Legislative Report! ... (more) Continue Reading

Kawainui Marsh Master Plan Update

We just received an update from Hawaii State Department of Land & Natural Resources on the Kawainui Marsh Master Plan.  According to the letter, a draft master plan report will be released to the public for review on May 16, 2014, and there will be a 30-day comment period on that draft.  The ... (more) Continue Reading