February 22, 2013

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: SENATOR MAZIE K. HIRONO MEETS WITH PEOPLE ACROSS HAWAII DURING HER "BRINGING HAWAII'S VOICE TO WASHINGTON" LISTENING TOUR

Honolulu, HI – After spending her first month as a United States Senator in Washington, Senator Mazie K. Hirono embarked on a four day listening tour across Hawaii to hear how she can best bring Hawaii’s voice to Washington. Hirono met with military leaders, veterans, working families, immigration advocates and people across the state in a number of meetings. Here’s a quick run-down of the tour:

Monday

WATCH: Senator Hirono appeared on Hawaii’s television morning shows to talk about the devastating effects sequestration could have on Hawaii and how she is working with her Senate colleagues to find a compromise solution. (KHON 2)

Later in the day, Senator Hirono listened to the concerns of Kauai veterans during a roundtable discussion on jobs and health issues. “I’m here to hear what your concerns are; that’s the only way I can bring them to Washington,” Hirono told the group. The Garden Island newspaper was there to document the event:

Tuesday

WATCH: Senator Hirono hosted her Hawaii swearing-in ceremony for residents who were unable to attend the official ceremony in Washington. She also opened her state office with a blessing. (KITVThe Honolulu Star-Advertiser was there to capture this warm moment between Senator Hirono and her Senate colleague, Senator Brian Schatz:

Wednesday

On Wednesday, Senator Hirono met with small business leaders in Hilo to listen to their ideas on creating jobs and promoting local sustainability. Here's the coverage from the Hawaii Tribune-Herald:

Senator Hirono also met privately with military leaders. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser quoted Senator Hirono in their report on the more than 100 defense workers at Schofield Barracks who are facing immediate furloughs.

Also on Wednesday, the Associated Press reported how Senator Hirono joined with Senator Brian Schatz and Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard to announce $17 million in federal storm repairs.

Thursday

Maui Now reported Senator Hirono discussed immigration reform with Filipino, Hispanic, and Tongan community leaders on Maui. Here's a photo from the event:

LISTEN: The day before, Senator Hirono talked in detail with Beth-Ann Kozlovich of Hawaii Public Radio’s “The Conversation” about how immigration reform could benefit Hawaii.  (HPR)