Press Releases

September 09, 2013

HIRONO STATEMENT ON DEVELOPING SYRIA SITUATION

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement on the developing situation in Syria: "Authorizing the use of force is one of the most serious and consequential decisions a Member of Congress can make. Over the next 48 hours, I will be attending three classified briefings - one at the White House, one with Department of Defense officials and one for all Senators. I will make my decision after carefully considering the facts presented in these meetings and input I've r… Continue Reading


September 05, 2013

HIRONO ANNOUNCES KALAELOA AIRPORT TO RECEIVE $2 MILLION FOR FACILITY UPGRADES

Senator Mazie K. Hirono announced that the Kalaeloa Airport on Oahu will receive $2 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation to renovate hangar facilities for general aviation use. The renovated hangar will be able to safely accommodate up to 20 aircraft. "The Kalaeloa Airport plays a diverse and important role, serving the U.S. Coast Guard, Hawaii Air National Guard, and commercial air travel," Hirono said. "The airport helps support the Coast Guard's air rescue missions and the Hono… Continue Reading


September 05, 2013

HIRONO STATEMENT ON SITUATION IN SYRIA

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement on proposed Congressional action in response to the use of chemical weapons in Syria: "This is one of the toughest decisions a Member of Congress makes. I am reviewing the facts surrounding the reported chemical weapon attacks, the administration's plan and the scope of the authorizing resolution. The use of chemical weapons is universally abhorrent and deplorable, but we should always be cautious about the use of force … Continue Reading


September 02, 2013

HIRONO COMMEMORATES LABOR DAY

Honolulu, HI - Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement commemorating Labor Day: "As families in Hawaii and around the nation celebrate Labor Day weekend, we should all recognize the greater meaning behind this holiday. Generations of working men and women have struggled and organized to build and protect the middle class we have today. We sometimes take for granted some of their victories, such as basic rights like safe working conditions and fair wages. We know this fight is f… Continue Reading


August 30, 2013

HIRONO JOINS NATIONAL DEFENSE-FOCUSED DELEGATION TO KEY ASIA-PACIFIC NATIONS

Honolulu, HI - Senator Mazie K. Hirono, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, will join a national defense-focused congressional delegation next week to China, Japan and South Korea. The bipartisan group includes Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Representatives Grace Meng (D-NY), Dan Benishek (R-MI) and Terri Sewell (D-AL). "Each of these three nations plays a key role in the long-term military and economic security of the Asia-Pacific region, and this visit is an opportunity to… Continue Reading


August 28, 2013

HIRONO COMMEMORATES 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON

Honolulu, HI - Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. "Fifty years ago, Americans joined on the National Mall to peacefully stand up against intolerance and injustice. Together, they and the world witnessed as a preacher from Georgia stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and shared his dream of an America where his four children would be judged no… Continue Reading


August 26, 2013

HIRONO FEATURED IN JAPAN AIRLINES’ IN-FLIGHT MAGAZINE

Honolulu, HI - Senator Mazie K. Hirono, the first Japanese immigrant to serve in the Senate and Co-Chair of the Congressional Study Group on Japan, discussed her childhood in Japan and stressed the importance of the Hawaii-Japan relationship in an interview featured in Japan Airlines' (JAL) Eheu in-flight magazine. The piece is running in the summer 2013 edition of the quarterly magazine, which is available on flights from Japan to Hawaii. The magazine helps promote Hawaii as a premier destinati… Continue Reading


August 23, 2013

HIRONO TOURS NEW HAWAII PACIFIC UNIVERSITY AQUACULTURE CENTER

Waimanalo, HI - Senator Mazie K. Hirono toured Hawaii Pacific University's (HPU) new Oceanic Learning Center Annex. This center will help Oceanic Institute, an HPU affiliate research organization, provide workforce training for the development of the aquaculture industry, specifically training of laboratory technicians from Hawaii and the outer Pacific territories to work in the aquaculture and marine biotechnology industries. "It was a privilege to tour the Oceanic Learning Center Annex and le… Continue Reading


August 23, 2013

HIRONO COMMENDS FAA POLICY TO IMPROVE SAFETY STANDARDS FOR FLIGHT ATTENDANTS

Honolulu, HI - Senator Mazie K. Hirono commended the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) announcement yesterday that flight attendants will be covered under Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) workplace protections. OSHA protections cover such on-the-job hazards as dangerous chemicals and blood-borne pathogens. "I commend FAA and OSHA for finalizing their policy to expand workplace protections for flight attendants. This change has been a long time coming," Hirono said. "I … Continue Reading


August 22, 2013

HIRONO JOINS SECRETARY OF DEFENSE IN VISIT WITH MARINES IN KANEOHE

Kaneohe, HI - Senator Mazie K. Hirono joined Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel today during his stop at Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe. Before the event, Hirono, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, urged the Secretary to address Hawaii's base infrastructure issues and discussed the military's rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region and the Department of Defense's (DOD) recent measures to address sexual assaults in the military. "I was glad to join Secretary Hagel in Hawaii today a… Continue Reading


August 16, 2013

HIRONO CELEBRATES HAWAII STATEHOOD, URGES CONTINUED SUPPORT FOR NATIVE HAWAIIANS

Honolulu, HI - Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement in recognition of Hawaii Statehood Day: "Hawaii's transition from a territory to a state in 1959 was a tremendous event that forever changed the islands we love, and today Hawaii is a modern, vibrant state of nearly 1.4 million people. Statehood Day holds a personal significance for me, as it marks the year I became a naturalized U.S. citizen after arriving in Hawaii as a young girl. In fact, I still remember pinning the st… Continue Reading


August 15, 2013

HIRONO ANNOUNCES $800,000 FOR MAUI BUS IMPROVEMENTS

Honolulu, HI - Senator Mazie K. Hirono announced that $800,000 awarded to the County of Maui from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is now available for the county's use. The county originally received a competitive grant award last year to build ten shelters in high-impact locations in Kahului, Wailuku and Kihei. These shelters will be accessible for riders with disabilities. "This funding is critical to improving the transportation infrastructure on Maui," Hirono said. "These ten sh… Continue Reading


August 14, 2013

HIRONO URGES DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE TO FIGHT EXPLOITIVE FINANCIAL SCHEMES TARGETING MILITARY FAMILIES

Honolulu, HI - Senator Mazie K. Hirono, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, joined a number of her Senate colleagues in urging the Pentagon to change military lending rules to better protect service members and their families from deceptive and predatory lending practices. Hirono and her colleagues sent a letter calling on Defense Secretary Hagel to close a loophole in lending protections that leaves service members vulnerable to abuse through certain types of loans. "Given the man… Continue Reading


August 09, 2013

“GOOD NEWS FOR WEST HAWAII RESIDENTS NEEDING TO TAKE CARE OF SOCIAL SECURITY BUSINESS”

Kona, HI -- After working sixteen months to expand Social Security Administration (SSA) services for kupuna on Hawaii Island, Senator Mazie K. Hirono unveiled a new video conferencing service yesterday that will allow West Hawaii residents to meet with SSA reps without having to make a four hour round-trip drive to Hilo. Check out the front-page story from West Hawaii Today and watch Hawaii News Now's coverage of the announcement below: Hawaii News Now: Senator Hirono helps expand Social Securi… Continue Reading


August 08, 2013

HIRONO, SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION, HAWAII COUNTY ANNOUNCE EXPANDED SOCIAL SECURITY SERVICES TO WEST HAWAII RESIDENTS THROUGH VIDEO CONFERENCING IN KONA

Kona, HI - After working for 16 months to increase Social Security Administration (SSA) service for West Hawaii residents, Senator Mazie K. Hirono joined SSA Regional Commissioner Grace Kim and Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi to announce expanded Social Security services for residents at the West Hawaii Civic Center. In November, the Social Security Administration announced it would end monthly Kona office hours due to budget constraints, forcing West Hawaii kupuna to make a four-hour roundtrip… Continue Reading


August 08, 2013

HIRONO PRAISES AWARDING OF PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM TO SENATOR DANIEL K. INOUYE

Washington, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono praised President Obama's announcement today that he is awarding the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Senator Daniel K. Inouye. The award is one of the highest civilian awards bestowed in the United States, along with the Congressional Gold Medal, which Inouye previously received for his World War II service as a member of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. Inouye has also received the U.S. military's highest award, the Medal of Honor. "Mahalo to Presid… Continue Reading


August 06, 2013

HIRONO BRINGS FEDERAL OFFICIALS TO HELP HAWAII SMALL BUSINESSES INCREASE EXPORTS AND CREATE JOBS

Honolulu, HI - More than 60 Hawaii small business leaders attended a workshop held by Senator Mazie K. Hirono and the Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im Bank) of the United States aimed at boosting the exports of local small businesses. During the session, members of the Ex-Im Bank briefed small business owners on how their agency can help businesses increase the number of goods and services they export to other countries, break into foreign markets and find foreign buyers. "I was pleased to see so many… Continue Reading


August 01, 2013

HIRONO PRAISES HISTORIC CONFIRMATION OF RAYMOND CHEN TO FEDERAL APPELLATE COURT

Washington, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono today praised the confirmation of Raymond Chen as United States Circuit Judge for the Federal Circuit. Chen becomes the first Asian Pacific American (APA) on the federal circuit in over 25 years as well as the first Taiwanese American on a federal appellate court. Hirono presided over the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing for Chen's nomination. Chen was unanimously confirmed. "Congratulations to Ray Chen on his confirmation," Hirono said. "It was a pr… Continue Reading


July 31, 2013

HIRONO TO HOST WORKSHOP TO HELP HAWAII SMALL BUSINESSES EXPORT GOODS & SERVICES, GROW HAWAII’S ECONOMY

Honolulu, HI - Senator Mazie K. Hirono announced that she is partnering with the Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im Bank) of the United States to offer a free workshop for Hawaii's business community. The Export-Import Bank is a government agency that helps American businesses increase the number of goods and services they export to other countries. The event will be held on Tuesday, August 6 at the Neil Blaisdell Center in Honolulu and will provide small businesses with important resources and informati… Continue Reading


July 30, 2013

HIRONO PRAISES CONFIRMATION OF PRESIDENT OBAMA’S NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD NOMINEES

Senator Mazie K. Hirono praised the confirmation of President Obama's nominees to run the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the entity that arbitrates federal disputes between workers and management. "Over the past month, we've seen a lot of progress in the Senate for working families," Hirono said. "We have confirmed a Department of Labor Secretary and nominees to the National Labor Relations Board who respect workers' desire to join together to protect their rights on the job. Today mark… Continue Reading

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