Other Initiatives

Although the four big "E"s....environment, energy, education, economy....are a huge focus at the State Capitol, much more goes on which effects our community. Whether it be protecting our pets, kupuna care, or women's issues, there are always a myriad of intiiatives facing our State Legislators.

Our State needs to learn from Berlin

Published June 6, 2016 CIVIL BEAT COMMUNITY VOICE Protect Hawaii Residents, Veto Airbnb Bill A city where affordable housing is scarce and rentals are widespread offers Hawaii a lesson in properly regulating Airbnb and similar services. By Rep. Cynthia Thielen (Kailua-Kaneohe Bay) ... (more) Continue Reading

In MidWeek: Benefits of Hawaiian Hemp

  Industrial hemp research project principal investigator Harry Ako, PhD and long time industrial hemp proponent Rep. Cynthia Thielen with a hempcrete sample and a book. Behind them are hemp stalks. NW PhotoBy Tannya Joaquin Hemp seeds, hemp oil, hemp granola — the hemp hype is ... (more) Continue Reading

Important Strides Being Made to Boost Hawaiian Food Security

Hawaii agriculture is ripe for change. The large majority of our farmers are well into their 60s and since the 1980s we have reduced our number of farmers by 2/3rds. We currently import nearly 90% of our food which compromises our food security and degrades the nutritional integrity of what we eat. ... (more) Continue Reading

Historic Hemp Bill Signed in Hawaii

History was made in Hawaii on April 30, 2014 when Governor Abercrombie signed into law Act 56, which provides for the University of Hawai’i at Manoa to conduct an industrial hemp research project. With over 25,000 uses, this non-hallucinogenic agricultural crop can be used to for everything from ... (more) Continue Reading

Rah! Hemp for Hawaii!

Session announcement of Farm Bill Passing Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, The United States Senate approved the Agriculture Act of 2014, also known as the “Farm Bill,” which includes legalization of industrial hemp for research purposes. The Farm Bill states that industrial hemp may be grown for the ... (more) Continue Reading

2014: Stopping Crime is Top Legislative Priority

With the alarming rise in property crime and the recent violent stabbing of a Kailua man, crime control is one of my primary concerns this Legislative Session. On the House side, I am introducing and supporting measures which will battle crime and help keep our neighborhoods safe. In 2012, ... (more) Continue Reading

Working Together to Improve Women’s Lives

Once again this year Rep. Thielen served as a co-convener of the bi-partisan 2015 Women’s Legislative Caucus which introduced a package of bills covering concerns of women of all ages and economic backgrounds.For over 20 years this Caucus, consisting of all Senate and House female members, has ... (more) Continue Reading