This is it: proposed legislation to solve our homeless, affordable-living crises

By Rep. Cynthia Thielen (Kailua-Kaneohe Bay) It’s official: In 2016, homelessness ranks as the No. 1 issue facing Hawai‘i state government, said global research firm OmniTrak in its January report, “The People’s Pulse.” The pervasive problem has long since blurred the former stereotypical divide of “us” and “them.” 2016’s nouveau poor include “us” – children; […]

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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 week. The launch of the Fred Olsen Lifesaver energy converter by the US Navy […]

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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 and contribute to our government in the future. The highest-ever […]

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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 the same physicians and specialists who in 2011 received […]

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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 Photo By Tannya Joaquin Hemp seeds, hemp oil, hemp granola — the hemp hype is everywhere today, from food and fashion to cosmetics […]

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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 Commission required HECO to reduce electricity costs; incorporate renewable energy; support […]

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2015 Legislative Report

Click here for Rep. Thielen’s end of session annual 2015 Legislative Report!

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