PHOTOS: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Encourages Opportunities for Native Hawaiian Community, Visits Kauaʻi Businessowners and Medical Center, Kicks off Kauaʻi Farm Fair
Yesterday on Oʻahu, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) addressed the 3rd Annual Native Hawaiian Organizations Association (NHOA) Business Summit Conference. The event focuses on legislative, legal and business issues relevant to small businesses in the federal contracting industry, and connects Native Hawaiian Organizations (NHOs), 8(a) certified companies, and other locally-owned businesses with Department of Defense (DoD) contracting officers and government representatives. Emphasizing the conference theme of “Kākou”, the congresswoman reiterated support for Native Hawaiian housing, education, and healthcare programs that help thousands of families in need each year, and discussed opportunities and challenges for the Native Hawaiian community under the changing political climate.
Later in the morning, Congresswoman Gabbard met with Kamehameha Schools’ leadership and the Native Hawaiian Legislative Hui- a group of organizations that includes the Department of Native Hawaiian Homelands (DHHL), Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA), Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA), Native Hawaiian Education Council (NHEC), Papa Ola Lōkahi, and others. The congresswoman and hui discussed various legislative proposals to empower and support Native Hawaiian communities across the state, and opportunities to support the hui's work at the federal level.
Later in the day, the congresswoman walked around Līhuʻe and visited with local small business owners. She also toured the Wilcox Medical Center in Līhuʻe, where she received an update on the hospital’s recent developments and continued expansion plans to meet the needs of a growing population. In the evening, the congresswoman kicked off the Kauaʻi County Farm Bureau Fair- a four-day event that supports local farmers, businesses, non-profit groups, 4-H and other agricultural commodity and hobbyist groups. The congresswoman joined county representatives and Kauaʻi community leaders in recognizing the late Michael Roy Strong, who contributed to Kauaʻi’s farming and agricultural community for decades before his death in October 2016. The congresswoman provided updates on key agriculture initiatives she is leading in Congress, including the 2018 Farm Bill, and visited with local vendors and residents at the fair.