"@HIARNG not only protects our people and our nation, but also preserves and protects our ʻāina and precious oceans. This year, the #Hawaii Army National Guard has earned the 2018 Secretary of Defense Environmental Award for their work eradicating invasive species and protecting endangered and endemic species on Keaukaha Military Reservation (KMR) in #Hilo.
"The Hawaiian language continues to be an important part of our day-to-day life in #Hawaii, woven in throughout our conversations, ever-present in local businesses and communities, and taught in schools across the state.
"In Hawai‘i, invasive species like the coffee berry borer have cost our local farmers and agriculture industry millions in lost revenue—putting their livelihoods and our food security at risk.
"#Hawaii has the highest cost of living in the country, contributing to a severe affordable housing crisis and the worst homeless per capita in the country. We must do more to help families who already struggle to make ends meet by expanding programs and investments to provide real, affordable housing.
"Hoʻomaikaʻi Linell Dilwith of Stevenson Middle School in #Honolulu on being named the 2018 Hawaii National Distinguished Principal. Mahalo for your work to educate Hawai‘i’s future leaders.
"In #Hawaii, a recent study found that nearly 2,600 average visitors left about 412 pounds of sunscreen in the ocean every single day at #HanaumaBay. Harmful chemicals found in common sunscreens break down our precious coral reefs, disrupt our marine ecosystem, and threaten a vital asset of our economy, tourism.
"#Hawaii, Alaska, Guam & the mainland have been placed in the crosshairs of the intensifying nuclear threat posed by North Korea for far too long. We cannot afford any delays or preconditions to pursuing direct diplomatic talks, denuclearizing North Korea, and securing peace.
"#Hawaii just became the 1st state in the nation to ban chlorpyrifos-- a harmful pesticide that has been linked to damaging and often irreversible health outcomes in workers, pregnant women, and children.
Washington, DC—Reps. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) and Brian Mast (FL-18) today introduced bipartisan legislation to evaluate the exposure of U.S. servicemembers and veterans to open burn pits and toxic airborne chemicals.