Dinengdeng and Pinakbet

Dinengdeng & Pinakbet

My House colleague Isaac Choy and I started at the legislature together in 2009. He won election to a vacant seat in November 2008. I was appointed to the Kahului seat when longtime Maui Representative Bob Nakasone passed away. There...

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Commencement speaking remarks… A confession: I kinda dread providing keynote remarks at large gatherings. I’ve heard great speakers—the semi-professional toastmaster-trained ones who seem to enjoy being at the podium and move seamlessly from one thought to another. I generally have...

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Dinengdeng & Pinakbet

Putting Some Barrio back in the Fiesta Sen. Gilbert Keith-Agaran in front of his church’s food booth. Photo: Basilia Evangelista Sen. Gilbert Keith-Agaran with Ed Garcia. Photo: Alfredo Evangelista Pinoy Pride at the Barrio Fiesta. Photo: Alfredo Evangelista My younger...

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Religion and politics—usually topics to avoid at family holiday gatherings. But faith and religious values and upbringing certainly remain important to many people, including members of the Hawai‘i state legislature. A national report recently surveyed the professed religions of the...

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Dinengdeng and Pinakbet

The late Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel observed: “Without memory, there is no culture. Without memory, there would be no civilization, no society, no future.” December, as the last month of the year, always brings a mixture of holiday, cultural and festive...

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