House Concurrent Resolution 315 requesting the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands to study the feasibility of jointly establishing a native Hawaiian technology park advances

In News Release on April 4, 2011 at 8:44 pm

HONOLULU—On Wednesday, March 30, 2011, the members of the House Joint Committees on Hawaiian Affairs and Economic Revitalization & Business voted to pass House Concurrent Resolution 315 with amendments. Introduced by Representative Mele Carroll, House Concurrent Resolution 315 calls for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands to convene a task force to study the feasibility of establishing a native Hawaiian research, science, and technology park.

Amendments made were:
• to replace “…Office of Hawaiian Affairs…” with “…Department of Business and Economic
Development…”
• Department of Hawaiian Home Lands to go through inventory to find parcels
• seek additional sources of funding

The development of a research, science, and technology park would be an important step in creating and sustaining a vibrant high technology industry in the State. There are a number of native Hawaiian entrepreneurs who have the desire, but lack the necessary resources and technical support to develop projects in the research, science, and technology fields.

A native Hawaiian research, science, and technology park would be a crucial foundation for the development of native Hawaiian entrepreneurs. It would greatly assist in training for the inevitable business start-up challenges by providing invaluable resources and professional expertise and guidance.

In addition to the assistance of native Hawaiian business organizations with the potential or willingness to participate, House Concurrent Resolution 315 also provides for the identification of qualified personnel to administer and effectuate the objectives of the project.

Rep. Mele Carroll said, “I am very elated that the committees on Hawaiian Affairs and Economic Revitalization & Business have passed House Concurrent Resolution 315. This resolution goes to the study of implementing a much needed facility to help train and guide our future generations of entrepreneurs and position them to be at the forefront of technological development on a worldwide scale.”

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Contributed By Representative Mele Carrol