House District 13

House Finance Committee passes 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

In News Release on April 14, 2011 at 6:21 pm

HONOLULU—On Wednesday, April 13, 2011, the members of the House Committee on Finance voted to pass House Concurrent Resolution 315 as is. 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.

The development of a research, science, and technology park is 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 foundational component 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 my colleagues in the Finance Committee have passed House Concurrent Resolution 315. This resolution goes to the heart of implementing a much needed facility by studying the feasibility of establishing a technology park that will help train and guide our future generations of entrepreneurs by positioning them to be at the forefront of technological development on a worldwide scale.”

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