Senator Kurt Fevella

Senator Kurt Fevella Hawaii State Senator representing District 19 ('Ewa Beach, Ocean Pointe, 'Ewa by Gentry, Iroquois Point, and a portion of 'Ewa Villages) I am a lifelong Ewa Beach resident, graduate of James Campbell High School, dedicated community leader and advocate.

I was working as a school custodian at the time of my election. I am determined to keep my political career focused on my community.

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As we look forward to travel, a momentary escape from pandemic reality, remember that Hawai‘i is not yet in the clear fr...
07/17/2021
✈️ 5 Tips for Safe Summer Travel – Issue #68

As we look forward to travel, a momentary escape from pandemic reality, remember that Hawai‘i is not yet in the clear from COVID-19. On Thursday, the Hawai‘i Department of Health reported 166 cases – the highest number of cases reported statewide since mid-January. These recent cases primarily reflect spread among unvaccinated residents who were in indoor settings where people were not wearing masks or who have traveled.

As we slowly return to normal, travelers should continue to consider COVID-19 precautions while planning their trips.

Get the details here! ---> https://mailchi.mp/doh/covid-19-issue-68?e=5750c53ff8

After over a year of hunkering down, many Hawai‘i families are looking forward to traveling. As we slowly return to normal, travelers should continue to consider COVID-19 precautions while planning their trips. View 5 tips for safe summer travel for you and your ‘ohana in the latest issue of the...

Hawai'i Public Schools News: All students at Hawaiʻi’s 257 public schools will receive free breakfast and lunch meals fo...
07/15/2021
All public school students to receive free meals throughout school year 2021-22

Hawai'i Public Schools News: All students at Hawaiʻi’s 257 public schools will receive free breakfast and lunch meals for the entirety of the 2021-22 school year, thanks to a nationwide waiver from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The waiver aims to minimize the possible spread of COVID-19 at schools across the country by eliminating meal payment transactions in school cafeterias, settings where students and cashiers may not be able to maintain proper social distancing.

Federal funds will reimburse state education departments for meal costs. Get the details here: https://bit.ly/3B4dvWl

#HawaiiPublicSchools #USDA #FreeBreakfast #FreeLunch

All students at Hawaiʻi’s 257 public schools will receive free breakfast and lunch meals for the entirety of the 2021-22 school year, thanks to a nationwide waiver from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The waiver aims to minimize the possible spread of COVID-19 at schools across the cou...

The Hawaiʻi State Senate adjourned its veto override session that began on July 6. In addition to the actions taken on T...
07/09/2021

The Hawaiʻi State Senate adjourned its veto override session that began on July 6. In addition to the actions taken on Tuesday, the Senate approved three floor amendments to meet the Governor’s objections in his veto messages for HB54, HB1299 and SB589.
The chamber also moved to override the veto for HB53.

Since convening on Tuesday, the Hawaiʻi State Legislature has taken the following actions:

S̲i̲x̲ ̲V̲e̲t̲o̲ ̲O̲v̲e̲r̲r̲i̲d̲e̲s̲:̲ ̲
HB53 : Relating To State Bonds
HB862: Relating To State Government
SB263: Relating To Economic Development
SB404: Relating To Electioneering Communications
SB811: Relating To The Department of Education
SB1387: Relating To Microchip Identification

T̲h̲r̲e̲e̲ ̲F̲l̲o̲o̲r̲ ̲A̲m̲e̲n̲d̲m̲e̲n̲t̲s̲:̲ ̲
HB54: Relating To The State Budget
HB1299: Relating To Non-General Funds
SB589: Relating To The University of Hawaiʻi

“Of the twenty-six bills that were vetoed by the Governor, the Senate and House overrode six vetoed bills,” said Senate President Ronald D. Kouchi (District 8 – Kauaʻi and Niʻihau).

“HB1299 and SB589 have been transmitted to the Governor pending his approval.” The Governor has until Thursday, July 22 to act on HB1299 and SB589.

#HawaiiStateSenate #EwaBeach #KurtFevella #SineDie

The Hawaiʻi State Senate adjourned its veto override session that began on July 6. In addition to the actions taken on Tuesday, the Senate approved three floor amendments to meet the Governor’s objections in his veto messages for HB54, HB1299 and SB589.
The chamber also moved to override the veto for HB53.

Since convening on Tuesday, the Hawaiʻi State Legislature has taken the following actions:

S̲i̲x̲ ̲V̲e̲t̲o̲ ̲O̲v̲e̲r̲r̲i̲d̲e̲s̲:̲ ̲
HB53 : Relating To State Bonds
HB862: Relating To State Government
SB263: Relating To Economic Development
SB404: Relating To Electioneering Communications
SB811: Relating To The Department of Education
SB1387: Relating To Microchip Identification

T̲h̲r̲e̲e̲ ̲F̲l̲o̲o̲r̲ ̲A̲m̲e̲n̲d̲m̲e̲n̲t̲s̲:̲ ̲
HB54: Relating To The State Budget
HB1299: Relating To Non-General Funds
SB589: Relating To The University of Hawaiʻi

“Of the twenty-six bills that were vetoed by the Governor, the Senate and House overrode six vetoed bills,” said Senate President Ronald D. Kouchi (District 8 – Kauaʻi and Niʻihau).

“HB1299 and SB589 have been transmitted to the Governor pending his approval.” The Governor has until Thursday, July 22 to act on HB1299 and SB589.

#HawaiiStateSenate #EwaBeach #KurtFevella #SineDie

The Hawaiʻi State Senate convened today for the sole purpose of acting upon bills vetoed by the Governor.During their fl...
07/07/2021
SENATE VOTES TO OVERRIDE FIVE MEASURES ON THE GOVERNOR’S VETO LIST

The Hawaiʻi State Senate convened today for the sole purpose of acting upon bills vetoed by the Governor.

During their floor session, the Senate voted to override the Governor’s veto on the following measures:

SB263: Relating To Economic Development
SB404: Relating To Electioneering Communications
SB811: Relating To The Department of Education
SB1387: Relating To Microchip Identification
HB862: Relating To State Government

The Senate will reconvene on Thursday, July 8, 2021 at 3:00pm to reconsider a potential veto override of HB53and vote on proposed floor amendments to meet the Governor’s objections in his veto message for HB54, HB1299 and SB589.

“We hope to conclude this veto override session on Thursday by voting on the three proposed floor amendments and reconsidering an override of HB53,” said Senate President Ronald D. Kouchi (District 8 – Kauaʻi and Niʻihau).

https://bit.ly/3hnyqMe

#HawaiiStateSenate

The Hawaiʻi State Senate convened today for the sole purpose of acting upon bills vetoed by the Governor. During their floor session, the Senate voted to override the Governor’s veto on the following measures: SB263: Relating To Economic Development SB404: Relating To Electioneering Communication...

Hawaii News Now: Looking for fun ways to celebrate the July 4 holiday weekend?   The COVID pandemic continues to limit m...
07/04/2021
LIST: Here are some July Fourth events in Hawaii that promise fun for whole family

Hawaii News Now: Looking for fun ways to celebrate the July 4 holiday weekend? The COVID pandemic continues to limit mass gatherings, but event organizers are proceeding with events as Hawaii’s vaccination rate continues to climb.

Below are some events planned on O'ahu.

Military communities will hold on-base firework shows for those with Department of Defense ID cards, along with their guests.

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam is hosting a fireworks show at 8:30 p.m.

Kaneohe Bay is planning a 20-minute choreographed show alongside music beginning at 8:30 p.m.

The show at Schofield Barracks will begin at 8:40 p.m.

The popular show at Ala Moana Beach Park however has been canceled for a second year. Instead, a Drive-In Concert Series will be at Ala Moana Center. Tickets are required for entry and is currently sold out.

Click the photo below for detailed information held on our neighbor islands. Aloha and be safe everyone! https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/2021/06/28/list-here-are-some-family-fun-july-4-events-happening-around-hawaii/

This year, community events are making a comeback for the holiday weekend.

DHS PROVIDES FOOD SUPPORT THROUGH KEIKI UNDER 6 PROGRAMThe Hawaiʻi Department of Human Services (DHS) has announced info...
07/04/2021

DHS PROVIDES FOOD SUPPORT THROUGH KEIKI UNDER 6 PROGRAM

The Hawaiʻi Department of Human Services (DHS) has announced information about the Keiki Under 6 Food Support Program. This program provides benefits for children under the age of 6 years old who have received SNAP benefits at any time since October 1, 2020. Benefits are paid for each month the eligible child(ren) received SNAP benefits between October 2020 through May 2021. Benefits were loaded to the family’s Kokua EBT account starting June 24, 2021.

There is NO APPLICATION for the Keiki Under 6 Food Support Program. Eligible children are automatically enrolled for this program through verification of SNAP participation with the Department’s eligibility system.

Get the details here: https://humanservices.hawaii.gov/.../keiki-under-6-food.../

DHS PROVIDES FOOD SUPPORT THROUGH KEIKI UNDER 6 PROGRAM

The Hawaiʻi Department of Human Services (DHS) has announced information about the Keiki Under 6 Food Support Program. This program provides benefits for children under the age of 6 years old who have received SNAP benefits at any time since October 1, 2020. Benefits are paid for each month the eligible child(ren) received SNAP benefits between October 2020 through May 2021. Benefits were loaded to the family’s Kokua EBT account starting June 24, 2021.

There is NO APPLICATION for the Keiki Under 6 Food Support Program. Eligible children are automatically enrolled for this program through verification of SNAP participation with the Department’s eligibility system.

Get the details here: https://humanservices.hawaii.gov/.../keiki-under-6-food.../

THE STATE OF HAWAI'I OFFICE OF PLANNING BECOMES THE NEW “STATE OF HAWAI'I OFFICE OF PLANNING AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT...
07/03/2021

THE STATE OF HAWAI'I OFFICE OF PLANNING BECOMES THE NEW
“STATE OF HAWAI'I OFFICE OF PLANNING AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT”— Governor David Ige recently signed into law, House Bills 1149 and 1318 as Acts 153 and 152, respectively. The two laws work in conjunction and consolidate various government land use and environmental policy functions of different agencies into the newly renamed “Office of Planning and Sustainable Development.” Act 153 administratively attaches the State of Hawaiʻi Land Use Commission and its staff to the Office of Planning and Sustainable Development. The State’s Land Use Commission will continue its activities, with its nine members who are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the state Senate. Read more here: https://bit.ly/2SHExkM

THE STATE OF HAWAI'I OFFICE OF PLANNING BECOMES THE NEW
“STATE OF HAWAI'I OFFICE OF PLANNING AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT”— Governor David Ige recently signed into law, House Bills 1149 and 1318 as Acts 153 and 152, respectively. The two laws work in conjunction and consolidate various government land use and environmental policy functions of different agencies into the newly renamed “Office of Planning and Sustainable Development.” Act 153 administratively attaches the State of Hawaiʻi Land Use Commission and its staff to the Office of Planning and Sustainable Development. The State’s Land Use Commission will continue its activities, with its nine members who are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the state Senate. Read more here: https://bit.ly/2SHExkM

07/02/2021
July 2 - Bill Signing Ceremony

Join us now at the bill signing ceremony for the following measures:
HB767 RELATING TO THE FARM TO SCHOOL PROGRAM
HB817 REALTING TO AGRICULTURE
SB512 RELATING TO SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE
PROGRAM INCENTIVES
HB243 RELATING TO SEA LEVEL RISE ADAPTATION
SB474 RELATING TO REAL PROPERTY TRANSACTIONS
HB683 RELATING TO SUSTAINABLE AVIATION FUEL
HB1176 RELATING TO A JOB CORPS PROGRAM

Joining Governor David Ige today:
• Sen. Donovan Dela Cruz
• Mary Alice Evans, Director, Office of Planning
• Sariah Banks, Sophomore and Student Senator of the
Associated Students of Mililani HS
• Rep. Ty Cullen
• Rep. Scot Matayoshi
• Rep. David Tarnas
• Rep. Mark Nakashima
• Rep. Sean Quinlan

07/02/2021
July 2 - Bill Signing Ceremony

Join us now at the bill signing ceremony for the following measures:
HB767 RELATING TO THE FARM TO SCHOOL PROGRAM
HB817 REALTING TO AGRICULTURE
SB512 RELATING TO SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE
PROGRAM INCENTIVES
HB243 RELATING TO SEA LEVEL RISE ADAPTATION
SB474 RELATING TO REAL PROPERTY TRANSACTIONS
HB683 RELATING TO SUSTAINABLE AVIATION FUEL
HB1176 RELATING TO A JOB CORPS PROGRAM

Joining Governor David Ige today:
• Sen. Donovan Dela Cruz
• Mary Alice Evans, Director, Office of Planning
• Sariah Banks, Sophomore and Student Senator of the
Associated Students of Mililani HS
• Rep. Ty Cullen
• Rep. Scot Matayoshi
• Rep. David Tarnas
• Rep. Mark Nakashima
• Rep. Sean Quinlan

SENATE MINORITY LEADER KURT FEVELLA CALLS FOR THE RESIGNATION OF TOP HART OFFICIALS  Senate Minority Leader Kurt Fevella...
07/02/2021

SENATE MINORITY LEADER KURT FEVELLA CALLS FOR THE RESIGNATION OF TOP HART OFFICIALS

Senate Minority Leader Kurt Fevella (District 19 - ‘Ewa Beach, Ocean Pointe, ‘Ewa by Gentry, Iroquois Point and portion of ‘Ewa Villages) recently sent letters to officials at the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) calling for the resignation of some of the agency’s top officials. These officials include Interim Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer Lori Kahikina, HART Board Chair Toby Martyn and HART Board Members Lynn McCrory and Hoyt Zia.

In his letters, Senate Minority Leader Kurt Fevella writes:

“As a rail supporter when this project was revisited in 2005 and now as a member of the Hawaiʻi State Legislature, I feel a sense of duty and responsibility to ask that you perhaps save the taxpayers further expenditure of public funds for yet another investigative effort by resigning.... Should you disagree to a voluntary resignation, I ask that the voting members of the HART Board consider taking action to remove you... A voluntary resignation or removal by the HART Board will send a clear message to the community that you and/or the HART Board remain committed to the success of the Honolulu Rail Transit Project.”

Senate Minority Leader Fevella also sent a letter to Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi requesting that he withdraw Colleen Hanabusa’s nomination to serve on the HART Board. He also encouraged Mayor Blangiardi to recommend that Denis Dwyer of Williams & Jensen, PLLC decline acceptance of the federal liaison contract.

“This is an opportunity for the Mayor to make right what is wrong and to provide his renewed vision to move this project forward,” said Senate Minority Leader Fevella. “By committing to these actions, he can help restore the agency’s integrity and the public’s faith in the project.”

Attached: Letters to Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi, Lori Kahikina, Toby Martyn, Lynn McCrory and Hoyt Zia.

The Hawai'i Community Correctional Center (HCCC) is officially clear of all inmate COVID cases. HCCC reports the remaini...
07/02/2021
PSD CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) INFORMATION AND RESOURCES - Department of Public Safety

The Hawai'i Community Correctional Center (HCCC) is officially clear of all inmate COVID cases. HCCC reports the remaining two active inmate cases have been cleared as recovered. There were also 22 negative inmate test results received and 12 negative staff results received. There is just one remaining active positive staff case.
COVID-19 testing is continuously being conducted statewide at all facilities. The latest testing results received for other facilities are as follows:
O'ahu Community Correctional Center – 25 negative inmate test results
Hālawa Correctional Facility – 9 negative inmate test results and 11 negative staff results
Kaua'i Community Correctional Center – 2 negative inmate test result
Women’s Community Correctional Center – 1 negative inmate test result
For PSD’s Pandemic Plan and more information on PSD’s planning and response to COVID-19, inmate testing data, and information detailing the efforts made to safeguard the inmates, staff and public, visit the dedicated COVID-19 webpage at: http://dps.hawaii.gov/.../coronavirus-covid-19.../.

PSD COVID-19 Public Documents and Information: PSD POPULATION REPORT - Updated bi-monthly here: Corrections Population Reports                       PSD COVID-19 TESTING REPORTS (updated daily) INMATE/STAFF TESTING DATA OAHU COMMUNITY CORRECTIONAL CENTER (OCCC) OCCC INMATE TESTING - MAY 2...

O’ahu lane closures continue till July 2.PLEASE NOTE: Lane closures may change at any time without further notice and do...
06/28/2021
Oahu Lane Closures

O’ahu lane closures continue till July 2.

PLEASE NOTE: Lane closures may change at any time without further notice and do not include roving hazard debris patrols. All projects are weather permitting.

Get the locations here: https://hidot.hawaii.gov/highways/roadwork/oahu/

Oahu lane closures scheduled for the week of June 19 – June 25 PLEASE NOTE: Lane closures may change at any time without further notice and do not include roving hazard debris patrols. All projects are weather permitting. — H-1 FREEWAY — 1) HONOLULU Right or left lane closure on the Pali Hi....

City and County of Honolulu News Update: Extended hours are the latest step in renewed efforts to meet growing public de...
06/28/2021

City and County of Honolulu News Update: Extended hours are the latest step in renewed efforts to meet growing public demand for driver's license, state ID and instruction permit renewals — book your driver licensing appointment at www.AlohaQ.org

City and County of Honolulu News Update: Extended hours are the latest step in renewed efforts to meet growing public demand for driver's license, state ID and instruction permit renewals — book your driver licensing appointment at www.AlohaQ.org

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY COVID-19 UPDATE – TEST RESULTS AND INMATE VACCINATION STUDY FINDINGSThe Hawai'i Community Co...
06/26/2021
PSD CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) INFORMATION AND RESOURCES - Department of Public Safety

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY COVID-19 UPDATE – TEST RESULTS AND INMATE VACCINATION STUDY FINDINGS

The Hawai'i Community Correctional Center (HCCC) reports 20 negative inmate test results and 26 negative staff test results. There were two more inmate recoveries bringing the total active positive inmate cases down to 51 and increasing the total recoveries to 185. There are no inmates in the hospital. There were also three more staff recoveries reported so the number of active positive HCCC staff drops to three. The Oahu Community Correctional Center reports 16 negative inmate test results and the Women’s Community Correctional Center reports 4 negative inmate test results.

The Department of Public Safety (PSD) Health Care Division compiled a point-in-time study for June 21, 2021. The study percentages listed below represent inmates in custody who were fully vaccinated as of June 21. (Please keep in mind that this is a snapshot of one day. The inmate population is transient and changes by the hour as courts order intakes and releases throughout the day).

The average percentage of fully vaccinated inmates statewide on June 21 was 54%. The breakdown by facility is as follows:

Prison Vaccinations
KCF 89%
WCF 82%
HCF 71%
WCCC 51%

Jail Vaccinations
KCCC 58%
MCCC 47%
OCCC 41%
HCCC 23%

“Staff are working hard to convince inmates that it is in their best interest to get vaccinated, not only for themselves, but also so they can keep their families and friends safe,” said Tommy Johnson, Deputy Director for Corrections. “PSD continues to encourage everyone to voluntarily get tested and receive the COVID vaccination. Our health care and security staff are working around the clock to mitigate spread of the virus in the facilities, and they frequently go back to inmates who have said no to see if they will reconsider, in the hopes that they will get the shot before they are released.”

For PSD’s Pandemic Plan and more information on PSD’s planning and response to COVID-19, inmate testing data, and information detailing the efforts made to safeguard the inmates, staff and public, visit our webpage at: http://dps.hawaii.gov/blog/2020/03/17/coronavirus-covid-19-information-and-resources/

PSD COVID-19 Public Documents and Information: PSD POPULATION REPORT - Updated bi-monthly here: Corrections Population Reports                       PSD COVID-19 TESTING REPORTS (updated daily) INMATE/STAFF TESTING DATA OAHU COMMUNITY CORRECTIONAL CENTER (OCCC) OCCC INMATE TESTING - MAY 2...

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Aloha! Why are we cutting state workers before finding the political will to cut health insurance bloat? Gov Ige could save more than $350 million per year if he was willing to direct the EUTF board and Medicaid to swap their bloated health insurance systems for an admin-simple Self Insured system. Moreover, this would eliminate the reasons why most drs are refusing to accept most Medicaid patients. We can save money, save healthcare, and save our state budget if we just say 'No More' to HMSA and the private contractors for Medicaid. https://www.facebook.com/events/718941852388567
What do you think Might just be what the doctor ordered for solving school corona virus. Connecticut seems to be very interested in them. Roboto cleaning system
Mahalo for posting about proposed off shore windmills. We are aware of BOEM offshore at Ka'ena Point and already in great opposition starting will our North Shore Neighborhood Board 27 under the ;leadership of our Chair which I'm apart of the board and in my Sub District (Mokule'ia to Ka'ena). Yes we have been tracking this particular proposal for approximately 3-5 years when they gave a presentation at the North Shore Neighborhood Board along with a Community follow up meeting. Please continue to work with our Senator Riviere along with Representative Cheape Matsumoto, Quinlan and Coucilmember Tsuneyoshi. Aloha.
I am an elementary school teacher. I just wanted to thank you for speaking up on behalf of the teachers and the community. You really have a pulse on the community. Donna Kim also did well. The rest them live in rainbow and unicorn land!
Senator Kurt Fevella - can you please tell me where things stand with the Kapilina Beach Homes- Ewa Beach, Oahu community and the residents complaints about inconsistent, and outrageous bills for energy costs? I saw you had a meeting on this in October, but have been unable to find follow up results, including what is being done. My family is preparing to sign a lease with Kapilina Beach Homes and we don't want to have a similar problem as evidently many other residents are complaining of. My husband and I are both Disabled Veterans and live on a fixed monthly income. Please let me know what the status of this investigation is thus far, and what rights we as consumers/renters have regarding this problem. Thank you so much. Terri Duncan
Senator can we get Ewa Elementary as a place to get school meals. This is a title 1 school more than 50% of the kids are on free or reduced lunch. We can't make it all the way to Ewa Beach
Just wanted you to know that I was kicked out of the Ewa Beach Pantry today for not wearing a mask. Last time I checked this not considered something a business can refuse service for. Maybe I'm wrong but this going to get out of hand real quick.
Awesome work Senator Fevella
Grande senatore 👍👍
Mahalo Senator Kurt Fevella of Ewa Beach for standing up for all that is Pono! We need more like you in our government!
Thank you Senator Kurt Fevella for being a true advocate for social justice and for putting people over profit.
❤️🔺✊🏼🔺❤️ Mahalo for all you do!