Aloha e Friends,

I hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving! While our state faces big challenges with the high cost of living, homelessness, and traffic congestion, we’re still blessed by living in one of the most beautiful places on earth with people who value and perpetuate our spirit of aloha.

We finalized the details for the West O‘ahu Education Town Hall Meeting, December 1st from 7pm to 9pm at the UH West O‘ahu Multipurpose Room. The event is being sponsored by myself, Senator Espero, and Senator Nishihara and will focus on the Ewa, Kapolei, and Waipahu communities. The general theme of the Town Hall will be to inform the community about the situation with public K-12 school facilities, including electrical upgrades and AC, planned new schools, and curriculum. We’ll also have leaders from UH West O‘ahu talk about the long range plans for the university, its innovative programs, and its role in serving the broader community. One of the most exciting things being highlighted is the partnerships that are being forged between the Department of Education and UH West O‘ahu. Here’s our speaker line up:

• Suzanne Mulcahy, Assistant Superintendent of the Office of Curriculum, Instruction and Student Support – Department of Education
• Dann Carlson, Assistant Superintendent, Office of School Facilities and Support Services – Department of Education
• Kathy Wong-Nakamura, Interim Vice Chancellor for Administration – UH West O‘ahu
• Doris Ching, Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs – UH West O‘ahu

There will also be ample time for Q & A from the community. I hope you can make it!

And as always, please feel free to contact me at 586-6830 or email if I can help you or your family in any way. You can also follow me on Twitter @senmikegabbard, Instagram @sengabbard, or Facebook at

Me ke aloha pumehana, 

Mike Gabbard, State Senator, District 20

Chair, Water, Land, and Agriculture Committee


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HONOLULU, Hawai‘i – An update on public K-12 school facilities, including upgrades and AC, planned new schools, and curriculum is on the agenda for tomorrow’s West O‘ahu Town Hall Meeting on Education. The evening will also include a discussion on the long range plans for UH West O‘ahu, its innovative programs, and its role in serving the broader community. This will be the first time the public will hear from Dr. Doris Ching, recently appointed Interim Chancellor for the UH West O‘ahu campus.