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Senator Mike Gabbard will begin offering free beginning junior tennis clinics in September at the Kalaeloa tennis courts.

August 16, 2007 - Senator Mike Gabbard (Waikele to Ko Olina) will begin offering free beginning junior tennis clinics in September at the Kalaeloa (Barbers Point) tennis courts.

Gabbard said, “Back in the 1970s I was the head tennis pro at the Kuilima Hyatt (now Turtle Bay Resort), and I also coached hundreds of juniors when we lived in American Samoa. My wife Carol and I play almost every day, and I’ve been noticing more and more juniors coming out and banging the ball around. So I figured why not offer some free lessons, so they can learn the game properly.”

The free beginning tennis clinics are open to kids ages 7-12 and will be held on three Saturdays from 4:30 to 6 pm on September 15, 22, and 29th at the Kalaeloa tennis courts at Saratoga and Franklin Avenues. The 3-lesson clinic will include the serve, groundstrokes, volleys and scoring. Registration is limited, first come/first serve, so call Senator Gabbard at 682-0676 or email him at Kids need to bring a tennis racket.

Gabbard And Har Co-Host Talk Story

February 22, 2007 - Senator Mike Gabbard and Representative Sharon Har will co-host a community talk-story at the Kapolei High School cafeteria on Saturday, February 24, 2007 at 9:00am.
Gabbard said, "I'm happy that both Representative Har and I can hold these meetings together. Both of us know the most important thing is helping people and not whether we're Republicans or Democrats. This is what's best for the community."

Shortly after being elected, Senator Gabbard and Representative Har agreed to hold a series of talk stories to coordinate their work in the communities they both represent. Senator Gabbard represents Senate District #19, which stretches from Waikele to Ko Olina and Representative Har serves Representative District #40 -Kapolei, Makakilo, and Royal Kunia.

Gabbard Honors Christian Mahuna For His Bravery

HONOLULU -February 22, 2007- Senator Mike Gabbard presented Christian Mahuna with an honorary certificate from the Hawaii State Senate on February 21, 2007. Christian is a 6th grade student at Kapolei Middle School and lives in Kalaeloa. He was joined at the Capitol by his mother, Ellena Young, and family friend Marcus Miles.

On Friday, February 2, 2007, Christian was waiting for his school bus at the corner of Roosevelt Avenue and Lexington Street when a reckless driver struck Christian, severely breaking both his legs with compound fractures .

Gabbard said, "Christian and his family have been through a terrible ordeal because of this hit and run driver. It's my hope that the perpetrator will be brought to justice, that Christian will make a full recovery, and he and his family will regain their emotional well-being and peace of mind."

According to Crime Stoppers and the Honolulu Police Department, there have been no leads in this unsolved case. The driver of the vehicle that hit Christian faces two possible charges: vehicle negligent injury in the 2nd degree – a misdemeanor which caries up to a year in jail and failure to render aid – a class C felony which carries up to 5 years in jail.

If you have any information on this case, please contact Crime Stoppers at 955-8300

Gabbard Honors Rudy Gabrillo Winner Of George S.B. Walters Shipyard Service Award

HONOLULU -February 21, 2007- Senator Mike Gabbard presented Rudy Gabrillo with an honorary certificate on behalf of the Hawaii State Senate during a ceremony at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard.

Senator Gabbard recognized Mr. Gabrillo for receiving the first civilian George S.B. Walters Shipyard Service Award at the 46th Annual Navy League Sea Services Awards luncheon on December 8, 2006 at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel.

Gabbard said, "It was a privilege to acknowledge the hardwork and dedication of one of Makakilo's finest. Rudy deserves all the accolades that he's received."

The award is given to one outstanding civilian at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard who is characterized by industriousness, enthusiasm and team spirit. Rudy is a Rigger Supervisor and general foreman at the shipyard. His duties include repairing ships underwater and training sailors.

Senator Gabbard was joined at the ceremony by Captain Frank Camelio, Commander - Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, Captain James Stone, Deputy Commander - Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, Mr. Bob McDermott, Executive Director - Honolulu Navy League, CWO-3 Eric MacDonald, and Mr. Kerry Gershaneck, Congressional & Public Affairs Officer - Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard.

Gabbard Honors Kapolei Middle School Speech Contest Winners

HONOLULU -February 7, 2007- Senator Mike Gabbard honored Ms. Joy Lynch and former Kapolei Middle School students Flora Cross, Rebecca Manahan, and Tafia Taimalelagi on the floor of the State Senate on February 5th, 2007.

Gabbard said, "It was a pleasure to honor Ms Lynch, Flora, Rebecca, and Tafia at the Capitol. Ms. Lynch should be commended for all her efforts and dedication in helping these students find success. I'm sure the students have made their families proud and have bright futures ahead of them."

Ms. Joy Lynch, an 8th grade Language Arts teacher at Kapolei Middle School, was honored for her leadership role in the development of the USS Arizona Memorial Scholarship Speech Contest. Ms. Lynch had been moved to action by a visit to the Pearl Harbor Memorial and the peace memorial in Hiroshima, Japan. She wanted Hawaii students to have the opportunity to speak at the Pearl Harbor memorial, so that she could one day pass on to future generations the historical significance of the events of December 7, 1941.

The first USS Arizona Memorial Scholarship Speech Contest speech contest was held on June 16, 2006. Flora Cross who is now a 9th grade student at Kamehameha Schools, won first place. Ninth grade Kapolei High School students Rebecca Manahan and Tafia Taimalelagi won second and third place respectively. As part of their award for winning the speech contest, each student received a $1,000 scholarship and the opportunity to present their speeches at the 65th Pearl Harbor Anniversary Symposium. On December 2nd and 5th, 2006, Flora, Rebecca, and Tafia became the first students in the nation to speak at a USS Arizona Memorial Museum Association event.

Senator Mike Gabbard Introduces Bill To Keep ATVs Off Our Beaches

HONOLULU -January 28, 2007- Senator Mike Gabbard has introduced SB 1891, which will allow the Department of Natural Resources' (DLNR) Enforcement Division to solve the problem of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and other vehicles driving on our beaches and creating safety and environmental hazards. The legislation will restore criminal penalties to Chapter 171, relating to public lands.

The criminal provisions of the law were removed several years ago by the Legislature, making it increasingly difficult for DLNR to protect the safety of beachgoers, wildlife, and the environment.

Gabbard said, "After recent media reports, speaking with DLNR police officers, and getting complaints from the community, we've got to take action. Enough already! I've got nothing against ATVs, but it's time we give DLNR the tools they need to keep our beaches safe for families, especially our keiki."

"SB 1891 will solve this statewide problem," Gabbard continued, "by allowing DLNR to make the offense of illegally driving on public lands a 'petty misdemeanor'. This means DLNR police officers will have the ability to make arrests, issue criminal citations, and even seize vehicles. I guarantee that if a couple of these vehicles get confiscated, the problem will be solved very quickly."

Gabbard said, "This is not only a public safety problem, but it's also a serious cultural and environmental concern. If they haven't already, ATVs and other vehicles can potentially desecrate sacred burial grounds, as well as cause enormous destruction to our natural ecosystem."

Senator Gabbard intends to also introduce a resolution this session to ask DLNR to look at expanding the hours of the Kahuku Motocross Park and consider other locations around the state so that ATV riders have places to enjoy their sport.

If people want more details, please contact Senator Gabbard's office at 586-6830 or visit the State Legislature website at

Gabbard Takes The Oath Of Office At Hawaii State Senate

HONOLULU - January 23, 2007 - American Samoa native, Mike Gabbard, took the oath of office as a Hawaii State Senator on Wednesday, January 17, 2007. Gabbard represents District #19, which is comprised of the West Oahu communities of Waikele, Village Park, Royal Kunia, Makakilo, Kapolei, Kalaeloa, Honokai Hale and portions of Waipahu and Ko Olina.

It is a tradition at the Hawaii State Legislature that after elected officials are sworn in, the Senators and Representatives open the doors of their offices and receive members of the public with refreshments.

Gabbard said, "It was wonderful to share this experience with my family, friends, and so many supporters. Some even flew in from the Neighbor Islands. I'm humbled to have this opportunity to serve the people of Hawaii as a State Senator. I look forward to doing my best to make life better for all of Hawaii's residents."

Gabbard previously served as a Honolulu City Councilman (Ewa, Kapolei, Waianae Coast) from 2003 to 2005. He was born to Benjamin Harrison Gabbard and Agnes Yandall Gabbard of Leloaloa and lived in American Samoa from 1971-1983. During this time, Gabbard taught at Faga’itua and Samoana High School, and served at American Samoa Community College as a guidance counselor, Assistant Dean of Instruction and Dean of Adult and Community Education. His daughter, former Hawaii State Representative Tulsi Gabbard Tamayo is currently at Officer Candidate School for the Hawaii National Guard in Fort Hood, Alabama and is on leave from her position as a legislative aide in Washington D.C. to U.S. Senator Dan Akaka.