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Gov. Neil Abercrombie plans to visit with seniors on Kauai this week. He will also visit Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, greet kupuna and meet with high school seniors on Maui.
On Sunday, Abercrombie will celebrate “linking generations” with Japanese-American women, attend the United Filipino Council of Hawaii’s annual convention and make remarks at the Moiliili Senior Center.
Next Wednesday, the governor plans to go to a Hawaiian home lands groundbreaking in Kapolei and proclaim a “Pedestrian Safety Month.”
The ceremonies allowed the governor to pose for hundreds of photos with lots of happy constituents — also known as voters.
The bill signings and the official visits essentially amount to campaigning: an elected official eagerly glad-handling and engaging in retail politics.
Hawaii Island bill-signing ceremony and reopening of Kulani prison, July 9, 2014.
Gov. Neil Abercrombie
Besides the bill-signing ceremonies and official visits, there are the press releases, which are coming fast and furious these days. Especially the ones where Abercrombie is handing out money. Here are a few from just the last month:
June 21: Governor Releases $450,000 for the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii
June 26: Governor Releases $30.4 Million for Natural Resource Protection, Defense Facility Upgrades
June 27: Governor Releases $22.6 Million for Construction Projects at Hawaii’s Airports
July 3: Governor Releases $2 Million for Oahu Veterans Center Improvements
July 15: Governor Releases $1 Million for Kakaako Community Resource Center
July 22: Governor Releases $500,000 for New Lanai Community Health Center Facility
Hula’s Bar and Lei Stand 40th anniversary, July 9, 2014.
Gov. Neil Abercrombie
Lanai. Veterans. Kakaako. Travelers. Japanese. Defense. The environment. Important, all of them.
Maybe it was a coincidence, but Abercrombie addressed the Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce the day after he released the half mil for the Japanese Cultural Center.