Senate Bill 814, which has a hearing Friday, would require the Hawaii Board of Education to name the new public high school in Kihei, Maui, after the late U.S Rep. Patsy Mink.

Why?

Because the Hawaii Legislature says Mink left “a lasting impression on the people of the State of Hawaii” and that Mink deserves an appropriate memorial to recognize her legacy. 

Patsy Mink

Patsy Mink

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The bill, introduced by Senate Education Chair Michelle Kidani, has a hearing Friday at the Capitol.

Mink, who died in office in 2002, was raised in Paia, Maui.

Her accomplishments include the federal legislation known as Title IX, which barred discrimination based upon sex in educational programs receiving federal money. 

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