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Solomon, Roehrig to speak at luncheon (March 3)


To celebrate passage of several significant public policy initiatives to help rebuild Hawaii’s economy by the 2011 Hawaii State Legislature, and a successful Supreme Court challenge of the State Reapportionment Commission to secure a fourth State Senate seat for Hawaii Island, the Friends of Malama Solomon are holding a luncheon at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 3 at Jade Palace Chinese restaurant in KTA’s Waimea Center.

Keynote speaker at the luncheon along with Solomon will be Hilo attorney Stanley Roehrig, who together successfully led the recent legal challenge of the State Reapportionment Commission that will be a game changer for both Hawaii Island and all of the neighbor islands in terms of influence on major public policy decisions by the Hawaii State Legislature.

The luncheon is a fundraiser for Friends of Malama Solomon. Everyone is invited. Tickets are $50 and will include a Chinese buffet and entertainment featuring Na Mele o Poohala with lead guitarist Russell Paio, bass player and falsetto singer Nathan Grace and kumu hula and ukulele instrumentalist Hulali Solomon Covington. They will be joined by dancers from the Beamer-Solomon Halau o Poohala.

This is the first fundraiser held by Friends of Malama Solomon on Hawaii Island since Solomon was appointed to the State Senatorial District 1 seat representing Waimea, Hamakua, North Hilo and a portion of South Hilo by Gov. Neil Abercrombie in January 2011.

“Being back in the Hawaii State Senate has been challenging and thought provoking,” said Solomon, who had previously represented a portion of Hawaii Island in the Senate from 1982-1998.

Since returning to the Senate, Solomon has served as vice chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Water, Land and Housing with Chairman Donovan M. Dela Cruz.

“The committee has accomplished passage of two visionary pieces of legislation, which were subsequently signed into law,” Solomon said.

“In addition, several significant policy decisions evolved to help re-build Hawaii’s economy by creating jobs, protecting and enhancing our natural resources, preserving our cultural heritage, nurturing a viable agriculture industry and restructuring and balancing the current and future needs of our people,” she said.

“I will continue to work closely with all of the residents in my district, my colleagues in the Legislature, and also with the Governor’s administration because it will take all of us to move Hawaii forward,” she said.

Advance reservations are suggested for the March 3 luncheon and can be secured by calling campaign co-chairs Hulali Covington (938-6357), or Patti Cook (937-2833), or by emailing

Contributions to Friends of Malama Solomon are welcome and may be sent to P.O. Box 370, Kamuela, HI 96743. Donations are not tax deductible for federal or Hawaii income tax purposes.

To discuss legislative concerns or community issues with Solomon, call (toll free) 974-4000 Ext. 67335 from Hawaii Island, or email

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