THE SENATE
EIGHTEENTH LEGISLATURE, 1995

S.C.R. NO. 47

STATE OF HAWAII


SENATE CONCURRENT
RESOLUTION

REQUESTING AN EXAMINATION OF THE KE AKA ' IKE INITIATIVE OF THE
HAWAII EDUCATIONAL NETWORKING CONSORTIUM.

WHEREAS, telecommunications potentially offers a most affordable solution to a vast majority of the problems facing education in Hawaii; and

WHEREAS, to help realize the potential of telecommunications, Hawaii needs to provide high quality, state of the art telecommunications infrastructure, facilities, and services to all public education institutions and make them available to all constituents within those communities; and

WHEREAS, the alliance known as Hawaii Educational Networking Consortium (HENC) which was formed by the state Department of Education, the University of Hawaii, and the East-West Center has developed into a strong working partnership, witnessed by the ongoing discussions, team work, and planning necessary for the development of Hawaii's information-based community; and

WHEREAS, the HENC has already resulted in the awarding of a National Science Foundation grant which expects to provide over $2.1 million for the Hawaii Education and Research Network project over the course of the next three years to specifically coordinate, facilitate, and accelerate the development of a statewide Internet services network; and

WHEREAS, the HENC, at present, plans to focus its efforts on an initiative known as "Ke Ala 'Ike - The Path to Knowledge" the goal of which is to promote private and public partnerships necessary to ensure telecommunications connectivity among all of Hawaii's public educational institutions, rural, and urban; now, therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate of the Eighteenth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 1995, the House of Representatives concurring, that the Legislature declares its support of the goals of HENC which plans to focus its efforts on the initiative known as "Ke Ala 'Ike - The Path of Knowledge"; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Office of the Governor examine the "Ke Ala 'Ike" initiative and make this undertaking of linking all public schools and libraries throughout the State with broad band communication capabilities by the year 2000 as the highest of State priorities; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the Governor, the Superintendent of Education, the President of the University of Hawaii, and the President of the East-West Center.

OFFERED BY: David Ige

Avery Chumbley

Carol Fukunaga

Duly Adopted by Senate of the State of Hawaii on April 28, 1995 with the concurrence of the House of Representatives of the 18th Legislature, 1995.