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House Proceeding on Jul 27th, 2009 :: 2:31:35 to 2:34:45
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Mazie Hirono

2:31:31 to 2:31:54( Edit History Discussion )

Mazie Hirono: like to yield three minutes to the -- i'd like to yield three minutes to the gentlewoman from michigan, -- hawaii, ms. hirono. the speaker pro tempore: the ntlelady is recognized. ms. hirono: i join my colleagues in wishing you a happy birthday. i rise in strong support of h.res. 593, rognizing the 50th anniversary of hawaii's admission of the 50th state of

Mazie Hirono

2:31:35 to 2:34:45( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Mazie Hirono

Mazie Hirono

2:31:55 to 2:32:16( Edit History Discussion )

Mazie Hirono: the union on august 21, 1959. as my colleagues have mentioned, hawaii brings a lot to this nation. our strategic location in the pacific, our example of tolerance with our multicultural population. our special relationship with and understanding of the asia pacific region, and the physical beauty and ecological diversity

Mazie Hirono

2:32:17 to 2:32:38( Edit History Discussion )

Mazie Hirono: of our islands are just a few of the assets we bring to this nation. i have very personal memories about the day hawaii became a state. i was in elementary school in honolu and was given the honor of pinning the 50th star on our school flag at a special school assembly before sending the flag

Mazie Hirono

2:32:39 to 2:33:01( Edit History Discussion )

Mazie Hirono: up the flagpole. all hawaii celebrated that day. to many statehood represented recognition of a state whose multiethnic, multicultural base was different from that of any other state, but whose sons and daughters were just as american as the people of the other 49 states. 1959 was also the year i became

Mazie Hirono

2:33:02 to 2:33:22( Edit History Discussion )

Mazie Hirono: a naturalized u.s. citizen. apparently w also the year that my colleague, kneel abercrombie -- neil abercrombie, came to hawaii and things haven't been the same since. it's a great state and it's given me opportunities that i never would have had had my mother not brought me there. we must always remember that the

Mazie Hirono

2:33:23 to 2:33:43( Edit History Discussion )

Mazie Hirono: 50th state is also the native land of hawaii's indigenous population, the native hawaiians. i'm hopeful this year we will be able to move forward to our reconciliation with the native hawaiian people who lost their country and queen by passing the native hawaiian government reorganization act. this act will provide the native

Mazie Hirono

2:34:05 to 2:34:25( Edit History Discussion )

Mazie Hirono: can and more. plus glin combination -- african and more. plus gin combinations. it's not unusual for someone to identify themselves as filipino and japanese and hawaiian. today we also celebrate the

Mazie Hirono

2:34:26 to 2:34:45( Edit History Discussion )

Mazie Hirono: achievements of people from hawaii whose notable efforts have paved the way for other americans such as olympic champion and cultural ambassador, astronaut, mentioned previously congresswoman patsy t. mink, and president barack obam to name a few.

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