Find out what really happened in the 2009 Legislature

May 9th, 2009

The 2009 legislative session is about over and everyone is reeling. For a lot of people, the unsettling results of the session have not even sunk in yet.

This session was a real lulu. We need to understand and evaluate what happened, by whom and why. Otherwise, we'll be doomed to get the same results next year.

The leading point is that 221 got killed or maimed, depending on who you talk to. But there were lots of other tech bills, good and bad, and we need to know about them too.

So ThinkTech Talks is presenting one of our investigative panel programs on the subject. It's a half-day program scheduled for Tuesday, June 4, 2009, starting at 8:30 a.m. for registration and light breakfast and running to lunch with our keynote speaker Ben Cayetano.

There will be two blue ribbon investigative panels:

The first panel, moderated by Barbara Ankersmit, will provide an overview on how this session differed from others, featuring Rep. Gene Ward, Rep. Angus McKelvey, Journalist Jerry Burris, Political Scientist Neal Milner and Lobbyist Bob Toyofuku.

The second panel, moderated by Becki Ward, will discuss specific tech issues, featuring Alicia Maluafiti on biotech, Bill Spencer on venture capital, Rob Harris on environment, Robbie Alm on energy and Jason Lau on film.

What a cast for a drill down discussion!

The program is being produced by ThinkTech, Starr-Tech, Tech Hui, the Hawaii Venture Capital Association and Pacific New Media at the University of Hawaii.

Want to come? Sign up soon, since there are only 55 seats in the brand new [Anthology] Theatre in Pauahi Tower at Bishop Street. Contact for Susan Horowitz at Pacific New Media for information and registration, 956-3422 or 956-8400.

Or just write me, Jay Fidell, at

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One Response to “Find out what really happened in the 2009 Legislature”

  1. Kean Salzer:

    It would be extremely valuable if someone would record and podcast this. Your paper is sold on the outer islands, but we also need support for the sponsored events.