The House of Representatives’ Christmas tree salutes “the 50 Voices of Statehood vignettes”, which are being recorded by the award-winning Searider Productions team of Wai‘anae High School. The vignettes feature personal perspectives on statehood and Hawai‘i’s history from 50 residents representing the state’s diverse ethnic, cultural, religious, political, social and economic backgrounds. Each week over the next year, a different vignette will air on six television stations and 60 radio stations statewide. An interactive online forum can be viewed from a computer at www.seariderproductions.com/50voices. The site will allow teachers and students to incorporate the vignettes into their classroom discussions.
Previous 50 Voices of Statehood vignettes have featured former State Representative Stuart Ho, former state protocol officer Francis Lum, former First Lady Nancy Quinn, and former U.S. Congresswoman Patricia Saiki.
The 50th Anniversary of Statehood Commission has planned a comprehensive year-long series of events and activities, with a special focus on education, to honor the 50th anniversary of Hawai‘i’s admission to the Union. The 50 Voices of Statehood series, as well as information on the Commission, its members and the commemorative plans may be found at www.hawaii.gov/statehood.
Mele Kalikimaka and Hau’oli Makahiki Hou from Representative Gene Ward.