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Task Force Proposed for Native Hawaiian Research Science & Tech Park

April 14, 2011, 9:06 AM HST
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By Wendy Osher

Graphic by Wendy Osher.

Studies are being sought to determine the feasibility of establishing a Native Hawaiian Research, Science, and Technology Park in the islands.

Representative Mele Carroll of Maui introduced HCR315 saying it will “help train and guide our future generations of entrepreneurs by positioning them to be at the forefront of technological development on a worldwide scale.”

The resolution states that there are a number of Native Hawaiian entrepreneurs who have the desire but lack the resources to develop projects in the research, science, and technology fields.  The park is proposed to prepare them to adequately deal with business start-up challenges by providing resources and professional expertise.

The House Committee on Finance passed the resolution yesterday, calling for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands to convene a task force to study the idea further.

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In addition to the assistance of native Hawaiian business organizations, the resolution also seeks the help of the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, in identifying qualified personnel to administer and effectuate the objectives of the project.

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