SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS — A group of female elected leaders brought Hawaii to Texas this week at the annual National Foundation for Women Leaders Conference in San Antonio.

The NFWL is one of the oldest organizations for elected State and City leaders in the nation.

Hawaiis very own Senator Donna Mercado Kim was elected Chair of the organization, the first woman from Hawaii in the position. Her priorities for her term will be to focus on reducing the cost of prescription drugs, health care and elderly care and to provide increased mobility options for the elderly and disabled. She also hopes to help more women to run for elected office.

Rep. Lynn DeCoite received the Women of Excellence Award for her leadership in Agriculture and Native Hawaiian Issues and for breaking down barriers for younger women to achieve leadership positions.

Joining Sen. Mercado Kim and Rep. DeCoite were Councilmember Kym Pine, Senator Sharon Moriwaki, Representative Val Okimoto and OHA Trustee Kalei Akaka.

The female leaders took part in a variety of discussions relating to health care, workplace equity, the criminal justice system, sex trafficking, transportation and the upcoming 100th anniversary of womens right to vote, as well as getting more women involved in the political process.

To celebrate Sen. Mercado Kims inauguration, the Hawaii Delegation and Hawaiian Airlines invited former Hawaii resident musicians living in San Antonio to play Hawaiian music and brought hula dancers and fresh lei for leaders of other states. (Video link:
Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine represents residents of District One, comprising portions of Ewa Villages and Ewa Beach, Kapolei, Makakilo, Kalaeloa, Honokai Hale, Ko Olina, Nnkuli, Mili, Waianae, Mkaha, Keaau and Makua) and is chair of the City Councils Committee on Business Economic Development and Tourism.

Media Contact:
Erika Engle
Communications Director
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Erika Engle
Communications Director, Councilmember Kymberly Pine
Honolulu City Council, District One
530 South King Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Main 808.768.5001

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