Korean Centennial

Establishes a commission to celebrate the 100th anniversary of
the arrival of Koreans to Hawaii.  (HB2262 HD2)

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TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2000                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            

                   A  BILL  FOR  AN  ACT



 1      SECTION 1.  The legislature finds that members of the Korean
 2 community have contributed significantly and substantially to
 3 Hawaii.  Since the arrival of the first Koreans to Hawaii in
 4 1903, the rich culture and proud heritage of the Korean people
 5 have been and continues to be a positive influence upon life in
 6 Hawaii.  The year 2003 will mark the one-hundredth anniversary of
 7 their arrival in Hawaii.  In recognition of the great
 8 contributions of Koreans to our diverse and multicultural
 9 society, a celebration to commemorate their arrival and
10 subsequent achievements in Hawaii is appropriate.  
11      The purpose of this Act is to provide for the celebration of
12 the centennial anniversary of the Korean people in Hawaii.
13      SECTION 2.  There is established a temporary commission to
14 be known as the Korean centennial celebration commission which
15 shall have charge of all arrangements for the commemoration of
16 the centennial anniversary of the arrival of the first Koreans to

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 1 Hawaii.  The commission shall be placed within the office of the
 2 governor for administrative purposes and shall cease to operate
 3 after December 31, 2003.
 4      The centennial celebration shall be immune from civil
 5 liability that may occur in the implementation of the
 6 celebration.
 7      SECTION 3.  The commission shall consist of fifteen members
 8 of the Korean community to be appointed by the governor without
 9 regard to section 26-34, Hawaii Revised Statutes.  The members
10 shall represent government, labor, business, culture and the
11 arts, and the community at large.  The governor shall designate
12 the chair of the commission from among the appointed members.  An
13 individual appointed to another commission is eligible to be
14 appointed as a member of this commission.   
15      The members shall not receive compensation for their
16 services but shall be reimbursed for necessary expenses,
17 including travel expenses, incurred in the performance of their
18 duties under this Act.
19      Any member of the commission shall be immune from civil
20 liability for any act done in connection with the performance of
21 their duties as provided in section 26-35.5, Hawaii Revised
22 Statutes.

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 1      SECTION 4.  The commission shall:
 2      (1)  Prepare an overall program to celebrate the centennial
 3           anniversary of the arrival of the Korean people in
 4           Hawaii, their significant contributions to the
 5           development of this State, and their culture and
 6           heritage;
 7      (2)  Identify a nonprofit organization that will be
 8           responsible for any moneys received or expended for the
 9           centennial anniversary celebration; and
10      (3)  Develop, plan, and coordinate the various program
11           activities that are to be scheduled throughout the year
12           of the celebration and shall encourage the
13           participation of all segments of the Korean community.
14      In fulfilling its responsibilities, the commission shall
15 consult, cooperate with, and seek advice from appropriate Korean
16 organizations and agencies.
17      SECTION 5.  The commission may seek grants from public and
18 private sources and may accept donations to finance the projects,
19 programs, and activities of the centennial anniversary
20 celebration.  Any funds received by the commission shall be
21 turned over to the nonprofit organization responsible for any
22 moneys received or expended for the centennial anniversary
23 celebration.
24      Chapter 42F, Hawaii Revised Statutes, shall not apply to any
25 grant or subsidy made pursuant to this Act by the legislature.

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 1      All property acquired by the commission shall be deposited
 2 for preservation in the Hawaii state public library system,
 3 museums, and public archives or shall otherwise be disposed of as
 4 directed by the commission.
 5      SECTION 6.  At the end of its term, the commission shall
 6 submit to the governor a final report of all its activities,
 7 including an accounting of all moneys received and disbursed.
 8 The report shall include a description of:
 9      (1)  The production, publication, and distribution of books,
10           films, and other educational materials on the life and
11           experiences of Koreans in Hawaii;
12      (2)  Conferences, convocations, lectures, and seminars; and
13      (3)  Traveling exhibits, other exhibits, ceremonies,
14           theatrical productions, and other special events
15           commemorating the anniversary.
16      SECTION 7.  This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2000.