Puerto Rican Centennial

Establishes a commission to celebrate the 100th anniversary of
the arrival of Puerto Ricans to Hawaii.

THE SENATE                              S.B. NO.           577
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 1999                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            

                   A  BILL  FOR  AN  ACT



 1      SECTION 1.  The legislature finds that since the arrival of
 2 the first Puerto Ricans in Hawaii on December 23, 1900, the
 3 Puerto Rican people have contributed significantly to all phases
 4 of Hawaii's development.  The rich culture and proud heritage of
 5 the Puerto Rican people have been and continue to be positive
 6 influences upon life in Hawaii.  Recognition of the contributions
 7 of the Puerto Rican people and their culture is important to
 8 promoting and maintaining cognizance of Hawaii's diverse and
 9 multicultural society.  The year 2000 will mark the centennial
10 anniversary of the arrival of the Puerto Rican people in Hawaii,
11 and a celebration to commemorate their arrival and subsequent
12 achievements in Hawaii is appropriate.  The purpose of this Act
13 is to provide for the celebration of the centennial anniversary
14 of the Puerto Rican people in Hawaii.
15      SECTION 2.  Creation of the Puerto Rican centennial
16 celebration commission.  There is established a temporary
17 commission to be known as the Puerto Rican centennial celebration
18 commission which shall have charge of all arrangements for the

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 1 commemoration of the centennial anniversary of the arrival of the
 2 first Puerto Ricans to Hawaii.  The commission shall be placed
 3 within the office of the governor for administrative purposes and
 4 shall cease to operate after December 23, 2001.
 5      SECTION 3.  Membership, compensation.  The commission shall
 6 consist of fifteen members to be appointed by the governor
 7 without regard to section 26-34, Hawaii Revised Statutes.  There
 8 shall be a member from the Puerto Rican Heritage Society of
 9 Hawaii, the United Puerto Rican Association of Hawaii, Inc., the
10 Maui Puerto Rican Association, the Kohala Puerto Rican
11 Association, and the Kauai Puerto Rican Association.  The
12 remaining ten members shall represent government, labor,
13 business, culture and the arts, and the community at large.  The
14 governor shall designate the chair of the commission from among
15 the appointed members.  The members shall not receive
16 compensation for their services but shall be reimbursed for
17 necessary expenses, including travel expenses, incurred in the
18 performance of their duties under this Act.
19      SECTION 4.  Powers and duties.  The commission shall prepare
20 an overall program to celebrate the centennial anniversary of the
21 arrival of the Puerto Rican people to Hawaii, their significant
22 contributions to the development of this State, and their culture
23 and heritage.  The commission shall develop, plan, and coordinate

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 1 the various program activities that are to be scheduled
 2 throughout the year of the celebration and shall encourage the
 3 participation of all segments of the Puerto Rican community.  The
 4 commission shall consider any related plans and programs
 5 developed by the Puerto Rican Heritage Society, the United Puerto
 6 Rican Association of Hawaii, Inc., the Maui Puerto Rican
 7 Association, the Kohala Puerto Rican Association, and the Kauai
 8 Puerto Rican Association and other interested private and public
 9 organizations or agencies from whose members the commission may
10 designate special committees to plan, develop, and coordinate
11 specific projects or activities.
12      The commission shall submit to the governor a comprehensive
13 report for the centennial anniversary celebration which shall
14 include, but not be limited to:
15      (1)  The production, publication, and distribution of books,
16           films, and other educational materials on the life and
17           experiences of Puerto Ricans in Hawaii;
18      (2)  Conferences, convocations, lectures, and seminars; and
19      (3)  Traveling exhibits, other exhibits, ceremonies,
20           theatrical productions, and other special events
21           commemorating the anniversary.
22      SECTION 5.  Cooperation.  In fulfilling its
23 responsibilities, the commission shall consult, cooperate with,

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 1 and seek advice from, the Puerto Rican Heritage Society of
 2 Hawaii, the United Puerto Rican Association of Hawaii, Inc., the
 3 Kohala Puerto Rican association, the Maui Puerto Rican
 4 Association, and the Kauai Puerto Rican Association and other
 5 appropriate organizations or agencies.
 6      SECTION 6.  Trust fund established.  There is hereby created
 7 a trust fund to be known as the ethnic celebration trust fund
 8 which shall consist of payments made to the trust fund as
 9 provided in this Act.  All moneys received by the commission
10 shall be deposited by the state director of finance into the
11 trust fund and expended by the commission for the purposes of
12 this Act.  Disbursement of such moneys shall be by state warrants
13 issued in accordance with applicable laws and rules and shall be
14 based on vouchers signed by the chair of the commission.
15      The commission may seek grants from public and private
16 sources and may accept donations to finance the projects,
17 programs, and activities of the centennial anniversary
18 celebration.  Any funds received shall be deposited in the ethnic
19 celebration trust fund.
20      All property acquired by the commission shall be deposited
21 for preservation in the state library system, museums, and public
22 archives or shall otherwise be disposed of as directed by the
23 commission.

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 1      SECTION 7.  Final report.  At the end of its term, the
 2 commission shall submit to the governor a final report of all its
 3 activities, including an accounting of all moneys received and
 4 disbursed.
 5      SECTION 8.  There is appropriated out of the general
 6 revenues of the State of Hawaii the sum of $        , or so much
 7 thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 1999-2000, to carry
 8 out the purposes of this Act.  The sum appropriated shall be
 9 expended by the office of the governor for the purposes of this
10 Act.
11      SECTION 9.  This Act shall take effect on July 1, 1999.
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