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NHCSL is the preeminent organization serving and representing the interests of Hispanic state legislators from all states, commonwealths, and territories of the United States. Our mission is to serve as a catalyst for joint action on issues of common concern to all segments of the Hispanic community; a forum for information exchange and member networking; an institute for leadership training; a liaison with sister U.S. NHCSL - National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators http://nhcsl.org/img/layout/logo.png US United States Washington 20001 444 North Capitol Street, NW, Suite 40


Dress code for all events is business attire and all events will take place at SHERATON WAIKIKI HOTEL unless otherwise specified
We highly encourage you to register early as space will be limited.

Rooms for General Registration will not be guaranteed until after October 1st.

For accurate headcount, please indicate all events you plan to attend
Time Info
8:00 AM – 3:00 PM Break
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Newly Elected Breakfast and Registration
Honolulu Room, Sheraton Waikiki Hotel
9:00 am – 1:30 PM Newly Elected Training (invitation only)

Kahuku Room, Sheraton Waikiki Hotel
Ice Breakers: Welcome remarks from each caucus leader outlining the core mission/issue areas.

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Leadership Luncheon (invitation only) – Leadership & Hawaii Delegation)
Leahi Boardroom, Sheraton Waikiki Hotel
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM General Registration
Kauai Foyer, Sheraton Waikiki Hotel

3:00 PM- 6:30 PM

Tours – Iolani Palace & Hawaii Capitol
Bus departs hotel lobby at 3:15 p.m.

Come for a tour of Iolani Palace and the Hawaii Capitol exclusively by Hawaii members. Both locations are walking distance from each other. After the tours, we will walk to the Governor's Mansion for our Welcome Reception.

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Welcome Reception – Newly Elected Introduction
Governor’s Mansion

Speaker:  Luis P. Salaveria, Director of the State of Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism (DBEDT)

The Governor’s Mansion, also known as Washington Place, served as the home of Queen Lili’uokalani. Join us for an extraordinary Welcome Reception in one of Hawaii’s most historic residences. Cocktails & heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served.

8:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Enjoy Honolulu City Lights.
City Hall

The 32nd Annual Honolulu City Lights celebration creates a wonderland of illuminated displays in the interior courtyard and grounds of Honolulu’s City Hall.  From the tree lighting and public workers holiday parade on December 3 through New Year’s Day, island residents and visitors by the thousands enjoy the free month-long program of visits with Santa, live musical performances, movie nights and food booths. Honolulu City Lights is presented each year by the City and County of Honolulu in partnership with the non-profit Friends of Honolulu City Lights

Time Info
2:30 AM – 3:00 AM To- Go Breakfast
Front Entrance/ Front Drive, Sheraton Waikiki Hotel
3:00 AM – 9:30 AM

Pearl Harbor Commemoration Ceremony
Bus departs hotel lobby at 3:00 a.m.
Dress code for the event: Aloha T-Shirt and comfortable shoes. Actual ceremony program is from 7:45 am – 9:15 am

December 7th 2016 marks the 75th anniversary of the attacks on Pearl Harbor. Attendees will join thousands in the commemoration ceremony for this historic day in which we reflect, remember, and honor those who sacrificed their lives for our country.

11:00 am – 12:15 pm

Morning Concurrent Sessions

Waihonu Solar Farm (Energy)

The Waihonu Solar Farm is the largest solar photovoltaic facility in Oahu and was just dedicated earlier this year. The solar farm is a major milestone for the island and has the ability to power approximately 1,000 homes. Witness the uniqueness of this solar farm, which integrates smart technology and diverse partnership to provide communities with clean renewable energy.

Whitmore Project (Agriculture & Sustainability)

The Whitmore Project is a comprehensive plan with the goal to revitalize Central Oahu’s agriculture landscape and economic footprint. Attendees will take a tour of the farm and learn about Hawaii’s plan to double food production by 2020 to bring back agriculture to the state. Also discussed will be how this project intends to increase jobs and the availability to healthier food options at a lower cost.

Missing in Action, a tour of DPAA facility (Veteran Affairs)

NHCSL Summit attendees will get a behind the scenes look at DPAA's Hawaii facility and learn how the DPAA brings closure to military families by accounting for soldiers who have never been found.
The US Defense Department's POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), is in charge of the forensic and investigative research of identifying the remains of missing U.S servicemen and women. The DPAA laboratory in the Aloha state is used to perform DNA testing and other scientific processes in order to match the remains of possible missing US soldiers with information that can lead to a positive identification.


1:15 PM - 1:45 PM Luncheon
Maui Room, Sheraton Waikiki Hotel
1:45 PM – 2:30 PM

Policy Committee Meeting (legislators must attend)
Maui Room, Sheraton Waikiki Hotel

2:30 PM – 7:00 PM Break
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Bylaws Committee Meeting
Ewa Room, Sheraton Waikiki Hotel

(Bylaw amendments debated)

3:00 PM – 4:15 PM

Latinas Lead Meeting (Latina Legislators must attend)
Honolulu Room, Sheraton Waikiki Hotel
Speaker: Former Senator Leticia Van de Putte (TX)

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Business Board of Advisors Meeting
BBA Members only
Kahuku Room, Sheraton Waikiki Hotel

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Host State Reception
Upper Helumoa, Sheraton Waikiki Hotel

Presenters:  HI Delegation Members
Awardees: Nancy Ortiz, Judge Edward Kubo, Eugene Amar
Join us as we celebrate under the stars and acknowledge leading local community organizations from Hawaii. Cocktails & heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Time Info
8:00 AM – 9:45 AM Industry Perspective Breakfast Session

Maui Room, Sheraton Waikiki Hotel
Consumer Trends and healthy options
Moderator: Rep. Juan Candelaria (CT)
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Concurrent Sessions
“ESSA Implementation: Getting it Right to Address the Needs of Latino Students.” (Education Session)
Kahuku Room, Sheraton Waikiki Hotel
Moderator: Rep. Angela Romero (UT)

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) bill enhances the power states have to develop their own educational standards. Now that states have to build their own educational plan, it is important to discuss what tools are needed and what the minimum requirements are to build these plans. Hear about the Washington State educational plan that has been very inclusive of different stakeholders. Learn about an accountability framework that aids low performing schools in reaching their designated educational goals by building capacity of educators and schools to improve student knowledge and skills.

Mosquito Borne Illnesses – Protecting Against Spreads of Zika and Dengue
O’ahu Room, Sheraton Waikiki Hotel
Moderator: Rep. Louis Ruiz (KS)

A major health concern throughout the world has been involving the rise of mosquito borne illnesses such as Zika and Dengue. Though we hear waves of information through the media about these illnesses, there are still several unanswered questions. A CDC representative will give updates on these outbreaks and discuss the agency’s procedure to monitor and report this information to the public. Also discussed will be the effects on healthcare access and availability. The Hawaii Health Department will provide updates to the current status of Dengue on the island.

A Model for Clean Energy Diversification: Case Study of Hawaii
Honolulu Room, Sheraton Waikiki Hotel
Moderator: Sen. Eduardo Bhatia (PR)
After the American Clean Energy and Security Act, states are required to set their own energy standards to reduce emissions. Attendees will learn about the Hawaii Governor’s Plan to meet the new clean energy standards and how the state has been maintaining its electric grid while increasing clean energy use. Hawiian Electric, energy regulators and local clean energy investors will share their insight on how they are working together with stakeholders to achieve responsible productivity, and how consumers can be better educated on diverse energy options.

11:45 AM – 1:30 PM

2016 Elections Outcome Luncheon
Maui Room, Sheraton Waikiki Hotel
Moderator: Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck (UT)

The impact Latinos have in the U.S. political landscape continues to increase as evident in their voting participation and increase in Latino candidates. Political strategists will share insight on methods used in reaching out to the Latino community during the 2016 elections. Attendees will hear about the overall outcomes for the 2016 elections including the updated number of new Latino seats at the state level and in Congress.

1:45 PM – 4:00 PM

NHCSL Annual Executive Committee & BBA Meeting
Kauai Room, Sheraton Waikiki Hotel
(Legislators and BBA only)

4:00 PM – 5:45 PM


5:45 PM – 6:45 PM

Noche de Celebración Reception
Cocktails & Hors d’oeuvres
Ocean Lawn, The Royal Hawaiian Hotel

6:45 PM – 9:30 PM

Noche de Celebración Awards Presentation & Dinner
Monarch Room, The Royal Hawaiian Hotel