Alumni in action

Are you passionate about UH and want to help your alma mater get the support it needs to excel? Your voice matters!

We want to make it easy for you to be heard during the 2017 legislative session, which began on Wednesday, January 18, 2017.

Show our legislators that our UH alumni care about our students, facilities and the future of Hawai‘i.

Please email so that you can receive our advocacy alerts. In these alerts we will let you know which pressing bills are being heard and how you can help.

Helpful background

Update on Hawaii Promise Program bills:

  • There are three bills that focus on the Hawaii Promise Program that are still alive and moving through the legislative process.
  • HB 1591 HD1 and HB 1594 HD1, passed out of the House Finance committee on Wednesday, February 22.
  • SB 1162 SD1 passed out of the Senate Ways and Means Committee on Thursday, February 23.

All 3 bills have been revised in some form or fashion but the fundamental support for the unmet need for students is still in all the bills.

What happens next:

  • Once filed, all bills will move to their respective chamber for a full vote. 
  • Once approved, the house bills will “crossover” to the Senate and the senate bill will “crossover” to the House.
  • Crossover deadline is March 9, 2017.
  • At that point, the process will start all over again but in the non-originating chamber.
  • As these bills are scheduled for hearings, don’t forget to sign up for our advocacy alerts and we will let you know about opportunities to submit testimony.

The goal of Hawaii’s Promise is to remove cost as a barrier to higher education, clearing the path for UH students to complete their education without taking out student loans.

Visit the UH Government Relations site to learn more.

University of Hawai‘i Alumni