Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) hosted an intimate Town Hall on the Island of Lana`i on Thursday night, where more than 100 residents turned out despite inclement weather. Students from the Lana`i Academy of Performing Arts kicked off the meeting with a lively local rendition of The Lion King's "Circle of Life."

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard spoke about her work in Congress and the bills she's introduced and cosponsored that affect Hawai`i communities. The Lana`i residents were particularly interested in her work to improve access to services and health care in rural areas, high cost of housing, and increased opportunities for workforce vocational training. They stressed the importance of protecting our environment and preserving precious water resources.

Other local issues discussed included federal funding for highways and education, improving veteran services on the island, and supporting local farmers whose focus is farm-to-table and increasing food security.

A Lana`i resident from Syria thanked Rep. Gabbard for fighting for peace in her home country after the congresswoman spoke about the need to end what she called a "counterproductive" regime change war in Syria. Other topics of interest included the threat of North Korea's nuclear escalation, defeating terrorist groups like ISIS and al-Qaeda, and Trump's recent attack on Syria.

The next stops on "Tulsi's Town Hall Tour" are listed below. Second Congressional District residents are encouraged to RSVP at least one day prior to the meeting date at or by calling the office at (808) 541-1986.

O`ahu: Saturday, April 15, 7:30 to 9 p.m.
Kainalu Elementary School, 165 Kaiholu Street, Kailua, HI 96734

Moloka`i: Monday, April 17, 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Mitchell Pauole Center, 90 Ainoa Street, Kaunakakai, HI 96748

Hawai`i Island - Hilo: Tuesday, April 18, 7:30 to 9 p.m.
Waiakea High School, 155 W. Kawili Street, Hilo, HI 96720

Kaua`i: Wednesday, April 19, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Kaua`i Veterans Center, 3215 Kapule Hwy, Lihu`e, HI 96766

Maui: Thursday, April 20, 7:30 to 9 p.m.
Maui Tropical Plantation, 1670 Honoapiilani Hwy, Wailuku, HI 96793