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Hawaiʻi Influencer visits Executive Chambers and is Recognized by the House of Representatives


(L-R) House Speaker Scott K. Saiki, Bretman Rock, and Representative Darius K. Kila


Honolulu, Hawaiʻi – Bretman Rock Sacayanan Laforga, the renowned social media personality hailing from West Oʻahu visited the Hawaiʻi State Capitol today, marking a significant moment recognized by the Legislature's Filipino Caucus and the Hawaiʻi House of Representatives. Acknowledged for his profound impact locally, statewide, and internationally, particularly among Hawaiʻi residents and Filipino Americans, Bretman Rock's visit symbolized the intersection of his Hawaiʻi and Filipino-American heritage, reflected in his social media content shared globally.

Upon his arrival at the Hawaiʻi State Capitol, Bretman was warmly welcomed on the fifth floor by Governor Josh Green, M.D., and Lieutenant Governor Sylvia Luke who offered their congratulations to the 25-year-old media personality, expressing appreciation for the positivity he has brought to his community.

Governor Josh Green, M.D., thanked Bretman for uplifting and inspiring people of all ages and walks of life. “Mahalo for all you do to inspire people from around the world and especially Hawai‘i’s keiki to not only be proud of their cultural heritage but to be their true authentic self. Not only are you able to use social media as a tool for good, but you’re able to inspire people who don’t often get the spotlight. Your breaking of barriers and success are truly commendable and I’m so proud that you’re an ambassador of aloha and from Hawai‘i for the world.”

"What’s truly inspiring about Bretman is his unwavering commitment to living authentically and sharing his genuine self with the world. Bretman is undoubtedly a treasure to Hawaiʻi, and his authenticity inspires us all to be our truest selves,” said Lieutenant Governor Sylvia Luke.

"There are three rocks in Hawaiʻi," announced Bretman Rock. "Barack, The Rock, and Bretman Rock."

Next, Bretman participated in a Hawaiʻi State Legislature Filipino Caucus meeting. Presented with a gavel from the legislators, Bretman presided over the meeting by gaveling in and out, then dived into his history as a Filipino immigrant, and shared his experiences as a member of the LGBTQ+ community.

At noon, the House of Representatives convened for Floor Session and recognized Bretman during a Floor presentation. Representatives Darius K. Kila, Rachele F. Lamosao, and Adrian K. Tam delivered remarks, commending Mr. Rock for the significant achievements made in his career.

"Bretman, your journey is a testament to the power of dreams and the resilience of the human spirit. You have overcome obstacles and defied expectations, blazing a trail for others to follow. Your influence reaches far beyond our shores, touching the lives of countless individuals across Hawaiʻi and beyond, inspiring us all to embrace our uniqueness and celebrate our individuality," said Representative Darius K. Kila (D-44, Honokai Hale, Nānākuli, Mā‘ili), who facilitated Bretman's visit to the Hawaiʻi State Capitol.

"Bretman's journey reminds us that our differences are what make us beautiful and that embracing our roots can be a source of strength and inspiration. His success is a beacon of hope for young Filipino Americans and aspiring content creators, showing them that with hard work, perseverance, and a little bit of sparkle, anything is possible," said Representative Rachele F. Lamosao (D-36, Waipahu).

"Your mannerisms have helped normalize acceptance of individuals who may be different, making me and my friends feel validated; you've inspired youth and adults across the country to live authentically.   Your impact is immeasurable, as seen in the countless LGBTQ individuals who see themselves in you," said Representative Adrian K. Tam (D-24, Waikīkī), who also serves as Co-Convenor of the Legislature's Equality Caucus.

Following the Floor Presentation, members of the House of Representatives had the opportunity to personally greet Bretman and extend their congratulations.

"It is truly an honor to be honored today," proclaimed Bretman Rock.

A recording of the House floor session is uploaded on the Hawaiʻi House of Representatives YouTube Channel.


House Communications: Cathy S. Lee |


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