Meet the Endorsed Candidates

The 2018 election cycle is critical for Maui’s future. Ohana Candidates are on the brink of gaining enough Maui County Council seats so that our government can shift to serve the common good, instead of big money interests.

Primary Election – August 11, 2018

General Election – November 6, 2018

Mayoral Candidate

Elle Cochran

Elle Cochran – Mayor
https://www.elle4mayor.com/

https://www.facebook.com/ellecochran/

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Elle Cochran – Mayor https://www.elle4mayor.com/

https://www.facebook.com/ellecochran/

Elle Cochran holds the council seat for the West Maui residency area. She is the chair of the Infrastructure and Environmental Management Committee.

“I became involved in government because I realized that the leaders in office at the time were not representing my voice or the will of the people.

I went from never having voted in my life, to realizing that I can actively participate and do something to help preserve and protect this place that we all love so much.

I knew that I could listen to the people and be that missing voice that was so desperately needed. Seven years later, I have remained true to my intentions and true to my community as an unwavering voice for the people.

Often times I have stood up as a lone voice for issues that meant something to this community. In the face of adversity it can be difficult at times to stand your ground, but I have never been one to back down from a difficult task or a complicated problem, especially when its the right thing to do.

I believe that if it is the will of the people, we as policy-makers, should and can find a way to make it happen. My office has earned a reputation for thinking outside of the box to find solutions to our county’s long standing problems.

I aim to bring this progressive and innovative thinking to the administration.”

-Elle Cochran  https://www.elle4mayor.com/meet-elle

Our environment IS our economy. We can no longer make decisions in the interest of short term economic gain, at the risk of the long term health of our ecosystems and resources.

We have the will of the people and the solutions from the experts at our fingertips. I will provide the leadership required to make sure they are heard and acted upon.

I will keep in close communication with the community on all projects, objectives and goals. I don’t have all the answers, but I will strive to inspire others to be a part of the solutions and to work with me to achieve our goals together.

The County is the vessel; the people are the catalyst towards positive change

https://www.elle4mayor.com/platform

Imagine what’s possible in Maui. With Elle as Mayor, who truly represents YOU, working hand in hand with a County Council to protect quality of life, economy and resources now, and for generations to come. ~~~~~~ First elected in 2010, and serving her 4th term in office. Chair of the Infrastructure and Environmental Management Committee.

A Native Hawaiian with English, Spanish and Okinawan ancestry, Cochran can easily relate to the state’s melting pot of diverse cultural practices, colorful histories and ancient languages that she believes enrich us and that must be recognized and perpetuated. Elle has been a lifelong resident of Lahaina.

As the founder of the Save Honolua Coalition, a proud founding member of Faith Action for Community Equity Maui (FACE) and the hard working President of Maui Unite!, Cochran understands the importance of educating, mobilizing and listening to the community in order to create the most favorable outcome for the people, you the voter.

Along with her community responsibilities, Elle makes time for her love of ocean sports. She organizes and/or participates in sports events that raise money for charitable causes. https://www.facebook.com/pg/ellecochran/about/?ref=page_internal

“Mine is a grassroots campaign, fueled by volunteers and their passion to keep Maui nō ka ʻoi, for our residents, visitors, and for our future generations” said Cochran.

Supporters say that in her eight years as county council member, she spearheaded a County Pesticide Free Parks program and passed legislation requiring Native Hawaiian Law Training for Maui County Planning Commissioners.  She also introduced legislation to ban the use of plastic bags and styrofoam take out containers, secured funding for better short term rental enforcement, and chaired the Temporary Investigative Group to Increase Housing Inventory in Maui County.

She also served on the White House Governance Coordinating Committee for the National Ocean Council under President Obama. http://mauinow.com/2018/04/07/elle-cochran-opens-mayoral-campaign-headquarters/

Community Involvement: Founder of the Save Honolua Coalition; A founding member of Faith Action for Community Equity (FACE- Maui) ; A past president of Maui Unite!; Board Member at Akaku; Member of Na Kia I o‘ Waine`e.

With all of the recent advancements in renewable energy resources, as well as, an up-and-coming generation with fresh ideas about food security & natural soil remediation; there is a renewed awareness and interest in local farming methods, family farms, school gardens etc.

It is an inspiring time for our County and I would like to nurture and support this movement; and propel our islands into the forefront, as a shining example of what being sustainable can really mean. http://mauinow.com/2014/08/08/candidate-spotlight-elle-cochran-council-west-maui/

Four-term chair of the Infrastructure and Environmental Management Committee, Cochran is “recognized for addressing complex issues and for being the voice of the people and the environment in Council Chambers,” a press release noted.

Cochran worked in the hospitality industry and is co-owner of Maui Surfboards, the oldest surf shop on Maui (1966).

(For a complete list of Cochran’s legislative work, visit https://www.elle4mayor.com/meet-elle)

“Many of the housing, environment and infrastructure issues that Maui County is facing are managed directly by the mayor. These islands deserve an administration that challenges the status quo and the systems that created the problems we face today. I have a proven track record for progressive policy and focus which breeds results. I have action plans ready to implement that will increase our truly affordable housing inventory and make that housing affordable forever. I have created a sustainable tourism plan which will mandate the implementation of key Maui Island Plan action items to mitigate tourism infrastructure impacts,” she said.

“As mayor, I will hire a professional county manager as managing director, who will help select and manage qualified professionals to head each of the administrative departments. Our departments and staff are the backbone of this county that keep our core services running smoothly. My vision and action plan for moving Maui County forward will benefit exponentially from partnering with a professional county manager. I am looking forward to advancing our organizational structure away from politically favored appointees.” http://www.lahainanews.com/page/content.detail/id/564657/Elle-Cochran-files-papers-to-run-for-mayor.html?nav=19

Born and raised in Maui HI

Served on the council for 4 terms; coming up on 8 years

State Honolua coalition – being activist

SURFING WAS MY THING

AS an activist

I didn’t feel our voice was represented as a person of the aina; of the ocean

I needed to be in there to represent that voice; so I know I continue to be that

And it’s getting stronger since we’ve had quite a few other elected officials come in that share the same philosophy and point of view as I do.

So it’s been exciting and we’ve been making a lot of headway. Many fronts with the polystyrene; I’ve initiated pesticide free parks, with our county parks department.

And it’s been some, awesome things

I’m really tired of hearing my classmates, my family members, just people in general saying, “they can’t afford to live here anymore”; and that to me is extremely sad; so that is something key for me to want to grab a hold of and figure out.

Trying to get the affordability back into the hands of our people to be able to stay here, live here, raise their families here, and grow up here like we all did.

The chair for infrastructure and environmental management; so a lot of things aren’t that sexy subjects, like sewer, wastewater, landfills, recycling; but they’re important to everybody; and those are the things that need to be focused on a whole lot more. Our wastewater, the injection well issue, are detrimental to the health of our oceans and our reefs… We have the most highly impaired waters in the world from Honolua, where I live, all the way down to Makena; the reefs are dying. They’re saying in 25 years they can be gone! We are at that tipping point; if we do not do something right now! Immediately! Then, that’s like our culture is gone; needless to say our economy of tourism.

Another key point; we need to jump in and make sure that we take care of all the leakage that is occurring; reuse our treated waste water, take care of the runoff and figure out the drainage systems and; the list goes on and on but in the end it is to protect our environment, preserve our culture, have open and honest government and to have economic viability and stability.

County Council

VOTE ALL 9 COUNCIL SEATS

Alika Atay – Wailuku
Trinette Furtado – North Shore
Keani Rawlins Fernandez -Moloka’i
Tasha Kama – Kahului
Gabe Johnson – Lana’i
Shane Sinenci – Hana
Tamara Paltin – West Maui
Hannibal Starbuck – Upcountry
Kelly King – Kihei

Primary County Council

Trinette Furtado

http://furtadoformaui.com/
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Trinette Furtado – North Shore http://www.furtadoformaui.com/

https://www.facebook.com/furtadoformaui/

Executive Assistant to Alika Atay

“served on a state advisory board of education and have spent years working with our youth”

Trinette Furtado is running for Maui County Councilʻs Makwao-Ha`iku-Pā`ia district seat.

“For `Āina. For Aloha. For All.”

“We’ve been talking about the same issues year after year, without progress, and it’s time for change.”

“I don’t want to just talk about these issues; I want to solve them.

In two years, I want us to be talking about different issues; having already put in the hard work needed to address what’s happening right now.

Imagine a city governance that addresses and solves problems; effectively and efficiently, together.”

“Our needs as a COMMUNITY need to be considered in ALL deliberations undertaken by the County Council”

A mom — Educated at MIT & University of Hawaii

Contact:

Friends of Trinette Furtado 342 Kulike Road Haiku HI 96708

http://www.furtadoformaui.com/#

https://www.facebook.com/furtadoformaui/

http://mauicounty.us/atay/

Keani Rawlins-Fernandez

Keani Rawlins-Fernandez – Molokai
http://www.votekeani.com/

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Keani Rawlins-Fernandez – Molokai http://www.votekeani.com/

https://www.facebook.com/votekeani/

“Aloha! My name is Keani Rawlins-Fernandez. The ‘aina I belong to is Molokai. I humbly ask for your vote to represent our communities on the County Council.”

After working at a Hawaiian public charter school and various nonprofits that serve the Native Hawaiian community, she decided to pursue a dual MBA and law degree education program:

Keani has a strong educational and professional background, having graduated from both the William S. Richardson School of Law with certificates in Native Hawaiian Law and Environmental Law; and the Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. Her experience at the Hawaii State Legislature, including an internship as Legislative Aid for Representative Jarrett Keohokalole, has equipped her to collaborate with State officials regarding County specific issues.

She currently works for mayoral candidate and Councilmember Elle Cochran, which has given Keani both a deeper understanding of Council operations, as well as insights and ideas on how it can be improved to better serve the people.

She intends to support initiatives that prioritize environmental protection, education, food sustainability, affordable housing, and smart development.

Keani’s vision for a better future for her children and Molokai drove her decision to participate in local government. She is a committed advocate who understands the delicate balance between economic development and environmental and cultural protection.

2017 KULEANA ACADEMY PARTICIPANT!

http://www.hapahi.org/news/2017/2/20/hapa-launches-2017-kuleana-academy

https://themolokaidispatch.com/running-for-county-council/

https://www.law.hawaii.edu/article/keani-rawlins-fernandez-15-running-county-council

http://www.votekeani.com/

https://www.facebook.com/votekeani/

Tamara Paltin

Tamara Paltin – West Maui
http://tamara4mauinui.com/
https://www.facebook.com/TamaraPaltinForMauiCouncil/

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Tamara Paltin – West Maui http://tamara4mauinui.com/

https://www.facebook.com/TamaraPaltinForMauiCouncil/

‘Life is about balance’

“Life is about balance, and traditional Hawaiian methods worked on maintaining that balance. Our challenge now is to work on a sustainable, community-based management plan for the area that has been saved from development but not from the impacts of extreme unmanaged human usage.”

(Has much education/work experience,awards, & community organizations; See, http://tamara4mauinui.com/ )

I want to work together toward a better future for all our keiki, so that they may all thrive while contributing to the betterment of Maui Nui.”

I have worked for the County of Maui throughout the past four administrations, nearly 17 years. I am a Ocean Safety Lieutenant at DT Flemings Beach Park in the Department of Fire and Public Safety. I have been an HGEA Union Steward in Unit 3 since 2008 and now with the addition of Unit 14, I am the Vice Chair of Unit 14.”

A firm believer in education, I have earned a Bachelors of Science from Northern Arizona University in Mathematics and Education. Throughout my career on Maui I have put my educational background and dedication to public safety to good use by volunteering to teach Lifeguarding, CPR and First Aid. I am also a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) member.”

I have been involved with many community and environmental organizations and networks here on Maui. I have been most involved with the Save Honolua Coalition, since its inception in 2007, and acted as the Executive Director/President for the past nine years. Through the process of forming a non-profit, working with county and state agencies as well as politicians, becoming involved in the general plan process and mobilizing community testimony, I have learned a lot about how government works (and sometimes doesn’t work) not only as an employee but also as a citizen participant.”

(https://www.facebook.com/pg/TamaraPaltinForMauiCouncil/about/?ref=page_internal)

“The past 14 years have really flown by. I am amazed it’s been so long. Back in those days, we operated much smaller, lighter weight and slower jet skis that didn’t always start or run well. I’ve helped to bring a victim back to life and I’ve been unsuccessful at bringing a victim back to life. I’ve seen all types of marine life up close and personal.”

 

Personal Interests

  1. Understand what is most important to the people of Maui County 2. Build shared understanding by bringing everyone together in open conversations. 3. County of Maui – Policy Plan, Island Plan and Community Plans

 

Throughout the past four years, Paltin has continued her advocacy for her community by helping to facilitate community meetings in West Maui with planners, developers and even the sitting Governor.

Paltin frequently testifies before the county council and at the State legislature. She is currently the President of the nonprofit Save Honolua Coalition and works as an Ocean Safety Lieutenant at DT Flemings Beach Park.

https://mauiwatch.com/2018/04/tamara-paltin-seeks-county-council-seat/

 

 

 

2017 KULEANA ACADEMY PARTICIPANT!

Before running for public office, Paltin was best known for her involvement with the volunteer effort to preserve Honolua Bay and keep it in open space. That effort began in the winter of 2006-07 and has been ongoing until the present. Paltin has been the president and executive director of the Save Honolua Coalition (www.savehonolua.org/) for the last six years.

“I am not Hawaiian, but I was raised in Hawaii and this is the only home that I know. I don’t have anywhere to ‘go back to.’ So I am committed to making Hawaii and Maui a better place with respect to the Hawaiian culture, because I believe traditional Hawaiian stewardship and sustainability are the role models that we should strive for.”

Asked about her motivation for seeking public office and where she sees her future, she replied: “I am keeping an open mind about my political future, but I am committed to community-based and community-driven solutions and want to remain true to my grassroots beginnings.

“I have been a county employee under four separate administrations in Maui and a few in Hawaii, and I feel that the mayor-council set-up is inefficient and prone to cronyism,” Paltin continued.

“I still believe we need more accountability, continuity and transparency, and I think that can be better achieved with the council-professional manager set-up, which is an alternative method of governance that many counties across the nation have embraced.

“The way it now, I believe the most important aspect of the (mayor’s) job is to put the right people in the right places, from boards and commissions to community plan committees and directors/deputy directors of various departments.

In her view, one of the encouraging aspects of the mayor’s race was “experiencing such positive feedback from my constituency. I feel that I am grounded enough to connect with a wide array of folks. Even though we may not always agree, I will do my best to represent the everyday people who live here and try to improve all of our qualities of life while respecting our unique environment and Hawaiian culture,” Paltin concluded.

http://www.lahainanews.com/page/content.detail/id/531708/Tamara-Paltin—Life-is-about-balance-.html?nav=19

“There is no silver bullet solution to all of these complex problems that contribute to our declining quality of life, however listening to our entire community is the first step. Focusing on solutions with an equal interest in present and future is the next. I care about jobs and about the world our keiki will inherit. I understand the realities of today and dream of a better tomorrow.”

With the technology available in the 21st century, mass collaboration is possible, practical and pervasive. In this day and age no one person is smarter than all of us put together and so we need to open the lines of communication within our communities, with experts, our council and public servants from the front lines to the executive offices and aggregate and leverage our collective intelligence to solve these quality of life issues for the people of Maui County. I would direct county government to invest in economic development that is community based, community driven and community inspired. Currently local businesses are shutting down and mainland franchises are moving in sending profits out of the county and our government is bending over backwards to help them. We need to invest in local innovation that will help maintain Maui County’s cherished quality of life for generations to come by using local resources in a way that enhances economic opportunities while improving social conditions in a sustainable way.”

I would like to invest more in Community Based Economic Development (CBED). Simply put, CBED brings it all back home so you and your community are part of the decision-making when it comes to how Maui is governed.”

My administration will work with you to create economic prosperity without sacrificing the beauty and Aloha spirit we all love.”

http://mauinow.com/2014/08/04/candidate-spotlight-tamara-paltin-candidate-maui-mayor/

Natalie "Tasha" Kama

Tasha Kama – Kahului
http://www.kama4council.org/

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Tasha Kama – Kahului http://www.kama4council.org/

https://www.facebook.com/Kama-4-Council-366090970546106/

“Our policies must be sustainable; they must not harm our environment and they must benefit our people and our quality of life.”

Tasha is native Hawaiian with a blood quantum that qualifies her to be a beneficiary of the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act of 1920, which issues land awards. She applied for a lease and since that time has been active in Hawaiian homestead issues. When the Office of Hawaiian Affairs came into existence she became engaged in Hawaiian affairs. She founded the Waiohuli/Keokea Hawaiian Homestead Association in 1988 to push the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands to put the infrastructure in those areas so lessees could build their homes onto their lands.

Tasha’s activism for social justice continues with her work through Faith Action for Community Equity (FACE) in addressing affordable housing and immigration issues.

Tasha is a FACE Staff member for – Faith Action for Community Equity (FACE); As, Rev. Tasha Kama – Maui Lead Organizer  (http://facehawaii.org/about-us/leadership/)

She sees her role on the Maui County Council as an opportunity to improve the quality of life for all of Maui County, always willing to serve with aloha.

We must remedy our reliance on imported goods and must think, behave and act sustainably for the betterment of our island state.  Hawaiian of old looked to the ocean which served as their refrigerator and the land was their cubbard; and they looked to the mountain streams as their faucet.  There needs to be a paradigm shift to be able to meet our future needs especially in times of natural or man-made disasters.  We must take care of that which sustains us, for our whole existence depends on us taking care of that which takes care of us. ( mauinow.com/2010/09/03/video-tasha-kama-dist-8-house-candidate-profile-decision-2010-mauinow-com/ )

“I see that there are two issues here: the preservation of our natural resources, or the preservation of HC&S.  June 13, 2010 Maui News quotes Isaac Moriwake as saying, “The Supreme Court ruling clearly stated that the health of the streams must take priority over economics.”  And as stated in my opening statement, we live in an island state and must make every effort to protect our natural resources for the purposes of sustaining our future generations and beyond.  We must take care of that which sustains all us, for our whole existence depends on taking care of that which takes care of us.”

Tasha Kama (808) 463-2963 Kama4council.org Kama4council@gmail.com

P.S… Some great information!!!

Education: What do you plan to do to prevent a repeat of the furlough Friday situation at public schools?  Answer: The furlough Fridays were instituted by our governor to balance the state’s budget.  And we had a $688 million shortfall.  I want to read an article from the Hawaii Press–it came out Wednesday, March 17, 2010.  It says, “Hawaii Free Press and others have over the past few months, identified millions of dollars of waste, fraud and corruption in the DOE budget.  $50 million for software when equivalents were available free of charge.  Up to $75 million in federal funds was lost to schools because the HSTA, DOE and BOE sabbatoged Hawaii’s Race to the Top funding application.  Between $42 million and $57 million burned on wasteful personnel practices.  A Hawaii state audit identified $21 million in waste on one DOE contract alone, as well as $1.1 million burned on cronie contracting and $2.8 million diverted from classroom salaries to fund more cronie contracting.  Add it all up, the total is between $191.9 million and $206.9 million–and these are just minimum figures.  The DOE audit sampled only a portion… in order to illustrate how business is done, thus the total could easily be ten times what the audit found, adding another $224.1 million in annual DOE waste, fraud and corruption.  This produces a grand total of $416 millioin to $431 million in annual DOE waste, fraud and corruption out of the total budget of $2.1 million.”  So the DOE budget is about $800 million of this.  I want to urge everyone to go and visit this article by Andrew Walden in the Hawaii Free Press.

I think the way to never ever allow this is to be able to have an audit of the Department of Education, and see where all the waste is at and where all of the fraud is coming from, and the corruption.  And I think if this is what’s happening in one state agency, I’d like to see in the other state agencies.

General County Council

Alika Atay

Alika Atay – Wailuku
http://www.alikaatay.com/

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Alika Atay – Wailuku http://www.alikaatay.com/

https://www.facebook.com/voteforalika/

Alika Atay holds the County Council seat for the Wailuku-Waihee-Waikapu residency area. He is chair of the Water Resources Committee.

“IT’S COMMUNITY AND PEOPLE FIRST”

Alika is committed to delivering and addressing the vital issues that affect the people of Maui County: from protecting our natural resources, to providing truly affordable homes for local family residents, and to increasing economic development in the areas of agriculture and the “green-collared” job/career opportunities. He strongly believes that we must continue to embrace the Maui values that keeps Maui Nō Ka ‘Oi.  In doing so, we must always maintain our island’s own uniqueness and its own authenticity of culture at all times.

 

Alika believes that the state of affairs in health, education, and welfare of the people in this island community is the priority of delivery from the policy making and governance council of the County of Maui.

 

“If we want to see a Maui with pristine shorelines, a thriving economy (through both agriculture and tourism), and the jobs and housing to support local families; we will need to look inward towards our local government structure.”

“The role of a local government should always be addressing the health and welfare of the people first, before the economic gains of the corporations.  Always addressing, first and foremost, is safe drinking water that is available to all, and always making sure we have an adequate supply.  We need to interpret our state motto in such a way as to preserve our natural resources for our future generations’ sustenance.”

“We need to be at the table; We need to be participating in this process”

Email: alika.atay@mauicounty.us

Kalana O Maui Building 200 South High St. Eighth Floor Wailuku, Hawaii 96793

Ph : (808) 270-7760 Fax: (808) 270-7247

Residency Area: Wailuku-Waihee-Waikapu

mauicounty.us/atay/ 

http://www.alikaatay.com/

 

Shane Sinenci

Shane Sinenci – Hana

https://votesinenci.com/
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Shane Sinenci – Hana

“Put communities first”

“I grew up with some great community leaders… we want to honor those leaders because they are such a great resource for the community”

“We want communities to have a say of what happens in their own backyards”

“We also want communities to have fair representation on local boards and commissions”

It is important that we empower individual communities and make government work for the everyday working families.”

“County government needs to support the state’s affordable housing initiatives and fast-track those projects that will put families in homes.”

2017 KULEANA ACADEMY PARTICIPANT!

HONOR. PRESERVE. PROTECT OUR COMMUNITIES!

Maui’s Future is Now! We must do more to secure a safe and affordable future for our children.

Shane Sinenci was born and raised in Hana, working tirelessly to make it a better place.

Maui County is host to Nature’s Incredible Beauty, Pristine Coastlines and Loving People.  Let’s protect our natural resources and open spaces from special interest groups.

Public School Teacher

Advocating for special needs students with learning disabilities for 20 years. An active HSTA Union member since 1999.

Hana Community Association Chair

Working hard to unify community and represent them with a strong voice. Advocating for Community programs, Infrastructural maintenance, Public Safety and Community Health and well being.

‘Aha Moku Hana Representative

Representing Lineal Descendants, Protecting Culturally Sensitive Historical Sites, and Preserving Traditional Practices.

 

Credentials/Accolades (these are many; see, https://votesinenci.com/ )

 

Hana, Maui, Hawaii 96713

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(808) 264-8919

 

 

https://www.civilbeat.org/2016/10/candidate-qa-maui-county-council-shane-sinenci/

https://mauitime.com/news/politics/mauitime-walk-story-2018-candidate-for-county-council-hana-shane-sinenci/

Hannibal Starbuck

Hannibal Starbuck – Upcountry
http://hannibalstarbuck.com/
https://www.facebook.com/HannibalStarbuck/

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Hannibal Starbuck – Upcountry

Mission

With a lifelong dedication to Maui and a background rooted in Hawaiian culture, values, and language, stewardship of the land, education, and science, I will listen to the community to facilitate the interaction between the governing bodies and the entire community to be an integral part of improving the decision making for Maui County.

Hannibal’s parents, Peter and Dinah Starbuck, were members of the Protect Kaho’olawe ‘Ohana since the early 80’s. They visited the island countless times, participating in the movement to stop the bombing and facilitating for visiting groups as well. Dinah’s hālau, Pā’ū o Hi’iaka, ran the kitchen at Hakioawa for monthly accesses for a long time. Buckstar, Hannibal, and Una made the journey to Kaho’olawe many times each to continue the tradition and fight for the island.

Science

Science allows Hannibal a fantastic perspective to understand the world around us. He is passionate about science and values the special geology, oceanography, meteorology, botany, hydrology, and astronomy that can be studied in Hawai’i. Hannibal believes that science is for everybody’s benefit and does not have to be pitted against cultural priorities.

 

There are many crucial issues at the forefront for Maui nui. Hannibal recognizes that there are not always easy solutions, but that we must nonetheless stay solution oriented. We must consider the welfare of the land and ocean in all things and look for ways to reduce the negative impact of our society on our natural resources for practical and ethical reasons. It’s time to stop benefiting in one thing at the expense of another. Hannibal will work well with all the various government bodies at the county and state levels, citizen advisory groups, and the community at large to find solutions that are in the community’s best interest.

http://hannibalstarbuck.com/

Teaching etc.

Hannibal has been teaching science at his Alma mater, H.P. Baldwin High School, for 12 years. He regularly teaches Physics, Physical Science, Earth Systems Science, and Electricity and Electronics. He takes on responsibilities beyond the classroom and supports students as they grow into contributing members of the community.

 

 

Contact Us

Please contact for discussions on community related topics or any other reasons regarding Hannibal’s campaign. Email: vote.hannibal.starbuck@gmail.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HannibalStarbuck/ Personal Twitter: @h_starbuck_71

mailing address:

Friends of Hannibal Starbuck P.O. Box 880234 Pukalani, HI, 96822

Kelly King

Kelly King – Kihei 
http://www.kellyking.org/ 

https://www.facebook.com/kelly4kihei/

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Kelly King – Kihei  http://www.kellyking.org/

https://www.facebook.com/kelly4kihei/

 

(The whole page of this website: http://www.kellyking.org/experience.html#playgrounds is worth sharing for insight to her character and qualified experience)

“Pono Prosperity” My campaign slogan – Pono Prosperity – sums up my vision for my role if elected. Doing the right thing goes hand in hand with public office.

Kelly T. King holds the County Council seat for the South Maui residency area. She is chair of the Planning Committee. http://mauicounty.us/king/

 

I’m running for office because I believe it’s our kuleana to step up and serve the community when the need arises.

As an involved citizen, sustainability champion, local business owner, parent and advocate for children’s needs, I understand the balance required for smart growth and the responsibility of leadership for the greater good of our community. My bid for County Council is not a personal career goal, rather it is an opportunity to serve the people of Maui at the county level and stand up for transparent, responsive and efficient government.

I offer a history of experience and collaborations with a wide variety of people from grassroots to state and federal elected officials.

Our community values are expressed in our Community Plans, developed with extensive input, and these goals and values should be guiding all County Council decisions. We can have a better community if we focus on improving infrastructure, appointing proven and skilled department directors, helping the less fortunate and supporting small businesses and family farmers. Pono Prosperity means helping everyone.

 

Co-founder and vice president of Pacific Biodiesel. Duties include communications and public outreach, marketing, grant writing, business development, administration and employee supervision

Other civic experience or community service?My involvement in children’s issues, including PTA and the Girl Scouts, led to my election to serve on the Hawaii State Board of Education. Along with my community efforts to build local playgrounds, fight for better school conditions and localize decision-making, I’ve been an active board member of Decisions Maui, Hui Malama Learning Center, AKAKU and the Maui Farmers Union. I continue to support sustainability as VP of Pacific Biodiesel and an advisory committee member of the UH Maui College Sustainable Sciences Management Program.

What makes you qualified to be a Council member?  As an involved citizen, education and sustainability champion, and local business owner, I understand the balance required for smart growth and the responsibility of leadership for the greater good. I’ve lived all my adult life on Maui and have been personally involved with South Maui issues for three decades. http://www.staradvertiser.com/2016/07/16/election/kelly-takaya-king-2016/

 

“Been on Maui almost 40 years;

Our system of government is over 50 years old ‘mayoral system’ = too much opportunity for cronyism and political influence

Even before I got on the council, I was an advocate for a stronger managing director in our community with a little more autonomy that separates the managing director term, from the term of the mayor; so, he or she doesn’t have to get involved in politics to keep their job.

As an advocate, I was disappointed two years ago when the council did not pass that out of the committee; and so, that was one of the driving issues that convinced me to be the new blood on the council”

“It was actually my initiative; following up on one of my campaign promises, I’ve been working with some folks within the community, two of them were on that special committee two years ago; came into it with objectivity and by the end of the research that was done and the work that was done by the special committee, there are huge advocates for changing the system

“I believe we are entering an age where we have to have more enlightenment on the county level; we have to take more direction because of what is happening at the federal level; if we don’t protect our environment and our community, we’re going to get slammed by the federal government; we’re already losing funding, we’re already seeing the destruction of the EPA; and so, it becomes much more important at the county level to sure up our ordinances and to refocus our priorities around our LOCAL VALUES” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-rnkMNitM4

CONTACT US

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Gabe Johnson

Gabe Johnson – Lana’i
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“During my time here in Hawaii I have done much to protect our Resources, I am a member of the Lana’i Heritage Fishing Group, in which we are working hard to create a Community Based Subsistence Fishing Area (CBSFA) here on the island of Lana’i. I have also volunteered my time to the County as Vice Chair on the Commission for Americans With Disabilities Act. I was a strong advocate for our Kupuna here on Lana’i and also addressed our dismal unemployment rate of Peoples with Disabilities.

​ I have made Lana’i my home. As a single Father who’s daughter has been going to school here since preschool, I can honestly say that I love Lana’i. Aloha Lana’i!” https://gabe4council.com/

I believe in the Public Trust Doctrine. The government’s responsibility is to do what is best for us, the people, when managing our Natural Resources. This is a binding agreement.

Too long has the county ignored the people’s demands. We demand clean water. We demand clean soil. We demand to be heard.

Affordable Housing is an issue I feel strongly about and I will make it a priority.

Background in education; undergrad in English at Kent State University

Work in conservation; natural research; invasive species control on Lanai’i

Focused on infrastructure for the working class people.

2017 KULEANA ACADEMY PARTICIPANT!

I believe locally grown food and a farm to table model would help us be less dependant upon mainland barges. Goods, services, and food should be created and consumed here in our islands. I’m a strong proponent of the tech industry as well. Light footprint economies should be our focus.

Healthy Lands make for healthy people. My career is in Invasive Species. I do as much as I can to protect the island of Lana’i. The County is responsible for keeping our lands clean and free of pollution.

CONTACT GABE

P.O. BOX 631620 Lana’i City, 96763 gabrielforprogress@gmail.com Phone : 808 559 0980

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Tina Wilderberg (D) House Dist. 11

Tina Wildberger – District 11 South/West Maui
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Tina Wildberger – District 11 South/West Maui https://www.tinawildberger.com/

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@Tina4smaui

MAILING ADDRESS300 Ohukai Rd., #B213 Kihei, HI 96753

CAMPAIGN PHONE(808) 870-1739

CAMPAIGN EMAILtw@tinawildberger.com

 

 

Accountability, transparency and service are the ideals I will champion.

[‘Tina is an extremely dedicated individual and a hard worker.  When she sets her mind to it, she gets it done.’

– Kelly King, Pacific Biodiesel Technologies]

Kihei Resident – 23 years

BA Georgia State Univeristy ’88

Business Owner – Kihei Ice Inc. – 18 years

Inaugural Class HAPA’s Kuleana Academy ’16

Professional & Community Advocacy:

2006 – 2011 – Western Ice Association – Tina served on the Board for 5 years, hosting the annual conference on Lana’i in 2011 as chairperson with a theme of Renewable Energy, a foreign concept in the industry at the time.

2012 – Kihei 4th Friday Town Party – In the fall of 2012, Tina worked with South Maui County Council staff to get 4th Friday rolling on the South Side.  She spent a year getting that town party established.  It is Maui’s biggest town party.

2013 – 2015 – Maui Tomorrow Foundation – Tina worked as chair of the Clean Air Committee addressing clean air issues on behalf of South Maui Communities.  Helping to educate the public about the Clean Air App to put pressure on the Deptarment of Health to acknowledge burn permit violations related to open field burning conducted upwind of our communities.

Tina has 23 years of work experience in Hawaii both as a hospitality professional in Food & Beverage and a small business owner in Manufacturing & Distribution.  She is a progressive employer who is responsible for the livelihood of 15 Maui families.  She understands the issues faced by business owners working hard to make ends meet in our island economy.

In October 2015, Kihei Ice instituted a $15.00 minimum wage for unskilled production workers.  It has proven doable and sets the example for a state-wide $15.00 minimum wage.

As a small business owner, I would like to collaborate with colleagues to make doing business in Hawaii easier.  We have so many challenges.  Hawaii’s anti-business worker’s compensation regulations, for example, make it very difficult to pay higher wages. Insurance companies & Department of Labor do not protect employers from frivolous claims.  Small business owners need a level playing field.

As small business owner, I would like to work on the state regulations regarding liquor laws.  Maui’s Liquor Commission is the epitome of plantation era patriarchy.  It is anti-business and corrupt.  To fund our schools, I would like to work on making marijuana completely legal and help the dispensary program not go down the same path our liquor laws have followed.  Colorado is booming, everyone is working, housing is being built everywhere. Hawaii has missed the boat.

As an unapologetic environmentalist, I would like to work to hold the county accountable for very poor waste water practices.  Our Department of Health needs staffing and funding for water quality monitoring.  Our reefs are our economy.  If we want to preserve our way of life, our livelihoods, we have got to protect our natural resources.  I will advocate for a Department of the Environment.

 

What do you see as the most pressing issue facing your district? What will you do about it?

South Maui has serious clean water issues.

Our Cove Park, a major surf spot and tourist destination, has the worst testing results in the state. People routinely contract staph and MRSA. Our environment is our economy. We must protect our reefs. Our county is recklessly injecting wastewater up slope into porous lava rock and ends up in the ocean. Limu used to thrive there … it was so easy to gather, but no more.

A change in county management will help but we need state oversight. Department of Health needs funding for testing. And I propose a reorganization of the Department of Health and the Department of Agriculture and create a Department of Environment, a State EPA. These departments have not served the needs of our communities and are tasked with permitting for activities that create a conflict of interest. Additionally the state must coordinate with the counties to improve wastewater infrastructure. https://www.civilbeat.org/2018/07/candidate-qa-state-representative-district-11-tina-wildberger/

EDUCATIONBA French with International Business minor from GA State University 1988

COMMUNITY SERVICEKihei 4th Friday 2011 Maui Tomorrow Foundation 2012-2015 Campaign Manager -Kelly King 2016

Please provide a brief Candidate Statement, describing why you are running for this office and why you are qualified to hold this office (300 words or less.)

I am Standing Up for South Maui because I believe our community is best served when we have a choice in our representation I am an environmentalist and a business owner who has lived in my community for 24 years My work experience in hospitality as well as entrepreneurial endeavors in manufacturing and distribution makes me uniquely capable of understanding the economic implications of decisions being made by our state law makers. South Maui needs a strong voice to advocate for clean air, clean water, healthy reefs and our long-overdue public high school. I hope to bring a higher level of cooperation between our state and county municipalities. Coordination of development and infrastructure projects needs to improve. While working on the 2016 campaign with Kelly King, this disconnect was a recurring theme. Many state agencies are not serving our communities needs.

What are your top two goals and how will you achieve them?

We must address several pressing issues sooner rather than later before we squander all that we love about our island paradise. We must address our solid waste challenges. China has stopped receiving our trash. Maui must reestablish manufacturing of recycled plastic. I would like to develop new industry to use our waste resources. We used to have a recycled plastic facility and our county and state governments need to incentivize using as much of our waste as possible.

With Chemical Agricultural practices threatening health and well being of South Maui residents, I would like to spear head a reorganization of the Department of Health and the Department of Agriculture and create a true HI Environmental Protection Agency, something other states have. Our citizenry deserves responsiveness and accountability of the Clean Air and Clean Water Branches which we do not have now and have not had in the past. After all, our environment is our economy. https://onyourballot.vote411.org/m/race-detail.do?id=16995141#c17362349

In 2018, we have some choices to make and I want to be able to give our community a choice in representation.

“One job should be enough” – I set the example; if a small business can pay a $15 minimum wage, big companies can also pay a living wage on Maui; and $15 is really the bare minimum. We’ve got to be able to provide comprehensive benefits, wages so that our families can afford housing, we want to be able to provide for our working people here.

The elephant in the room; the non-existant Kihei public high school. We’ve been waiting a whole generation for a high school for our families.

We really need to be able to incentivize teachers to come to Maui, to grow our own teachers in the Hawaiian community, and provide a decent public education for our students.

My particular favorite funding project would be to legalize adult use marijuana state wide; and use the revenues that have been proven to be earnable the way that Colorado has; and fund our teacher pay. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22m2mKvXkow

Tiare Lawrence (D) House Dist. 12

Tiare Lawrence –   District 12/Upcountry
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Tiare Lawrence –   District 12/Upcountry https://www.votetiare.com/

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EDUCATIONLahainaluna High School Attended Kapiolani community college Ka ipu Kukui graduate 2010 Kuleana Academy 2016

COMMUNITY SERVICEVolunteer coordinator for Ka Malu O Kahālāwai and Malama Olowalu

MAILING ADDRESSP.O. Box 880616 Pukalani, HI 96788

CAMPAIGN PHONE(808) 276-7685

CAMPAIGN EMAILVotetiare@gmail.com

“Get engaged, get involved, start showing up”

Please provide a brief Candidate Statement, describing why you are running for this office and why you are qualified to hold this office (300 words or less.)

I have been working tirelessly since the 2016 election to ensure that our community has a voice at every level of government. We deserve to be represented at the highest levels by people that will fight our working class families. It is communities like ours that are the heart and soul of Maui, we deserve to be heard… and if elected, I will be that voice that represents the heart and soul of Maui. Whether it be social, economic or environmental justice issues, I try my best to be on the front line. For my keiki, for my friends, for my ohana, I feel compelled to do everything I can to ensure we have representation when often times, the deck is heavily stacked against us.   Through my experience the last few years , the legislative process has become a bit more clear and I firmly believe that the voice of the people can be very effective. I will admit, it took me some time, but I think I have learned how to better navigate the process to ensure the voice of the people reaches the folks on Oahu. There are many ways to be effective, but I will always lean on the people of Maui… the people in my community, to be the voice that drives me.

 

What are your top two goals and how will you achieve them?

Right now the main goal is to win this election. Only 15 out of 51 representatives are women. I plan to work hard on the campaign trail to win.

Second goal is to work closely with my community to identify priority legislation for my district. I want to make sure that I represent the voices of my community.

https://onyourballot.vote411.org/m/race-detail.do?id=16995141#c17362520

I believe we need more balance when It comes to the growth of our community rather than the unfettered development and overcrowding of our most precious resources.

 

Tiare was born in Kula and raised in Lahaina. She graduated from Lahainaluna High School in 2000 and has lived in Upcountry Maui ever since. She currently works as a full time community organizer for the Hawaii Alliance for Progressive Action.

 

I have been advocating for a thriving, diversified agricultural community in our beautiful Upcountry lands. Our rich soil can sustain us, and can generate a strong local industry that feeds our people and stewards our precious resources responsibly.

 

If we would like to retain a knowledgeable, experienced, high-quality work force on Maui (and believe me, we do), we must create opportunities for them to live reasonably, comfortably, and at rates they can afford while creating stability for their families.

 

Organic and sustainable farmers who are stewarding our lands , feeding our communities, and contributing to our health and wellness should be given priority when it comes to access to prime farmland and limited water resources. In creating incentives and credits for our small-scale diversified farms, we will encourage local farming. We can use local foods where possible in school lunches and state and county contracts to utilize food in programs it sponsors. We can design policies that promote the recruitment of new farmers by providing access to appropriate lands that can be farmed in environmentally friendly ways.

Hawaiians historically have lived in harmony with the land, while providing abundant food crops for the people. I will be a strong advocate for Hawaiian farmers, especially those that grow taro, which will in turn enhance the overall sustainability of local food production and security.  We can protect the entire infrastructure needed to grow taro in its traditional way, which simultaneously enhances the environmental and cultural resources, providing adequate stream flow left free of pollution. https://www.votetiare.com/issues

 

“Hawaiʻi deserves a voice at the State level that will champion the sustainable ideas and innovations that will take Hawaiʻi generally, and Upcountry Maui particularly, to the next level,” said Lawrence in an announcement.

“Upcountry Maui is positioned to become the answer to our food security issues, while providing fresher and more nutritious foods that enhance the overall health of our families. We can design policies that promote the recruitment of new farmers by providing access to appropriate lands that can be farmed in environmentally friendly ways. In the face of big development and large agribusiness interests, Maui needs stronger advocacy for agricultural viability and land stewardship. I will be that advocate,” said Lawrence.

 

She currently works as a full-time community organizer for the Hawaiʻi Alliance for Progressive Action.

Lawrence is a 2016 graduate of HAPA’s inaugural Kuleana Academy, whose mission it is to catalyze community empowerment and systemic change. In 2015, Lawrence was selected by the Maui Visitors and Convention Bureau when it launched its “Maui Mavericks” public relations campaign, which identified 16 next-generation leaders. In 2010, she graduated from the Ka Ipu Kukui leadership program which develops future leaders to address planning for Maui Nui’s future.

 

 

 

 

Anything else you’d like voters to know about you?

I want to protect our high-quality Upcountry lifestyle and ensuring that our Upcountry families are able to get affordable housing and employment opportunities. I will support diversified farming, creating more sustainable jobs, and empowering small business opportunities.

What makes you qualified to be a state representative?

I’m honest and hard working. I am community engaged, people driven, and ‘aina based. I have no loyalties to developer or special interests.

http://www.staradvertiser.com/2016/07/17/election/tiare-lawrence-2016/

 

“Truly what makes me want to be a state representative is, I’m a mom; For our keiki, for our future”

WE have a lot of systemic problems that are affecting our working class families… we need leadership that is people driven, community based and aina based.”

“Whenever it comes to our keiki, when it comes to thier health, it should never take 5 years to pass simple common sense legislation to protect the health of our communities; but, unfortunately that’s what we have to deal with”

“funding is an issue; we have the department of agriculture that only gets .03% of the entire state budget. How are we ever going to double food production and create these new economic models in Hawaii, when we’re not funding them? And so, some of these departments are severely underfunded and I want to be an advocate to look at new sources of revenue; but also making sure that the money goes where it’s needed most”

 

 

Dr. Josh Green (D) Lieutenant Gov.

Josh Green – Lieutenant Governor
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Josh Green – Lieutenant Governor  https://joshgreen.org/

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EDUCATIONSwarthmore College, BA Penn State, Medical Degree University of Pittsburgh, Family Medicine Residency

MILITARY/COMMUNITY SERVICENational Health Service Corps, 2000-2004, Ka’u

MAILING ADDRESSPOB 487 Kailua-Kona, HI 96745

CAMPAIGN PHONE(808) 937-0991

CAMPAIGN EMAILJoshuaboothgreen@yahoo.com

 

Hawaii voters need to know:

  • Josh Green is a local doctor who’s spent his life caring for Hawaii families.
  • As a State Senator, Josh passed a law making sure every child in Hawaii has healthcare.
  • As Lieutenant Governor, Josh will strongly protect Medicare and Social Security for our kupuna, and fight Donald Trump’s efforts to strip millions of their healthcare.
  • Josh wants to provide affordable, accessible, quality healthcare for all, because he believes healthcare is a basic human right.

 

 

Hawaii families want government to work for them, make a real difference in their lives, and reflect our shared values.

That’s what I believe government should do, and that’s why I’m running to serve as your Lieutenant Governor.

As a local doctor, I’ve spent my life caring for Hawaii families.

Serving in the State Senate, I’ve worked to pass legislation that strengthens and supports Hawaii families, including universal healthcare for our keiki, guaranteed coverage of treatment for Hawaii’s autistic children, stronger protections for victims of sexual assault, and new programs to reduce maternal mortality.

 

From 2004 to 2008, Josh served in the Hawaii State House of Representatives, and since 2008 has served in the State Senate as Chair of the Health Committee and current Chair of the Human Services Committee.

In 2005, Josh met his wife Jaime Ushiroda, a local girl from Kaneohe, and they were married in 2006.

Together they are the proud parents of 10 year-old daughter Maia and 6 year-old son Sam.

Today, Josh continues to work as an Emergency Room doctor on weekends, caring for local families as he has for over 17 years.

The hopes, challenges, and values of the families he cares for every day inspire Josh to do more to make life better for the people of Hawaii https://joshgreen.org/

Joshua “Josh” Green is a Democratic member of the Hawaii State Senate, representing District 3. He was first elected to the chamber in 2008. He currently serves as Majority Floor Leader.

Green served in the Hawaii House of Representatives from 2004 to 2008.

Green earned his B.S. from Swarthmore College and his M.D. from Penn State University in 1997. His professional experience includes working as an Emergency Room Physician for Big Island.

Josh Green is a local doctor who has spent his life caring for Hawaii families. After completing his medical training and medical mission work in Africa, Josh joined the National Health Corps and started work as a family physician and ER doctor in rural hospitals and clinics on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Josh was endorsed by DFA as one of the initial Dean Dozen in 2004 and from 2004 to 2008 , he served in the Hawaii State House of Representatives, and since then in the State Senate, chairing the Health and Human services committees for the past several years.

Josh has committed his life‘s work to providing care for those who need it when in crisis and to passing laws that improve the lives of the people in my state such as universal health coverage for children, autism coverage, and a mandate for 100% renewable energy by 2035.

Today, Josh continues to work as an Emergency Room doctor on weekends, caring for local families as he has for over 17 years. The hopes, challenges, and values of the families he cares for every day inspire Josh to do more to make life better for the people of Hawaii. The people of Hawaii need someone to fight for them and as a physician/legislator, Josh has a unique perspective to do exactly that, with an informed, grounded perspective.

Josh will prioritize the policies that Hawaiians deserve like a living wage, debt free college, affordable housing, universal healthcare, and a clean environment. As Lieutenant Governor, Josh will fight for these issues and ensure that Hawaii remains a standard for democracy and equality.

Terez Amato (D) Senate Dist. 6

Terez Amato – Senate District 6 
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About Me

Terez Amato WILL ALWAYS • work for the people of Maui, not corporations or lobbyists • support Maui’s workers and local businesses. • protect our people and environment from toxic pollution and corporate abuses. • fight for clear labeling of our food.

Terez Amato WILL NEVER • take money from corporations or lobbyists.

WORKING FOR THE PEOPLE !

I am running for Senate because the people of South and West Maui deserve a new senator who is working for them, not for corporations and lobbyists. My priority is to advocate for the people of Maui and their children and to ensure their needs are put first.

Issues of concern in my district (South and west Maui) affect all of Hawai’i and include

  • Standing up against the influence of corporate and lobbyist money in our government
  • The effects of pollution and toxins on Maui’s workers, economy, environment, and our health
  • Improving education
  • Ensuring quality accessible healthcare to the people of Maui
  • Supporting our local workers and unions

I will never accept money from Corporations or Lobbyists.

The people of South and West Maui deserve a new Senator who works only for them, not for corporations and lobbyists.

 

 

 

Terez Amato grew up in South and Central Maui. As a hardworking, single mother of four, she believes in our basic human rights to clean air, clean water, and locally grown food. Her vision is for a sustainable Maui nui where education, health care, and preserving the rights of all citizens and workers is both progressive and rational.

Working in a small family business from a young age, she learned the importance of integrity and always doing her best when serving others. Terez Amato’s honest, thoughtful, and responsive approach to issues and considering the good of all—especially the future of our children—defines our future Senator’s campaign.

 

Working in very successful, small family businesses here on Maui from a young age, she learned the importance of integrity and always doing her best when serving others. Terez Amato’s honest, thoughtful, and responsive approach to issues and considering the good of all—especially the future of our children—defines our future Senator’s positive campaign.

 

The simple fact of the matter is that you deserve a Senator who works for you, not corporations or lobbyists. That is why I made a solid commitment to never accept corporate or lobbyist donations. The people of Maui will always know that I only work for them. Our environment is truly our economy. My goal is to guarantee and protect our right to clean air, clean water, and clean soil. By doing so, we will preserve our health, our economy will prosper, and our children will inherit a Maui nui worthy of raising a family in. My objective is to assert our uncompromised right to a healthy, prosperous life. To accomplish this, the people of Maui—and the island ecosystem that sustains us—must be put first.

 

The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness. We need new leadership in the Senate who understands this and who has not lost sight of who their constituents are. I will never forget who my neighbors are and the people I work for. I’m only one person, but together with you, we can work to reverse the damage being done to our island home and reclaim our government. I humbly ask that you make a new choice in this election and vote for me on Saturday, August 11th.

 

WHY YOU SHOULD VOTE FOR ME

I won’t forget who hired me. Serving as your State Senator is a civic responsibility, an honor, and a privilege that I will not take for granted. As such, my values won’t be compromised by campaign contributions, and I will never take money from corporations or lobbyists. I promise to always be accessible and for my door to always be open. As I’ve said to the thousands of Maui residents whose doors I’ve knocked on, I am applying for the job to work for you.

I won’t ever claim to have all the answers. If I don’t know something or am unsure, I’ll tell you. With you as my employer, I am accountable only to you. I promise no games, just straight answers; and to help me make informed decisions I will establish a reputable brain trust of knowledgeable professionals and community members across diverse fields to help educate me and keep me in the know. I promise to always do my best—for you.

PREVIOUS COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION INVOLVEMENT: 

Sierra Club (Board Member, Treasurer), Maui Farmers Union (member), Surfrider foundation (volunteer), Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project (volunteer),  Leeward Haleakala Watershed Restoration Partnership (volunteer), West Maui Mountains Watershed Partnership (volunteer). http://terezamato.nationbuilder.com/issues

 

 

You have a right to quality, affordable, accessible healthcare.  In Summary: I will never take money from corporations and lobbyists. I will always fight for the people; and unlike my opponent I support measures to help address Hawaii’s health care and and businesses of Hawaii. I pledge to at every step be transparent and work for the people of Hawai’i. They deserve a Senator that is working for the people, not for corporations and lobbyists. I will support improving care and I will fight to improve hospital services and to protect the jobs of working families.

 

The primary issues in my district include the effects of pollution and toxins on Maui’s economy, environment, and our health; ensuring quality accessible healthcare to the people of Maui; and standing up against the influence of corporate and lobbyist money in our government. The people of South and West Maui deserve a Senator who works only for them, not for corporations and lobbyists. My priority is to advocate for the people of Maui at the state level and to ensure their needs are put first. http://mauinow.com/2014/08/08/candidate-spotlight-terez-amato-senate-dist-6/

Michael Tengan (D) Senate Dist. 7

Michael Tengan – Hawaii State Senate District 7
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Michael Tengan – Hawaii State Senate District 7 http://www.tengan4tomorrow.com/

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MAILING ADDRESS4450 Kula Hwy #599 Kula, HI 96790

CAMPAIGN PHONE(808) 372-0804

CAMPAIGN EMAILmichael.tengan@gmail.com

 

Please provide a brief Candidate Statement, describing why you are running for this office and why you are qualified to hold this office (300 words or less.)

I am running to properly represent the people of Maui in the Hawai’i State Senate, to give our community a voice in legislature. Far too long have the decisions that affect our county – our community – been made by large business interest. Many of those currently in office would rather uphold what’s profitable rather than what is pono. Unfortunately this has come at the expense of the people living in Maui County, as in others. What do we have to show for it?

We have a local housing market that is pushing the everyday person to wits end just to make ends meet. We have an educational system that is falling apart at the seams, further perpetuating the socio-economic disparities that exist statewide. Amidst all of this, though, we have the opportunity to turn everything around.

First and foremost, I feel that I am qualified for this position because I am truly a member of the community that I live in. This allows me to, not merely be connected with my neighbors, but also to live with the decisions made. Additionally, I listen. I hear the trials and the triumphs, the concerns and the celebrations of my community and so know in real time, the very pulse of my community.

With a strong background in community health in the non and for-profit sectors, I have a systems-minded approach to multi-agency coordination. This level of mind is needed to connect how public policies will affect our communities, and how we can collaborate to achieve long-term goals. I also am an effective communicator. Whether it be a public speaking engagement or persuading my peers of the validity of an idea, I am able to communicate messages clearly.

 

What are your top two goals and how will you achieve them?

Two major goals that I have are making affordable housing actually affordable, and to keep our state government accountable in our fiscal responsibility. Concerning housing, I will focus challenging what ‘affordable’ is and ensuring that loopholes related to this designations are not exploited by large-scale developers. Currently, in the state of Hawai’i use designations offered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to determine median house income for our local families. This number, however, is often substantially higher than what our counties designate as such and has a direct affect upon what is built and how it is funded. Targeted legislation that looks at establishing a greater degree of autonomy for our counties to designation ‘affordable’ will allow us to tailor our housing markets and inventory specifically to each area. Concerning financial responsibility – the legislature has been historically Honolulu-centric. As such, moneys that are funneled from our counties tend to be focused upon costs incurred on Oahu. For example, we see approximately 17 billion dollars in revenue from the tourist industry. Of that, Maui County generates approximately nearly 5 billion dollars. Yet of the total amount of Transient Accommodation Tax (TAT) that is paid, Maui County see a mere 14% returned for happenings of the county. How can Maui County better provide for our communities if the dollars spend by our working-class families are tied up in Honolulu? I will work to ensure that our county governments are receiving more funds to better manage the happenings of our communities. https://onyourballot.vote411.org/m/race-detail.do?id=16995141#c17672232

We are at a pivotal crossroads for our community. In moving forward we must ground in our values as we craft a vision for tomorrow. Yet how do we honor this place and our people, while creating progress for our community? I believe we can approach this from short, medium, and long-term goals by focusing upon 4 primary pillars of our community: Redefining ‘Affordable’, Reinvigorating Agriculture, Redistributing Finance, and Reconnecting Community…

I am a father. I am a husband. I am a son of Maui dedicated to preserving our island home. I will represent our community, working together to create solutions where there are problems, opportunities where there are issues – moving Maui forward now.

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PRIMARY ELECTION

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June 27th

Deadline to mail Primary ballots to overseas voters

July 12th

Last day to register to vote for the Primary Election with the Clerk’s Office
Applications must be postmarked to your Clerk’s Office by July 12, 2018

NOTE: Voters are eligible for late registration for the Primary Election at either an early walk-in voting location or an election day polling place

July 30th

Early walk-in locations open
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August 9th

Early walk-in voting ends

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Primary Election
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GENERAL ELECTION

November 6th

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September 21st

Deadline to mail ballots to overseas voters

October 9th

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October 23rd

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November 3rd

Early walk-in voting ends
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