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

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Elle Cochran – Mayor

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

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

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.

“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.

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.

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

“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.”

Born and raised in Maui HI

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

State Honolua coalition – being activist


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


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

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Trinette Furtado

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Trinette Furtado – North Shore

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


Friends of Trinette Furtado 342 Kulike Road Haiku HI 96708

Keani Rawlins-Fernandez

Keani Rawlins-Fernandez – Molokai

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Keani Rawlins-Fernandez – Molokai

“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.


Tamara Paltin

Tamara Paltin – West Maui

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Tamara Paltin – West Maui

‘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, )

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.”


“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.





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 ( 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.—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.”

Natalie "Tasha" Kama

Tasha Kama – Kahului

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Tasha Kama – Kahului

“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  (

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. ( )

“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

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.

Kelly King

Kelly King – Kihei

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Kelly King – Kihei


(The whole page of this website: 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.


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.


“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”


Friends of Kelly King 72 Kalola Place Kihei, Hawaii 96753 Email We’re on social networks

Gabe Johnson

Gabe Johnson – Lana’i

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Gabe Johnson – Lana’i

“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!”

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.


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.


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

Hannibal Starbuck

Hannibal Starbuck – Upcountry

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Hannibal Starbuck – Upcountry


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 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.

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: Facebook: Personal Twitter: @h_starbuck_71

mailing address:

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

Shane Sinenci

Shane Sinenci – Hana

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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.”



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, )


Hana, Maui, Hawaii 96713


(808) 264-8919

Alika Atay

Alika Atay – Wailuku

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Alika Atay – Wailuku

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


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”


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


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