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Election 2014

Data from: Office of Elections Final Summary Report (8/9/14)

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U.S. Senator
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State Senator 01 03 04 05
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State Representative 01 02 03 04

State Representative 05 06 07 08
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Honolulu Council 02 04 06 08
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Hawaiʻi County Council 01 02
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(D) Democrat     (F) Free Energy     (G) Green     (I) Independent     (L) Libertarian     (N) Nonpartisan     (NS) Nonpartisan Special     (R) Republican     * incumbent

U.S. Senator

Allison, Joy (N)
68-1838 Pili-kai Pl., Waikoloa 96738. (808) 896-0087 joy1838@hawaii.rr.com  

It is time for common sense to become the ruling tenet in Washington. I am tired of standing on the Titanic and yelling at the iceberg. I am not going to insult anyone by wasting your time complaining about what is wrong. We all know the problems. I need regular people to stand with me and grab an icepick to come up with common sense solutions to retake our country and not debate how we got here.

Cavasso, Campbell (R)
P.O. Box 1080, Waimanalo 96795. (808) 306-3454   www.camcavassoforsenate.com/

Kokoski, Michael (L)
439 Keoniana St., PH3, Honolulu 96815. (808) 375-7140 michaelkokoski@yahoo.com   democracy.com/Michaelkokoski

Aloha, My name is Michael Allen Kokoski and I am a candidate for US Senate. I am running for this Office to destroy unlawful acts of congress and to champion individual liberty for all people located on the Hawaiian Islands. My first goal is to destroy the Uniform Controlled Substance Act of 1971. (i.e. the "War on drugs"); and to destroy the Anti-terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 (because it prevents federal courts from hearing the petitions of prisoners who may be suffering from illegal sentences, or, who may be actually innocent of committing any crimes at all). I will do this by exposing these acts of Congress as Bills of Attainder, on the floor of the United States Senate; And by networking with other legislators to reform federal courts and prison systems. Second, my goal is to explore options and introduce legislation to complete the federal highway systems on Oahu to connect the outer islands of Hawaii, together, via a federal ferry system called H20 (Like a highway in the pacific)!!!

Schatz, Brian (D) *
P.O. Box 3828, Honolulu 96812. (808) 664-0062 info@brianschatz.com   brianschatz.com

As Hawai‘i’s U.S. Senator, I'm dedicated to delivering on Hawai‘i values in Washington and fighting to make sure that all of our families have a fair shot.

I’ve worked to get things done for Hawai‘i, including to increase federal funding for Hawai‘i priorities. I’m the only new Senator chairing two subcommittees. As Tourism Chair, I'm working on creating local jobs, and as Water and Power Chair I'm pushing clean energy.

In the Senate, I have sponsored legislation to increase Social Security benefits by asking the wealthy to pay the same rate into Social Security as the rest of us. I've also introduced legislation to reduce student loan debt and make college more affordable by holding colleges accountable for the success of their graduates.

I grew up in Hawai‘i with my three brothers Jake, Ed, and twin brother Steve, raised by my mother, Barbara, and father, Irwin, who was a professor at the University of Hawai‘i John A. Burns School of Medicine for more than three decades.

Three generations live together in my own home: My wife Linda, our children Tyler and Mia, and Linda’s parents Ping and George Kwok, who ran Kwok’s Chop Suey on Waialae Avenue for 35 years.

Dec. 26, 2012: Governor Neil Abercrombie appointed then Lieutenant Governor Brian Schatz to replace the late Senator Inouye, in response to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's request that Abercrombie choose Inouye's successor quickly for any possible 'fiscal cliff' vote in the days ahead.]

U.S. Representative

U.S. Representative
District 01

Djou, Charles K. (R)
P.O. Box 235280, Honolulu 96823. (808) 228-1438 charles@djou.com   www.djou.com

If fortunate enough to earn the privilege of serving you in Congress, Charles will focus on:

  • Creating More Jobs – We need to expand commerce to create more opportunities for job creation in Hawaii. That’s why Charles champions expanding trade in Asia and the Pacific.
  • Lowering Hawaii’s High Cost of Living – Government needlessly makes it harder and harder to live in Hawaii by adding unnecessary regulations that add to the cost of living. That’s why Charles supports exempting Hawaii from the Jones Act and reworking Obamacare.
  • Protecting the Next Generation – America’s national debt stands at a whopping $17.5 trillion. Without common-sense fiscal restraint, we may become the first generation in American history to leave the next worse off. That’s why, if elected, Charles will co-sponsor a balanced budget amendment as his first act as a Congressman. Your family and every business has to balance its budgets. It’s time for Congress to balance its budgets.
  • Preserving Hawaii’s Environment – Hawai’i’s beautiful natural environment is a treasure that must be preserved for future generations. As a City Councilmember, Charles successfully fought to bring curbside recycling to Oahu and called for reductions in the City’s energy usage. Charles is committed to a long-term energy strategy for America and Hawai‘i that brings us independence from foreign oil resources.
  • Keeping Hawaii and America Strong - Our island chain is home to key military bases and stations, thousands of military personnel and various strategic operations. America must maintain its strong military and Hawai’i must retain its central role in military preparedness.

[2012: candidate for U.S. Representative, Dist. 01. Won Primary.]

Meyer, Robert H. (N)
155 Polihale Pl., Honolulu 96825. (808) 312-1213 bobursula@gmail.com  

I am entering this campaign to reform the electoral system at all levels.

Every person's voice should be equal, but this is becoming further and further from reality as the effects of two Supreme Court decisions, Citizens United in 2010 and McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, April 2, 2014 have made money the key to election success.

To make electoral office available to everyone money must be eliminated from elections. If all candidates are given free equal access (TV, newspapers, etc.) voters can evaluate all candidates and make a decision based on each candidate's positions. Also, the founders of our country did not envision elected office to be a career.No sooner does a term begin but incumbents are campaigning for re-election and are beholden to the biggest contributors. I favor limit of one term for all offices. Also professional lobbying should be curtailed.

My positions on the most important issues our country faces (briefly):

  1. Preservation of the environment and curtailing global warming.
  2. Reorient our disastrous foreign policy. Stop intervening in other countries.
  3. Cut the military so it can adequately defend our country but not intervene in other countries. Use savings domestically.
  4. Close the income gap. U.S. is among the worst countries in income inequality.
  5. Replace the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) with a single payer system to get insurance companies out of health care. Star-Advertiser 6/17/14: "Despite having the costliest care, the United States ranks last among 11 industrialized countries on both health care quality and access."

Takai, K. Mark (D)
P.O. Box 2267, Pearl City 96782. (808) 781-2283 mark@marktakai.com   www.MarkTakai.com

It has been a privilege serving in the Legislature for the past 20 years.

I authored the Hawaii College Savings Program so that more families have a chance for their children to go to college with little or no debt. I voted against taxing pensions, was one of the deciding votes supporting marriage equality, and voted to increase the minimum wage.

As a Lt. Colonel in the Hawaii Army National Guard, I actively worked to protect our country from serious threats, serving in the Middle East in 2009.

My wife and I have two young children, Matthew and Kaila who both attend Aiea public schools. I’m running for Congress so that all of Hawaii’s children can afford to stay here in Hawaii and have an abundance of opportunities.

In Hawaii, we import $7 billion of oil and $2 billion of food every year! We need to wean ourselves off of foreign fossil fuels and grow more of our food so that we can lessen the cost of paradise and so that we can keep these billions of dollars here in Hawaii.

In Congress, I will work hard to protect Social Security and Medicare. I will fight to create better paying jobs, by closing the gap between the 1% and everyone else by raising the minimum wage, by making college more affordable, and by strengthening the middle class. I will continue to be on the side of working people and working families.

I humbly ask for your support and vote. Mahalo.

[2012: candidate for State Representative, Dist. 33. Won Primary. ELECTED 2012.]

U.S. Representative
District 02

Crowley, Kawika (R)
PO Box 54, Kaaawa 96730. (808) 381-9031 kawikc@aol.com   kawika4congress.com

I'm a strict constitutional conservative...and a proud Free Market Capitalist.

[2012: candidate for U.S. Representative, Dist. 02. Won Primary.]

Gabbard, Tulsi (D) *
P.O. Box 75561, Kapolei 96707. (808) 861-0793 tulsi@votetulsi.com   votetulsi.com

(2012 statement:)

I learned from a young age the importance of serving others and living aloha and have dedicated my life to serving the people of Hawai‘i. I believe our people deserve a bright future.

Hawaii’s people need and deserve fresh, effective leaders who are ready to put aside their own personal interests to fight for the people; stand up to self-serving politicians, giant corporations, and Wall Street banks; and start making a difference for middle class families. I will put politics aside, put country first, and do what's right for Hawai’i and America.

I'll work to generate more opportunities for Hawai’i’s middle class families, and create jobs by lowering taxes for small businesses and closing loopholes which benefit companies that ship jobs overseas. I'll work to strengthen our visitor industry and encourage the growth of agriculture, green energy and technology businesses. I will fight to bring our troops home from Afghanistan now, and invest here at home. I will strongly protect Medicare and Social Security and invest in our future by making sure our children have a first-class education.

(Honolulu City Councilwoman and former state legislator, Tulsi Gabbard is a decorated war veteran who was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for her tour of duty in Iraq and was the first woman to receive an award of appreciation by the Kuwaiti military. Tulsi served as legislative aide to Senator Akaka and is presently a captain in the Hawai`i Army National Guard. Endorsements include Emily's List, Sierra Club, VoteVets.org, labor, and others.)

[2012: candidate for U.S. Representative, Dist. 02. Won Primary. ELECTED 2012.]

Kent, Joseph William (L)
3626 L. Honoapiilani Rd., #E316, Lahaina 96761. (507) 382-0318   www.joekentliberty.com

What if freedom worked?

What if freedom was an answer to many of the problems in the world today?

My name is Joe Kent, and I'm a Candidate for U.S. Congress for the Libertarian Party of Hawaii, and I believe that freedom works. Freedom is an answer to many of life's problems. Today, government is growing too big, and it spends too much. The Government has grown to manage almost every area of our lives, from the police state, to taking care of our kids, and the endless wars. I believe that individuals should have the freedom to manage their own lives. But with freedom comes great responsibility. That's why I'm running as a Libertarian -- because I want to protect the idea that individuals know what's best for their own lives.

Governor / Lt. Governor

Aiona, Duke (R)
P.O. Box 5275, Kaneohe 96744. (808) 203-7661 email@dukeaiona.com   www.dukeaiona.com

As a father and grandfather, I am deeply concerned about the future of Hawai‘i. The next elected leader of Hawai‘i will have an impact on our community for the next twenty years. We deserve leadership who is in touch with the people of Hawai‘i, not just the politics of Hawai‘i. The issues the State of Hawai‘i faces are complicated, but I believe solutions to all our issues originate in three key principles, Trust, Respect and Balance. The people of Hawai‘i deserve elected officials who are trustworthy and follow through on their commitments. The people of Hawai‘i deserve a transparent government. The people of Hawai‘i deserve elected officials who elicit the opinions of the people and respect their voice. The people of Hawaii deserve elected officials who have a history of unbiased decisions and balanced outcomes. I am running for today and for the next generation. We all deserve Trust, Respect and Balance in Hawai‘i's executive office.

[Lieutenant Governor under Lingle, 2002-2010. Candidate for governor, 2010.]

Lieutenant Governor

Ahu, Elwin P. (R)
P.O. Box 17158, Honolulu 96817. (808) 670-5022 elwin@ahuforhawaii.com   ahuforhawaii.com

(from the candidate's website:)

My heart is to restore the heart of our beloved Constitution and rebuild trust of the people in their own government, to return fairness to the process by which the government is run, as "public servants" of the people, by the people and for the people.

  1. To return fairness to the process we call democracy where the people’s voices will be heard and given its due consideration;
  2. To create processes that would insure that our uniqueness as an island state is being given foremost consideration when enacting any of our laws;
  3. To restore public confidence in a government that stands for righteousness, fairness, truth and justice to be a government of the people, by the people and for the people.

Our campaign will draw together the hearts and spirits of all who want Hawaii to return to its original, untainted values we all shared when we grew up in these islands. Knowing that times do change, we need leaders who will permit such change, but hold true to the values our kupuna established when our islands welcomed everyone from around the world; values that make Hawaii the unique island state that we had come to love and trust. I hope that you will join our efforts as we move to restore true Aloha to our island home we call Hawaii.

Governor / Lt. Governor

Davis, Jeff (L)
2737 Pacific Heights Rd., #1, Honolulu 96813. (808) 554-7200 thesolarguyjeffdavis@gmail.com  

Aloha my name is Jeff Davis. I'm proud to say my 35 years living in Hawaii have been the best of my 57 years here on earth. My background here includes the carpenters union, commercial fisherman, solar business owner ( solar company ) as well as father and radio talk show host. The best lessons I've learned have come from being a father.

Lieutenant Governor

Marlin, Cynthia Verschuur (L)
12-179 Kipuka St., Pahoa 96778. (808) 965-0002  

Governor / Lt. Governor

Hannemann, Mufi (I)
P.O. BOX 459, Honolulu 96809. (808) 228-7274 Mufi4gov2014@gmail.com   VoteMufi.com

Every survey that I have seen indicates that most people view themselves not as Democrats or Republicans, but as Independents. The philosophy of the Hannemann-Chang ticket is to represent the middle where most of the voters sit. From Washington, D.C. to Hawaii, people are frustrated with the partisan gridlock and status quo that dominates the political scene. It shouldn't be about party platforms or rigid ideology that drives our government agenda. It should be about what the people want and need from their leaders. The problems and challenges that we face require collaborative leadership where solutions are the focus. A proven track record of getting the job done is ultimately what will lead voters to recognize that the people's choice for a better Hawaii is the moderate centrist team of Mufi Hannemann and Les Chang.

We will provide the collaborative leadership, now sorely lacking, with the creation of the Hawaii Council of Leaders (HCL) that I proposed based on the model of the Hawaii Council of Mayors that I formed as Honolulu’s mayor. My fellow mayoral colleagues then from the Big Island, Kauai and Maui recognized that four heads are better than one in dealing with the myriad challenges before us.

As a governor committed to working closely and cooperatively with the county mayors to resolve critical issues such as homelessness, the state hospital, public safety, housing, transportation, taxes, collective bargaining and the like; the mantra will become that five heads are better than one. That is why current Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa has endorsed me for governor since he looks forward to all of us working together to streamline government, increase efficiencies and work jointly on projects. This will result in major progress and achievements that will benefit everyone throughout the state.

[2012: candidate for U.S. Representative, Dist. 02]

Lieutenant Governor

Chang, Les (I)
46-529 Haiku Plantations Pl., Kaneohe 96744. (808) 236-1817 leschang@voteleschang.org   voteleschang.org

I am not a politician seeking an administrative position; I’m a proven executive manager with demonstrated leadership skills seeking the State’s second most important elected position. The Hannemann-Chang ticket is running as Independents, in the newly formed Hawaii Independent Party. I feel people want a person elected who will work collaboratively on issues where solutions are the focus that best serves the people of Hawaii. A proven track record of getting the job done is what will lead voters to recognize that the people's choice for a better Hawaii is the moderate centrist team of Mufi Hannemann and Les Chang.

Who is Les Chang? I grew up in Palolo, attended Palolo Elemenatry and Jarrett Intermediate School. Graduated from Kaimuki High School in 1968 and the University of Hawaii where I enrolled in ROTC and majored in secondary education. I had a rewarding 30-year Air Force career and retired from military service as a Colonel. Upon returning to Hawaii for "good," I was the JROTC Senior Aerospace Science instructor at Kailua High School. In 2004, I was selected and confirmed as the Director of Parks and Recreation for the City and County of Honolulu in Mayor Mufi Hannemann’s administration. I was humbled and pleased that Mufi and the Party choose me as his running mate and choice for Lieutenant Governor. I could have easily remained retired, traveling the world and spending personal time with family and friends; but, I also know that Mufi Hannemann is, by far, our best choice to be our next governor. I am honored that he has the confidence in my abilities to believe I can help.

Governor / Lt. Governor

Ige, David Y. (D)
1110 University Avenue, Ground Floor, Honolulu 96826. 808-462-4567 sendige@davidige.org   www.davidige.org

I’m running for governor because I’ve heard from many individuals who are unhappy with government and feel that they don’t have a voice. They want a governor who listens to them—not special interest groups—and makes decisions that will positively affect their lives today and into the future.

I have a track record of achieving results by bringing people together to reach solutions collaboratively and in a respectful, transparent manner. I know what it’s like to work as a team, and how that spirit of mutual understanding is needed to restore public trust and confidence in our government.

My approach to leadership for the past three decades has been guided by three principles: be open and honest, respect others and listen to their views, and do the right thing the right way.

Our State has not done enough to protect Hawaii’s fragile natural and cultural resources for future generations. We can have both responsible economic growth and a healthy environment by comprehensively planning for competing land use needs.

Decisions our state makes over the next four years could alter Hawaii forever. It seems we’re approving projects with almost reckless abandon - a high-rise here, a luxury condo there, prime farm land paved over - as if our actions won’t have consequences. But unplanned growth has profound consequences for the future. I want to be the generation that protects Hawaii. It’s the right thing to do and it just makes sense.

I hope you will consider me for our next governor.

[2012: candidate for State Senator, Dist. 16. Won Primary. ELECTED 2012.]

Lieutenant Governor

Tsutsui, Shan S. (D)*
P.O. Box 2578, Wailuku 96793. (808) 594-6270 info@electshan.com   www.electshan.com

When I first ran for office in 2002, I promised my constituents that together, we would work to build a better community. Since then, we have accomplished much, using honesty, integrity and respect as the core values in our dialogues and decision making. I’ve always understood that my actions are an extension and reflection of those that I represent, so I’ve invested the effort to validate our shared goals and objectives.

As a State Senator and Senate President, I instituted my collaborative style of leadership and provided the opportunity for all of our senators, and their respective districts, to be involved in the process. I was also given the opportunity to broaden my constituency base, by not just expanding focus onto statewide policy issues, but also by spending time to understand the unique needs of the our different communities.

Now as your Lieutenant Governor, I have continued to work cooperatively with leaders and constituents alike, not concerned with the usual politics, but instead seeking to foster a collaborative working environment where the responsibility and authority is shared and all are able to reap the benefits of focusing on the issues at hand. I would like to continue to have productive discussions with you on how to move our state forward, and I would be honored to work on your behalf. I vow never to take this responsibility for granted.

Together, we can make a difference.

[Dec 27, 2012: Hawaii State Senator Shan Tsutsui (D, Maui) accepted the post of Lieutenant Governor. As state Senate president, Tsutsui was next in line to the lieutenant governorship.]

State Senator

State Senator
District 01 - Hilo

Arianoff-Kobata, Gregory (L)
Friends of Gregory Arianoff-Kobata, 161 Malia St., Hilo 96720. (808) 990-0173 info@arianoff.us   www.greg4liberty.com

I believe that government has created and continues to create wasteful departments that consistently hinder prosperity by regulating markets. Every job "created" by government costs taxpayers infinite amounts of money, while every job created by the private sector costs taxpayers nothing! Reducing the government is the only path to economic and individual freedom, and that was the vision of the Forefathers of this great country. Government should be limited to the extent of our Constitution; it should be there to provide us with roads and infrastructure, to protect its citizens from foreign and domestic threats and allow true capitalism to flourish.

Kahele, Gilbert (D) *
1414 Keneki Pl., Hilo 96720. (808) 959-6579 friendsofgilkahele@gmail.com   senatorkahele.com/

“Ready to hit the ground running”

In my experience as Hawai’i Island’s State Senator for District One (Hilo), it is vital that the individual who represents East Hawai’i has the necessary Legislature, State Government relationships and contacts to make our government work for the people.

It is difficult enough to get resolutions and legislation passed by the legislature. Thousands of new bills are submitted every year; less than 10% make it to the Governor’s desk for approval. If it is signed into law, we wait for the Governor to release the funds, (which is completely at his or her discretion). Once the funds are released, we must work with various State agencies and departments to administer the funds, break ground on the project and implement the law. We cannot wait for someone who has to develop those relationships on the job. Whoever represents Hilo must be someone who already has those critical relationships in place.

“East Hawai’i, the Future of the State”

I see Hawai’i Island, East Hawai’i and in particular Hilo as leading the State in education, tourism, agriculture, sustainability and clean natural energy and power. As Oahu’s population continues to increase, overcrowding, traffic, real estate costs and the high cost of living in general will drive more people to Hawai’i Island. Basic services will need to be increased, our schools need to be modernized, thus it is important that we plan for that population increase today rather than tomorrow. In order to do this quickly we need a Senator who can work collaboratively with the executive, legislative and county government to make State Government work for East Hawai’i and its current and future residents.


[2012: candidate for State Senator, Dist. 01. Won Primary. ELECTED 2012.]

State Senator
District 03 - Kona, Kaʻu

Green, Josh (D) *
77-6346 Alii Dr., Kailua-Kona 96740. (808) 937-0991 joshuaboothgreen@yahoo.com   joshgreen.org

(2012 statement:)

I am committed to getting results for the people of Hawaii, especially my community in West Hawaii, and as the only physician in the Hawaii Legislature and chair of the Senate Health Committee I am constantly focused on improving the healthcare system in Hawaii. I will do everything in my power to make sure our people have access to good healthcare providers and excellent facilities. In my 8 years in office I have championed coverage for all children, protection of our healthcare safety net (health centers and community hospitals) and key environmental health issues (challenging large corporate polluters, GMO conglomerates).

I will continue this approach as long as I am given the honor to serve the people of Hawaii.

[2012: candidate for State Senator, Dist. 03. Won Primary. ELECTED 2012.]

Last, Michael L. (L)
P.O. Box 291, Naalehu 96772. (808) 929-8422 LAST_PL@yahoo.com  

As an adult, you should be allowed to do whatever you choose with your own person or property, provided you don't PHYSICALLY harm the person or property of a non-consenting other adult.

Without me running, there would be no freedom of choice. I do not condone that a person can be swept into office due to the lack of another voice. With only one person seeking the office, if you don't like the individual, you have no choice to vote for someone else. I provide that choice.

[2012: candidate for State Senator, Dist. 03]

State Senator
District 04 - Hilo, Hamakua, Kohala, Waimea, Waikoloa, Kona

Inouye, Lorraine Rodero (D)
215 Paukaa Dr., Hilo 96720. (808) 430-4230 ljrinouye@gmail.com   www.lorraineonline.com

I believe with my history in government service, known to have an open door, and a people person, is very important in how one deals with constituents as well as working cooperatively with colleagues.

I have been urged to return to the Senate by many voters in the district.

[2012: candidate for State Senator, Dist. 04]

Schiller, Alain J. (L)
P.O. Box 384737, Waikoloa 96738. (808) 987-9866 alain4liberty@gmail.com  

I favor a smaller government, which purpose is to protect the people and their privacy. I believe that money and corporations should be taken out of politic. I believe in Real Estate and Real People. A corporation has never been and will never be a Real Person. I believe that real liberty starts with individual responsibility. Education is a family duty but “Common Core is a set of nationalized standards, which are the first steps toward a national curriculum, where the federal government has complete control over what children are taught in school." That has to stop. I favor a flat percentage for state income tax. I believe Hawaii should be a leader in clean & green energy. Civil union for same sex couple should be protected as well as religious liberty for people of faith. I favor implementation of point-of-origin and GMO labeling for all produce.

State Senator
District 05 - Wailuku, Waiheʻe, Kahului

Kamaka, Joe (R)
1498 Lower Main St., #A-2, Wailuku 96793. (808) 298-4642   www.gojoekamaka.com

Born and raised in Happy Valley, I have seen the many changes on Maui. After graduating from Baldwin High School, I enlisted in the Marine Corps and served a combat tour in Panama during operation Just Cause & Desert Storm era. Serving as a Maui Police Officer along with frontline experience in combat, I'm not afraid of tough issues.

Running several businesses in Texas, gives me the background to tackle serious issues that affect our economy and our business environment. I offer a “Lead from the front” with open ears type of leadership should I be elected. Many of the answers to our challenges should come from the people. Unfortunately this has not been apparent with our current legislators and the time has come to put the people in the driver's seat. My platform came from months of asking people in my district what was important to them.

Here are some of the things I support:

  • State Lottery to subsidize FREE lunches and trasportation for ALL public schools, support Law Enforcement, Fire & EMS
  • 2nd Amendment
  • Tax Exempting Hawaii residents serving outside of Hawaii in the military
  • Expand veteran's services to include reaching out to our homeless veterans
  • Support local businesses by having 3 tax brackets. Local Hawaii based businesses rate, out of state rate and foreign rate
  • Exemption from the Jone's Act

I humbly ask for your support in making a difference in this election.

Keith-Agaran, Gil S. Coloma (D) *
P.O. Box 857, Wailuku 96793. (808) 242-4049 gil@gilkeithagaran.org   www.GilKeithAgaran.Com

I’ve been honored to represent my central Maui communities in the State Senate for the last two years.

Growing up on Maui, I learned some simple values: hard work, education, and fair treatment. Community meant serving others and maintaining connections: being involved in our schools and churches, kids’ soccer and little league, the county fair. Basically, “You look out for others because they look out for you.”

I apply those values, along with my experience and knowledge as a practicing attorney and as a State and County administrator, when working on our housing, school or job challenges.

My family, like other immigrants, shared the simple dream of a better life, perhaps not for themselves, but certainly for their children and grandchildren. Whether we were born on Maui, or moved here, or moved back after seeing America, we all have more choices and opportunities today — thanks to the courage, dedication and sacrifice of prior generations. We now must take on the same responsibility and applying the same kind of work ethic and courage, move forward together in continually making Maui a better place to live, work, play, and raise our families. We owe it to our parents and our children to maintain a strong sense of community. We can start by valuing our children and neighbors’ children, taking interest in our schools, and getting to know the other families in our neighborhoods. And hopefully, we’ll look out for them because they look out for us.

[2012: candidate for State Representative, Dist. 09. Won Primary. ELECTED 2012. Appointed to the Senate in January 2013.]

State Senator
District 06 - South and West Maui

Baker, Roz (D) *
P.O. Box 10394, Lahaina 96761. (808) 667-2225 roz@rozbaker.com   www.rozbaker.com

It’s been my honor and privilege to represent the people of South and West Maui in the State Senate for the past 12 years. As Commerce and Consumer Protection Committee Chair, I’ve spearheaded important laws to protect consumers including our kupuna, improve health care, preserve the environment and upgrade aging infrastructure.

I’ve helped pass landmark legislation to raise Hawaii’s minimum wage, provide marriage equality for all couples, and greater protection for victims of domestic violence. I also made sure construction of the new high school in Kihei stayed on track and that funding for improvements to our district schools was secured.

As a strong advocate for the rights of women, the underserved and working families, I continue to champion issues that affect quality of life including access to health care, quality public education and equity in the workplace. As a cancer survivor, I have been a longtime volunteer and past Chair of the Board of Directors, American Cancer Society- Hawai’i Pacific.

My top priorities for Maui include finding ways to grow our economy, as well as to encourage diverse and green businesses. Educating our students for 21st century careers, particularly in S.T.E.M. and the health care fields is also vital. These skill sets will be key to meeting Hawaii’s future needs and helping the next generation get quality, higher paying jobs. As always, I will continue to fight hard to protect our environment--from preserving West Maui’s Lipoa Point to preventing invasive species, protecting our reefs to promoting clean energy.

[2012: candidate for State Senator, Dist. 06. Won Primary. ELECTED 2012.]

Dubois, Jared P. (R)
P.O. Box 190, Kahului 96733. (808) 891-0004  

Kaahui, Bronson Kekahuna (L)
36 W. Aipuni Pl., Lahaina 96761. (808) 264-7988  

State Senator
District 07 - Hana, East and Upcountry Maui, Moloka‘i, Lana‘i, Kaho‘olawe

English, J. Kalani (D) *
P.O. Box 878, Hana 96713. (808) 248 8289 kalani@kalanienglish.com   kalanienglish.com

[2012: candidate for State Senator, Dist. 07. Won Primary. ELECTED 2012.]

State Senator
District 12 - Waikiki, Ala Moana, Kaka‘ako, McCully, Mo‘ili‘ili

Galuteria, Brickwood M. (D) *
876 Curtis St. #2408, Honolulu 96813. (808) 864-8872 info@brickwood2014.com   www.brickwood2014.com

My name is Brickwood Galuteria and I am the current State Senator for Senate District 12. Since entering public service in 2008, I have advocated for balanced legislation that meets our community's diverse needs, including tough issues related to improving our economy, ensuring that Hawaii's unique culture continues at the forefront of decision-making, and supporting important civil rights issues. My ability to bring people to the table to work out difficult and complex issues was recognized by my colleagues when they chose me to serve as their Majority Leader for the past four years. Through it all I’ve developed a deep understanding of the legislative process and built important relationships with my colleagues. The voters of Senate District 12 deserve the continued level of leadership that my experience brings.

On a personal level, I was born and raised in the Kaka’ako and Kapahulu areas. The Galuteria family lived across from what is now the John A. Burns School of Medicine – an “urban plantation” at the time where, as a child, my friends and I would surf the waters off of Point Panic. I developed a deep appreciation for this area. I am married to my wife Abigail Lehua, and have three sons and two daughters as well as eight grandchildren. My family inspires my drive for public service.

[2012: candidate for State Senator, Dist. 12. Won Primary. ELECTED 2012.]

Lethem, Chris (R) P.O. Box 75481, Honolulu 96836. (808) 426-7665  

State Senator
District 16 - Pearl City, Momilani, Pearlridge, ‘Aiea, Royal Summit, ‘Aiea Heights, Newtown, Waimalu, Halawa, Pearl Harbor

Harimoto, Breene Y. (D)
1983 Hoomalolo St., Pearl City 96782. (808) 225-0368  

State Senator
District 17 - Waipahu, Crestview, Manana, Pearl City, Pacific Palisades

Clemente, Roger (I)
P.O. Box 37548, Honolulu 96837. 808 383-5259 rgchawaii88@yahoo.com  

Why Running: There are problems in our community that are being neglected. These problems persist and not enough efforts are being done to address them.

  • Daily commute takes too long due to traffic congestions. We spend too much time in traffic instead of spending time with our family and love ones.
  • Our Seniors must have more services than what is presently available to them and their families.
  • Our school system must be enhanced so the children can be better prepared and be more competitive to meet the demands of the future. Give the teachers and schools the tools to better teach the children.
  • Create new avenues and add to our economy to supplement tourism.
  • For everyone’s health, we have to be transparent in GMO/Pesticide labeling and use.
  • We all must feel safer in our own neighborhoods.

I have the solutions to resolve these problems to improve our quality of life.

Background and Experience:

My family migrated from the Philippines, attended Kalihi-Kai Elementary, Kalakaua Intermediate and Farrington High School. Attended and graduated from Kapiolani Community College and Hawaii Pacific University. My work experience in Management spans in the private industry and government. Founded and serving as current president of the WCK (World Council of Kickboxing) a new world wide governing body.

Campaign Platform: Solutions for a better quality of life.

Nishihara, Clarence (D) *
94-465 Loaa St., Waipahu 96797. (808) 671-1152 NishiharC003@hawaii.rr.com   clarencenishihara.com

I am running for re-election to the State Senate because I believe that having served for 10 years in my office, I have gained a measure of insight into the various challenges facing our state. We need to seek continued improvement in our education system, both at the DOE and university level. The areas of local agricultural sustainability, transportation systems both land and sea as well as our airlines, homelessness, and building affordable housing are just the more important issues I would want to address. I further believe that unless we can deliver on promises to improve the business climate, encourage and support entrepreneurs in the business, scientific and technology sectors, we will continue to be dependent on tourism and the military.

I am certain that our community and those that live and care for Hawaii want a better life for themselves and their children. Their sense that government doesn’t work with or for them is reflected in the low approval ratings of us as their elected leaders. I too want a government that is accountable, responsive, and trustworthy. As a legislator, I have always made a effort to seek my communities input. We need to work harder to deliver on their expectations. I have a saying, never over promise and under deliver. Growing up in upcountry Makawao, surrounded by hardworking farming families and ranchers, I was raised with the expectations of hard work, keeping ones work, humility, honesty and integrity. I live by those values today.

[2012: candidate for State Senator, Dist. 17. Won Primary. ELECTED 2012.]

State Senator
District 18 - Mililani Town, portion of Waipi‘o Gentry, Waikele, Village Park, Royal Kunia

Banda, Raymond (L)
94-305 Lupua Pl., Mililani 96789. (469) 267-9418 raymond.bandaiii@gmail.com  


My name is Raymond Banda and I would like to be your next state senator.

I am originally from Dallas, Tx. and after graduating from high school, I enlisted in the U.S. Army. I served honorably for 10 years, and was assigned to the 2nd Ranger Battalion (Ft. Lewis), and 2nd Stryker Brigade (Schofield). During my time in service, I was deployed six times to Iraq and Afghanistan. My time spent in combat made me realize how important government is to the people they are supposed to serve.

This is my first time running for any office and I would like to say that I’m not running because I think I can do a better job than Sen. Michelle Kidani; she has done an outstanding job and should be applauded for her work done thus far. However, even though I’m sure I can’t do better, I know I can do just as good of a job as her. In addition to that I would also hope to start changing the way our government operates. Public servant is defined as a “government official.” I want to change that definition to elected servant of the people through my actions. My current goals are to establish term limits for elected officials, real education reform, and not just a different way of doing the same thing. Lastly, I want to get some face-time with every registered voter in our district to talk about what they feel needs to be addressed within our community.

Kidani, Michelle (D) *
94-134 Keahilele St., Mililani 96789. (808) 754-4442 mnkidani@gmail.com   MichelleKidani.com

First elected in 2008, I now serve on five Senate committees and maintain an active role in Senate leadership as Assistant Majority Leader. My committees are: Vice-Chair of Education; Vice-Chair of Ways and Means; and a member of the committees on Hawaiian Affairs, Higher Education, and Human Services.

My colleagues have entrusted me with all state-funded construction for the Senate. Committed to education and with input from our educators, I have provided hundreds of millions of dollars for every school in my district for new buildings, library expansions, electrical upgrades as well as the University of Hawaii for repair and maintenance, the new UH West Oahu campus, LCC new teachers building and theatre renovations; and new College of Pharmacy at UH Hilo. Many more millions of dollars have been funded for highway projects in our District, including anti-graffiti paint on walls along Kamehameha Highway near Waipio and Waikele. The major repaving and highway safety improvement project finally broke ground at the end of June for a lengthy stretch of Kamehameha Highway between Ka Uka Boulevard in Waipio and Kuahelani Avenue in Mililani.

To assist and encourage farmers in our area, I appropriated funds to improve the Waiahole water system and to purchase lands as well as add infrastructure "to help our farmers with food safety and processing.

Mahalo and aloha for your continued support. It has been my honor to serve as your Senator and am very grateful for the trust you have bestowed upon me.

[2012: candidate for State Senator, Dist. 18. Won Primary. ELECTED 2012.]

Kim, Dennis C.H. (R)
94-309 Maiaohe Pl., Mililani 96789. (808) 384-4205 votedenniskim@gmail.com   votedenniskim.com

My name is DENNIS C.H. KIM, and I am a Republican candidate for the State Senate, District 18.

I pledge to bring COMMON SENSE back into government. Many powerful special interest groups influence our legislators in making laws that put undue burden on citizens like you and I. I will listen to your concerns, then work towards finding solutions that serve the public interest. In past leadership positions, I have proven my ability to take action with accountability - weighing all factors and collaborating with all stakeholders to find the best solution that makes sense.

My promise to you is that we, the everyday people, can work together to make our communities, our beloved state, and our great nation better for our children and our families.

State Senator
District 21 - Kalaeloa, Honokai Hale, Ko ‘Olina, Nanakuli, Ma‘ili, Wai‘anae, Makaha, Makua

Brown, Ruth A. (N)
87-156 Mamoalii Pl., Waianae 96792. (808) 696-7774 electingruthbrown@gmail.com   www.electingruthbrown.com

You want to spend most of your time living your life. I understand that. I’m an average person like most of you. I never thought of running for office, until I saw the broken process of government in action. I am non-partisan because I don’t want to be restricted by party platforms.

You’ve voted for candidates and trusted that they will take care of what “government” does. After all, you may work, go to school, have family responsibilities, own a business, be going through struggles, and so much more that happens in life. Those who work, invest, or own a small business generate the money government spends, in large measure.

How’s that working out? Does government take care of the essential services that facilitate making the money that pays the bills, spending time with loved ones or enjoying some leisure?

Does government take on more and more issues and sectors, even though it isn’t doing a great job with what is on the plate already? Does government act like money is the answer to the problem?

Do you feel listened to less and less? Do you feel legislation is a “done deal”? Do you wonder where the tax money really goes?

I would like your vote:

  • If it isn’t working for you
  • If you are angry that government thinks it has all the answers
  • If you believe that people are capable of creative, responsible solutions
  • If you would like to have your say listened to by your elected representative

Ku, Tercia L. (R)
87-221 Pualeilani St., Waianae 96792. (808) 223-9476 TerciaKu@hotmail.com  

[2012: candidate for State Representative, Dist. 43]

Shimabukuro, Maile S.L. (D) *
87-162 Liopolo St., Waianae 96792. (808) 349-3075 maileshimabukuro@yahoo.com   electmaile.com

I have the experience, energy, and passion for the job. My philosophy is that the best indicator of how government is performing is how we care for most vulnerable in our society. Each session I have passed legislation aimed at this group.

For example, this session I passed bills to help child sex abuse victims. One bill allows divorce judges to change the name of a child who has been abused, so that they no longer have to carry the perpetrator’s name. Another bill gives child sex abuse victims two more years to bring civil suits against their perpetrators, if the statute of limitations had previously expired.

I believe we need to bring down the cost of building homes. Around 2007 I worked with Sen. English on passing a bill to legalize indigenous architecture/natural building for residential structures. I plan to work with the counties to find model building codes to implement the legislation so that people can live in yurts, hale, earth bag, and other similar sustainable and cost efficient homes. I will also push to legalize “container” homes, which convert old Matson and other shipping containers into residential units.

I think we should also allow charter schools to be eligible for capital improvement project (CIP funding). There was a measure trying to do this in the past session, but unfortunately it failed. I think itʻs terrible that charter schools have to turn away students due to the lack of classroom space.

Finally, I introduced a bill this past session to preserve state taro lands. It was recommended by the Taro Purity and Security Task Force. Unfortunately, the bill died in conference committee at the very end of session. I will re-introduce this measure.

[2012: candidate for State Senator, Dist. 21. Won Primary. ELECTED 2012.]

State Senator
District 23 - Kane‘ohe , Ka‘a‘awa, Hau‘ula, La‘ie, Kahuku, Waialua, Hale‘iwa, Wahiawa, Schofield Barracks, Kunia

Fale, Richard (R)
P.O. Box 316, Hauula 96717. (808) 772-0968   richardfale.com

[2012: candidate for State Representative, Dist. 47. Won Primary. ELECTED 2012.]

Riviere, Gil (D)
65-137 Hukilau Lp., Waialua 96791. (808) 220-2280 Gil@GilRiviere.com   GilRiviere.com

Aloha. My name is Gil Riviere and I am the Democratic candidate for Senate District 23, the spectacular rural district that stretches from Heeia to Kaena Point, Schofield Barracks and Kunia Camp.

Our region is at a significant crossroad regarding the future of land use planning, protection of agricultural lands, local food production, renewable energy decisions, maintenance of our crumbling infrastructure and economic vitality that suits the needs of our residents. I remain passionate about protecting and enhancing the quality of life for residents of the North and Windward Shores of Oahu.

The respect and support I earned from other legislators in the House of Representatives allowed me to influence legislation that could have severely impacted our district. For example, I was instrumental in saving an important environmental review for land subdivision applications and I deflected legislation that could have resulted in the proliferation of illegal vacation rentals on Oahu’s agricultural lands.

Before serving in the House, I co-founded Keep the North Shore Country who, with Sierra Club, won the Supreme Court ruling that required Turtle Bay to perform a Supplemental EIS. This victory led to discussions that resulted in a conservation easement for 80 percent of the Turtle Bay lands, forever.

I will be a strong advocate for our district in the Senate because I have the experience, energy, creative solutions, willingness to listen and learn, tenacity, and positive relationships with decision makers to get things done. Vote Gil Riviere, Democrat, Senate District 23.


[2012: candidate for State Representative, Dist. 47]

State Senator
District 24 - Kane‘ohe, Kane‘ohe MCAB, Kailua, He‘eia, ‘Ahuimanu

Danner, Kilomana Michael (R)
P.O. Box 4804, Kaneohe 96744. (808) 721-1763 Kilomana424@gmail.com  

I am running for the Hawaii Senate District 24 seat, as I firmly believe in the people’s voice being heard, and implementing solutions not just identifying problems for the constituents. Input and requests from the people have been ignored and disregarded these past few years, regarding basic beliefs and values that we hold. Each one of us are molded by our values, priorities, culture, life experience, and our faith. Through continued engagement, discussion and interaction, I will represent your voice.

I was born to a Swiss German father and Hawaiian Mother from Kauai. My parents, both schoolteachers for the BIA, taught in native communities on various reservations and in Alaska. Upon graduation in Alaska, I became a journeyman carpenter and construction tradesman, establishing my own company. As a General Contractor, I built custom turn-key homes and completed numerous commercial, private sector and government funded projects.

My wife Ettajane and I have been married for 33 years and together have 4 children, 2 hanai sons, and 12 grandkids. We operated a therapeutic group home in Alaska for 12 years and raised over 30 foster children.

We moved to Hawaii in 2004, when our youngest son was accepted into Kamehameha Schools. Since then we have been working with the homeless and transient population in a garden setting, where they are taught to live on the land in a pono way. This ministry, operates under the umbrella of Kamali’o Ministries and has expanded to include men recently released from incarceration.

Tokuda, Jill N. (D) *
P.O. Box 6068, Kaneohe 96744. (808) 383-8690 info@jilltokuda.com   www.jilltokuda.com

Serving in the State Senate isn’t only about representing the interests of our families and businesses; it’s about representing Hawaii’s values…our values. Envisioning and creating the kind of future we want for our children. That means leading with integrity, and ensuring results on the issues and concerns that are most important to the people we serve. Focusing on priorities such as:

  • Forging stronger partnerships among Hawaii’s business, nonprofit and education leaders to create early-childhood, K-12 and postsecondary opportunities that prepare our students for today’s competitive global economy.
  • Improving public health and increasing access to care through innovative community-based solutions.
  • Creating a stronger economy by aligning our training efforts with workforce demands, and creating incentives for emerging and sustainable high-growth industries.
  • Strengthening our support for families—from Healthy Start and Early Intervention for our youngest of keiki, to affordable housing and Hula Mae homebuyer loans for young families, to long term care and senior living options for our kupuna.

I am also a proud public school graduate. As the Senate Education Chairperson, I have had the unique opportunity to live the policy decisions we make and interact with those directly affected as our youngest son is in preschool and our oldest son is now at the same public elementary school I attended.

For nearly a decade, I have worked to strengthen our communities, our families and our great state. With your continued support, let’s work to build a stronger Hawaii we can all be proud of.

[2012: candidate for State Senator, Dist. 24. Won Primary. ELECTED 2012.]

State Representative

State Representative
District 01 - Hamakua, North Hilo, South Hilo

Nakashima, Mark M. (D) *
P.O. Box 438, Honokaa 96727. (808) 775-9170 friendsofmarknakashima2014@hawaii.rr.com   marknakashima.blogspot.com

This past legislature adopted a balanced financial plan that eliminated a number of vacant positions and created greater transparency in the state accounting. We passed mandatory kindergarten for all children and provided for the expansion of early childhood education for hundreds of youngsters throughout the state. We also adopted an increase in the minimum wage for the first time since 2007 that will strengthen our economy.

I have served as a catalyst for energy self sufficiency by working with county, state and federal officials to secure a hydrogen economy here on Hawaii Island. Hydrogen is the only fuel that can be used for automobile and electrical generation for which we have an abundance of resource. Electrolyzing water using our abundance of natural resources such as solar, wind and ocean -- will allow Hawaii Island to become energy self-sufficient at a reasonable cost and break our dependence on imported foreign oil.

As Chair of the House Committee on Labor and Public Employment, I have for the first time secured state funds for the expansion of Workforce Development efforts that will allow us to address shortage areas in agriculture, health care and renewable energy by enhancing training, apprentice and internship opportunities from school to the workplace.

As I look forward, there are many things that we must still accomplish. The current student weighted formula provides equal funding to all of Hawaii's public schools, but it is far from equitable. The economies of scale put small rural schools at a severe disadvantage in the resources available to our students and a minimum staffing requirement for schools under 1,000 must be adopted to allow for adequate quality education.

The quality and consistency of state government services and programs must be increased, Programs to review these state functions must be implemented and efforts made to increase the carrying capacity of our workforce. Toward this end on-going inservice training is needed.

[2012: candidate for State Representative, Dist. 01. Won Primary. ELECTED 2012.]

Weinert, Eric Drake (L)
P.O. Box 59, Papaikou 96781. (808) 896-2610 eric@farmersforeric.com  

I care about our community, our children and our future. I believe everyone should be treated with respect. I focus on our common goals rather than our differences. I have farmed my entire adult life in Hawaii, propagating over 250,000 fruit trees in Hawaii County and currently manage a farm business that has 85 employees and exports over 12 million pounds of papaya from Hawaii annually. I have been married for 32 years and am the proud father of two wonderful children. I will be an effective legislator because as a Libertarian, I am allowed to sit on any committee of my choosing and I have a strong history of working well with others to accomplish results.

State Representative
District 02 - Keaukaha, parts of Hilo, Panaewa, Waiakea

Tsuji, Clift (D) *
1382 Auahi Pl., Hilo 96720. (808) 959-9576 cliftsuji@yahoo.com  

I'm a Big Island native born and raised in the Kalaoa Mauka sugar plantation camp. I retired as Sr. Vice President from a 30-plus years banking career with Central Pacific Bank, working almost entirely on the Big Island. I believe in our community and have participated with organizations from non-profits to business organizations.

At the end of this legislative term, I will be completing 10 years or 5 elective terms as member of the State House of Representatives. I have a commitment to continue serving with an open door and open mind. Most important to residents of District 3 and the entire Big Island is listening and their interests to the legislature, striving for results. I've been continually involved and committed to the community previous to being honored as an elected official and would be honored to continue representing you by working together and striving for results. I seek your support.

[2012: candidate for State Representative, Dist. 02. Won Primary. ELECTED 2012.]

State Representative
District 03 - Hilo, Keaau, Kurtistown, Volcano

Dickson, Bill (R) P.O. Box 896, Mountain View 96771. (808) 961-9061  

Fogel, Frederick F. (L)
P.O. Box 1071, Volcano 96785. (808) 265-1659 trifox3@gmail.com  

Are you satisfied with government? Would you like more personal freedom and less governmental intervention in your personal life? Should all politicians face term limits? Should voters approve pay raises for politicians? Should the state income tax be flat and all income up to poverty level exempt? Should tips and inheritance be exempt from taxes? Should food and medicine not be taxed? Should counties have more authority and the people therein be able to legalize cannabis, gambling and prostitution; or ban things like GMO and geothermal? Should school boards be local? Should Hawaiians have sovereignty? Should tampering with bills be banned? Should money dedicated for a specific purpose be only used for that purpose? Should the budget really be balanced? Should concealed carry be reality, not just law? Should vehicle safety checks be optional for personal vehicles under ten years old? Should prisons rehabilitate? If your answers are mainly yes - consider voting FOGEL.

[2012: candidate for State Representative, Dist. 03. Won Primary.]

Onishi, Richard H. K. (D) *
2040 Ainaola Pl., Hilo 96720. (808) 987-8466 FriendsForRichardOnishi@gmail.com   FriendsForRichardOnishi.com

I am running for re-election to a second term because I believe that there is still more that I can do to fulfill the vision for our 3rd District communities that I pledged to support in my initial campaign in 2012. That vision was for our communities to be: Safe; Healthy; Economically viable; and Sustainable. I have worked hard to accomplish this vision through my record of legislation introduced, issues supported, and the securing of funds for projects within the 3rd District. However, there are still more issues to address and projects that require funding. I believe that I can make it happen as the 3rd District’s State Representative.

I am privileged to serve as the Vice-Chair for the Agriculture Committee, a position very important to our district and to our island. I also serve on the powerful Finance Committee, the committees on Economic Development & Business; Tourism; and Veterans, Military & International Affairs, and Culture & the Arts.

My experiences as the incumbent for this District have provided me with a diverse perspective on how to address issues, problems & concerns of our communities. Those experiences have allowed me the opportunity to understand and to be involved with the role and processes of the State Legislature. My record of accomplishments over the last two sessions is proof of my ability to work with others in the legislature and community to provide results in my District and in the State of Hawai`i. Please visit my web site for more information on my accomplishments: www.FriendsForRichardOnishi.com

[2012: candidate for State Representative, Dist. 03. Won Primary. ELECTED 2012.]

State Representative
District 04 - Puna

San Buenaventura, Joy A. (D)
Friends of Joy SanBuenaventura, PO Box 492593, Keaau 96749. (808) 965-8945 media@joy4puna.com   www.joy4puna.com

In my law practice of more than 30 years, working people have come to me with their problems and I have seen first-hand the effect the Great Recession has had on them. The middle class is shrinking and the poor are growing in numbers and desperation.

I have seen the hopelessness of people who were laid off assuming that this is just a temporary setback and they can get another job because they always did and finding out that there is no other job; or what jobs are there are temporary or part-time. I noticed previously when I campaigned for candidates: the promise of more jobs rings hollow with much of the public.

Hawaii's safety net is full of holes. It's been through practicing law that I've seen the limitations in state law for helping the working people. Too many workers who slip into poverty through debt cannot work themselves back out due to limitations in out-dated state laws. Currently, 75% of all civil court filings on the Big Island are foreclosures, with Puna having a large portion of those cases. Hawaii's laws do not adequately allow those in debt to have a fresh start. Most states provide a safety net in foreclosures for such other assets as inherited lands, vehicles, even basic household appliances. Not so in Hawaii.

Puna, the fastest growing district in the state, needs equal access in numerous vital communal areas. Approximately 20,000 Puna residents, including myself, commute to Hilo every workday. Subdivisions here were permitted to be developed with no infrastructure. Roads are so bad in some areas that emergency vehicles cannot not allow timely access to a fire or a life-threatening incident. Pahoa town has insufficient services to alleviate the needs of Puna residents from having to go to Hilo for medical, educational, and employment services. An alternate makai route that will bypass Kea'au is needed.

As a volunteer mediator, I also advocate a community ombudsman or mediation board to settle conflicts arising from Punans' diverse interests.

Thomas, Gary L. (R)
HC 2 BOX 6845, Keaau 96749. (808) 966-7136 garythomas4puna@gmail.com   garythomas4puna.com

I’m running for office as a concerned citizen, and long time Puna resident- concerned about our economy, about jobs, about a healthy environment for businesses to grow; I’m concerned about our schools, about our kids coming out of them fully prepared to be successful and responsible in our community; I’m concerned about our families- that we resolve domestic violence, drugs, and putting our youth at risk with strong, effective planning and action. I’ve spent 30 years building effective teams with diverse views in challenging environments, building consensus, and delivering solutions. I also have a proven track record in Puna building and managing successful programs for our families. I get the job done. We need to get the job done in Puna- with your support, I’m ready to put to work that 30 years of management and leadership experience to drive and deliver solutions for a stronger, better Puna.

State Representative
District 05 - Naʻalehu, Ocean View, Capt. Cook, Kealakekua, Kailua-Kona

Bateman, Dave (R)
78-1136 Bishop Rd., Holualoa 96725. (808) 895-5899 batemanforhawaii@gmail.com   bateman2014.com

My campaign is focused on helping our ohana and improving the quality of life in HD5. We can do this by 1) creating new agricultural jobs and ag loans as well as ag education opportunities for our ohana and keiki, 2) reducing the high cost of energy by developing more geothermal, wind and PV energy generators, 3) reducing state personal income tax brackets, 4) exempting GET on all ag products, food, medicines and medical care, 5) improving quality of education for all keiki through audit, greater parent involvement and restructuring of DOE, and 6) reducing the oppressive regulations on business -creating a new approach to government "can do" rather than "no can do," 7) establish government procurement preferences for vets and service disabled vets.

[2012: candidate for State Representative, Dist. 05. Won Primary.]

Creagan, Richard P. (D)
P.O. Box 189, Naalehu 96772. (808) 929-7606 creagan.district5@gmail.com   creagan.org

(From the candidateʻs website:)

It is my honor to serve as the new State Representative for District 5 (South Kailua-Kona to Naʻalehu). In January, after Rep. Denny Coffman resigned to care for a family member, the Governor appointed me to finish his term. When Denny’s House district expanded into Kaʻu, I enjoyed introducing him to the community. At the time he encouraged me to run for his position when he stepped down.

In 1966, I came to Hawaii to train as a healthcare worker before being sent to the Marshall Islands as part of the Peace Corps. After many years of practicing medicine on the mainland, I returned to Hawaii in 1991 to work as an emergency room doctor at Kona Hospital. My wife, Marilyn, is a nurse who also works there. We live and farm in the Kiolakaʻa area of Kaʻu.

As a doctor and a farmer, I have a particular interest in medical and agricultural issues. As a former teacher, I also have a strong interest in education and am very supportive of charter schools.

I am now running to be elected for another term and humbly ask for your support. I look forward to hearing from you as this will help me be a true Representative.

Lalanne, Jon A. (L)
P.O. Box 6677, Ocean View 96737. (310) 924-5119  

Ruis, Randy (N)
P.O. Box 6745, Ocean View 96737. (808) 557-4900 randyruis@hotmail.com  

Randy Ruis is running as a Non-Partisan Candidate in Representative District 5.

Mr. Ruis, a teacher at Konawaena High School since 2003, taught Driver Education for many years. There are many transportation issues that he would like to address, chief among them are Roadside Rest Stations for the Volcanoes National Park / Ka'u / Kona corridor. Residents and visitors have faced the challenge of locating a restroom while making the 96 mile drive to Volcanoes National Park, the #1 attraction on the island. After passing the restrooms at Manuka Park, in either direction, there is not another restroom facility on the Belt Highway until Captain Cook, or Waiohinu. He believes that residents and tourists alike deserve clean, well-maintained sanitary rest stations and that everyone will benefit from these added facilities. In addition, the parking lot areas could serve a dual purpose as emergency landing pads for rescue helicopters, especially important for residents of rural Ka'u and South Kona.

Healthcare Services for our rural community are of primary importance. There has been talk about a new hospital for North Kona. It is important that services now offered at our hospital in Kealakekua are not discontinued, requiring residents to leave our district in order to receive medical treatment.

As a teacher, Mr. Ruis is supporter of Public Education and Charter Schools. Mr. Ruis is a member of the Hawaii State Teachers Association, the teacher's union. He supports organized labor and their right to negotiate fair contracts.

Mr. Ruis pledges to do the best job possible for the residents of Representative District 5. Mahalo.

State Representative
District 06 - Kailua-Kona, Holualoa, Kalaoa, Honokohau

Lowen, Nicole (D) *
73-1117 Kuuleialoha Cir., Kailua-Kona 96740. (808) 937-8196 friendsofnicolelowen@gmail.com   www.nicolelowen.com

It is an honor and a privilege to serve as your State Representative, and together over the past two years we have achieved some remarkable victories. As I seek my first re-election in 2014, I will continue working hard to face Hawaii's many challenges and build a better future for our community and for our next generation. I ask for your support in continuing to serve you and our community so that I can keep fighting to grow our new community college campus, to secure aid for coffee farmers, to make renewable energy affordable for everyone, and to build a new Kona Courthouse.

[2012: candidate for State Representative, Dist. 06. Won Primary. ELECTED 2012.]

Valenzuela, Kelly A. (R)
73-4360 Hau Nani St., Kailua-Kona 96740. (808) 937-1991 kellyannv55@gmail.com   Kellyforkona.com

Aloha - my name is Kelly Valenzuela and I am a local girl born and raised in Hawaii. I was born on Oahu and raised in Hawaii Kai where my father Senator "Buddy" Soares was a Politician. Growing up in the political world of Hawaii I understand how important it is to listen to your constituents. I have lived on the Big island for about 30 years and as a community advocate I understand the problems that we are facing here. I am married to Dr. Alfred Valenzuela better know as Dr. "V" a local Chiropractor here in Kona. I am the mother of four children ages 33, 32, 28,and 25.

I decided to run for office after moving back home from California and seeing the problems that we are facing here in Kona. I believe that I will listen to the voices of the people and advocate on their behalf. I have many relationships in Honolulu and at the State Capital where the real work needs to get done. I am confidant that I have the life experiences and the ability to be the best candidate for West Hawaii.

State Representative
District 07 - North Kona, North Kohala, South Kohala

Evans, Cindy (D) *
59-048 Olomana Rd., Kamuela 96743. (808) 345-5810 cynthiaevans@aol.com  


I am a candidate for State Representative and I humbly ask for your vote.

I am committed to serving the people of North Kona, North Kohala, and South Kohala and work to make your government more responsive. Here is a partial list of issues to be addressed: 1) incorporate modern technology to improve education, energy, and environment; 2) address changes as a result of health technology and the aging of the populatio; 3) invest in aging infrastructure; 4) improve managment of water resources, agriculture, renewable energy, hunting, and fishing; and 5) explore public-private partnerships to improve the economy.

I will listen to your concerns and comments and work to find solutions and opportunities. Thank you for your consideration.

[2012: candidate for State Representative, Dist. 07. Won Primary. ELECTED 2012.]

State Representative
District 08 - Kahakuloa, Waihee, Waiehu, Puuohala, Wailuku, Waikapu

Kapoi, Cranston Kaleialoha (R)
P.O. Box 761, Wailuku 96793. (808) 276-2459 cranstonkapoi@gmail.com  

Aloha! More than 150 years ago my ancestors settled in the rural village of Waihe’e. Maui is my ancestral home. I was born, raised and educated on Maui. I’m concerned about the future of our island, our economy, our communities and the people who call Maui home.

I am a licensed building contractor and have successfully managed my own businesses. I believe Maui’s small businesses are the building blocks of our communities by stimulating economic growth and providing employment opportunities. As a small business owner, I am committed to helping our local businesses thrive by “buying local and promoting local.”

As a devoted husband, father, and grandfather, I have love and respect for my family. I believe a strong ‘ohana (family) makes a strong community. There’s no better place to raise a family than right here on Maui. As a law maker, I believe it will be my moral obligation to protect our families--to foster and protect its integrity.

As your State Representative, acquiring monies for Capital Improvement Projects will be an important responsibility for me. With my background in business and building construction, I am confident in my abilities to work with my colleagues to “bring home the bacon" to Maui. But, what is more important, is my responsibility as a law maker, to “represent the voters of Maui and provide opportunities for their voices to be heard.”

If you believe it's time for change--willinging to take a courageous stand for your community & your family--vote for me, Cranston Kapoi, in the General Election on November 4th because “your vote is your voice.”


Souki, Joe (D) *
P.O. Box 632, Wailuku 96793. (808) 283-8661 Joesouki@msn.com   JoeSouki.com

Why I should be reelected. First is experience, former Finance Chair, Speaker (2), Leadershiip, and Transportation Chair.

Progressive issues, supports choice for abortion, Voted for Gay marriage, against the three strikes legislation, (put felons away, after three felony convictions), 1st in the legislature to have women serving as Vice speaker, majority leader and floor leader.

[2012: candidate for State Representative, Dist. 08. Won Primary. ELECTED 2012.]

State Representative
District 09 - Kahului, Puunene, Old Sand Hills, Maui Lani

Woodson, Justin H. (D) *
P.O. Box 1609, Kahului 96732. (808) 542-2556  

[2013: Appointed to the chamber on January 15, 2013 by Governor Neil Abercrombie to fill the vacancy left by Gilbert Keith-Agaran.]

State Representative
District 10 - West Maui, Maalaea, North Kihei

Marten, Chayne M. (R)
5160 L. Honoapiilani Rd., Lahaina 96761. (808) 298-0884 ichayne@gmail.com   ichayne.com

Many Democrats believe that Republicans favor the wealthy and privileged, that may be true of some Republicans but not this one. I'm not overly concerned about the wealthiest citizens in regards to economics. My emphasis is to help the ones at the bottom of the economic ladder. Those that have lost hope, those on the ropes just hanging on. Not just families but local Businesses that are struggling to keep their doors open for business. I want you to know I have been there. I know what it's like to go to bed hungry. Although as a child my family went through hard times we had each other and we always had hope . Dad would often say give God thanks for what we have many people have it harder. Although it was a long time ago I will never forget my roots. By the grace of God I am where I am today.

Our Democratic Legislators just raised minimum wages to $8.10 an hour and it will go up to $10.00 an hour in a few years. Women make up two thirds of minimum wage jobs. This minimum wage is to low given the current cost of living. Life is harder than ever, we desperately need the right kind of change. PLEASE read my letter to the Lahaina new July 24th 2014. Last we take an oath to defend the Constitution of the United States, PLEASE read HB849 became Law 7/1/2014. PLEASE go to ichayne.com

[2012: candidate for State Representative, Dist. 10. Won Primary.]

McKelvey, Angus L. (D) *
P.O. Box 847, Lahaina 96761. (808) 870-8644 mac4house@gmail.com   angusmckelvey.blogspot.com/

[2012: candidate for State Representative, Dist. 10. Won Primary. ELECTED 2012.]

State Representative
District 11 - Kihei, Wailea, Makena

Brock, Patric R. (L)
P.O. Box 1866, Kihei 96753. (808) 879-0250 pbrock@hawaii.rr.com  

(2012 statement:)(2010 statement:)

Government is crushing our economy. A 1 year tax vacation for all Americans would have been much cheaper than the stimulus program.

Passing the health care bill & the financial reform act was exactly the wrong thing to do to during a financial downturn. When people are looking for a way to make the economy work for them, changing the rules of the economic game only adds uncertainty.

Maintaining a world-wide military presence is costing us dearly. The United States should have the most sophisticated military defenses & they should be deployed in America to defend America.

Individual income taxes are a fundamental breach of freedom & should be eliminated.

Millions of people are being jailed for hurting no one & we are rapidly running out of places to imprison dangerous criminals. Drug prohibition has created a huge underground industry that law enforcement is spending billions to stop with no progress.

Government should be simple, so every citizen can understand it. As it is, the United States has so many laws that even lawyers, who create the laws, cannot be aware of them all. Police must ignore most laws & select only some to enforce.

If government took the pressure off, by repealing many laws & regulations, & by lowering taxes, people could relax, & enjoy their lives rather than resorting to drugs to anesthetize themselves to a harsh reality.

I, & the Libertarian Party, seek to uphold the sanctity of every person. Freedom can be restored.

Ing, Kaniela (D) *
P.O. Box 1881, Kihei 96753. (808) 276-2990 info@Kanielaing.com   kanielaing.com

(2012 statement:)

Aloha, my name is Kaniela Ing and I am offering to serve you as State House Representative in South Maui, and I am running to bring "a FRESH vision for Maui's future."

I was born and raised on Maui and come from four generations on this island. Throughout my life I have seen many changes: some positive progress, but also some opportunities slipping away for future generations. I believe that together we can nurture and even better Maui 20 and 50 years from now--where our keiki will be able to secure great jobs, own homes, and have the option to raise their families in the place they were brought up.

This will take long-term planning in government, which is the basis to my platform. I emphasize education, local jobs and business, and sustainable and renewable practices. I have the energy, experience, and positive relationships to get things done for South Maui, and to get Kihei High School built.

I look forward to meeting you as I continue knocking on every door in my district once again; just look for the red lei! More information on our "fresh vision for Maui's future" my background, and how to get involved may be found on my website.

[2012: candidate for State Representative, Dist. 11. Won Primary. ELECTED 2012.]

State Representative
District 12 - Sprecklesville, Pukalani, Makawao, Kula, Keokea, Ulupalakua, Kahului

Pohle, Richard H., PhD (R)
17100 Haleakala Hwy., Kula 96790. (808) 281-4509 umla@umla.ws   www.umla.ws

A DOD scientist at Haleakala, I married a local Kaneohe woman in 1974. Retired in 2005. Four children, Eight grandchildren.

I Believe That

Marriage between a man and a woman is the foundation of American society.
It takes Parents to raise a child – not a “A Village”. Parents have a vested interest.
Abortion is The End of a Life – not a Choice. It should not be used as birth control.
Capitalism moderated by the Golden Rule is more productive than Nanny State Socialism.
America is one nation, under God, indivisible – not competing classes, races, and cultures.
Equal opportunity and charity are better than equal results and government welfare.
Each person is responsible and accountable for the consequences of their own actions.
Healthcare arrangements should be between the patient and the doctor - not Obamacare.

I propose...

Laws for a prosperous free market; not government competing against private enterprise.
A small, efficient, government that governs least and at the lowest levels possible.
Local school boards that respond to local input. I oppose state imposed “Pono Choices”.
To govern with reasonable regulation - not with confiscation by unelected bureaucrats.
To support GMO and 24/7 power sources like nuclear power, (fracking), gas, oil and coal.
To constrain government scope, size and power by its income. New bonds are no solution.
To sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. We are taxed enough already.

I will not...

Support environmental courts, more regulations, global warming panics, and carbon taxes.
Incur debt far beyond our capability to pay it back.
Pass laws that do not apply to everyone or support additional penalties for Hate Crimes.

[2012: candidate for Maui Council, Upcountry. Won Primary.]

Yamashita, Kyle T. (D) *
P.O. Box 880989, Pukalani 96788. (808) 870-5874  

[2012: candidate for State Representative, Dist. 12. Won Primary. ELECTED 2012.]

State Representative
District 13 - Haiku, Hana, Kaupo, Kipahulu, Nahiku, Paia, Kahoolawe, Lānaʻi, Moloka'i, Molokini

Carroll, Mele (D) *
P.O. Box 81592, Haiku 96708. (808) 280-1325 unlimited333dreams@yahoo.com   melecarroll.com

[2012: candidate for State Representative, Dist. 13. Won Primary. ELECTED 2012.]

State Representative
District 14 - Hanalei, Princeville, Kilauea, Anahola, Kapaa, Wailua

Hoomanawanui, Jonathan K. (R)
P.O. Box 934, Hanalei 96714. (808) 651-9288 hoomanawanui2014@gmail.com   hoomanawanui.com

I am born and raised in Hawaii. Married for 30 years. Served in the United States Army. Besides placing my Godly principles at the foundation and family second I propose to re-align our leadership with the administration department by tackling issues that are important in the society we live in.

What have I done?
I have taken upon myself the responsibility of going back to school. I attended Regis University and graduated with an Undergraduates degree in communications with an emphasis in leadership. In 2012, I decided to attend Regis University to complete my Masters of Science degree in Criminology.

At the top of my platform is education at all levels. In one aspect our school system in Hawaii is ranked at the low due to lack of funds, resources and hiring the right person for the job. I will restore the leadership back to the Principal for he and the teacher knows what the student’s immediate needs are.

The thing that sets me apart:
I have a Transformational and Interactive style of leadership. I am able to lead from the back by encouraging my subordinates, from the middle by coaching and mentoring side-by-side and from the front by leading by example. Aloha!

Kawakami, Derek S.K. (D) *
5077 Kawaihau Rd., Kapaa 96746. (808) 639-3790 derek.kawakami@hawaiiantel.net   derekkawakami.com

[2012: candidate for State Representative, Dist. 14. Won Primary. ELECTED 2012.]

State Representative
District 15 - Wailua Homesteads, Hanamaulu, Lihue, Puhi, Old Koloa Town, Omao

Tokioka, James Kunane (D) *
2512 Kanio St., Lihue 96766. (808) 652-7272 jtokioka@hotmail.com  

[2012: candidate for State Representative, Dist. 15. Won Primary. ELECTED 2012.]

Yoder, Steven J. (R)
179 Lilia Pl., Kapaa 96746. (808) 639-6100 steve@steveyoder2014.com   www.steveyoder2014.com


My name is Steve Yoder. I am running for State House Representive. Kauai has been my home since 1970. I graduated from Kapa’a High School, class of 1972. I began working at the age of 16 to pay for my college education at Arlington Baptist College in TX, where I graduated in 1976.

The reason I’m seeking office as State Representative is that I believe in the individual and in less government. Our country was not founded on the dependence of government, but freedom from the tyranny of government. I will work to lower our taxes and reduce over regulation, thus improving our standard of living. Big government places a heavy burden on the family budget which drives up the cost of products and services causing families on Kauai to struggle as never before. It’s been said that “whenever your outgo is more than your income, your upkeep will be your downfall.” This is not only true of the household budget, but also of government. I believe in the individual; that societies are founded on restraining the role of the government. I believe that compassion is defined not by how many people are on welfare, but how many people no longer need governmental assistance; that society owes its citizens equality of opportunity but cannot guarantee them equality of outcome; that strong, wholesome family values are at the very core of a productive, prosperous and peaceful society.

State Representative
District 16 - Niʻihau, Lehua, Koloa, Waimea

Franks, Vickie (R)
Friends of Victoria Franks, P.O. Box 105, Eleele 96705. (479) 715-2843 victoria@victoriafranks.com   www.victoriafranks.com

Our country was founded on principles that are no longer being upheld by our federal government. Our ancestors here in Hawaii understood the universal principle “Ua Mau ke Ea o ka Aina i ka Pono” . The life of the land IS perpetuated in righteousness—the life of OUR land is perpetuated in righteousness. We need people in government who will make the Right choices for Kauai.

The people are waking up to the fact that things cannot continue as they have been. Kauai needs better representation and more accurate information.

I humbly ask you to support my candidacy for State House of Representatives for District 16. Let's keep Kauai Akamai.

Morikawa, Dee (D) *
P.O. Box 92, Lihue 96766. (808) 651-8855 dmorikawa@hawaiilink.net  

For the past 4 years, I have represented South/West Kauai and Niihau and I have treasured every moment. With almost 40 years of public service, my passion and expertise is about how I can best work toward a safe and healthy life for everyone.

My priorities are as follows:

  1. To preserve and increase both Health Care and Elderly Services. The protection of our Kupuna is a moral obligation that cannot go ignored.
  2. The protection and support of all forms of Agriculture is paramount to both food sustainability and the economic viability of our island communities.
  3. We must provide every child access to early education, not just to those that can afford it.

We have accomplished so much these past few years. The State is more fiscally sound and transparent. We are replenishing the Hurricane Relief Fund and beginning to address the State's huge unfunded liabilities in the Retirement System and Health Fund.

There will be many more issues and concerns to deal with, but that's the challenge I look forward to and I can assure you that I give you representation you can depend on.

[2012: candidate for State Representative, Dist. 16. Won Primary. ELECTED 2012.]

State Representative
District 17 - Hawaii Kai, Kalama Valley

Stump, Christopher (D)
7776 Kalohelani Pl., Honolulu 96825. (808) 382-6134 chris@friendsofchrisstump.com   www.friendsofchrisstump.com

During my 6 years as a fisheries observer I worked to protect our ocean resources. This job helped me to better understand what needs to be done to keep our home pristine for future generations. I want to ensure our legislature is taking action now to preserve our natural resources and the places we hold most dear so that our keiki can thrive in a beautiful, safe, and healthy environment for years to come.

In 2010, I was blessed with my son Thomas. I feel that it is my duty as a parent to make sure that he receives the best education from pre-k to college graduation. While I was attending the University of Hawaii at Manoa, the State was cutting funding, tuition was rising, and the campus was crumbling. Seeing this, I raised awareness on campus, rallied students, and we marched on the Capitol. When we invest in our educational system, we invest in Hawaii. We need a leader that understands this and puts children and education first

I want to make sure our community has a strong voice in the state legislature. Good leadership helps provide for our families, reinvests in our communities future, and takes action on important issues. We need to think about the future we want to leave for children and plan for it. I humbly ask for your support this fall.

Ward, Gene (R) *
875 Puuomao St., Honolulu 96825. (808) 781-9931 REPWARD@cs.com   gene-ward.com

I love working for the people of Hawaii Kai and representing the people of Hawaii in our state legislature. I attribute my love for policymaking to my grass roots and community development experience while serving in the Peace Corps in Asia and the United Nations in Africa where I learned the human value and personal worth of every individual.

I have spent most of my life in public service trying to make a difference in various professional and upper management positions at the state, national and international level. For example, before being elected in 2006, I was the Peace Corps Country Director in East Timor where I headed a team of 46 American volunteers, 10 local staff and a $1 million budget. Prior to this I was appointed by the President of the United States as a Senior Democracy Officer in the US State Department’s Agency for International Development (USAID) and wrote a book on campaign finance for new democracies.

Locally, Dr. George Kanahele and I founded the Hawaii Entrepreneurship Training and Development Institute (HETADI) and over two decades trained 3,000 persons to start their own business in Hawaii and overseas. With my wife Faredah, we learned first hand the challenges of small business in Hawaii as retailers for 15 years in Waikiki at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel and before entering politics.

In the interim I was able to earn a Ph.D. from UH-Manoa and wrote the first dissertation on Native Hawaiians in business and how they enter and succeed in business.

Now in the legislature and based upon these experiences, I stand up for a strong economy and the creation of new high paying jobs, (in aerospace and space tourism) placement of solar on every roof top (with no excuses from HECO), more affordable college educations, and making Hawaii the “Geneva of the Pacific”. For more legislative and community accomplishments see www.gene-ward.com. Mahalo and Aloha! Gene

[2012: candidate for State Representative, Dist. 17. Won Primary. ELECTED 2012.]

State Representative
District 18 - Hahaione, Kuliouou, Niu Valley, Aina Haina, Waialae, Kahala

Halvorsen, Susan Kehaulani (R)
P.O. Box 240511, Honolulu 96824. (808) 741-3240 susan@susanhalvorsen.com   susanhalvorsen.com

At a young age I learned the value of service within my family, church, and community. The importance of service made such an impact on me that I chose to pursue an education in Social Services. I have been a Social Worker for the Department of Health for over 12 years working to improve the quality of life for Hawaii's severely disabled. I am experienced in establishing and maintaining support through education, advocacy, and collaborating with federal, state, and private organizations. I understand how law and public policy literally affects an individual and their family. I search for and work to find solutions and Advocate for those who are unable to help themselves.

I am in the community trying to help and rise above a broken system and am convinced that the only way to get a better result is to do something different! Elect more people that understand the issues we as people of Hawaii face.

State, private, and non- profit agencies must come together to solve homelessness. Keiki are so precious and need to be protected by empowering parents rights to direct the rearing, education, and health of our children. Kupuna deserve respect and dignity and to be protected against Fraud, deceptive practices, and taxes that steal away their life long savings. Businesses are burdened by excessive regulations and taxes making it difficult to expand and provide jobs. Challenging the Government protected monopolies that charge excessive prices to consumers to bring down the high cost of living.

Hashem, Mark Jun (D) *
P.O. Box 240965, Honolulu 96824. (808) 388-7693 mark.hashem@yahoo.com  

[2012: candidate for State Representative, Dist. 18. Won Primary. ELECTED 2012.]

State Representative
District 19 - Waialae, Kahala, Diamond Head, Kaimuki, Kapahulu

Higa, Anthony J.L. (L)
P.O. Box 160997, Honolulu 96816. (808) 387-4783 fo.anthonyhiga@gmail.com  

First time running for office, State House of Representatives District 19 as a Libertarian, born and raised in the neighborhood, graduated from Kalani High School and Hawaii Pacific University, and currently work as a Registered Nurse at Hawaii State Hospital.

After walking the district for several months most residents didn’t verbalize any complaints. The concerns mentioned were an increased homeless population, speeding, sidewalks, improving the scope of practice for nurse practitioners, crime such as burglary, and a high cost of living. To address these problems I advocate for mobile homes, inpatient housing for the chronically mentally ill, for people who try to fake mental illness and cheat the system they need to be sent back to the mainland. Increasing the percentage of zoned land for residential development will help lower the cost of housing and abolishing or an exemption from the Jones Act will lower the cost of shipping goods to Hawaii and out of the state. Nurse practitioners are highly qualified to treat patients and need autonomy from excessive restriction to meet the high demand for advanced clinicians. Also, lower taxes.

Snowden’s revelations into the NSA abuses inspire me to be an outspoken voice for privacy and whistle blowers. The war on drugs causes more problems than it solves along with increased crime and overcrowded prisons. Decriminalizing marijuana is a step in the right direction. A debt free currency will raise the standard of living and a tier system to our unfunded liabilities will save millions of tax dollars.

Kobayashi, Bertrand (D) *
3325-C Maunaloa Ave, Honolulu 96816. (808) 732-2655 bkobay@gmail.com  

(2012 statement:)

Bert Kobayashi was a State Representative and State Senator for 16 years, 1978 to 1994. Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 2-19-1985, said: "If there is a legislator with an incisive mind to get to the bottom of financial matters in state government, it's Sen. Bert Kobayashi." Midweek, 6-1-1994, said Bert is "one of its [Senate's] most thoughtful--and self-effacing--members....uniquely well-prepared." Bert's experience includes Ph.D. in political science, Michigan State University; state govt researcher; administrator of State of Hawaii community hospital system (12 hospitals, 3000+ employees), which he reorganized in 1996-97 into Hawaii Health Systems Corp., the most independent State agency to that date; legislative staffer for Sen. Brickwood Galuteria, Reps. Karl Rhoads and Kirk Caldwell, Councilmember Duke Bainum.

Bert's legislative accomplishments include authoring the first "living will" law, Nursing Homes Without Walls (community-based alternative to nursing home), first HIV confidentiality law, school community-based management (SCBM) law, supporter of Kapiolani Community College at Diamond Head from its initial planning in 1980 to last major CIP funding in 1993.

District issues of interest include health, especially elderly care, and education, the biggest State budget item. Solutions might include more community-based alternatives to nursing homes like Nursing Homes Without Walls; better education prioritization and more decentralization like at Waialae Elementary School, Hawaii’s first SCBM and first charter school.

State-wide issues include many big, long-term issues like watershed protection, directed growth of UH, huge unfunded liabilities for State pensions and health insurance, effectiveness and efficiency in government, self-sufficiency in energy and food, etc.

[2012: candidate for State Representative, Dist. 19. Won Primary. ELECTED 2012.]

Mathieu, Victoria Elizabeth (R)
3113 C Diamond Head Rd., Honolulu 96815. (808) 722-2764 victoriahousedistrict19@gmail.com   www.VictoriaMathieu.com

I believe that PEOPLE are a necessary component of good government: When I was a young child in Virginia, I almost died multiple times because of a chemical sensitivity or allergy to pesticides, herbicides, etc. Exposure would leave me gasping for breath, throat closing, body covered in hives.

My mom begin investigating more and more into what the City was doing, and found that among other things, they were dumping dangerous chemicals into the waterways. She fought for years, going to City Council Meetings, testifying, and meeting with numerous experts, politicians, and community members. I grew up attending these meetings, so as I seek election here in Hawai’i, I feel that I have been prepared from my earliest years to undertake this responsibility.

I taught at Jefferson Elementary and Central Middle. I have tutored or created tutoring programs for grades K-8. My neighbors elected me to Diamond Head/Kapahulu/St. Louis Heights Neighborhood Board. I work with the Diamond Head Scenic Byways committee to have Diamond Head Road recognized for its natural beauty. With Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii I work to keep our beaches pristine. I love Hawaii. This is my home. I will do everything I can to keep her beautiful.

When elected I will fight to lower taxes and make our government relevant. I want to help people help themselves by being their voice. I promise to work with politicians on the other side. I will bring people together to work for the common good.

State Representative
District 20 - St. Louis Heights, Palolo, Maunalani Heights, Wilhelmina Rise, Kaimuki

Allen, Julia E. (R)
1907 St. Louis Dr., Honolulu 96816. (808) 255-8915 juliaelizabethallen@gmail.com   www.Julia20.com

I was born in Honolulu. My family moved to California when I was six. I returned to Hawaii as a young adult, completing a round trip. I still live in our family home.

In Hawaii, over the last four decades, I have worked in retail businesses, owned my own business and worked in a family owned enterprise. For the last ten years I've worked at the State Capitol, the last nine for the Senate Minority.

In every job I have greeted everyone who walks in the door, listened and answered questions, offered direction and helped find solutions to challenges they might face.

I am active in Palolo Lions Club and as a member of Neighborhood Board No. 5. My husband and I attend the First Presbyterian Church and participate in many church activities.

I understand the everyday needs of our people, the functioning of our businesses and the legislative process. I have prepared myself to do the best possible job of representing our community and advancing its interests. I am also mindful of my responsibility to our state as a whole.

I have signed the Tax Payer Protection Pledge to oppose all tax increases. If elected, I will hold firm to this pledge. People should be free to make the best use of their own resources for the betterment of themselves, their families and their community.

We all share the good fortune of living in Hawaii and by exercising our civic duty can assure future generations an even better life.

[2012: candidate for State Representative, Dist. 20. Won Primary.]

Bonk, Keiko (G)
3734 Harding Ave., Honolulu 96816. (808) 734-4234 keikobonk@gmail.com  

Aloha. My name is Keiko Bonk. I work as a policy advocate for environmental and economic justice. My husband is a psychologist and small business owner. I am running because I think you deserve a representative that puts your interests first, and fights to build a more democratic, prosperous, and sustainable Hawaii.

Sadly, we in Hawaii are faced with many problems. Our cost of living is the highest in the nation, and our wages and salaries are among the lowest. Our infrastructure is decaying, our natural environment is degrading, and for many of us our quality of life is declining.

It doesn’t have to be this way. If we decide to begin to reverse this process, we have to reject the short-term partisan thinking that has for so long dominated our politics. This means electing people who are willing to stand up to the big money political status quo.

I can do this because I don’t take corporate money, which we all know comes with strings attached. Because I don’t take this money, I have been able to initiate multiple investigations into government corruption, and expose hidden subsidies for private interests.

My opponents have more money, but it is votes not dollars that ultimately decide who is elected. We all want a more modern, sustainable and prosperous society, with a more democratic government in which citizens are in control of their lives.

Don’t let anyone tell you this isn’t possible. Vote for me and we will build this future together.


[2012: candidate for State Representative, Dist. 20. Won Primary.]

Say, Calvin K.Y. (D) *
1812 Kalani St., Honolulu 96819. (808) 847-3926 kotakeshokai@aol.com  

Aloha, my name is Calvin K.Y. Say, State Representative for District 20. I grew up in Palolo Valley and attended Palolo Elementary School, Jarrett Intermediate School and then graduated from St. Louis High School. I graduated from the University of Hawaii with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. When not at the State Capitol, I work as the President of Kotake Shokai, Ltd., a small business that imports and wholesale products primarily from Asia.

I have found that residents are most concerned about the high cost of living. From utilities, food, housing, property taxes, water and sewer, medical bills and others all contributing to the high cost of living conditions. I share those concerns with all of you. I would work to improve the living conditions of our people by fighting to hold the price/cost at the present level. Let’s have a positive outlook for the economy so that businesses continue to invest in Hawaii, keeping their doors open, paying their employees decent wages and avoiding layoffs.

Community concerns are also a priority for me. From Housing to our Educational Schools, to Waahila Park and the University of Hawaii . These concerns will be addressed. Potholes to lamp post, traffic flow conditions, our city parks, no parking signs, bus services, moped noises, speeding on our streets, burglaries and robberies, these are concerns raised by the residents and we the elected officials at both the state and county level have tried to respond in positive approach to these concerns and issues

[2012: candidate for State Representative, Dist. 20. Won Primary. ELECTED 2012.]

State Representative
District 21 - Kapahulu, McCully, Moiliili

Manutai, Larie K.L. (R)
2255 Kuhio Ave., #1010, Honolulu 96815. (808) 293-3122 voteManutai@gmail.com   www.voteLarieManutai.com

Who am I?

    Hardworking & Service Oriented- From a very young age, my parents taught me the importance of community, working together, and doing my part to help those around me. It was this upbringing that instilled in me a desire to continually engage myself in the service of others.
  • Local Girl – Born and raised on Oahu’s North Shore.
  • Rich Ethnic Heritage – Native Hawaiian, Chinese, Caucasian, Tongan
  • Ambassador of Hawaii and Polynesian Culture - I have traveled the world promoting the State of Hawaii and sharing the Spirit of Aloha.

Why am I a qualified candidate?

  • More than 20 years of education in Hawaii educational institutions, both public and private.
  • Licensed attorney for 7+ years. Including approximately 350 hours of voluntary time assisting low-income individuals in need of legal advice and legal services.
  • Non-profit work experience managing programs that serviced foster children and pregnant and parenting teenagers.
  • 15+ years working in Hawaii's tourism industry.

What will I do for our community?

  • Listen with respect and work collaboratively across party lines to find the best solutions
  • Work to increase transparency and accountability in our government
  • Engage with educational professionals in seeking solutions to issues in our current education system
  • Promote & protect the interests and existence of Hawaii non-profits
  • Advance initiatives that protect Hawaii's interest in the worldwide tourism market
  • Find Solutions to Homelessness that Incorporate our Island Values of “Aloha” and “Ohana”
  • Further legislation that promotes the success of local businesses
  • Defend the long-cherished right of religious freedom

Nishimoto, Scott Y. (D) *
3111 Brokaw St., #301, Honolulu 96815. (808) 779-7845  

[2012: candidate for State Representative, Dist. 21. Won Primary. ELECTED 2012.]

State Representative
District 22 - Waikiki, Ala Moana

Brower, Tom (D) *
469 Ena Rd., #2701, Honolulu 96815. (808) 398-5653  

Aloha! My name is Tom Brower and I represent House District 22. Since 2010, I have chaired the Tourism committee, working with the visitor industry to stimulate tourism while protecting area residents' quality of life.

I have been a Waikiki resident for over 30 years. I was born at Kapiolani Medical Center to a Japanese mother and German-Irish father, who instilled in me the value of hard work and community service. After graduating from UH Manoa, I worked in broadcasting, non-profit, and city and state government— diverse experiences that shaped the practical, creative problem-solving skills I utilize as a legislator.

My spirituality helps me be humble, open-minded and to rise above political pettiness to better work with Democrats and Republicans on statewide concerns.

I care about the cleanliness and vitality of our neighborhoods, living within our means, living green and quality of life issues for condominium residents, especially our seniors. Homelessness is the top public health and safety concern in my district. I would like to see realistic solutions for homelessness that include both compassionate and tough love strategies working together— such as affordable housing, Housing First, safe zones (campsites) and vagrancy laws.

Public service has been both challenging and rewarding for me. I have really appreciated the opportunities to grow as a person and a legislator, and to build on this growth to better serve the residents and visitors in our community.

I look forward to our productive future together. Mahalo for reading.

[2012: candidate for State Representative, Dist. 22. Won Primary. ELECTED 2012.]

Grace, Janet M. (R)
425 Ena Rd., #807c, Honolulu 96815. (808) 225-4511   www.graceforwaikiki.com

Hawaii suffers from a lack of political will in confronting the problem of homelessness. As a member of the Waikiki Neighborhood Board, a home health care professional and the founder of two non-profits serving the needs of the homeless and the disadvantaged, I understand the complexity of the issue and the public policy initiatives that are required.

We need to provide supportive services and shelter to families, kupuna and the mentally ill who deserve our help. We need to vigorously enforce the laws against the transients, vagrants and petty criminals whose anti-social behavior threatens to destroy the quality of life in Waikiki for both our residents and visitors.

The Legislature has been negligent in providing the funding for supportive housing and in passing new laws to enable law enforcement to better protect our community.

Waikiki is Hawaii’s face to the world and the economic engine of our state. It deserves better.

It is only through innovative leadership combined with the courage to make tough decisions that we can restore a sense of security and preserve our precious spirit of Aloha. That is the challenge I will strive to meet as your new representative in the State House.

State Representative
District 23 - Manoa, Punahou, University, Moiliili

Choy, Isaac W. (D) *
3313 Keahi St., Honolulu 96822. (808) 551-7140 iwc@friendsforisaacchoy.com   www.friendsforisaacwchoy.com

[2012: candidate for State Representative, Dist. 23. Won Primary. ELECTED 2012.]

State Representative
District 24 - Makiki, Tantalus, Papakolea, McCully, Pawaa, Manoa

Amsterdam, C. Kaui Jochanan (R)
1415 Pensacola St., #12, Honolulu 96822. (808) 450-1166 shaloha1@yahoo.com  

I am C. Kaui Jochanan Amsterdam, a candidate for the State House of Representative, District 24. The following has contributed to my preparation and qualification to be the Representative for District 24:

Educated at 8 Universities locally, nationally, and internationally; served over 45 years in humanitarian service locally, nationally, and internationally, and work experience locally, nationally, and internationally.

The voters are displeased with the incumbent for breaking her promise to do their will. They want to replace the incumbent and I have been encouraged to be the replacement. I advance community unity, meet diverse individual and group needs and interests, and advance our community's / District's contribution locally, nationally, and internationally to keep and make the world a better place in which to live.


[2012: candidate for U.S. Representative, Dist. 01]Honolulu Council, Dist. 06. Won Primary.]

Belatti, Della Au (D) *
P.O. Box 900, Honolulu 96808. (808) 393-0594  

[2012: candidate for State Representative, Dist. 24. Won Primary. ELECTED 2012.]

State Representative
District 25 - Makiki, Punchbowl, Nuuanu, Dowsett Highlands, Pacific Heights, Pauoa

Lam, Ronald Y.K. (R)
1441 Victoria St., #201, Honolulu 96822. (808) 375-4500  

Luke, Sylvia (D) *
P.O. Box 2804, Honolulu 96803. (808) 927-2835 repluke00@gmail.com  

[2012: candidate for State Representative, Dist. 25. Won Primary. ELECTED 2012.]

State Representative
District 26 - McCully, Kaheka, Kakaako, Downtown

Marshall, Eric B. (R)
747 Amana St., Ste.#1519, Honolulu 96814. (808) 348-9135  

[2012: candidate for State Senator, Dist. 10. Won Primary.]

Saiki, Scott K. (D) *
P.O. Box 12022, Honolulu 96828. (808) 944-2719 scottsaiki@gmail.com  

[2012: candidate for State Representative, Dist. 26. Won Primary. ELECTED 2012.]

State Representative
District 27 - Nuuanu, Liliha, Puunui, Alewa Heights

Fowler, Max R. (R)
P.O. Box 875, Honolulu 96808. (808) 551-5803   www.votemaxfowler.com

Ohno, Takashi (D) *
2620 Waolani Ave., Honolulu 96817. (808) 631-7579 takashi@takashiohno.com   takashiohno.com

(2012 statement:)

Aloha, I’m Takashi Ohno. I’m a public school teacher running to be the Liliha/Alewa/Nuuanu representative. Just like my parents taught me, I teach my students the importance of hard work, respect and responsibility. These are the same values I’ll take with me to the Capitol.

My wife, Lilly, and I are looking to the future, and we want to create a state where all our children receive a quality education, our elders are respected, and our families are safe. I’m running for the State House of Representatives in the 2012 elections, and I hope I can earn your vote.

[2012: candidate for State Representative, Dist. 27. Won Primary. ELECTED 2012.]

State Representative
District 28 - Kalihi Valley, Kamehameha Heights, portion of Lower Kalihi

Kaapu, Carole Kauhiwai (R)
P.O. Box 30283, Honolulu 96820. (808) 841-7050 Carole.Kaapu@gmail.com   www.CaroleKaapu.org

(from the candidateʻs website:)

My Vision for our future includes:

Fiscal Responsibility

Legislative Reform

  • Term Limits
  • Smaller Legislature
  • Open and Honest Legislative Process

Smaller Government Economic Stability
  • Encourage Small Business
  • Sustainable Agriculture and Energy
  • Environmental Stewardship
  • Medical Tort Reform
  • Jones Act Reform

Family Values
  • Pro-life from conception to natural death
  • Marriage defined as a union of one man and one woman
  • Individual responsibility

[2012: candidate for State Representative, Dist. 28. Won Primary.]

Mizuno, John M. (D) *
P.O. Box 215, Honolulu 96810. (808) 741-4503 xterra_ko2002@yahoo.com  

[2012: candidate for State Representative, Dist. 28. Won Primary. ELECTED 2012.]

State Representative
District 29 - Kalihi, Palama, Iwilei, Chinatown

Rhoads, Karl (D) *
P.O. Box 37443, Honolulu 96837. (808) 271-5995 karl@karlrhoads.org   www.karlrhoads.org

(2012 statement:)

I was first elected to the House in 2006. My record indicates I am a strong proponent of open, transparent government and that I believe all citizens should be encouraged to participate in the political process. I am also deeply concerned about the corrosive influence unlimited, unreported campaign spending will have on our system in the wake of the Citizens United decision.

To do my part to reverse Citizens United and to encourage greater participation in the election process, I have introduced several bills. While I realize an amendment to the federal constitution would be the most effective, I proposed two amendments to the Hawaii State constitution that would at least symbolically counteract Citizens United. The first, HB 36 (2011), would have stipulated that free speech only applies to natural persons, not corporations. The second, HB 38 (2011), would have removed the expenditure of money from the definition of, “free speech.” Just as corporations are in no way, “persons,” spending money cannot, under any commonsense definition, be considered, “speech.”

In an attempt to increase the percentage of those who vote in Hawaii, I introduced HB 48 (2011). HB 48 would have automatically registered anyone applying for a driver’s license or a State identification if they were otherwise eligible. As you know, turnout in recent Hawaii elections has been very low. I believe we have an obligation to do what we can to make the registration and voting process as easy as possible.

[2012: candidate for State Representative, Dist. 29. Won Primary. ELECTED 2012.]

State Representative
District 30 - Sand Island, Mokauea, Kapalama, Kalihi Kai

Cachola, Romy M. (D) *
P.O. Box 17675, Honolulu 96817. (808) 845-9955 romycachola@yahoo.com  

(2012 statement:)

Aloha, my name is Romy Cachola, your candidate for State House District 30 (D). I am a current member of the City Council representing District VII and have served since 2000. Prior to the Council, I was a member of the State House of Representatives from 1984 to 2000.

I am a dedicated and proven leader who has successfully saved taxpayers’ money—1) I saved over $480 million while a member and committee chair at the State House of Representatives and Honolulu City Council; 2) I initiated over $60 million in tourism promotion and marketing as chair of the House Tourism Committee; 3) I supported $100 million for road improvements as a City councilmember. I served as a member of the State House Finance, Judiciary, Consumer Protection & Commerce committee; and other committees.

I constantly look to save taxpayer money and to hold the line on government spending. If elected to the House, I will also focus on stimulating the economy and promoting and protecting tourism—our number one industry that employs many residents islandwide, especially House District 30.

I am running for the House because I feel the need to address the state deficit, affordable housing, unemployment and crime. Having come from humble beginnings, I can relate to my constituents, their values and concerns.

I therefore humbly ask for your support and hope my record as a proven leader merits your vote. It would be an honor to represent you and your family at the State House of Representatives.

[2012: candidate for State Representative, Dist. 30. Won Primary. ELECTED 2012.]

State Representative
District 31 - Moanalua, Red Hill, Foster Village, Aiea, Fort Shafter, Moanalua Gardens, Aliamanu, Lower Pearlridge

Johanson, Aaron Ling (R) *
Friends of Aaron Johanson, P.O. Box 30388, Honolulu 96820. (808) 398-4671 elect.aaron@gmail.com   www.votejohanson.com

It has been a special privilege to serve as my district’s two-term State Representative, Vice Chairman of the House Finance Committee, and House Minority Leader. I am a son of our community and a graduate of the Moanalua public schools and Yale University, with management experiences in the federal and state government, including as a Division Director in the White House and Deputy Chief of Staff of the U.S. Mint. All too often, the legislative branch lacks actual experience managing and implementing the many policies that it enacts. Capitalizing on my leadership experiences in the executive branch, I have contributed an implementation-oriented perspective and direct experience to our public policy dialogue and the crafting of legislation. I humbly ask for your continued support and the opportunity to continue to represent my constituents in the Hawaii State House of Representatives.

[2012: candidate for State Representative, Dist. 31. Won Primary. ELECTED 2012.]

Sharsh, Lei (D)
98-450 Koauka Lp., #206, Aiea 96701. (808) 779-2086 leisharsh@yahoo.com  

Aloha, my name is Lei Sharsh (Davis) and I’m running for the House of Representative in District 31 (Lower Aiea, Moanalua Gardens, Foster village, Pearl Harbor and Salt Lake). Being a native Hawaiian woman and American born and raised in Hawaii, my heart and soul belongs to Hawaii. My family can trace their roots back (6) generations, starting with Walter Murray Gibson (Great-Great-Great Grandfather) Talula Gibson (Great-Great Granddaughter), Walter Ho’olu lahui Hayselden (Great-Grandfather), Eleanor Leinani Rennie (Grandmother), Lorraine Sharsh (Mother) to me Lei Sharsh. I bring with me my love for my island and State and as the daughter of my community.

My work experiences run the gamut of working in the tourist industry, telemarketing/sales and education and working with children with special needs. I have struggled to get ahead and have financial freedom, it's sad to say I'm still striving for that goal. I would like to make people's lives better by listening to their concerns on how to live a safer and healthier life in Hawaii.

As your representative I humbly ask for your support in making me the House of Representative in District 31. As your Representative I promise to listen to your concerns for better health care and a support system for our Keiki and Kupuna. As your representative I promise to support programs, such as, renewable energies and technologies for a better Hawaii. As your representative I envision the 3 E's (Environrment, Education and Renewable Energies).

[2012: candidate for State Representative, Dist. 31. Won Primary.]

State Representative
District 32 - Moanalua, Salt Lake, Aliamanu

Ichiyama, Linda E. (D) *
P.O. Box 1707, Aiea 96701. (808) 392-4547 lindaichiyama@gmail.com   www.lindaichiyama.com

(2012 statement:)

Aloha! My name is Linda Ichiyama and I am running for reelection to the State House of Representatives District 32 (Moanalua, Salt Lake, Aliamanu). I was born and raised in Salt Lake and I am a proud graduate of Moanalua High School. It has been a privilege to serve you and your family in the State House for the past two years and I humbly ask for your continued support in the upcoming election. Thank you very much!

[2012: candidate for State Representative, Dist. 32. Won Primary. ELECTED 2012.]

Tagavilla, Marcia Ann Rodriguez (R)
3161 Ala Ilima St., #2311, Honolulu 96818. (808) 381-1704  

State Representative
District 33 - Aiea

Helsham, Robert C. (R)
P.O. BOX 778, Aiea 96701. (808) 306-3645 Robert.Helsham@gmail.com   www.friendsofroberthelsham.com

I am Robert Helsham, Sr. running for State House of Representatives District 33 which covers Halawa Heights, Aiea Heights, Pearlridge Heights, Waimalu Valley, Royal Summit, and Newtown. I was born and raised in Kalihi and attended Fern Elementary, Kalakaua Intermediate, Farrington High School, and completed the rest of my education in California while serving as a soldier in the United States Army. I am the Director of Athletics and Activities at Christian Academy; a program that I introduced and built in 2002 after many years of community athletics in the Aiea Pop Warner as President and Coach in the PAL, Aiea Pony and Halawa little leagues.

Although there are many issues that face our community and state; my goal is simple:

Revive the community!

Restore the people’s voice!

Rebuild Trust in Government!

As your Representative for District 33; It would be an honor and privilege to serve while partnering with you and your family as we bring our ohana back to the future!

Kong, Sam (D)
98-818 F Kaonohi St., Aiea 96701. (808) 699-0222 samkong@hawaii.rr.com  

(2012 statement:)


Simply put, Kodomo No Tame Ni (For the sake of the children)
Lower our cost of living
Hold onto Family Values
Limited Government / Term Limits

This is what I believe in and what I will fight for, and our children are worth fighting for.

Thank you and God Bless,

[2012: candidate for State Representative, Dist. 33. Won Primary.]

State Representative
District 34 - Pearl City, Waimalu, Pacific Palisades

Agustin, Jaci Alita (R)
98-252 Hekaha St., Aiea 96701. (808) 260-0442  

Takayama, Gregg (D) *
1639 Hoolana St., Pearl City 96782. (808) 456-7151 greggtakayama@hawaii.rr.com   www.greggtakayama.com

Two years ago I humbly asked Pearl City voters for the opportunity to serve. I promised to be your advocate, and I want to report on what I’ve done during my first term so you can judge my record.

In 2012, I promised to renew discussion of long-term care programs and possible funding sources, and seek more aging-in-place services and elder care facilities.

  • We approved $750,000 for a soon-to-be-completed study of a possible state-sponsored long-term care program.
  • In each of the past two years, we provided $9 million (twice the amount suggested by the Governor) for the Kupuna Care program, which helps disabled seniors age-in-place at home with the help of food assistance, transportation, and caregiver respite services.
  • The Governor signed into law Act 153, a measure I introduced to appoint a coordinator to help prevent serious falls by seniors – a leading cause of accidental death.

In 2012, I said we need to ensure public safety.

  • I helped obtain $5 million to begin planning of a new Oahu Community Correctional Center (OCCC) to more securely and efficiently house inmates and provide treatment.
  • We enacted a mandatory term of at least one year in jail for those convicted of repeat property crimes.

These are some of my achievements in my first two years in office. More information is on my website.

I hope I’ve earned your trust and confidence in my abilities to continue to serve as your representative.

Endorsed by: HGEA, UPW, ILWU, AFL-CIO, UHPA, Ironworkers

[2012: candidate for State Representative, Dist. 34. Won Primary. ELECTED 2012.]

State Representative
District 35 - Pearl City, Manana, Waipio

Poti, Luann M. (R)
Friends of LuAnn Poti, P.O. Box 1800, Pearl City 96782. (808) 351-1755 luann.poti@gmail.com   www.votepoti.com

As a mother of three young children I am vested in the present and future of Hawaii. My husband, Thomas, and I have planted our family in Pearl City. I received my bachelor's in Business Administration from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Working in different industries (tourism, real estate, financial) has given me the ability to see from various perspectives. I currently work in the district and know the heart of the area. I absolutely stand for traditional values, and also uphold we need to love and respect those with differing values. We must unite to solve the issues we all face:

  • Improving Education: focus on academics and vocational skills training, allowing our keiki to excel in an increasingly competitive job market.
  • Implementing Housing Solutions: bring autonomy to communities to allow neighborhoods to care for neighbors. Statewide, redesigned affordable housing developments can reduce the high cost of living and provide our families with more time to spend on what is most important instead of working multiple jobs each.
  • Boosting Public Safety: design sentences and programs to hold people accountable and to teach recovery, not just babysit while they complete their punishment.
In recent events, what the people cried out for has been disregarded by elected officials. I am running to give us back a voice - to be your leader from the people, of the people, for the people. If we do not want more of the same, we cannot wait another moment to elect change.

Takumi, Roy M. (D) *
P.O. BOX 1649, Pearl City 96782. (808) 597-1441 reptakumi@hotmail.com  

AIl of us share a responsibility to leave Hawaii a better place. The true measure of our success is the hope we nurture in our children, as well as a place where such hope can become a reality.

I am committed to public service, passionate about public policy, and dedicated to the community. More importantly, anyone can have ideas; it’s about getting results such as lowering the cost of prescription drugs and expanding early childhood opportunities.

We must rely upon our strengths: our location: our people and our unique culture.

We must nurture and encourage emerging industries which is a legitimate role for government to pursue.

We must continue to market Hawaii with products like coffee, flowers, fruits, etc.

Most importantly, a strong economy can only be fully realized by having a high quality public education system.

[2012: candidate for State Representative, Dist. 35. Won Primary. ELECTED 2012.]

State Representative
District 36 - Mililani Mauka, Mililani

Fukumoto, Beth (R) *
P.O. Box 894209, Mililani 96789. (808) 286-2810 beth@bethfukumoto.com   www.bethfukumoto.com

[2012: candidate for State Representative, Dist. 36. Won Primary. ELECTED 2012.]

Lee, Marilyn B. (D)
95-170 Newe Place, Mililani 96789. (808) 542-4438 marilyn@marilynblee.com   www.marilynblee.com

I have lived in District 36 for 35 years. I am very familiar with the needs and priorities of the three communities that comprise this district.

I am a Vietnam Era Veteran, a registered professional nurse, community supporter, education advocate, effective legislator, and an international fellow/scholar.

I was employed at Wahiawa General Hospital as a registered professional nurse for 25 years. I served as a staff nurse, nurse manager, and nursing supervisor.

In 1995, I wrote the certificate of need that created the Wahiawa General Hospital Home Health agency.

My community service has been consistent, relevant, and long lasting. I am an active member of the Mililani Lions, the Central Oahu Soroptimists, the Board of Friends of the Mililani Public Library, and the Central Oahu Caregivers Support Group.

As a legislator, I served as Vice Chair of the House Finance Committee for eight years. I conducted most of the hearings and gave everyone a chance to present their testimony. I took my responsibility seriously by working with the committee members as we went line by line over the budget. We never passed an unbalanced budget.

My priorities are grid modernization, renewable energy, job creation, school security and safety, and traffic solutions.

I was an effective legislator. My presence is missed by many both in the Legislature and the community. I passed many bills and secured a number of projects for my community. Mililani needs effective and proven leadership. I am anxious return to representing the community I love.

[2012: candidate for State Representative, Dist. 36. Won Primary.]

State Representative
District 37 - Mililani, Waipio Gentry, Waikele

Svrcina, Emil (R)
94-570 Poloahilani St., Mililani 96789. (808) 256-6473 emilsvrcina@gmail.com   www.EmilClearChoice.Com

Half century of unproductive representation at the State level has fostered our unbearably high cost of living in Hawai'i today. Our high tax rates are totally unacceptable - for everyone. It is difficult for our “Kupuna” to retire here; for workers to maintain a good job; and for our youth to begin their careers here instead of fleeing to the mainland to survive.

Our children, grandchildren, and future generations deserve to have the same opportunity to live in freedom.
The current bureaucrats, politicians, and special interest groups are transforming our country into unrepresented governance with blatant disregard of our Constitutional Rights. The result could be far worse than what I experienced in my youth. I have spent half of my life under communist tyranny, and eventually was able to escape with my wife to America, leaving everything behind.

My career at UH Cancer Center makes me passionate each day working to create a world where CANCER no longer exists. Unproductive representation allowing this ever rising cost of everything choking all good life in our precious Island paradise reminds me of a CANCER. Imagine all cancers gone from Hawaii. It is absolutely possible and YOU are the key. I'm running to give you “The Clear Choice”. If elected I will work hard to bring you real meaningful representation and long overdue justice back into our State. America's greatness and exceptionalism needs to be restored.

America needs you to do your part. It's time to stand up with me and be counted.

[2012: candidate for State Representative, Dist. 37. Won Primary.]

Yamane, Ryan I. (D) *
94-1466 Okupu St., Waipahu 96797. (808) 551-2093 friendsyamane@hawaii.rr.com  

(2012 statement:)

My name is Ryan Yamane and I am the current State Representative for House District 37, which serves Mililani, Waikele and Waipio Gentry.

Along with my wife, Jennifer, we were born and raised in Hawaii. We have two boys, Daniel (8) and Gavan (4). Like many of you, I want to continue to make our community a safe place to enjoy our quality of life, raise our families, work, and play. My philosophy is built on openness, involvement, hard work and integrity.

As a licensed social worker, I have interacted with families throughout our State, discussing concerns and problems that affect their every day lives. I am committed to protecting the best interests of our families, children, and community by utilizing my experience as a social worker, educator and legislator.

Currently, I am a lecturer with Honolulu Community College and Hawaii Pacific University, and an on-call medical social worker at Queen’s Medical Center. I volunteer in disaster preparedness with the Red Cross and Medical Reserve Corp and have work directly with our military to support our service women and service men and their families.

Some of my top priorities are to improve our State’s economy, increase job growth, and reduce duplicative governmental spending. I am proud of our community for working together showing that we can bounce back quickly from various natural and economic obstacles.

I humbly ask for your vote to serve as your House of Representatives for District 37.

[2012: candidate for State Representative, Dist. 37. Won Primary. ELECTED 2012.]

State Representative
District 38 - Waipahu

Aquino, Henry J.C. (D) *
P.O. Box 970081, Waipahu 96797. (808) 780-9157 FriendsofHenryAquino@gmail.com  

Aloha! My name is Henry Aquino and I am running for re-election for the State House, District 38 of Waipahu. I was born in Honolulu and raised in Waipahu.

I am a proud product of the public school system—having attended Waipahu Elementary, Waipahu Intermediate and graduated from Waipahu High School. After high school, I worked full-time while attending Honolulu Community College (AAS in Administration of Justice), UH-West Oahu (BA in Public Administration) and Hawaii Pacific University (MA in Communication).

My wife Cyndi, who was also raised in Waipahu, and I have two sons, Ethan (4) and Quincy (9 mo.). Like many of you, we know some of the challenges families and many others face today. We all strive to make our communities better for families and individuals to live and work.

As the current State Representative, I am honored to have served you for the last six years.

Together, we addressed cost-saving items to our state budget, created tougher laws on certain crimes, helped to keep unemployed and underemployed families afloat, assist those who care for our ill and disabled, pushed for more employment opportunities, provide for our schools and ensure needed programs for our seniors. My priorities in the future are to strengthen the economy and focusing on quality of life issues. If re-elected, I will continue to work hard to make sure our community remains great. I humbly ask for your support and vote.

[2012: candidate for State Representative, Dist. 38. Won Primary. ELECTED 2012.]

State Representative
District 39 - Royal Kunia, Village Park, Waipahu, Makakilo, West Loch

Cullen, Ty J.K. (D) *
94-171 Kehela Pl., Waipahu 96797. (808) 479-9772 tycullenhouse39@gmail.com  

Aloha! I am Ty J.K. Cullen, your candidate for House District 39. Born in Hawaii and raised in the great communities in Leeward Oahu, I have been blessed by the positive nurturing spirit of my family and friends. I am one of six children and was raised in a single parent household. I am Filipino, Hawaiian, Irish, and Japanese. I attended Saint Joseph school in Waipahu, Damien Memorial School, and the University of Hawaii at Manoa. At UH, I obtained dual bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Sociology, with a Master’s degree in Public Administration.

Currently, I am the State Representative for House District 39 and it has been truly an honor severing you. I also currently serve as a director on the Village Park Community Association and served as a member on the Waipahu Neighborhood Board. I have helped organize graffiti paint outs, and community clean up projects in Waipahu. I also participated in the Keiki I.D. and Community Traffic Awareness Program (CTAP).

My goals are to prioritize our state budget, re-invest in our safety net, and support long-range infrastructure projects, while creating jobs and homes for local families. I believe elected officials should follow these simple rules: being honest and forthright with everyone: placing the needs of others first and doing what is right. If re-elected, I will continue to do my best to care for this special place that we call home. It would be an honor and privilege to continue as your State Representative.

[2012: candidate for State Representative, Dist. 39. Won Primary. ELECTED 2012.]

State Representative
District 40 - Ewa, Ewa Beach, Ewa Gentry, Iroquois Point

Martinez, Rosebella (D)
P.O. Box 60492, Ewa Beach 96706. (808) 224-1261 rosebellam@aol.com   roseforewa.com

I am a life-long resident of Ewa. I raised my son Tristan as we watched residential developments replace cane fields. As an educator, an entrepreneur, policy advocate, and most importantly as a mother and wife, I am prepared to work on behalf of all of my constituents on the issues that matter to them, and to be their voice in government to encourage efficiency, accountability, and reform.

Throughout my extensive career in both the private and public sector, I have developed a strong understanding and appreciation of the relationship between the two, and I know that I can work with members of both to find solutions that will benefit the state of Hawaii and its people.

Most can agree that our government can be more efficient. As your legislator, I pledge to fight for funding for our Ewa schools, our infrastructure, and to find ways to create decent paying jobs for our locals. As a former legislative aide and policy analyst in the Hawaii State Legislature, I am intimately familiar with the legislative process and have relationships to get the job done. As your legislator, I will request that my first committee assignment be on the Finance Committee, so I can directly advocate for the needs of Ewa’s families.

The one thing I know about Ewa, is that we are a family and a strong community. I would put the needs of our community first and I am ready to serve ALL of Ewa, and I humbly ask for your support.

[2012: candidate for State Representative, Dist. 40]

McDermott, Bob (R) *
91-982 Ololani St. ., Ewa Beach 96706. (808) 371-4605   www.votemcdermott.com/

(from the candidateʻs website:)

Bob McDermott was a Marine Officer who served in Gulf War 1, has been married for 25 years and is the father of eight children. He holds an MBA degree from Chaminade University and is currently an executive in Honolulu for a non-profit organization.

Bob has served 3 terms in the Hawaii State House of Representatives.

Bob is a devoted family man and active member of his church. He has served our community in many ways and would be honored to represent the Ewa Beach community in the State Legislature.

[2012: candidate for State Representative, Dist. 40. Won Primary. ELECTED 2012.]

State Representative
District 41 - Ewa Villages, Ewa Beach, Ewa Gentry, Ocean Pointe, West Loch

Berg, Tom (L)
91-203 Hanapouli Cir., #39U, Ewa Beach 96706. (808) 753-7324 tomberg00@yahoo.com   www.councilmanberg.com

Advance the will of the people – label GMO products; end the war on drugs; break up the monopoly on electricity and shipping; and actually protect important farmland instead of promoting backroom land swap deals. When in doubt, put it on the ballot is my motto- let the people decide.

Take farmland that’s sitting fallow and grow industrial hemp on it. This will create tens of thousands of new jobs- from cultivation itself to processing the plant into food, fuel, clothing, textiles, and hempcrete/building material right on the spot. Turn a homeless tent city into a thriving economic sustainability machine.

My plan to remove the estimated 17% driving on our public thoroughfares without proper motor vehicle insurance passed the Honolulu City Council unanimously- now it’s time for me to get it implemented at the legislature. Imagine, instant traffic relief with no construction headaches and doing it without raising taxes.

The background on the 22 resolutions that I introduced of which passed the Honolulu City Council unanimously- from a public firing range for West Oahu to permitting affordable workforce housing using retrofitted shipping containers on agricultural lands can be viewed on the website: www.councilmanberg.com

[2012: candidate for Honolulu Council, Dist. 01. Won Primary.]

Jeremiah, Bryan Earl (R)
91-2056 Pahuhu Pl., Ewa Beach 96706. (808) 499-0999  

LoPresti, Matt (D)
91-1411 Keoneula Blvd. 2106, Ewa Beach 96706. (808) 489-0487 matt_lopresti@yahoo.com   www.Matt4Ewa.com

Campaign Statement:

What makes me qualified to be your Representative in the State House?

Honesty and Integrity. I pledge to work harder, smarter, and more ethically for our families, schools, kupuna, and keiki. Your priories are my priorities, because the job is to represent you. It's time we had a representative who knows that true leadership means putting other peoples needs before their own.

My platform covers five of the most important and long-standing issues facing the people of ‘Ewa and ‘Ewa Beach:

  1. Securing Quality Education and resources (like A/C and a second High School) for our keiki.
  2. Addressing Traffic as the number one quality of life issue.
  3. Ensuring that Quality Jobs & Affordable Housing are available for our working families.
  4. Supporting our kupuna with appropriate healthcare services and the ability to age in place.
  5. Protecting and preserving Hawaii’s natural beauty and resources for future generations

I am deeply honored by the growing variety and depth of endorsements from teachers, law enforcement, labor, government workers, business leaders, and social and environmental justice organizations. (See the full list of endorsements and a more detailed platform statement at Matt4Ewa.com). The message is clear from the working families and community leaders that make up these organizations: ‘Ewa desperately needs a change in leadership.

I am honored to have their support and I humbly ask for yours as well. All the endorsements in the world don’t mean a thing without your vote.

Vote for a better tomorrow. Vote LoPresti on Aug. 9th.

View a 60 second video about Matt and the issues at Matt4Ewa.com

[2012: candidate for State Representative, Dist. 41]

State Representative
District 42 - Kapolei, Makakilo

Har, Sharon E. (D) *
Box 101, 590 Farrington Hwy., #210, Kapolei 96707. (808) 258-0313 sharon@rephar.com   www.rephar.com

(from candidate's website statement:)

As a 17-year resident of Kapolei, I have a vested interest in fulfilling the vision created for our community to be the next great city - - a safe place where we can live, work, play, and raise our families. We are the fastest growing district in the State of Hawaii. While our community has grown and flourished, we have witnessed the downside to such rapid growth including traffic, crime, overcrowded schools, lack of infrastructure and economic growth which have undoubtedly impacted our quality of life here in West Oahu. I know the challenges we face and have worked deliberately and thoughtfully to resolve these issues.

My number one priority upon being elected in 2006 was the construction of the University of Hawaii @ West Oahu (UHWO), which government had promised our community since the 1960's. As a member of the Finance Committee, I fought for and secured $190 million for the construction of the campus and six years later, the doors opened on August 20, 2012. Since the time I took office, I have helped secure more than $787 million in infrastructure funds including funds for new roads and schools...

[2012: candidate for State Representative, Dist. 42. Won Primary. ELECTED 2012.]

Moses, Suk (R)
92-339 Akaula St., Kapolei 96707. (808) 672-8550 suk@sukmoses.com   sukmoses.com

I am accustomed to the rigors of public service and community involvement beginning when Makakilo City was a few streets on the mountainside. I witnessed Kapolei emerge as the Second City from the once black ash (Makakilo Snow) of the cane fires, to home for thousands wanting a better place to raise their children.

With my husband, I spent countless hours organizing the ever-growing old and new communities to petition the Neighborhood Commission to establish the Makakilo/Kapolei/Hono Kai Hale Neighborhood Board. Mark served on the board at its founding, and years later, I became Education Chair.

As a wife and mother, my interest has always been in education, safety, and youth sports programs. I devoted thousands of hours in the Kapolei School complex beginning with a few elementary schools, then our lobbying for and obtaining legislative funding for Kapolei Middle, High, and Library. Our rapidly expanding city encountered additional challenges. As a community united, we demanded our police station, and regional park.

Our legacy must be one of striving toward a vision of a better tomorrow and the best quality of life for our residents and future generations, not one of political shortsightedness and over-bearing laws and regulations.

My history of diligence, hard work, volunteerism, and determination never to accept mediocrity has prepared me to pursue our community vision for tomorrow.

I believe in my husband’s motto: Good Things Don’t Just Happen --- They Are Made To Happen. I am willing to work with you to make them happen.

State Representative
District 43 - Ewa Villages, Kalaeloa, Honokai Hale, Nanakai Gardens, Ko Olina, Kahe Point, Nanakuli, Lualualei, Maili

Awana, Karen Leinani (D) *
89-1110 Pikaiolena St., Nanakuli 96792. (808) 383-8218 karenawana@gmail.com  

[2012: candidate for State Representative, Dist. 43. Won Primary. ELECTED 2012.]

Tupola, Andria (R)
4355 Lawehana Street, Honolulu 96818. (808) 343-5457 andriatupola@gmail.com   www.andriatupola.com

Andria Tupola was born and raised on O’ahu to the ‘Ohana Uale. She is Samoan, Hawaiian, Portuguese, German, English. She is a Kamehameha Schools honors graduate and holds a Bachelors and Masters degree in Music Education. She served a Christian mission to Venezuela, owns a non-profit that donates musical instruments to Pacific Island schools, volunteers for numerous West O’ahu community groups, and is a student at UH Manoa in the doctoral program. She is currently teaching voice and choir and Leeward Community College. She is married to Tavo Tupola and a mother of two girls ages 5 & 6. Andria brings new perspective to Hawaii government through her background as a community volunteer, an educator, a musician, and a mom. She plans on finding ways to collaborate with existing community groups that are currently and effectively solving many community issues from an internal perspective. She plans on giving the community back its voice, directing funds to effective community groups, and helping to downsize the government regulation in unnecessary aspects of community life. After meeting her, community members who have NEVER voted are now registering. Churches are joining in! Youth and children are joining in the cause! She is giving people hope that there CAN be leaders in government who are honest and live with integrity. She has been rated by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser as the GOP’s best young prospect!

State Representative
District 44 - Waianae, Makaha, Makua, Maili

Frenzel, Al (L)
P.O. BOX 1905, Waianae 96792. (808) 343-4916 Vote4AL@ALFrenzel.com   www.ALFrenzel.com

I have a passion to do what is pono for my constituents, even when the cause is controversial or not the position of bureaucrats or special interests. My special interests are the needs of the community and its people. I've already achieved a fulfilling career; have 20 years of education and many life experiences to draw upon. I serve no masters and owe favors to no one; I don't seek this office to pay my bills or feed my ego; therefore, I plan to donate my annual salary to the community.

I became motivated to run for office because I watched my Representative deliberately ignore an important community issue. I am sincerely concerned that if a Representative of the people will not do what is pono on a simple issue, then how can they be trusted when a tough issue arises? Over the past three years, my constituents and I have been poorly represented with regards to the Makaha Bridges Project being rail-roaded through the approval process. The incumbent ignored us in our struggle to correct a very bad project.

I’ve been a Makaha resident for twelve years and a kamaaina for over thirty. I’m a retired Army Colonel with over thirty years of Military and Civil Service. I own several businesses within the community, have served on the WCNB and am currently the Board’s OMPO representative. I founded Malama Makaha, championing the noble cause to reverse short-sighted bureaucratic decisions that will harm Makaha Beach Park and endanger our keikis.

Gates, Cedric Asuega (G)
P.O. Box 1162, Waianae 96792. (808) 457-6385 Cedricgates@live.com   www.cedricgates.com

Aloha my name is Cedric Asuega Gates and I am currently running for Hawaii's State Representative District 44 seat.

Born in Hawaii and raised on the Waianae Coast; I and my family struggled through the tough everyday battles of life; ones that I feel are very familiar to many Waianae Coast residents. Whether it was the high cost of living, traffic, drugs and violence, lack of resources, schooling, or most importantly having more quality time to spend with loved ones; our family faced it all.

Hungry for change and thirsty for knowledge, I began my journey to better my life and those around me. On my journey, I became deeply involved within my community and its affairs; I currently sit on the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center Board of Directors, Vice Chair of the Waianae Coast Neighborhood Board, Waianae High School and Makaha Elementary Advisory Boards.

I was proud to be awarded “2013 Hawaii’s Outstanding Advocate Children and Youth” by Governor Abercrombie and the State of Hawaii Legislature I also received a Certificate of Recognition by the 2014 Honolulu City Council for my works in the Waianae community.

I came to a realization that all major solutions, improvements, and travesties that decide the fate of our community and families lay behind a political decision and it is vital to have someone who can put their feet in our community’s shoes and take the proper actions with the urgency, passion and knowledge of community residents; I believe I can do that.

Jordan, Jo (D) *
P.O. Box 1398, Waianae 96792. friendsofjojordan@gmail.com  

Aloha. My name is Jo Jordan and I currently serve as the Representative of House District 44, encompassing Waianae, Makaha, Makua, and Maili. I have deep roots in the community as a resident of the Waianae Coast community for over 40 years, graduate of Waianae Intermediate & High Schools, and small business owner in Waianae for over 35 years. Dedicated to public service, my involvement began with participation in beach clean ups to engaging in neighborhood security watch programs and community policing aimed at a safer community. This service grew to working on several committees, advisory boards, non-profit groups, and public office. I’m passionate about serving my community and the State and I’m committed to work hard to improve our quality of life in Hawaii as evidenced by the over $17 million secured for repair and improvements for Waianae schools. I’m also proactive in working with community groups and government officials to address flood mitigation concerns and obtained over $5 million in state funds for flood mitigation projects. Highway safety and alleviating traffic congestion is another of my priority areas and a bill I introduced was enacted into law requiring the DOT to conduct a feasibility study on the zipper lane westward. I also serve as an alternate House appointee to the Hawaii Interagency Council on Homelessness created to identify critical strategic goals and initiatives to mitigate homelessness. The Waianae Coast community has raised, taught and shaped who I am as a person and I humbly ask for your support.

[2012: candidate for State Representative, Dist. 44. Won Primary. ELECTED 2012.]

State Representative
District 45 - Schofield, Mokuleia, Waialua, Kunia, Waipio Acres, Mililani

Magaoay, Michael (D)
P.O. Box 893940, Mililani 96789. (808) 428-3736 mymagaoay@gmail.com  

[2012: candidate for State Senator, Dist. 18]

Matsumoto, Lauren Kealohilani (R) *
P.O. Box 893585, Mililani 96789. (808) 358-7816   www.laurenforhawaii.com/

[2012: candidate for State Representative, Dist. 45. Won Primary. ELECTED 2012.]

State Representative
District 46 - Wahiawa, Whitmore Village

Oshiro, Marcus R. (D) *
2315-C CALIFORNIA AVE., Wahiawa 96786. (808) 622-9013  

[2012: candidate for State Representative, Dist. 46. Won Primary. ELECTED 2012.]

State Representative
District 47 - Waialua, Haleiwa, Pupukea, Kahuku, Laie, Hauula, Waiahole, Waikane, Sunset Beach, Punaluu, Kaaawa

Fonoimoana, Kent K. (D)
P.O. Box 122, Laie 96762. (808) 294-9991   www.KentFonimoana.com

I am Kent Fonoimoana, your candidate for House District 47 which stretches from Waiahole to Waialua.

I was born in Lanikai and was raised in the Ko’olau Loa North Shore region. I am a graduate of Kahuku High School and Windward Community College. I also attended Eastern Arizona Jr. College and BYU Hawaii. I currently reside in Kahuku.

I have been active in the community for many years. For the past 5 years, I have served the community as a Director on the Kahuku Community Association Board. I am in my second 2-year term representing Kahuku at the Ko’olau Loa Neighborhood Board.

If elected, I will advocate for avenues that increase our revenue sources, support initiatives regarding early childhood education, food security, individual energy independence, smart development, climate change impact planning, fair opportunity distribution just to name a few.

I am no stranger to leadership or pro-actively doing what it takes to represent others who share common issues, struggles, and hopes we all have for ourselves, our families, and our communities.

I believe that my dedication to community service, personal associations and experience will serve our community well. I have found that there is one thing that my community service, past and present work history have in common - I enjoy being of service and representing others.

I humbly ask for your support. Together, we can our communities forward.

Pouha, Nafetalai N.F. (R)
P.O. Box 696, Kahuku 96731. (808) 779-7509 teamfeki@gmail.com   www.teamfeki.com

(from the candidate's website:)

Feki's VISION for Our Community includes:

  1. A Restoration of FAITH in Government through better accountability and community input;
  2. A Nurturing of Common Hawai'i FAMILY Values, Aims and Interests to become appropriately represented and;
  3. A Wise Preparation for the FUTURE of our Community's Interests in areas including Skills Training, Effective Education, Gainful Employment, Kupuna Care, Healthy Living, Recovering Drug Addiction, Domestic Violence, Assisting the Houseless, Responsible Development, Environmental Protection, Sustainable Practices and Enhancing Government Efficiency and Effectiveness.

    Some Projects & Initiatives that need input and attention include:

    • Facility Improvements to Kahuku High School
    • Pool or Splash Pad at Kahuku District Park
    • Forming more local "Boards of Education" to advise the State better.
    • Responsible Renewable Energy Placement and Integration.
    • Restoring Kahuku District Park Field Lights with sustainable maintenance plan.
    • A new Civic Center in Hau'ula
    • Support of IHS's initiatives to support our House-less population.
    • Periodic Kupuna Conferences.
    • Coastal Erosion
    • Traffic Management

State Representative
District 48 - Kaneohe, Heeia, Ahuimanu, Kahaluu, Haiku Valley, Mokuoloe

Keohokalole, Jarrett K. (D)
P.O. Box 6603, Kaneohe 96744. teamkeohokalole@gmail.com   www.jarrettkeohokalole.com

My name is Jarrett Keohokalole, and I am a candidate for State House District 48, which includes Kāne‘ohe, He‘eia, Kahalu‘u, Waihe‘e, Ka‘alaea, and Waiāhole. My ‘ohana has lived in this community for seven generations. My wife Ku‘ulani and I were born and raised in Kāne‘ohe and are fortunate to now raise our two young children here.

I’ve seen the district change over the years. Families like ours, living in our community, face tough challenges. There are homes being built that we can’t afford, and jobs that our youth aren’t prepared for. We could do so much more to equip our keiki with the skills necessary to give them solid access to a living wage so they can stay and raise their families here, close to home.

I’m running for office because we need a leader who understands our community’s needs and will work hard to:

  • Invest in our children’s future by improving education
  • Strengthen the stewardship of our 'āina
  • Support growing Hawai‘i’s economy for the jobs of tomorrow; and
  • Ensure that working families can afford to stay close to home.

I look forward to working together to improve our community and to represent your voice. I humbly ask for your help and support.

Kukahiko, Eldean Lani (R)
47-237 Waihee Rd., Kaneohe 96744. (808) 741-4524 votekukahiko@gmail.com   www.eldeankukahiko.com


I was born and raised in House District 48 and I love my community. For 41 years, I have been married to my wonderful wife Darling. We have 6 children and 22 grandchildren.

School /Employment /Experience

  • Waiahole Elementary and Intermediate.
  • Graduate of James B. Castle High School-1970.
  • Retiree-Honolulu Police Department (1997) -25 years of service.
  • Senior Pastor of Hope Chapel Kahalu’u-for over 20 years.
  • Recreation Aide- Kahalu’u Community Park.
  • Ukulele Kumu and Kupuna at Kahalu’u Elementary School.
  • My years of HPD experience (of which 12 years were spent as an investigator), plus 20 years of pastoral work, has readied me for this Representative position.

Community Work
For years I have been organizing many efforts to address serious community concerns, and I still do.

Why am I running?
I blindly trusted my elected government officials, hoping that they would represent me, but in the end they arrogantly failed to do so. I needed to do something; I had enough.

What I see
Government arrogance continues. Walking door-to-door, I have encountered political hopelessness, no matter the political affiliation. Many have said; “enough is enough-; it is time for a change”. In me, they now have a clear choice.

My Core Values
Conservative, pro-life, pro-family, traditional marriage, Hawaiian tradition.

Community Issues
I will form People Action Groups addressing concerns and working closely with our Neighborhood Boards.

State Issues
Tax reform-finding ways to give people tax relief.


Naipo, Kana (N) 45-071 Waiape Pl., Kaneohe 96744. (808) 479-4627 friendsofkananaipo@gmail.com  

With intimate ties to the community, my educational background and grass roots efforts make me a proud advocate of district 48. As an educator, I feel that being the change is what makes a difference. I hope to see safety, education and environmental issues improve, by inspiring the community to become more involved with the youth and stand together.

Takayama, Kai (L)
45-106 William Henry Rd., Kaneohe 96744. (808) 429-5094  

“When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.” -Benjamin Franklin

What is the purpose of government? This is a question everyone should be asking. Are you voting for a politician because they promise to deliver goods and services from the public pot at the cost of increased bureaucracy, increased taxes, less privacy, and less freedom? Do you look beyond promises to understand the ramifications of legislation and how laws and statutes will affect our economy, our society, and our future? Do you understand the ideologies of the people you vote for and who is funding their campaigns?

As a Libertarian and a Constitutionalist, I recognize very specific limits were imposed upon government to avoid the over-accumulation of power, reduce the potential for corruption, secure our Natural and God-given rights, and maintain responsibility and independence within the people. We have abrogated many responsibilities to ourselves and our communities to a government that has abused it's powers and grown out of control. The answer is not more bureaucracy, spending, debt, taxes, and laws; the answer is reducing government and decentralizing power, returning control to the local and state level, completely reforming the tax code and fiscal policy, eliminating the debt-based banking system, getting money out of politics, eliminating the welfare state, supporting free-market solutions, and enforcing Common/Constitutional Law.

The Federal government has failed miserably and we are paying the price. We must take our country back while we still can and find innovative ways to solve problems.

State Representative
District 49 - Kaneohe, Maunawili, Olomana

Ito, Ken (D) *
P.O. BOX 4354, Kaneohe 96744. (808) 225-3322 repkenito@yahoo.com  

[2012: candidate for State Representative, Dist. 49. Won Primary. ELECTED 2012.]

State Representative
District 50 - Kailua, Kaneohe Bay

Broman, Holly A. (D)
Friends of Holly Broman, P.O. Box 1492, Kailua 96734. (808) 354-0446 hbforhi@gmail.com   www.hbforhi.com

Aloha. I am Holly Broman, the HB in HB for HI, and the Democratic candidate offering to represent you here in District "Hawaii Five-O".

At the heart of our campaign are two main ideas:

  • True community - that everyone has value and is an integral part of the whole. As we work with each other - as we find the connections with each other that benefit the whole community - we all prosper. Together, we rise.
  • True representation - that your representative represents the individuals, the whole itself, and discerns based on your voice and what is best for the community at large. Together - you, your representative, the community - we rise.

Social justice, and the good for all, have been themes through my life. I have been both a party to and a witness to inequality and injustice, and stepped in when I felt I could help.

As a teenager, I helped my neighbor picket the grocery stores that were using non-union workers for a remodeling project. I recently held the position of the Volunteer Outreach Director for Hawai'i United for Marriage, the campaign that helped to bring Marriage Equality to our state of Hawai'i. I have also worked at the state capitol as a legislative aide, and was nominated to be the Democratic District Chair of our own District 50.

I look forward to working with the community to find solutions on issues such as environment, education, economy, and more.

Thielen, Cynthia (R) *
Friends of Cynthia Thielen, P.O. Box 996, Kailua 96734. (808) 261-5608 cthielen@aloha.net   www.votecynthiathielen.com

I am running for re-election to the State House of Representatives (Kailua/Kaneohe Bay). With years of Legislative experience, I have promoted clean, renewable energy to power our homes, schools and businesses. Instead of sending $7 Billion out of state to foreign countries to buy imported fossil fuel, we must tap Hawaii’s natural resources, particularly the powerful ocean currents surrounding each island. In conjunction with my work, Marine Corps Base Hawaii is deploying a Wave Energy Converter this summer, which will deliver power to the grid. These types of renewable energy projects provide good paying jobs for our young graduates, enabling them to stay and work in Hawaii.

To address the homeless crisis, I support the Housing First model. Multiple studies in different regions have shown that moving people into permanent housing with support services attached is the most effective way to get people off the streets and help them towards self-sufficiency.

With the abysmally low percentage of voters, I support better ideas to engage the public. First, there must be aggressive campaign spending reform, making public the names of donors to the Super PACS. As shown in the recent Mayoral race, big money buys elections. We could counter that by requiring better disclosure.

Act 56, which I shepherded through the Legislature, will start industrial hemp research and ultimately widespread production on agricultural lands. Hemp-lime composite, used in construction, is termite-proof. We will protect Ag lands and grow our housing material.

I sincerely ask for your support.

Aloha, Cynthia Thielen

[2012: candidate for State Representative, Dist. 50. Won Primary. ELECTED 2012.]

State Representative
District 51 - Kailua, Waimanalo

Hikida, Wayne T. (R)
1464 Aunauna St., Kailua 96734. (808) 261-7672   www.waynehikida.com

Aloha Friends:

My name is Wayne Hikida and I have been fortunate to have been born and raised here in Hawaii. I have a deep love and respect for our Island Home. Many of the values that I hold dear are rooted in our unique local culture. I guess you could say that I am local to the core.

My sweetheart Kathy and I have lived in Kailua for 37 years and have raised our 5 children here. Like many of you I have been busy making a life for my family and seeking opportunities to serve others. I’ve served as a missionary in Brazil, a Bishop for the Mormon Church in Waimanalo and Kailua. I have been employed in the insurance business for the last 41 years and for 10 years was the head of Fairmont Specialty Group. I've served in a number of professional and voluntary organizations throughout my life. Service to others is an important part of who I am.

Our State faces many challenges, the highest cost of living in the nation, one of the highest tax rates, the highest energy cost, billions in unfunded liability. We look to our leaders for answers. Regretfully, for some time now I have felt that our local officials have underserved the people of Hawaii. I think we deserve better! So rather than continue to grumble about what is not being done, I’ve decided to become part of the solution. So I am asking you to allow me to serve you by electing me as the representative to the 51st district.



Lee, Chris (D) *
111 Hekili St. , Box 392, Kailua 96734. (808) 261-3088 ChrisKCLee@gmail.com  

[2012: candidate for State Representative, Dist. 51. Won Primary. ELECTED 2012.]

Honolulu Council

Honolulu Council
District 02 - Mililani Mauka, Wahiawa, Mokuleia, Waialua, Haleiwa, Pupukea, Sunset Beach, Kahuku, Laie, Hauula, Punaluu, Kahana, Kaaawa, Kualoa, Waiahole, and Kahaluu

Martin, Ernie Yorihiko (NS) *
P.O. Box 892727, Mililani 96789. erniemartin2010@gmail.com   Martin4CityCouncil.com

I have more than 20 years of experience in the executive branch of city government, including the position of Acting Director of the Department of Community Services from which I resigned to run for public office. It more than prepared me for the challenges of the legislative branch. I know the law and I understand city government. During my first term in office, I feel that I have been able to make a positive difference at City Hall and in my community.

My district is the largest geographical district on Oahu. City Council District 2 is basically a rural community in transition from an economy and social structure based on sugar cane and pineapple production, to one now increasingly dependent on tourism. Population growth is increasing the demand for more housing and corresponding infrastructure improvements, while a limited supply drives the cost of single-family homes beyond the reach of most middle class residents. The need for more jobs, more affordable housing, traffic control and ocean resources management are significant concerns of the district.

In order to 'keep the country, country", the district must foster the growth of diversified agriculture. I will continue my review of existing zoning rules and regulations to make them more supportive of independent small farms. I also support the ongoing effort to preserve open space in the district such as the recent appropriation of city funds for acquisition of land between Kawela Bay and Kahuku Point. The district must find a realistic balance between growth and the conservation of land.

Honolulu Council
District 04 - Hawaii Kai, Kuliouou, Niu Valley, Aina Haina, Wailupe, Waialae-Iki, Kalani Valley, Kahala, Wilhemina Rise, Kaimuki, portions of Kapahulu, Diamond Head, Black Point, Waikiki, and Ala Moana Beach Park

Ozawa, Trevor R. (NS)
P.O. Box 3793, Honolulu 96812. (808) 358-7858 trevor@trevorozawa.com   www.trevorozawa.com

Having been born and raised in this district, Hawaii Kai has been my home for over 31 years and it is where my wife, Nietzsche, and I have decided to raise our family. My wife and I are expecting our first child, a daughter, next month.

My roots are deeply seeded in this district, and this community deserves a thoughtful and passionate leader who knows firsthand the issues we’ve faced over the years.

I will be an advocate for continued investments in our basic infrastructure needs (e.g. repaving roads and sidewalks), increasing government accountability and fiscal responsibility, and supporting opportunities to spur and diversify our economy. I will support innovative approaches to governance that allows for thriving communities and a robust economy, yet preserves and protects our unique island home.

I began walking the district in January and have knocked on over 10,000 doors. Through this experience, it has become clear that this election is about the future: the commitment to ensuring that our best and our brightest find the opportunities they deserve right here in Hawaii and are subsequently able to reinvest their skills and talents in this place we all call "home," and the expectation that government not be an obstacle to this and other opportunities.

Waters, Tommy (NS)
P.O. Box 240072, Honolulu 96824. (808) 354-1178 tommywaters@hawaii.rr.com   Tommy-waters.com

I am a life long resident of Honolulu. I care about this community and my neighbors, and most of all I care about our home, Hawaii. I see Hawaii’s present, but I dream of Hawaii’s future, what Hawaii can be if we are willing to raise our voices and bend our backs.

The homeless population is disrubting our visitor industry and potentially our economy. I support the Mayor’s “compassionate disruption” Strategy. Once we remove the person from sidewalk, beach or park, we need to provide viable alternatives in housing, mental health services, medication, and employment opportunities…immediately!

Many of our roads and streets are unfit for motorists. Large pot holes cause motorist to slowdown un-necessarily. Unsynconized traffic signals cause motorist to stop and go. Lack of left turn lanes back up traffic at stop lights. We should consider four day work weeks and staggered work hours as well as work from home initiatives. Insure the rail goes to the University of Hawaii.

We can generate revenue for the City when local government creates the environment that gives investors and small business confidence to grow and to invest thus creating jobs for local families. We need to support the economy we have – tourism, construction, agriculture, and military, while pursuing the economy we need… diversification - renewable energy, expanded healthcare, science and technology. We cannot just rely on what we have. We have to be part of the 21st Century transformation to a knowledge based economy, with broadband infrastructure to compete in a global economy.

Honolulu Council
District 06 - Portions of Makiki, Downtown Honolulu, Punchbowl, Pauoa Valley, Nuuanu, Alewa Heights, Papakolea, Fort Shafter, Moanalua, Halawa, Aiea, Kalihi Valley, and portions of Liliha and Kalihi

Aiona, Sam (NS)
757 Kinalau Pl., #702, Honolulu 96813. (808) 306-2444 SamAiona@hawaii.rr.com  

Drive up Liliha St. and turn left onto Panui St. then go on to Ihe St…. that's why I'm running for office. Drive to Alewa Park on to Lolena St…that's why I'm running for office. In fact, in almost every area of our district you will find roads that need repair. That's why I'm running for office. We need someone who will work with the City administration to fix our roads and I will do just that.

We also need someone who will stand up for our middle class families and ask developers in Kakaako to create affordable units. We need someone who will make sure HCDA enforces the 30% affordability rule in Kakaako.

I am also running because I have been working in the private sector and I understand the struggles of small businesses. I have not been serving in elective office for a couple of decades. Instead, I have been part of the working class, raising a young family and helping my community be serving on several non profit boards and commissions.

People are struggling in our community and our elected officials are not doing enough to help them. It's time to take action. It's time for real, honest, working class leadership. It's time to do something about our homeless population. Give me your vote, give me a chance and I will show you real action.

[2012: candidate for Honolulu Council, Dist. 06. Won Primary.]

Fukunaga, Carol (NS) *
P.O. Box 61503, Honolulu 96839. (808) 478-2778 carolf@lava.net   www.carolfukunaga.com

While best known as a legislative leader in technology innovation, I have devoted more than 25 years in elected office to solving problems for the people of my district and the state on many fronts, including the areas of economic development, transportation, the environment, land use and human services. Through this work, I’ve learned that collaboration between state, county and federal partners can be a powerful approach to problem solving, especially when the private and non-profit sectors are engaged as well.

I'm running because the office of City Councilmember enables me to help bring about positive change for my island home and the people who make up our unique multi-cultural society. We are at a tipping point and face many challenges as we work to build the Honolulu of tomorrow. These challenges include the need for affordable housing, keeping our air, water and environment clean and healthy, and strengthening our economy, so that our children and grandchildren can have decent jobs and enjoy the same quality of life we did.

My main areas of interest lie in rebuilding communities, using all the tools at our disposal, including the latest technology, to realize a shared vision of sustainable, liveable communities, where families and neighbors can safely enjoy healthy lifestyles and the natural beauty of our island.

How do we get there? With projects like "Complete Streets" pedestrian-safe and bicycle-friendly initiatives, lots of community input about transit-oriented neighborhoods that can serve as the heart of our community, and provide us a vibrant urban environment that will endure.

[2012: candidate for Honolulu Council, Dist. 06. Won Primary. ELECTED 2012.]

Honolulu Council
District 08 - Lower Aiea, Pearlridge, Waimalu, Newtown, Pearl City, Seaview, Crestview, Waipio Gentry and Waipahu

Elefante, Brandon J.C. (NS)
98-344 Kaluamoi Dr., Pearl City 96782. (808) 779-9126   brandonelefante.com

(from the candidateʻs website:)

Brandon Working for You

Brandon is already on the job working at the Honolulu City Council as a legislative aide focusing on many issues from our budget, land use policies, to residents’ concerns. He knows the issues facing our neighborhoods and is ready to hit the ground running with the experience to continue addressing your concerns.

He is someone we need at the City Council to best represent our community. More importantly, he cares about the future of our city and wants to ensure we do things right to continue to make Honolulu a vibrant destination.

This is our home. This is our future.

Elect Brandon Elefante to serve you as your next Councilmember.

Maui Mayor

Arakawa, Alan M. (NS) *
Friends of Alan Arakawa, P.O. Box 1222, Wailuku 96793. (808) 868-4616 info@arakawa2014.com   arakawa2014.nationbuilder.com/

It has been a great honor to serve as Maui County mayor again these last three and a half years, and I humbly ask for your support for reelection.

We have accomplished so much while in office: rebuilt and improved our aging roads; preserved more coastline for future generations; installed more clean energy technology at public facilities; brought back the family-friendly events that benefit our small towns; expanded our Maui Bus public transportation system for working-class residents and seniors and made our permitting process more efficient for our businesses.

Looking towards the future, we still have much more to do for the people of this community. We are in the process of implementing a waste conversion center at our Central Maui Landfill that will reduce the amount of refuse into our landfill and increase how much material we recycle. We are building a bigger, better and more secure Molokai Police Station. We are supporting affordable housing projects in West and Upcountry Maui and are working with Larry Ellision to build more homes on Lanai. Our parks personnel are giving our park bathrooms a facelift so they are cleaner and safer for all park users. We have purchased the property to build Central Maui Regional Park so that one day families will have more than 200 acres to enjoy for sports, recreation and relaxation.

Maui County is such a special place, full of natural beauty and good people. We must continue to plan for the future, to make this the best community in the world for our children and theirs and for generations to come. Mahalo for all your support.

Paltin, Tam (NS)
110 Pualu Pl., Lahaina 96761. (808) 870-0052 Tamara@Tamara4MauiNui.com   Tamara4MauiNui.com

I want to be mayor of Maui County because I was born and raised in these islands, I am a wife, a mother, and county Ocean Safety Officer, and I want to ensure that the beauty, communities, and culture we all love are perpetuated and enhanced.

As a county Ocean Safety Officer during the past four mayoral administrations, and as president of the Save Honolua Coalition since 2009, I'm well aware that Maui County faces significant challenges.

During my work on behalf of Honolua Bay and as a Ka Ipu Kukui fellow trained in leadership specific to Maui Nui, I've developed a progressive, fair, and comprehensive plan to revitalize county government and raise morale in Maui County.

We're all affected by quality of life issues. That's why my administration will work to create good-paying jobs and smart community based economic development that helps rather than hurts our quality of life.

We want economic development that increases our self-sufficiency and sustainability such as holistic farming, animal husbandry, eco-tourism, and clean technology industries.

I'll increase availability of affordable housing using community-based, collaborative solutions such as Habitat for Humanity-style financing, zoning changes, alternative housing structures, and developer buy-in.

My administration will give everyone the opportunity to again believe in the integrity and citizen-centeredness of county government.

As mayor, I'll recruit and install skilled, ethical, hardworking, innovative public employees who'll work in government for the good of Maui County.

My entire program is to insist on ethics, professionalism values, and stewardship over self-interest.

Maui Council

Maui Council
East Maui

Carroll, Robert (NS) *
P.O. Box 157, Hana 96713. (808) 248-8269 hana@hawaiiantel.net  

Aloha, my name is Bob Carroll and I currently hold the East Maui Council seat. My vision for the future of our island home is to strike a balance between economic growth, so that our children will have career opportunities and preserving our natural environment. I cannot emphasis how important it is to foster public participation in creating good government, and I am always amazed at how innovative the electorate can be when looking for solutions to our complex concerns. My main interest in Maui County has been in chairing our council’s Land Use Committee.

Over the years our committee has generated hundreds of affordable housing units while initiating real business potential through responsible property development. Throughout my forty years of public service, both as an public advocate and elected official, I have concentrated on improving public education policy, ensuring that government funding are utilized efficiently and fairly, I am espeacially proud of contributing to the state’s Juvenille Justice program to help troubled youth turn their lives around and realize the positive impact they can exercise in today’s sometimes rushed society.

We have all seen dramatic change in our island home, some good and others more questionable, however when we work together to reach a common goal, there is very little that we cannot accomplish and it is my priority to practice this philosophy in making Hawaii a better place for all who cherish these precious islands. On a personal note I have been married for 48 years, have a son and daughter, 5 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, and have been a Hana resident since 1959.

[2012: candidate for Maui Council, East Maui. Won Primary. ELECTED 2012.]

Nikhilananda, Nick (NS)
P.O. Box 1704, Makawao 96768. (808) 572-8787 nikhilananda@hawaiiantel.net   www.friendsofnikhilananda.com

Sustainability. This must be the first component which is addressed whenever some project or development is being considered in Maui County.

I first came to Hawai'i in October 1978, and moved back to Maui in July, 1986. Having now lived here for twenty-eight years, plus in my district for over sixteen years, I have seen much change to our environment, the quality of life and the lack of adequate infrastructure being provided to the Maui community.

Development is necessary, yet it must be what is needed for the community; affordable housing, sufficient water and infrastructure, not what a developer wants to build. It is critical we diversify our economy. We must revisit our current zoning laws and revamp our property tax structure. We are losing too much prime farming and agricultural lands. We must institute residential curbside recycling, restore our streams, plus address the exorbitant cost of energy and housing.

We need educated officials, with a global vision who posses the critical thinking necessary for our twenty-first century challenges. I have a Master's degree in Public Law/Urban Affairs, am a trained mediator, facilitator plus have a Real Estate License. I worked as an educator in public and private schools plus taught at a small college. I have extensive travel, having been in over fifty countries on five continents and all fifty States of the United States.

What is urgently needed is a holistic approach. This variety of life experience is extremely beneficial and necessary to be an effective public servant.

Maui Council
West Maui

Buenconsejo, Butch Kaʻala (NS)
1696 Wahinoho Wy., Lahaina 96761. (808) 633-1111  

Cochran, Elle (NS) *
10 Halawai Dr., #1, Lahaina 96761. (808) 281-7709 ellecochran@gmail.com   electelle.com

Aloha, thank you for the opportunity to introduce myself.

I am your current West Maui district representative on the Council; elected in 2010, 2012 and up for re-election this August.

During my four years on Council I served as the Chair of the Infrastructure and Environmental Management Committee; working to meet our aging infrastructure needs. This coming term, I plan to hone in on policy- supporting complete streets design standards that are community-minded, pedestrian-friendly and supportive of inter-connectivity. Bike paths, sidewalks and beautification will create incentive for pedestrian mobility, taking vehicles off of the road and decreasing our reliability on fuel.

I am a lifelong resident of Lāhainā; married to Wayne Cochran, small business owner of Lāhainā’s oldest surf shop, Maui Surfboards. I am an avid surfer and ocean enthusiast – It was my love for the kai and the ‘āina that drove me to learn about the political process and get involved.

As the founder of the Save Honolua Coalition, a founding member of Faith Action for Community Equity Maui (FACE), and past President of Maui Unite!, I understand the importance of educating, mobilizing, and listening to the community to create the most favorable outcome for you – the residents of Maui County.

Additional issues I hope to address this term include:

Public Health & Safety, Job diversification, smart growth development, food security, affordable housing in perpetuity, phasing out the use of injection wells, recycling program expansion, recycled water for agricultural use, improved inspection & enforcement for land development protocol.

[2012: candidate for Maui Council, West Maui. Won Primary. ELECTED 2012.]

Maui Council

Blackburn, II, Joseph G. (NS)
P.O. Box 1673, Wailuku 96793. (808) 870-2123 info@blackburn4council.com   www.blackburn4council.com

Thirty two years experience as a Police Officer, Fire Rescue Captain, Safety Director, Security Director, and Parks and Recreation. I know and understand how the County of Maui Public Safety Departments operate, having worked in these departments. Started in the housing projects, then moved to the recreation field in the County of Maui. Worked as a Police Officer, retired as a Fire Rescue Captain for the Maui Fire Department. Hired at Maui Electric as a security specialist, retired as safety director. Learned how to budget for the various departments and how the government and corporate worlds work. The last six years have been spent running a small business with my wife and one employee. Education and training have always been part of being a life long learner. Earned a master degree in higher education from the University of Hawaii and one of two bachelor’s degrees while a firefighter. Received over 100 certificates of training, plus being a past instructor for the University of Hawaii Maui Campus and National Fire Academy. My experience and education give me the insight, education and experience to make sound fiscal and management decisions. The fact I have worked in many of the departments the Maui County Council will be making budget decisions for, is an asset to the budgeting process. Please see my resume at www.blackburn4council.com to view more information on my training and certifications. Ability to make decisions under pressure to save life, property and the environment having done this for 32 years.

[2012: candidate for Maui Council, Wailuku-Waihee-Waikapu. Won Primary.]

Victorino, Michael P. (NS) *
P.O. Box 3085, Wailuku 96793. (808) 281-9053 mikevictorino808@gmail.com   mikevictorino.com

I have had the privilege of serving the citizens of Maui County for the past four terms. I was first elected in the 2006 General Election and have been honored to be re-elected by the people of Maui County in the 2008, 2010 and 2012 elections. I was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, however my mother’s roots are from the Cambra family in Haliimaile,Maui. I made the move to Maui County where I met my lovely wife Joycelyn. We have been blessed with two wonderful sons, Mikey and Shane and we enjoy five amazing grandchildren.I am an Insurance Consultant by profession.

My campaign theme is “ Working for you and your family! “ because families are important to me. As the Chair of the Water Resources Committee, Vice-Chair of the Planning Committee, I support programs and projects that create affordable housing, services for our youth and housing, transportation and leisure services for our kupuna. I serve as a Board member of the Homeless Shelter and have worked very hard to provide funding for services that help families at risk of homelessness and child abuse and neglect need. In addition to my County responsibilities, I am the Treasurer for HSAC, on the Membership Committee and Rural Caucus of NACO and board member of the American Water Works Association. I am seeking re-election to my fifth and final term on the Maui County Council. If elected, I will continue my work on the Water Resource Committee to assure that Maui County’s water needs are met as well as affordable housing projects that rely on the availabilty of County water resources.

[2012: candidate for Maui Council, Wailuku-Waihee-Waikapu. Won Primary. ELECTED 2012.]

Maui Council

Guzman, Don S. (NS) *
P.O. Box 2597, Wailuku 96793. (808) 757-2561   donguzmanmaui.com/site/

(from the candidateʻs website:)

I humbly and respectfully request your support in this race. For this election, I come to you as the incumbent. My first year in office has been a marathon race, with such responsibilities as Chairing the Council’s Economic Development, Energy, Agriculture, and Recreation Committee, Actively Vice-Chairing the Land Use Committee and as a voting member of the Council’s six other Committees – Planning; Land Use; Budget & Finance; Housing & Transportation; Policy & Intergovernmental Affairs; and Water Resources. My involvement with these committees has given me the privilege of influencing the outcome of some of the more difficult issues that came before last year’s Council.

Exposure to, and participation in, the vast range of topics in front of the Council has provided me with the opportunity to increase my knowledge of critical issues facing our community and County systems and processes. It has also given me the opportunity to foster collaboration between all levels of government, community sectors, and our general citizenry, and I have taken full advantage of these opportunities.

Year two of my first term is already in motion, and my team and I are working at full throttle to introduce fresh proposals and legislation. Some of these proposals address issues that have been lingering before the Council for decades, and with your support I will be able to see this work through to completion.

[2012: candidate for Maui Council, Kahului. Won Primary. ELECTED 2012.]

Pontanilla, Joe (NS)
436 Puolo Pl., Kahului 96732. (808) 877-5343 JoePontanilla@gmail.com   www.joepontanilla.com

Being actively involved in civic and political issues from the early eighties, Joe Pontanilla has sought to create effective platforms that serve Maui County. Joe Pontanilla is hopeful that once elected, he will be able to bring some common sense ideas straight from the people of Maui to the County Council, emphasizing affordable housing, our growing homeless population, and better programs for seniors...

[2012: candidate for State Representative, Dist. 09]

Maui Council
South Maui

Couch, Don (NS) *
P.O. Box 1212, Kihei 96753. (808) 283-3605 don@doncouch.com   www.doncouch.com

Aloha. Why I am running for public office again? It’s simple. I want to continue to serve my community. I made Maui my home 23 years ago, and ultimately wanted an active part in moving Maui forward. I thank the voters who gave me the opportunity in the 2010 election, and again in 2012 with my re-election as South Maui’s County Councilmember.

The office has allowed me to help make Maui a better place to live, but there are significant deficiencies that we must continue to address - providing affordable housing for those who need it; supplying enough water so that housing can actually be built; creating a vibrant and sustainable economy; all while being mindful of protecting our environment.

Serving on the County Council is a privilege – and it’s tough. It is not about one issue or one special group. It’s about real needs and concerns that are as diverse as the people that make up our great communities. And that’s the trickiest part for an elected official: finding the balance. You are often dealing with issues whose supporters are passionate about their viewpoint. In these sometimes volatile situations you want leaders with clear heads, who listen to all sides, seek realistic and fair solutions, work truly for the best of the broader community, and are capable of making the tough decisions. That’s my mission.

I strive to provide the County, and South Maui, my district and my home, with the representation it deserves.

[2012: candidate for Maui Council, South Maui. Won Primary. ELECTED 2012.]

Fitzpatrick, John M. (NS)
P.O. Box 532481, Kihei 96753. (808) 268-1073 fitzformaui@gmail.com   www.fitzformaui.com

(from the candidate's webpage:)

For the past four years I have enjoyed the opportunity to share my knowledge by teaching Oceanography, Environmental Ecology, and Human Biology at UH Maui College and engage with very talented, wonderful, and inspiring students that love this island from the bottom of their hearts.

I have now decided to run for Maui County Council in order to take care of this island and make Maui a model for the world, empower our children to achieve their greatest dreams, protect our children, the land and ocean, take care of our kupuna that have given us so much opportunity, and make sure Maui is moving in a direction that we would all like to see.

I humbly ask for your support, your guidance, your encouragement, your vote, and your help in order to truly keep Maui the most wonderful place in the world! Maui no ka oi! Hiki no!

Maui Council

Molina, Mike (NS)
P.O. Box 1303, Makawao 96768. (808) 572-8373 mikemolinaforcouncil@gmail.com  

Aloha! My name is Mike Molina and I am a candidate for the Maui County Council. I previously served on the council from 2001-2010 and currently work in the Mayors Office as an Executive Assistant. I am a military veteran, and earned college degrees in Sociology and Education from both the University of Hawaii at Hilo and Manoa. Prior to being elected to the council, I was employed by the State of Hawaii Department of Education as a public school teacher.

The experience gained from both the Legislative and Executive branches of government, has provided me with extensive knowledge of the inner workings of county government. I am not afraid to ask the tough questions and will work towards finding solutions for the betterment of our community. My past accomplishments include establishing both the Affordable Housing Fund annd the First Time Home Buyers program. In addition, I authored two major pieces of environmental legislation: the Outdoor Lighting Bill and the Plastic Bag Reduction Law. I will seek solutions to provide affordable housing opportunities for our working families and public housing and support services for our homeless. My platform also includes, diversifying our economy, water and road improvements, supporting our first responders needs to enhance public safety, tax relief and environmental concerns.

I believe in open and accountable government and will make myself available to personally address your concerns. I am committed to serving you full-time with no other side job or special interest. My family and I would be humbled to have your support.

White, Mike (NS) *
1135 Olinda Rd., Makawao 96768. (808) 281-4905 mike@mikewhiteforcouncil.com   mikewhiteforcouncil.com

(from the candidateʻs website:)

My name is Councilmember Mike White and I am running for reelection to the Makawao, Ha‘ikū, and Pā‘ia residency seat on the Maui County Council.

In a relatively short time since being elected, I feel the Council has made tremendous progress and I’m optimistic about our County’s future.

There is much to be done for the residents of Maui County, especially in our district. I hope to continue working with our community to move key projects forward, such as the improvement of Ho‘okipa Beach Park, the construction of restrooms in Pā‘ia and Makawao Town and the expansion of the 4th Marine Park in Ha‘ikū. It has been both fun and rewarding serving you and I am eager to continue the work we have started.

I am pro-business, pro-environment and fully dedicated to the preservation of our host culture. I support balanced growth that provides for the preservation of open spaces and the protection of Maui County’s natural beauty.

I promise to keep making decisions that will help run our government more like a business and bring more aloha, respect and kindness to government.

I humbly ask for your vote, as it is only through your support that we can move Maui County forward.

[2012: candidate for Maui Council, Makawao-Haiku-Paia. Won Primary. ELECTED 2012.]

Maui Council

Baisa, Gladys Coelho (NS) *
P.O. Box 880339, Pukalani 96788. (808) 572-6608 baisag@hotmail.com   gladysbaisa.com

Running for my fifth term for the Upcountry seat on the Maui County Council. I currently serve as Chair of the Maui County Council and have the experience and ability. I have served as chair of the Planning, Land Use and General Plan Committees and on every other Council Committee over the past 8 years. I was previously CEO of Maui Economic Opportunity.

When I became Chair, one of my goals was to increase public awareness and transparency of Council activities. I hired Council’s first Communications Director. She assures that agendas and items of interest are published in print and digital media in a timely manner. I encourage public testimony and insist on decorum and respect for everyone who participates.

I am not a one issue candidate. I am well aware of the needs of Maui County and interested in finding ways to address them. I am willing to try new ideas and open to learning. I understand and accept that our county has changed, but cling staunchly to the spirit of aloha and doing no harm.

I humbly ask you to reelect me and thankful for past support. Although I am running for the Upcountry seat, and my name will not be on the Primary Election ballot, everyone in Maui County will be able to vote for me in the General Election. Mahalo.

[2012: candidate for Maui Council, Upcountry. Won Primary. ELECTED 2012.]

Bruch, Courtney A. (NS)
P.O. Box 735, Makawao 96768. (808) 283-6837 info@courtneybruch.com   www.CourtneyBruch.com

Aloha, My name is Courtney Bruch and I am running for election to the Upcountry (Kula, Pukulani, Ulupalakua) residency seat on the Maui County Council. All County voters can cast votes for all nine seats, one each from nine residency areas.

I have lived in Maui for thirteen years and have been working as an environmental and human rights advocate for the past seven years. I was voted ‘Best of Maui’ Political Activist in 2013.

I am a fresh, new voice to the political arena, beholden to the people of Maui Nui and the ‘āina. I believe in grassroots governance.

Affordable housing is a very important issue in our community. I am researching models that would provide economical solutions using environmentally friendly building supplies.

I am pro-business with an emphasis on regenerative jobs that put people and environment first, while building a strong, local economy with living wages. Our actions should ultimately benefit the seventh generation and beyond. I support self sufficiency, growing the majority of our own food and being at the forefront of green building design.

I support equitable water distribution especially to our local taro farmers.

I feel strongly about the ‘right to know’ regarding GMO labeling and restricted use pesticide disclosure.

I am deeply dedicated to serving my community. I’ve been instrumental in engaging thousands of people to participate in our local and state democratic processes, through social media and grassroots campaigning.

I humbly ask for your vote and look forward to hearing from you!

Maui Council

Hokama, G. Riki (NS)
P.O. Box 631258, Lanai City 96763. (808) 344-0277  

[2012: candidate for Maui Council, Lānaʻi. Won Primary. ELECTED 2012.]

Maui Council

Crivello, Stacy Helm (NS) *
P.O. Box 1097, Kaunakakai 96748. 808) 658-0346 stacy.c63@gmail.com   www.stacyhelmcrivello.com/

[2012: candidate for Maui Council, Molokaʻi. Won Primary. ELECTED 2012.]

Hawaiʻi County Council

Hawaiʻi County Council
District 01 - Portion of South Hilo, North Hilo, Hāmākua, and Portion of Waimea

Poindexter, Valerie (NS) *
P.O. Box 112, Ookala 96774. (808) 756-6959 valeriepoindexter@mac.com   www.valeriepoindexter.com

I was elected to the Hawai’i County Council and took my oath of office on December 3, 2012. I currently serve as Chair of the Finance Committee, Vice Chair of the Committee on Agriculture, Water and Energy Sustainability, and Vice Chair of the Human Services and Social Services Committee.

My interest in public service stems from my heritage and includes watching people struggle through life just to make ends meet. My father always taught me to fight for the underdog - the people who are falling through the cracks, the people who have no voice, the people who are not treated fairly. My father also taught me how to build bridges between diverse people and to facilitate a process of compromise that results in a win-win situation. My mother taught me how to be compassionate and to always treat people with dignity.

I would be honored to continue to represent District 1 and to serve the people of Hawai’i County.

[2012: candidate for Hawaiʻi County Council, Dist. 01. Won Primary. ELECTED 2012.]

Hawaiʻi County Council
District 02 - Portion of South Hilo

Chung, Aaron S.Y. (NS)
P.O. Box 11458, Hilo 96720. (808) 937-4772 aaronchung@hawaii.rr.com   aaronchunghi.org

I was born and raised in Hilo and grew up in the downtown area. My father, Tai Sun, was a county parks worker, my mother, Takiko, a seamstress. My younger brother Michael is a social worker with the Salvation Army. Our parents worked hard to provide a safe and nurturing environment for the two of us. They also emphasized the importance of getting a good education, so after graduating from Hilo High School, I went on to attend the University of Hawaii at Manoa and then UCLA School of Law. Upon receiving my law degree I immediately returned home. From 1996 through 2004, I served on the Hawaii County Council, representing what was then known as District 4 (Keaukaha, Houselots, Panaewa, Homestead). I have also been operating a small law practice for the past 19 years. Most of my law work has been in the area of child protection, so I know the devastating effects that poverty, homelessness, substance abuse and teenage pregnancy can have on families and our community. My wife Anne (Kimoto) and I have two children, Steven and Samantha, who attend Hilo Intermediate and E.B. DeSilva Elementary schools, respectively. I have been blessed with good friends who are positive, loyal and supportive.

These basic facts are all anyone needs to know to be able to understand me, for I am simply a product of my upbringing, experiences, friendships and the small town values which this community was built on: tolerance, humility, respect for people and ideas, compassion, teamwork, fair play and honesty.

Hawaiʻi County Council
District 03 - Portion of South Hilo and Portion of Kea‘au

Onishi, Dennis (NS) *
99 W. Kahaopea St., Hilo 96720. (808) 443-9282 fresh19@msn.com  

(2012 statement:)

I want to thank the constituents in District 4 for supporting me in my pass 2 terms. And I promise to continue to work hard for my new District 3 and the whole island.

[2012: candidate for Hawaiʻi County Council, Dist. 03. Won Primary. ELECTED 2012.]

Hawaiʻi County Council
District 04 - Portion of Puna (Eastern)

Ilagan, Greggor (NS) *
HCR3 Box 14048, Keaau 96749. (808) 557-7953 greggor4council@gmail.com  

(2012 statement:)

I will bring diligence and professionalism to the council. I know the importance of attention to detail. I will listen to you, and foremost try to understand your point of view. For our district to receive any services, I will need to lead others to a majority vote. By bringing people together through encouragement, we can achieve amazing results. I feel it is my leadership ability that best qualifies me as a member of the council.

[2012: candidate for Hawaiʻi County Council, Dist. 04. Won Primary. ELECTED 2012.]

Hawaiʻi County Council
District 05 - Portion of Puna (Western)

Edwards Hunt, Tiffany C. (NS)
P.O. Box 557, Kurtistown 96760. (808) 938-8592 tiffanyedwardshunt@gmail.com   tiffanyedwardshunt.tumblr.com

My name is Tiffany Edwards Hunt. I am a journalist by trade, a mother of two (Coco and JJ), and wife to a surfboard builder and retailer (Jeff). I have a deep interest in politics, having covered Hawaii County government for one of our island dailies and for the newspaper I founded, Big Island Chronicle. My paternal grandfather (Bryan Edwards) was a city councilman and my father (Dave Edwards) was also a city councilman and state representative.

I have studied Hawaii County government for more than a decade as a newspaper reporter. I am able to write and communicate effectively, as a result of my trade. I am also familiar with the Hawaii County Charter and the Hawaii County Code, and I know how to write legislation as a result of a stint working as a legislative aide to a council member in the 2006-2008 term.

Paleka Jr., Daniel Kapoʻo (NS)
P.O. Box 1287, Kurtistown 96760. (808) 989-1281 danpaleka@gmail.com   sites.google.com/site/danielkpalekajr

Aloha, my name is Daniel Kapo'o Paleka Jr., a small business owner and also an employee of the University of Hawaii (Hawaii Community College). I was very fortunate to be born and raised in Hawaii, attended Kamehameha Schools and graduated from the fine University I work for. My experience working and living abroad for more than 5 years in Europe was also a valuable education. I have traveled to many places in this wonderful world of ours. I met my lovely wife Susi while working in Germany. She is now a licensed medical social worker and also works with children. I entered State service upon return to Hawaii in 1991 as an adult corrections officer for 13 years and a union business agent for 5 years. I actually began working at the age of 14. Politics and hard work is in my blood. My grandfather and great grandfather were licensed union member plumbers and both also served as Mayors of Pasadena, California. My grandfather taught me the difference between talking about government projects and actually knowing how to build them and get them on the ground. The Benedict Heliport in Pasadena is named after my grandfather and great-grandfather. I want to continue their legacy here in what has always remained my home, Hawaii. Mahalo Ke Akua.

Hawaiʻi County Council
District 06 - Portion of North Kona, South Kona, Kā‘u, and the Greater Volcano Area

David-Medeiros, Maile (NS)
86-4310 Mamalahoa Hwy., Captain Cook 96704. (808) 987-6167 mailedavid@msn.com   www.mailedavid.com

Born and raised in Kona as were my parents and grandparents, and now my children, I have a deep understanding and connection to the culture and people of our diverse rural communities. I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to nurture a 30-year paralegal career working for local law firms, the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii, and the Hawaii State Judiciary. Throughout my career I have advocated for my community by participating in governmental processes and held government's feet to the fire to bring transparency and accountability. Most notable, are two landmark Hawaii Supreme Court Decisions: 1995, Public Access Shoreline Hawaii & Pilago vs. The Hawaii County Planning Commission in which the Court upheld that a native Hawaiian cultural practitioner had an interest separate and distinct from that of the general public and was therefore lawfully entitled to intervene in an agency hearing. In 2000, Ka Pa'akai O Ka 'Aina vs. State Land Use Commission, the Court ruled that in seeking to maintain a careful balance between native Hawaiian rights and private interests, the State and its agencies are obligated to protect the reasonable exercise of customary and traditional native Hawaiian rights. This decision resulted in Act 50, the Cultural Impact Statement Law. In 2003, I was granted intervenor standing as a lineal descendant by the Hawai'i County Planning Commission and was successful in preserving the historic and cultural integrity of the 16-acre Keakealaniwahine Sacred Complex. Through a joint negotiated agreement between the landowner, the State of Hawai'i, and the County, the State and County purchased the private property adjoining the sacred complex, and preserved this very important historic site for the benefit of everyone.

[2012: candidate for Hawaiʻi County Council, Dist. 06. Won Primary.]

Hawaiʻi County Council
District 07 - Portion of South Kona and Portion of North Kona

Kanuha, Dru Mamo (NS) *
76-6242 Plumeria Rd., Kailua-Kona 96740. Kanuha.dru@gmail.com  

It has been an honor to serve the people of Kona as their district 7 Council Representative on the Hawaii County Council and I look forward to another two years of strong advocacy on their behalf.

It is very important to have effective leadership on the council and I feel I bring that to the table. I want to make sure that Kona has a strong voice with an ability to cooperate with other Councilmembers as well as the mayor in getting projects for West Hawaii.

[2012: candidate for Hawaiʻi County Council, Dist. 07. Won Primary. ELECTED 2012.]

Hawaiʻi County Council
District 08 - North Kona

Eoff, Karen S. (NS) *
P.O. Box 1602, Kailua-Kona 96745. (808) 938-3580 keoff@hawaii.rr.com   www.kareneoff.com

It has been an honor and privilege to serve on the Hawai'i County Council representing North Kona, District 8, and the people of Hawai'i Island.

I am a 34 year resident of Kona. I have a college degree from the University of California and a Paralegal Certificate from U.H. Hilo. I have been married to my husband, Gary, for almost 40 years.

I am currently the Council Vice-Chair, presiding over all Council meetings held in Kona. I am also Chair of the Human Services Social Services Committee, which recommends and oversees the distribution of $1.5 million in grants to Non-Profit Organizations throughout the County.

My initiatives have focused on infrastructure projects in West Hawai‘i, and I have been working closely with the administration on parks, roads, and the upgrade to the Kealakehe Waste Water Treatment Plant.

[2012: candidate for Hawaiʻi County Council, Dist. 08. Won Primary. ELECTED 2012.]

Hawaiʻi County Council
District 09 - North and South Kohala

Gonzales, Ronald S. (NS)
P.O. Box 587, Honokaa 96727. (808) 987-0575 gonzalesforcouncil@gmail.com   gonzalesforcouncil.com

My name is Ronald Gonzales. People call me Ron. I am running for the Hawaii County Council for District 9. District 9 includes North Kohala, Waikoloa Village, most of Waimea, Puako, Kawaihae, the Mauna Kea & Mauna Lani Resorts and your upper ranch areas (Kohala, Waikii, etc). I have lived on the Big Island for over 45 years. I grew up on the windward side, mostly in HIlo with my mother, brother and sister. We moved to Honokaa in 1981 and I graduated from Honokaa High School in 1985. I joined the Air Force in 1986. After serving my Country, I moved back to the Big Island to raise a family. My wife of 27 years, Hilda, is a teacher at Waimea Elementary School. My son Anthony (25) is a Chef on the Mauna Lani Resort and my two daughters, Angelina & Andrea (17 & 14) attend Honokaa High School and dance hula in Waimea for Kumu Hulali Covington of Halau Beamer-Solomon Po O'Hala. My mother Kathy Mancini (Gonzales) was a graduate of the first ever Nursing Graduates from UH Hilo in 1976 and went on to be the Hotel Nurse at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and then the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel for many years. Mom just retired on the mainland and will be coming home to enjoy her retirement with her grandchildren. My sister Amy graduated from St. Joseph High School in Hilo and went on to become the first female graduate ever from the West Point Military Academy in upstate New York.

As you can see, my Big Island roots run deep. I love the Big Island and am proud to call it my home.

Wille, Margaret (NS)
65-1158 Mamalahoa Highway #8, PMB229, Kamuela 96743. (808) 887-1419 margaretwille@mac.com   electmargaretwille.com

Creating an informed and empowered constituency is one of my most important goals. To do this I publish a newsletter that includes the upcoming agendas for our council meetings and publish monthly articles in the area publications - the North Hawaii News, the Waikoloa Breeze, and the Kohala Mountain News. I also frequently attend community meetings including the senior citizen club meetings and the community development plan action committees. I am not afraid to bring up controversial issues, and then work collaboratively with fellow council members to achieve balanced solutions.

Some of the major substantive issues that are and continue to be of high priority are: Sustainable agriculture and promoting a long term solid waste plan that is resource management instead of waste management oriented. Significant upgrades to our mass transit system is also a high priority.

[2012: candidate for Hawaiʻi County Council, Dist. 09. Won Primary. ELECTED 2012.]

Kauaʻi Mayor

Barca, Dustin Louis (NS)
PO Box 642, Hanalei 96714. (808) 278 8830 barca4mayor@gmail.com   www.barca4mayor.com/

Dustin Barca is a professional surfer, environmental activist, father, MMA fighter and Kaua’i Boy.

While this is his first bid at political office, he has been involved in local politics for much of his young adult life. Driven by a strong sense of kuleana (responsibility and privilege) to Kaua`i and its people, he sees local government as a way to deepen his service.

While he is best known for activism related to environmental justice and the impacts of the agrochemical industry on Kaua`i, He is also passionately committed to democratic participation, local agriculture and access to healthy foods, cultural revival, protecting Kauai’s most vital water resources, sustainable energy and transportation, waste reduction, and a kapu on drugs. This means moving towards greater economic self-reliance and regenerative agriculture especially; addressing decades of problems with land-use policy that has driven kama`aina families from their homes and blocked local access to important cultural and recreational areas; and policy to limit growth while insuring that dollars spent locally benefit local families. Barca believes that the true wealth of Kauai lies in our water, land and people, and we are stewards of this `aina for many generations to come.

“The purpose of this campaign is to bring to life our vision, our dream of what our island should be and can be. It’s all about the future generations and our vision for Kaua’i is for them.” Says Barca

Carvalho, Jr., Bernard P. (NS) *
Friends of Bernard Carvalho for Mayor, P.O. Box 3510, Lihue 96766. (808) 246-8737 info@mayorcarvalho.com   www.mayorcarvalho.com

Serving as Mayor provides a unique qualification among the current Mayoral candidates. I’m proud of our record and we can move forward significantly on critical projects if re-elected. I’ve spent most of my career working in County government: from an entry-level position to Department Head to Mayor. That gives me a unique perspective from all aspects of how the County operates. Among the issues we face, responsible solid waste management is at the top. The landfill diversion rate increased from 29% to 43% since 2008. We need to move that much higher as we site our new landfill and make that the smallest portion of our waste management operation. Also, siting an adolescent treatment and healing facility, diversifying agriculture to produce our own food, reducing our carbon footprint, completing affordable housing projects, and creating more stewardship agreements for care of our historical cultural sites. We need to continue to listen to the people of Niihau and address their concerns and needs as well. Our campaign theme is Action with Aloha, which sums up what we’ve achieved since 2008. Unemployment dropped from 11% to 4.4%, bus ridership has doubled, we’re recycling significantly more, projects like the Kaneiolouma Heiau and Kilauea Ag Park stewardship agreements are empowering people, parks are getting repaired and upgraded, and partnerships are happening all over the island. This is happening because I have a great team and we’re reaching out to the community to make things happen. And we’re doing it with respect and aloha for all.

Kauaʻi Council (7)

Brun, Arthur J. (NS)
P.O. Box 352, Kekaha 96752. (808) 652-7469 friendsofarthurbrun@gmail.com  

Bynum, Tim (NS) *
365 Molo St., Kapaa 96746. (808) 652-4575 tim@timbynum.com   www.timbynum.com

(2012 statement:)

Seeking a special community to raise our children 22 years ago, Gini and I chose Kaua`i. David and Kelly were babies then and Kaua`i has been everything we hoped for. Now our children are adults and our Grandkids Kawika and Clifton have added new meaning and joy to our lives.

Living for years on the same block in Wailua Houselots we were blessed with a safe and loving neighborhood in a community full of aloha.

I have always believed that people working together can make good collective decisions and accomplish great things. The Kamalani projects and the improvements at Lydgate Park that I have been involved in are wonderful examples. Actively working in partnership with government is a better model than just criticizing or waiting for government to move. Through my work with individuals, families and communities, I have found the best practice is to first listen, then seek agreement, and finally act decisively to get things done.

Since being elected to Council I have strived to provide calm, balanced and thoughtful leadership as we deal with the matters before us. I am honored and humbled by the opportunity to serve the people of Kaua‘i and welcome your input on current issues or feedback on my role as your representative in County government. Don't hesitate to call me on my cell phone 652-4575 or email me at tim@timbynum.com. If re-elected, I pledge to work hard with you every day. I humbly ask for your support and one of your seven votes.

[2012: candidate for Kauai Council (7),. Won Primary. ELECTED 2012.]

Chock, Mason (NS)
121 Lihau St., Kapaa 96746. (808) 651-7013 mason4kauai@gmail.com   mason4kauai.org

Born and raised on Kauaʻi, I am a community servant with only love in my heart for Kauai and its people. I have no self-serving agenda, only an interest for leadership in action and an inclusive process that brings people together for shared solutions rather than be divided through divisive motivations. Leadership requires persistence and perseverance, responsibility and collaborative teamwork. If we are to transition into a new era where our most precious values are placed first. We will need to collectively respond. I am willing to hold the space for this to occur on Kauai through education, business and in local government by holding a seat on the Kauai County Council. After the last 7 months of working onboard the county council, I see where the opportunities to make cultural shifts in how we do business can occur. I have a vision of our island serving as an example to the rest of the world on how to collectively achieve our desired lifestyle while living in balance with our environment and each other through leadership development. We will be the example of leading positive change in the world. I want a chance to work on positively affecting our system, but I will need more time and trust to do so. From this position, I will have an opportunity to take specific action in building the infrastructure of effective leadership and thus affect a culture shift in our county government.

Cowden, Felicia E. (NS)
4191 Kilauea Rd., Kilauea 96754. (808) 652-4363 akamaimom@gmail.com   www.feliciacowden.com

We are at a critical time when external pressures are eroding Kauaʻi’s unique way of life. We need to be able to control our own destiny and not leave central choices for our island and people to outside interests. I am running for council to ensure we build on our strengths by retaining our home rule, reclaiming the ability to feed ourselves, and placing a priority on serving the people first.

Life on Kauaʻi has grown increasingly difficult; from finding adequate housing to earning a living wage and having access to the beaches and uplands. There is a strident tug-of-war between people with different interests. Our challenge is to re-build a thriving, locally-based business economy that supports the community's basic requirements in order to have a resilient future.

For twenty-five years I have been involved in community development on Kauaʻi, focusing on youth-at-risk, education, and economic development. My professional background includes business, engineering, public policy and education. More recently my efforts have expanded to embrace residential food production and food security. Moderating a KKCR community affairs program has held my focus on people’s concerns island-wide.

This range of experience has prepared me for the next step of helping build public policy at the county level. Bridging perspectives between those rooted in our Hawaiian culture, the small business owner, and those with loyalty to international employers is essential. Crafting win-win solutions is key for long-term success of any project or goal.

DeCosta, Billy (NS)
2-4021 Kaumualii Hwy., #f, Lawai 96756. (808) 639-8533  

I am a local boy born and raised on a sugar plantation. I obtained two Bachelors Degrees; Business Administration and Elementary/Secondary Education. I spent seven years in the Mainland and returned home. I have been married for 17 years and raising three sons. I am business inclined, therefore, allowing my wife and I to acquire 10.5 acres and 3 homes. Our County is a business, and with my education and pass investments, my track record speaks for itself. I am currently Kaua’i’s only Environmental Resource Teacher. My job consists of educating our 4th and 5th graders across the island, and the state up in Koke’e.

I am disappointed with how our government has lost focus on serving its people. I plan to bring camaraderie and leadership if elected. I plan to lead by example, to provide an atmosphere that is warm and family oriented. Main objective: “to get stuff done”.

Areas of concern; Negotiating affordable housing with developers, creating a truly affordable mortgage that does not exceed 35 % of a family’s monthly income. To ensure that property taxes aren’t raised to a point where locals need to sell their homes, adopt the California property tax amendment (1-2% of the most current purchase price). To create a more diversified agricultural economy. Research and address our environmental issues and ensure that our local people don’t lose their cultural style of quality living.


Furfaro, Jay (NS) *
P.O. Box 223224, Princeville 96722. (808) 826-9392 jay@jayfurfaro.org   www.jayfurfaro.org

(2012 statement:)

I am a retired Kaua‘i hotel and resort veteran of 37 years. I am originally from the Waianae Coast living now on Kaua‘i for 42 years. I attended public school in Waianae, Kapi‘olani Community College through the University of Hawai‘i and was a management trainee for Westin Hotels at Makaha Inn. I have been a Community organizer serving on the board of Habit for Humanities, the Salvation Army, Leadership Kaua‘i, and the Kaua‘i Historical Society. I have been a member of the 2000 Kaua‘i Citizens General Plan Commission as well as a volunteer serving 3 years on the Planning Commission. My hotel resort service includes assignments in the Cook Islands, Fiji, and Tahiti. In 2002 I was elected to the current Kaua‘i County Council. I served 6 years as Finance Chair and Economic Development. I have served 2 years as the Vice Chairman and Planning Chairman and these past two years I have been Chairman of the Council and the Committee of the Whole. Through my resort service with Hilton, Sheraton and Outrigger, I installed programs that highlighted Hawaiian Values of Hospitality. These hotel launched programs were developed by the late Dr. George Kanahele, it installed shared responsibilities for the host, the guest as well as perpetuating the sense of place. These values are an important part of public service when representing the Community. I hope that I have demonstrated good stewardship and the shared responsibilities required of a Councilmember. I hope to continue to do my very best. -Jay

[2012: candidate for Kauai Council (7),. Won Primary. ELECTED 2012.]

Hooser, Gary L. (NS) *
5685 Ohelo Rd., Kapaa 96746. (808) 652-4279 GARYLHOOSER@gmail.com   www.garyhooser.com/

[2012: candidate for Kauai Council (7),. Won Primary. ELECTED 2012.]

Kagawa, Ross K. (NS) *
4117 Puaole St., Lihue 96766. (808) 635-1605 rosskagawa2012@hawaii.rr.com  

(2012 statement:)

Aloha Kauai Residents and Voters, my name is Ross Kagawa, I’m 46 years old, married with two daughters, one in college on the mainland the other attending Kauai High School and I am a candidate for the Kauai County Council. I was born in Waimea, Kauai and have lived here for all of my life except for 7 years, attending College at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and working. I have two degrees, one in Accounting from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and the other in Special Education from Chaminade University.

I have 5 years of public accounting experience, 4 with a local CPA on Oahu and one as the accounting manager at Business Decisions Hawaii in Hanapepe. I also worked for 6 plus years for the Kauai County Council as a legislative analyst and 2 years as the Convention Hall and Stadiums Manager. Finally I have 12 years of teaching experience with the Department Of Education and I currently teach Math at Kapaa High School, where I also teach Drivers Education after school hours for 5 years.

The reason why I am running for Kauai County Council is because I am concerned about the current status of the County, primarily our Budget. The global, national, and local economies are still recovering from the Recession. Yet the County Budget and Workforce continues to grow at an alarming rate. Are we spending wisely, are we being accountable? These are the kind of questions we must ask ourselves. Just like ordinary people, the County needs to spend wisely. I feel we need to live within our means and not leave our children in debt when we’re gone. My goal is that our children can off to college, return to Kauai, get a good job, buy a house, and raise their families here on this place we all love so dearly.

[2012: candidate for Kauai Council (7),. Won Primary. ELECTED 2012.]

Kaneshiro, Arryl J. (NS)
4550 Ehiku St., Lihue 96766. (808) 652-5216 arrylkaneshiro@gmail.com   www.votekaneshiro.com

Aloha! I am Arryl Kaneshiro and I humbly ask for your vote for Kauai County Council. I believe I can represent the people of Kauai and Niihau well because I am a regular, everyday Kauai resident who works hard and wants to make the best life for myself and my family. I think that's what most of us want at the end of the day. If elected, I will work hard to help families thrive and bring homegrown sensibility and my business and accounting acumen to the County Council.

I was born and raised on Kauai, and my core values and principles were shaped by this island through family, teachers, coaches, and community. I earned a degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting from Pacific University in Oregon and I am a certified public accountant. I am heavily involved in the community and assist my dad with our sheep ranch.

I am running for office because I care about Kauai and its future. My priorities are to:

  • Work towards strengthening and diversifying our economy
  • Increase jobs that pay a living wage
  • Enable residents to enjoy a high quality of life

Today, our County is facing many issues with its budget, the limited life of our landfill, and balancing growth while taking care of our beautiful environment, to name a few. I look forward to addressing these issues and working towards sensible solutions for all of us.

Thank you for the opportunity to share my intentions and priorities with you.

Kuali'i, Kipukai L.P. (NS)
P.O. Box 30910, Anahola 96703. (808) 652-3684 kipukai.kualii@gmail.com   www.kualii.com

ALOHA! I’m Former Councilmember KipuKai KUALI`I. MAHALO for your support over the years in my life of public service! On the Council in 2011 and 2012, I proved myself to be a careful listener, independent thinker and hard worker who was always thoughtful, collaborative and prepared.

My qualifications include over twenty years’ experience in Government, Labor and Non-Profit Administration. I’ve worked with other community leaders to bring an enterprise center to Kekaha and a certified kitchen, youth/cultural campground and solar farm to Anahola. Working with several local organizations promoting sustainable agriculture, civil rights, community empowerment and renewable energy, as well as achieving results is what motivates me towards continued public service.

The Council’s key responsibility is the County’s budget. You can count on me asking the tough questions; voting against spending and tax increases; and, even voting down proposed budgets when necessary. I’ll be part of a new Council majority that ensures accountability, protects our fair-share of transient accommodation taxes, improves efficiencies and eliminates waste.

Please go to our website at www.kualii.com or contact me at kipukai.kualii@gmail.com or 652-3684 with any questions or concerns. I’m confident you’ll find my experience, leadership and dedication qualifies me as an ideal choice for you. It’ll take four or more council members to accomplish anything. One of my strongest qualifications is my ability to work collaboratively with anyone.

[2012: candidate for Kauai Council (7),. Won Primary.]

Laranio, Tiana Kaleokalani (NS)
P.O. Box 952, Kapaa 96746. (808) 278-8394 Laranio2014@gmail.com   www.laranio2014.com

I am thankful to be born and raised here on Kaua'i and a graduate of Kapa'a High c/o 2002. I attended UH Hilo and received a degree in Kinesiology and Exercise Science. I am currently in pursuit of health certifications including Nutrition. Growing up here has given me an understanding of the needs of our community, seeing both it's strengths and struggles. Beautiful Kaua'i inspires my passion for environment and culture.

My experience of health challenges from family, community, and personal, motivates me to seek optimal alternatives and improvements to the health system. I feel that nutrition and environmental factors directly affects the ability to function daily. Having limited opportunities to sustain a living wage, afford housing and food, along with health and financial burden, I am inspired to provide better. Being the Garden Island, developing food and textile agriculture could increase jobs, economy, and the ability to be food sustainable.

I am new to government but I have the open mind, heart, willingness to learn. 'Ohana is my backbone, my foundation and I believe community is the extension of family. Through education, engagement and collaboration with our community, we can fashion viable solutions that create opportunities for a sustainable economy and increase the quality of life. I believe it is time for our young leaders to step up to the plate. My mission is clear, to be a steward to the land and to serve my community with integrity, humility and Aloha.

Perry, Darryl D. (NS)
3936 Alala St., Lihue 96766. (808) 351-5004 perrys007@hawaii.rr.com  


From the time I was 5 years old, I worked along with my brothers and sisters to make ends meet: selling and delivering newspapers, janitorial work, summer helper, U.S. Navy, warehouse, and delivery person.

Our parents instilled a sense of integrity and hard work toward serving our community. We were raised to take responsibility and to be held accountable.

For 40 years I served as a law enforcement police officer, the last 6 years as Kauai’s Chief of Police. I have a unique perspective on the executive branch of government, and would like to share that experience if I am elected to the county council. As an alumni of Kauai High School, I earned my Bachelors of Science degree at Hawaii Pacific University in Justice Administration, and my Masters degree at the University of Phoenix in Organizational Management, while working full-time and raising a family. Before returning home to Kauai, I attained the rank of Major with the Honolulu Police Department.

While there are numerous issues to consider, first and foremost is my commitment to give the people of Kauai and Niihau true representation by having an open and transparent legislative branch and at the same time tackle the myriad of pressing concerns facing not only this generation, but generations to come. It is without a doubt that Kauai is at a critical juncture where leadership at the council must be raised to a much higher level. I would like to provide that leadership if given the opportunity.

Malama Honua (Caring for Our Community).

Rapozo, Mel (NS) *
292 Makani Rd., Kapaa 96746. (808) 645-0243 melforcouncil@gmail.com   www.melforcouncil.com

I have served on the Kauai County Council for 10 of the last 12 years. I have served in various leadership roles on the Council, and currently serve as the State President of the Hawaii State Association of Counties. I have been a very strong advocate for public health and safety, fiscal responsibility and accountability, elderly and veteran affairs, as well as affordable housing and agriculture. As we continue into difficult financial times, I believe my experience qualifies me to continue to serve the people of Kauai and Niihau. I want to continue to serve as one of your Councilmembers.

[2012: candidate for Kauai Council (7),. Won Primary. ELECTED 2012.]

Yukimura, JoAnn A. (NS) *
2749 Kapena St., Lihue 96766. (808) 652-3988 jyukimura@gmail.com   www.JoAnnYukimura.com

Aloha, dear friends!

It has been a privilege to serve in elected office for 6 years as mayor and 18 years on the Council. I’ve been able to do so only because of support from people like you who love Kauaʻi and are willing to participate in the political process. You make our democracy strong—and my work possible. Mahalo!

My goal has been to create real and lasting benefits for the people of Kauaʻi: The Kauaʻi Bus enables people to go about their daily business while saving money. Sunshine Markets bring income directly to farmers weekly. Families in the 1400 affordable homes built in the last 20 years pay no more than 30% of their household income for housing. Thousands of residents and visitors each year enjoy the expanded park space at Poʻipu Beach and Black Pot Beach Parks.

While we may not agree on every issue, we share the same values: personal integrity, fiscal integrity, malama ʻaina, good planning, public safety, fair opportunities for everyone, and decisions based the common good. I have strived to live by these values throughout my years in office.

I also have a clear vision that guides my work. I believe that my leadership, based on those values and vision, has made a difference in the quality of life on Kauaʻi and the quality of community that we enjoy today. I want to continue this work.

Please put your “X” next to the ”Y”. Vote for good leadership. Vote JoAnn Yukimura. Mahalo

[2012: candidate for Kauai Council (7),. Won Primary. ELECTED 2012.]

OHA Trustee

OHA Trustee
Island of Oʻahu (1)

Apo, Peter K. (NS)
The Peter Apo Company, 98-021 Kamehameha Hwy., #212, Aiea 96701. (808) 256-6191 peterapocompany@gmail.com   www.peterapocompany.com

My name is Peter Apo and I’m seeking re-election as a Trustee of the Office Hawaiian Affairs. In 35 years of public service I have never wavered from my commitment and to making Hawaii a better place. While OHA's focus is serving the Hawaiian community I remain dedicated to carrying out that responsibility in ways that help make Hawaii a better place for everyone because we all face the same quality of life challenges – the high cost of living, a good job, home ownership, education, health care, a healthy environment. Hawaiian issues impact everyone so it's important for you to care who’s leading. Recently there’s a big buzz regarding Hawaiian nationhood. It makes people nervous. This is a serious matter and should be everybody's business. The reality is that we are a symbiotic society and interdependent on each other. Hawaiians cannot move forward in a vacuum. We need the support of the broader community. OHA must begin to engage a wider audience in its public dialogue and provide opportunities for non-Hawaiians to weigh in. I cannot tell you what shape this business of Hawaiian nationhood will take but I can tell you that we remain the people of aloha and, in the end, we will not abandon friends and neighbors. It will be an inclusive future and we will emerge as one people. I am sure of this. I encourage everyone, Hawaiian or not, to cast an informed vote in these elections. Visit votepeterapo.com.

OHA Trustee
Island of Maui (1)

Lindsey, Carmen K. L. (NS) *
52 Alokele Pl., Makawao 96768. (808) 572-0453 Kahulu@maui.net   www.hululindseyoha.com

Aloha mai kakou.

I am running for re-election to my seat because I believe I have made a difference in the past 2½ years that I have served as the Maui Trustee. Though relatively new to the Board, I have advocated on issues ranging from advancing Hawaii’s energy independence to protecting the livelihood of people in vulnerable communities such as Ni’ihau. I have demonstrated my genuine commitment to serving the interests of OHA beneficiaries without losing sight of what is good for all of Hawaii in the long term.

Recently, I was named Chairperson of the new Land and Property Committee on the Board. I was asked to be the chair because of my 40 years in real estate, my experience with Maui Land and Pineapple Company as its Properties Administrator and service as the Administrator of the County’s Land Use and Codes Department.

Soon after being sworn into office, I was approached by the Chancellor of the University of Hawaii, Maui Campus, to look into acquiring the Palauea Cultural Preserve in Makena from Developer Everett Dowling so that the Hawaiian Studies Department of the University could use those 20+ acres of land as a living classroom. I am happy to say that on June 17 we blessed this cultural piece of property that was donated to OHA and in turn stewarded to the U. H. Hawaiian Studies Program for their use. This was a milestone achievement and reflective of what can be accomplished when people are brought together in a collaborative way to serve the public good.

I humbly ask for your vote in the 2014 election.

[2012: candidate for OHA Trustee, Island of Maui (1). Won Primary. ELECTED 2012.]

Wendt, Mahealani (NS)
P.O. Box 961, Haiku 96708. (808) 248-7730 wailuanui@exede.net   www.mahealaniwendt.com


As former Executive Director of the Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation, I remain a strong legal advocate of land, natural resources, and traditional and customary rights. I have worked over 40 years as a legal advocate for grassroots families in communities throughout Hawai`i. Many landmark and precedent-setting cases that benefit Native Hawaiians and the general public were litigated during my tenure, including Public Access Shoreline Hawai`i "PASH" v. State (public access); Waiahole Community Assn. v. State and Na Moku Aupuni o Ko`olau Hui v. BLNR (water rights); In re: Kalima ($600 million settlement for Hawaiian Homestead beneficiaries) and Napeahi v. State (public trust lands). I am running for OHA Trustee from Maui because Maui is where many of the most egregious legal problems continue to beset Hawaiians, and I believe I can continue to advocate for our Hawaiian people as an OHA Trustee. Native Hawaiians are also at a crossroads regarding our political status and establishing a government of our own choosing. I want to make sure our nation-building process is peaceful, democratic, and represents the political will of the people. I also want to make sure OHA's assets, which will someday accrue to our future Hawaiian nation, are stewarded consistent with the highest fiduciary trust principles.

OHA Trustee
No Island Res. Req (3)

Ahu Isa, Lei (NS)
P.O. BOX 22539, Honolulu 96823. (808) 537-4880  

OHA is a semi-autonomous state agency whose mandate is to improve the condition of native Hawaiians (all individuals whose ancestors were natives of the Hawaiian Islands prior to 1778). The OHA mission is 1) the betterment of conditions for all Hawaiians and 2) to provide Hawaiians with the opportunity for a better life and future. How will I achieve them? THROUGH EDUCATION!

We know that EDUCATION is the great EQUALIZER! Speaker Souki also pointed out this fact not only has education been my forte, but that I am and have been a real estate broker for many years and OHA needs my expertise with land ownership. I also want to point out that the public, ALL Voters, know this election year EVERYONE can vote in the Primary Election for OHA candidates. As Speaker pointed out, this will be the very 1st time since OHA was established, that the Legislature has sanctioned a PRIMARY election for OHA. This is a very important election as OHA's land ownership of the Kaka'ako waterfront lands makes them a major player with the big boys..Howard Hughes Corp. and the Kamehameha Schools...and on top of all this, we find out that 60% of our homeless are Hawaiians! And being of Hawaiian ancestry, I feel an obligation and aloha for our Hawaiian people. Mahalo!

[2012: candidate for State Representative, Dist. 26]

Akana, Rowena M.N. (NS)
5562 Kalanianaole Hwy., Honolulu 968221. (808) 291-2404   www.rowenaakana.org

As a veteran OHA Trustee with nearly twenty-five years of experience serving on the board, the institutional knowledge I bring to OHA allows me to provide the board with much needed context regarding the many issues that we continue to face.

Akina, William Keliʻi (NS)
P.O. Box 61036, Honolulu 96839. (808) 256-9792  

[2012: candidate for OHA Trustee, No Island Res. Req (1). Won Primary.]

McInerny, Harvey H. (NS)
P.O. Box 1898, Honolulu 96805. (808) 342-8182  

Trask, Mililani B. (NS)
PO Box 235973, Honolulu 96823. (808) 554-2697 campaign@trask4oha.com   www.trask4oha.com

Aloha, my name is Mililani Trask, and I am running for election to the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. If given the opportunity to serve as an OHA Trustee again, I will bring my entire lifetime of practice in the law, human/indigenous rights and the crafting of public policy to help ensure that we, as a Board, faithfully discharge our fiduciary obligations in all of our undertakings, and in all of the decisions we make.

I am committed to ensuring that when the Board makes determinations, “that the decision will benefit the Hawaiian peoples, that the outcomes are ones that better the conditions of Native Hawaiians.” I believe in so doing, we will also ensure the well-being of the community at large.

As I hope my comments on every issue indicate, I am a firm believer in the power of thoughtful, well-grounded public policy that reflects the input of those whose lives will be shaped by those policies. I believe that bringing my legal training and career experience to the table at OHA will contribute to better stewardship of the assets that are meant to lift up the Hawaiian peoples and make this a better place for all. I look forward to the opportunity to serve my community and the people of Hawaii once again through OHA.

Waihee, John D. (NS) *
4405 Kilauea Ave., Honolulu 96817. (808) 595-0999  

The candidates list, addresses, and phone numbers, are based on the 8/9/14 Board of Elections Report", or supplied by candidate.
Photos, email and web addresses were found on the web, in the newspaper, or supplied by the candidate.


Agustin, J.
Ahu, E.
Ahu Isa, L.
Aiona, D.
Aiona, S.
Akana, R.
Akina, W.
Allen, J.
Allison, J.
Amsterdam, C.
Apo, P.
Aquino, H.
Arakawa, A.
Arianoff-Kobata, G.
Awana, K.
Baisa, G.
Baker, R.
Banda, R.
Barca, D.
Bateman, D.
Belatti, D.
Berg, T.
Blackburn, II, J.
Bonk, K.
Brock, P.
Broman, H.
Brower, T.
Brown, R.
Bruch, C.
Brun, A.
Buenconsejo, B.
Bynum, T.
Cachola, R.
Carroll, M.
Carroll, R.

Carvalho, Jr., B.
Cavasso, C.
Chang, L.
Chock, M.
Choy, I.
Chung, A.
Clemente, R.
Cochran, E.
Couch, D.
Cowden, F.
Creagan, R.
Crivello, S.
Crowley, K.
Cullen, T.
Danner, K.
David-Medeiros, M.
Davis, J.
DeCosta, B.
Dickson, B.
Djou, C.
Dubois, J.
Edwards Hunt, T.
Elefante, B.
English, J.
Eoff, K.
Evans, C.
Fale, R.
Fitzpatrick, J.
Fogel, F.
Fonoimoana, K.
Fowler, M.
Franks, V.
Frenzel, A.
Fukumoto, B.
Fukunaga, C.

Furfaro, J.
Gabbard, T.
Galuteria, B.
Gates, C.
Gonzales, R.
Grace, J.
Green, J.
Guzman, D.
Halvorsen, S.
Hannemann, M.
Har, S.
Harimoto, B.
Hashem, M.
Helsham, R.
Higa, A.
Hikida, W.
Hokama, G.
Hoomanawanui, J.
Hooser, G.
Ichiyama, L.
Ige, D.
Ilagan, G.
Ing, K.
Inouye, L.
Ito, K.
Jeremiah, B.
Johanson, A.
Jordan, J.
Kaahui, B.
Kaapu, C.
Kagawa, R.
Kahele, G.
Kamaka, J.
Kaneshiro, A.
Kanuha, D.

Kapoi, C.
Kawakami, D.
Keith-Agaran, G.
Kent, J.
Keohokalole, J.
Kidani, M.
Kim, D.
Kobayashi, B.
Kokoski, M.
Kong, S.
Ku, T.
Kuali'i, K.
Kukahiko, E.
Lalanne, J.
Lam, R.
Laranio, T.
Last, M.
Lee, C.
Lee, M.
Lethem, C.
Lindsey, C.
LoPresti, M.
Lowen, N.
Luke, S.
Magaoay, M.
Manutai, L.
Marlin, C.
Marshall, E.
Marten, C.
Martin, E.
Martinez, R.
Mathieu, V.
Matsumoto, L.
McDermott, B.
McInerny, H.

McKelvey, A.
Meyer, R.
Mizuno, J.
Molina, M.
Morikawa, D.
Moses, S.
Naipo, K.
Nakashima, M.
Nikhilananda, N.
Nishihara, C.
Nishimoto, S.
Ohno, T.
Onishi, D.
Onishi, R.
Oshiro, M.
Ozawa, T.
Paleka Jr., D.
Paltin, T.
Perry, D.
Pohle, R.
Poindexter, V.
Pontanilla, J.
Poti, L.
Pouha, N.
Rapozo, M.
Rhoads, K.
Riviere, G.
Ruis, R.
Saiki, S.
San Buenaventura, J.
Say, C.
Schatz, B.
Schiller, A.
Sharsh, L.
Shimabukuro, M.

Souki, J.
Stump, C.
Svrcina, E.
Tagavilla, M.
Takai, K.
Takayama, G.
Takayama, K.
Takumi, R.
Thielen, C.
Thomas, G.
Tokioka, J.
Tokuda, J.
Trask, M.
Tsuji, C.
Tsutsui, S.
Tupola, A.
Valenzuela, K.
Victorino, M.
Waihee, J.
Ward, G.
Waters, T.
Weinert, E.
Wendt, M.
White, M.
Wille, M.
Woodson, J.
Yamane, R.
Yamashita, K.
Yoder, S.
Yukimura, J.

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