MAILE’S ACCOMPLISHMENTS


“I am proud of the things I have been able to achieve while in office.” -Rep. Maile Shimabukuro (D), House of Representatives District 45, Waianae, Makaha, Makua


EDUCATION
Air conditioning and/or power upgrades for Wai`anae High School ($2m), Wai`anae Intermediate School ($400,000), and Kamaile Elementary School ($500,000)
Fans for Leihoku, Makaha, Wai`anae, and Kamaile Elementary Schools; and for Wai`anae Intermediate and Wai`anae High Schools
Teacher Induction Program: $1m to fund a new teacher mentoring/orientation program for WHS and its feeder schools (co-introduced with Sen. Hanabusa)

HOUSING
Kahikolu Ohana Hale O Wai`anae: transitional and low cost rentals at Uluwehi ($500,000 operating funds; $1m CIP)
Habitat for Humanity grant-in-aid
Ohana Ola O Kahumana: additional transitional housing units and community center
Rent Supplement Program: added a 3 month period to secure a rental unit to the state rent supplement program

TRANSPORTATION
Turn Lanes at Nanakuli and Haleakala Avenues ($2m)
Wai`anae Coast pathway: secured $5,000 AlohaCare grant; organized volunteer clean-ups and work days


JOB TRAINING
Waianae Maritime Academy grant-in-aid
MA`O Organic Farm internship program/partnership with LCC ($75,000/year)

ENVIRONMENT
Makaha Surfing Beach: replacement shower
Solar Energy: increased incentives to participate in the net energy metering program, which allows residential and small commercial customers to sell back excess energy earned through solar power to HECO
Artificial Surfing Reef: resolution urged designation of the Wai`anae Coast for an artificial surfing reef pilot project (Senate companion became vehicle)

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Hale Na`au Pono building improvements
Empower Wai`anae grant-in-aid
Indigenous Architecture: legalized traditional hale, halau, and other native Hawaiian structures for residential and non residential use statewide (Senate companion became the vehicle)

HUMAN SERVICES
Disability benefits: allowed the disabled to claim both physical and mental disability when seeking welfare assistance
Good Cause Exemption for disabled: allowed the disabled to claim good cause from requirement to pursue medical treatment
Due Process for the Needy: required that appeals hearings for welfare recipients be conducted in a fair and impartial manner
Medicaid reimbursement: increased Medicaid/QUEST reimbursement rates for outpatient treatment

Operating Engineers’ Union Picnic


Maile attended the Operating Engineers’ Union’s picnic at Lanikohonua in August.

Top Photo: Maile with John Monis.

Botton Photo: Kalani Mahoe, Maile, and an Operating Engineers V.P. from California.

Cal Domen Endorses Maile

Wai`anae resident Cal Domen was proud to endorse Maile at his car show in August at the Makaha Resort. He is pictured with Maile’s mother, Karen Young.

Statement from Maile

Aloha!

Please re-elect me to represent you in the 45th House District of Wai`anae, Makaha, and Makua. I have represented this district since 2003, and currently serve as the Chair of the Human Services and Housing (HSH) Committee.

I am proud to report that I have secured funding for many critical projects on the Wai`anae Coast, including:

— Air conditioning and power upgrades for Wai`anae High School ($2m) — AlohaCare grant for Wai`anae Coast pathway ($5,000) — Ohana Ola O Kahumana: additional transitional housing units and community center
— Kahikolu Ohana Hale O Wai`anae: transitional and low cost rentals at Uluwehi ($500,000 operating funds; $1m CIP)
— Habitat for Humanity
— Power upgrade for Wai`anae Intermediate School ($400,000)
— Power upgrade for Kamaile Elementary School ($500,000)
— Fans for Leihoku, Makaha, Wai`anae, and Kamaile Elementary; and for Wai`anae Intermediate and Wai`anae High School
— Funding for Wai`anae Maritime Academy
— Turn Lanes at Nanakuli and Haleakala Avenues ($2m)
— Building Improvements for Hale Na`au Pono
— Funding for Empower Wai`anae — Makaha Surfing Beach: replacement shower
— $75,000/year for MA`O Farm

I have also authored the following bills that have become law:

— Rent Supplement Program: added a 3 month period to secure a rental unit to the state rent supplement program
— Net Energy Metering: increased incentives to participate in the program, which allows residential and small commercial customers to sell back excess energy earned through solar power to HECO
— Indigenous Architecture: legalized traditional hale, halau, and other native Hawaiian structures for residential and non residential use statewide (Senate companion became the vehicle)
— Disability benefits: allowed the disabled to claim both physical and mental disability when seeking welfare assistance
— Good Cause Exemption for disabled: allowed the disabled to claim good cause from requirement to pursue medical treatment
— Medicaid reimbursement: increased Medicaid/QUEST reimbursement rates for outpatient treatment
— Due Process for the Needy: required that appeals hearings for welfare recipients be conducted in a fair and impartial manner
— Artificial Surfing Reef: resolution urged designation of the Wai`anae Coast for an artificial surfing reef pilot project (Senate companion became vehicle)

Please visit my website, http://electmaile.blogspot.com/, for more information.

Supporter Art Frank

Wai`anae resident Art Frank attended Maile’s fundraiser at Compadres on July 31. It was a blast!

Photo by: Kaimana Pine

Maile in the News

Maile’s Response’s to Star-Bulletin Candidate Questionnaire

Candidates Name: Maile Shimabukuro
Party Affiliation: Democrat
Age (as of Sept. 7, 2008 ) and Birth date: 37, 10/01/70
Office sought (include district if applicable): House District 45
Profession or current employment: lawyer for a non profit legal services organization
Other pertinent experience (Please include a 10 words or less on your background.): reporter, law clerk, research assistant, paralegal, cashier, newspaper carrier, waitress

QUESTIONNAIRE:

What qualifies you to be a state representative?
I have served as representative of district 45 since 2003, and have been the chair of the Human Services and Housing Committee since 2007. I have worked as a paralegal and now an attorney at a non profit legal services office since 1992, and specialize in public benefit, family and housing law. I am a member of the Wai`anae Lion’s Club, MA’O Organic Farm ad hoc fundraising committee, HI Children’s Trust Fund Advisory Board, Governor’s Affordable Housing Regulatory Review Board; and co-chair of the Health and Human Services Committee of the Democratic Party of HI. For more information, visit: http://electmaile.blogspot.com/

What is the most important issue facing your district and, if elected, what will you do about it?
The sense that we are not entirely in control of our own destiny, eg, in the areas of development, land use, and resource-allocation, for instance. I like what they’ve done in areas like the North Shore with land trusts. I am working on organizing the purchase of agricultural land in Waianae for a self-help housing farming co-op. I also want to tap the City’s Clean Water and Natural Lands fund to create more parks and restore streams. Further, I am fighting the Lingle administration’s attempts to take resources away from community based non profits like Hale Na`au Pono and AlohaCare.

What is one thing you would do in office to improve the local economy?
Establishing government-sponsored universal healthcare would make it easier to start small businesses by relieving employers from the high cost of insuring their employees. A universal healthcare system could also free individuals from liability fears, and thereby encourage things like medical facilities, professional firms, skateparks, self-help housing projects, construction companies, and other endeavors that are often stalled due to the high costs of liability insurance. Similarly, government-sponsored universal college education would fill the gap we now have in professionals, stop the “brain drain,” and create more home grown entrepreneurs and businesses.

Do you support convening a Constitutional Convention? Please explain.
Yes. We need a forum for non-elected officials and other minority voices to be heard. Measures that passed, such as the Important Agricultural Lands bill, and measures that failed, such as the ban on genetically modified taro, were very upsetting to many. We need to strengthen the charge to protect agricultural land. Most on the Leeward Coast are distraught by the loss of Aloun and other farms, and the leveling of gigantic tracks of former farm land for thousands of new homes. We must change the makeup of the LUC/Planning Commission and require environmental and Hawaiian culture specialists as members.

Do you support Oahus planned rail-transit system ? Please explain.
I support mass transit, whether it’s rail or another version. I have concerns about the steel-on-steel proposal due to the cost implications. Traffic on the Leeward Coast has always been horrendous, and is only getting worse. The rising cost of gas is making it impossible for many to continue to drive. Our bus system is decent, but needs to be enhanced. Anything (within reason) to help make a commute without a car easier is worth supporting. The system must accommodate the needs of the Waianae Coast , perhaps with a station at Ko Olina that would benefit tourists and locals alike.

What can the Legislature do to improve Hawaiis public education?
Simple – air condition the schools! New school buildings must utilize renewable energy for air conditioning, or be built to take advantage of natural cooling systems like the wind. We should allow more charter schools while balancing the needs of the existing schools. One thing needed is to ensure that staff at conversion charter schools do not lose any benefits. Requiring all schools to budget for the average teacher salary is devastating to rural and hard-to-fill schools like those in Wai`anae. Our schools are paying over $75,000/year per teacher even though they have a high amount of new teachers every year.