Mahalo to UHPA and Link to Video

from: Maile Shimabukuro
to: UHPA
date: Mon, Aug 13, 2012 at 11:18 PM
subject: Statement, Photo, & Video for UHPA

Dear UHPA:

Mahalo nui loa for your endorsement of my 2012 campaign [click here for related post], and for all of your past generous support! In response to your request for a 200 word statement, photo, and video, I am sending you this email. My photo is attached, and my statement is below. I have also included a link to my 2010 “Candidates in Focus” video, where I mention that LCCW is one of my top priorities. I can provide an updated video if you would like.


As the daughter of a proud UHPA member, Professor James Shimabukuro of KCC, I want to continue to make higher education a top priority. Three of my proudest achievements relate the higher education. The first was establishing dedicated funding for a faculty position at Leeward Community College-Wai`anae (LCCW) to serve as the liaison between the college and MA’O Organic Farm, which runs a program to help youth earn their AA degrees. The second was obtaining $3m to help LCCW pursue their goal of purchasing their own building and expanding. I also supported UH West O`ahu’s (UHWO) efforts to obtain $48m by being part of a “hui” of legislators who requested these funds.

Making higher education more accessible for those in rural communities like the Wai`anae Coast will go a long way toward addressing our high teacher turnover, lack of medical professionals, lack of social workers, lack of entrepeneurialism, etc. on this Coast. Encouraging high tech jobs such as film and TV training is the perfect fit for an area like the Wai`anae Coast, where Searider Productions and Makaha Studios were born. I would definitely encourage LCCW and UHWO to continue to stop the “brain drain” to help our economy overall.

Here is my 2010 “Candidates in Focus” video:

Thanks again!


Aloha ,
Sen. Maile Shimabukuro
District 21
(Kalaeloa, Honokai Hale, Ko Olina, Nanakuli, Ma`ili, Wai`anae, Makaha, Makua)
808-349-3075 phone
Twitter: @SenMaile

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