Team Maile Shimabukuro Wins Justice Games 2014

Congratulations to 1st Place winner Team Maile Shimabukuro.

Congratulations to 1st Place winner Team Maile Shimabukuro.

Team Maile Shimabukuro is this year’s Justice Games winner, beating out 11 other teams for the honor of 1st place in our annual downtown Honolulu scavenger hunt and pau hana fundraiser. Leeward staff attorney, Maile Shimabukuro sponsored the winning team. The competition on 7/18/14 was intense as teams raced around downtown Honolulu solving clues, performing tasks, and overcoming technical difficulties with the game app. This year’s theme of “Access” helped expose many to the difficulties that our clients often go through in accessing legal help.

Congratulations to 1st Place winner Team Maile Shimabukuro.

Excerpt from Star-Advertiser 26 July 2014

From Homelessness, special session spur candidates
A former lawmaker and a community leader are among an incumbent’s rivals
By Timothy Hurley
Star-Advertiser 7/26/14

Shimabukuro, 43, has been a state senator since December 2010, when she was appointed by Gov. Neil Abercrombie to fill the seat vacated by Colleen Hana­busa, who was elected to Congress. [Shimabukuro subsequently won the senate seat in the 2012 elections.] Shi­ma­bu­kuro was a state House member since 2003.

She said she maintains a philosophy of taking care of those who are most vulnerable, and her focus during the past legislative session was on victims.1

She passed bills to provide hoo­pono­pono (the Hawaiian practice of reconciliation) for juvenile offenders and their victims and to allow abused children to change their names in divorces and sue the perpetrators. She also passed bills to increase disclosure of financial conflicts of interest of key decision-makers and got $50,000 allocated for illegally dumped tires.

Shimabukuro also won $1.5 million in improvements for Makaha Elementary School, as well as approval for a study that will look at relocating the Nana­kuli Avenue crosswalk, which has drawn complaints because of speeding drivers.2

One of her goals next session is to tackle the homeless and affordable-housing problems by looking at indigenous architecture and natural building. Shi­ma­bu­kuro hopes to come up with some building guidelines that will help clear the way for house construction with more affordable materials.

In addition, she wants to look into the possibility of allowing mobile homes and shipping containers as houses and allow them on Department of Hawaiian Home Lands or Hawaii Community Development Authority lands.

“It’s a radical idea,” she said. “People are afraid of blight, but the Leeward Coast has been dealing with this issue for a long time.”

1 For more on Senator Shimabukuro’s philosophy and goals, see Civil Beat: ‘Candidate Q&A — Senate District 21: Maile Shimabukuro’.

2 For more on Senator Shimabukuro’s accomplishments in 2014, see Over $94 Million in Improvements to the Leeward Coast and Maile’s 2014 Legislative Wrap-Up. Visit her official website and district 21 blog.

Senator Shimabukuro Appeared on ‘Insights’ on 7/24/14

Update 7/26/14

The Shimabukuro-Kahikina portion begins at the 28-minute mark.

Senator Shimabukuro

On July 24, 2014, from 8:30-9:00pm, Senator Shimabukuro participated in a discussion with her primary election challenger Michael Kahikina. The PBS Hawaii Insights program, “Election 2014: Candidates for State House District 33 (Aiea)/State Senate District 21 (Kalaeloa, Nanakuli, Waianae to Makaha),” was moderated by Daryl Huff. The video can be viewed on the Insight site. You can also watch the rebroadcast on Sunday, July 27.

Senator Shimabukuro

Senator Shimabukuro.

Senator Shimabukuro

Senator Shimabukuro.

Senator Shimabukuro

Senator Shimabukuro.

Senator Shimabukuro Participated in the 2014 Waianae Coast Candidate Forum 96792 on 7/12/14

Senator Shimabukuro participated in the 2014 Waianae Coast Candidate Forum 96792: Ep - 2 Senator, District 21, on 12 July 2014.

Senator Shimabukuro participated in the 2014 Waianae Coast Candidate Forum 96792: Ep – 2 Senator, District 21, on 12 July 2014. Click the image to watch the video on the Olelo site.


Senator Shimabukuro responds to a question.

Lokana Keliikoa-Pua and Cory Cordeiro served as moderators.

Lokana Keliikoa-Pua and Cory Cordeiro served as moderators.

‘Wai‘anae Film Series: E Ho‘i i ke Ea – Hawaiian Independence’ 7/25/14, 5pm

From Hawaiian Kingdom Independence Blog
Posted 7/23/14

Wai‘anae Film Series
E Ho‘i i ke Ea: Hawaiian Independence
for National and Global Justice

Friday, July 25

Kamehameha Schools
Community Learning Center
at Nānākuli 89-101 Farrington Hwy.
(Note: We have a new location!)

5:00pm – Pupus and dinner
5:30pm (sharp!) – Introductions and films
6:30pm – Guest speakers
7:15pm – Small group discussions
8:00pm – Large group reportback

Featured Films: Hawai‘i: A Voice for Sovereignty; The End of Poverty; Life and Debt

Featured Guest Speakers: Jon Osorio from Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies at UH Mānoa and MANA and Ilima Long from MANA


Please RSVP to or 454-4713 so that we can provide food for everyone

Cosponsors: Senator Maile Shimabukuro, AiKea, DMZ Hawai‘i/Aloha ‘āina, Hawai‘i Peace and Justice, UH Mānoa Hawai‘inuiākea, KAHEA: The Hawaiian-Environmental Alliance, MANA: movement for aloha no ka ‘āina, and the Wai‘anae Environmental Justice Working Group. Planning Committee: Pua Ford, Lucy Gay, Summer Miles, Ileana Ruelas, Pake Salmon, Laurel Mei Turbin. Food provided by Maimun.

The political views expressed in this program do not represent the views or opinions of KSBE or any of its affiliates.

Star-Advertiser Endorses Maile

Editorial: “Experience Makes the Difference
Star-Advertiser, 7/23/14

Incumbent Maile Shimabukuro faces Michael Kahikina in the Democratic primary for 21st District (Kalaeloa, Waianae, Makua). Kahikina has a long record of public service, including 12 years in the state House. However, Shimabukuro has represented the district well since being elected to the Senate in 2010 after serving in the House from 2003.

An activist legislator, she co-sponsored a measure that would expand the time allowed for victims to bring civil claims for child sexual abuse. She also took the lead in promoting a new law enhancing transparency by requiring financial disclosure statements from members of selected state boards and commissions.

Shimabukuro, 43, has pushed for legislation that would improve conditions in her economically deprived district, seeking special protections for taro farming, the widening of Farrington Highway in Nanakuli, expanding job training opportunities for her constituents and seeking alternatives to provide shelter for the homeless.

Among her GOP challengers, Tercia Ku offers the best choice for Republican primary voters. With a background as an educator and researcher, she has a solid record of community involvement and a centrist, pro-education platform. The other contenders are Johnnie-Mae Perry and Randy Roman Jr.

Sign Waving Primary 2014: Maps

Updated 7/24/14, 8/5/14

Sign waving for Friday 8/8 and Saturday 8/9 canceled because of weather.

Click here for the announcement.

Honokai Hale, 4-6pm: Friday 7/25, Monday 8/4, Wednesday 8/6, Friday 8/8

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Honokai Hale, after H1 merges into Farrington Hwy. Ocean on the left. Click image to enlarge.

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Honokai Hale. Click image to enlarge.

Tracks Beach, Thursday, 7/31/14, 6-8am

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Tracks Beach, between Honokai Hale and Nanakuli, just past the power plant. Look for the railroad “tracks” on the ocean side. Click image to enlarge.

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Tracks Beach Park. Click image to enlarge.

Primary Election Day

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Depots Beach (across Haleakala Ave.), Primary Election Day, Saturday, 8/9/14, 8-9:15am

Depots Beach, in Nanakuli, Farrington & Haleakala Ave.

Depots Beach, in Nanakuli, Farrington & Haleakala Ave.

Depots, just past Nanaikapono El. Click image to enlarge.

Depots, just past Nanaikapono El. Click image to enlarge.

Maili Beach Park (across St. John’s Rd), Primary Election Day, Saturday, 8/9/14, 9:30-10:45am

Maili Beach Park, Farrington & St. John’s Rd.

Maili Beach Park, Farrington & St. John’s Rd.

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Maili Beach Park. Click image to enlarge.

Waianae Library, Primary Election Day, Saturday, 8/9/14, 11am-12:15pm

Waianae Library, just past the edge of Waianae town, before Waianae HS.

Waianae Library, just past the edge of Waianae town, before Waianae HS.

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Waianae Library. Click image to enlarge.

Lahaina Street, by the entry to Makaha Elementary, Primary Election Day, Saturday, 8/9/14, 12:30-1:45pm

In Waianae, Lahaina St., by the entry to Makaha Elementary.

In Makaha, Lahaina St., by the entry to Makaha Elementary.

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From Farrington, turn right at Water Street, and the first right after that is Lahaina. Click image to enlarge.

Sign Waving Schedule: 2014 Primary Election!

Updated 8/5/14
Sign waving for Friday 8/8 and Saturday 8/9 canceled because of weather.


Join Friends of Maile Shimabukuro for sign waving on the following dates/times:

– Thursday, 7/31/14, 6-8am @ Tracks Beach (across HECO power plant)
– Monday, 8/4/14, 4-6pm @ Honokai Hale
– Wednesday, 8/6/14, 4-6pm @ Honokai Hale
– Friday, 8/8/14, 4-6pm @ Honokai Hale
– Saturday, 8/9/14 Primary Election Day:
– 8-9:15am Depots Beach (across Haleakala Ave.)
– 9:30-10:45am Maili Beach Park (across St. John’s Rd)
– 11am-12:15pm Waianae Library
– 12:30-1:45pm Makaha Elementary (Lahaina St.)

Click here for the maps.

Refreshments provided 🙂

Please note that dates/times are subject to change.

If you have any questions or want to help, contact Maile at or 349-3075.


Planned Parenthood of Hawaii Action Network Endorses Maile’s 2014 Campaign

From: Laurie Temple Field
Date: July 17, 2014 at 1:22:04 PM HST
To: <>
Subject: Response requested: Planned Parenthood of Hawaii Action Network Endorsement

Aloha Senator Shimabukuro,

It is a pleasure to inform you that Planned Parenthood of Hawaii Action Network has endorsed your candidacy for Senate District 21.

This endorsement acknowledges your commitment to protecting access to health care for women, men and young people and your belief that personal decisions regarding pregnancy are best left up to a woman and her doctor, not politicians.

We trust that you will be a strong advocate and champion for women’s health in the Hawaii State Legislature.

The Planned Parenthood of Hawaii Action Network (“PPHIAN”) is an independent, separately incorporated 501(c)(4) non-profit, non-partisan advocacy organization affiliated with Planned Parenthood of Hawaii. PPHIAN is dedicated to protecting and promoting reproductive and sexual health care through educational activities and the promotion and endorsement of pro-choice candidates.

Your support of reproductive rights and health means so much-not just to us, but to the 7000+ patients Planned Parenthood serves every year. Our patients are women, men, teens and families; they are your constituents. ONE IN FOUR American women has visited a Planned Parenthood affiliate health center in her lifetime. We are part of a national organization that reaches a network of nearly 6 million supporters across the country. On behalf of Planned Parenthood of Hawaii Action Network, we wish you the best of luck in the coming election.

Please contact me if you have any questions. Thank you!

Laurie Temple Field
Director of Public Affairs and Government Relations
Planned Parenthood of Hawaii Action Network
Planned Parenthood of Hawaii
1350 S. King St., Ste. 309
Honolulu, HI 96814
(808) 442-4226

Providing the people of Hawaii with exceptional sexual and reproductive health care and education through fearless advocacy and compassionate, affordable services.

Civil Beat: ‘Candidate Q&A — Senate District 21: Maile Shimabukuro’

By The Civil Beat Staff
Honolulu Civil Beat, 7/16/14

Read what Maile Shimabukuro has to say about her candidacy for Hawaii State Senate District 21.

Editor’s note: For Hawaii’s Aug. 9 primary, Civil Beat asked candidates to answer some questions.

The following came from Maile Shimabukuro, a Democratic candidate for state senator for District 21. Other candidates include Democrat Michael Kahikina, Republicans Johnnie-Mae Perry, Randy Roman and Tercia Ku, and nonpartisan Ruth Brown.

District 21 covers Kalaeloa, Honokai Hale, Ko Olina, Nanakuli, Maʻili, Waianae, Makaha, Makua

Go to Civil Beat’s Elections Guide for general information, and check out other candidates on the Primary Election Ballot.

Name: Maile Shimabukuro
Office: State Senate District 21
Party: Democrat
Profession: Attorney
Education: Juris Doctor (licensed attorney)
Age: 43
Community organizations: E Ala Voyaging Canoe advisory/fundraising committee; Waianae Hawaiian Civic Club honorary member; fundraising committee for legal services organization; Defend Waianae sponsor

1. Why are you running for the Hawaii Legislature?

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 the 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.

2. Are you satisfied with the current plans to pay for the state’s unfunded liabilities? If not, how would you propose to meet pension and health obligations for public workers?

I think that 2013’s Act 268 is a good plan. The law requires payments to be spread out over 30 years until the HI Employer-Union Health Benefits Trust Fund is fully solvent. I also liked the proposal to stop paying Medicare premiums for higher income level retirees.

3. Local officials and advocates have worked to address homelessness for years, yet the crisis is growing. What proposals do you have for this complicated issue?

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.

4. Where do you stand on labeling genetically engineered food and pesticide regulation? Are these public safety issues, or are the dangers exaggerated?

I support labeling. I do believe this is a public safety issue.

5. Hawaii’s cost of living is the highest in the country by many indicators. What can really be done to make things like housing, food and transportation less expensive?

Encourage more people to try riding the bus, using bikes, the rail, and other forms of alternative transportation. I catch the bus regularly to the Capitol, and it’s like a “reward” every time I step on. I can use my smartphone, read, write, socialize, sleep, and just plain relax in air-conditioned comfort. Even if I have to stand up it still beats driving hands down. If you live far from the bus stop you can ride your bike and store it on the bike rack or park nearby. At just $60 a month (cost of an adult bus pass), you save tons of money too!

See No. 3 regarding my ideas on housing. In regards to food, teach people about natural farming. It’s a growing trend, and people can do it in their own backyards.

6. Would you support using liquified natural gas as part of the state’s energy sources? And how can we improve the electrical distribution system so more renewable energy can be utilized to bring costs down?

Yes regarding liquified natural gas. I hope Hawaii can consider de-regulating electricity like they have in Texas. I believe this would allow more renewable energy sources to plug into the grid.

7. Hawaii’s public records law mandates that public records be made available whenever possible. Yet many citizens are unable to afford the costs that state and local government agencies impose. Would you support eliminating search and redaction charges and making records free to the public except for basic copying costs?

Yes, but perhaps on a sliding fee scale basis to keep costs down for taxpayers.

8. Are you satisfied with the way Hawaii’s public school system is run? How can it be run better?

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 it’s terrible that charter schools have to turn away students due to the lack of classroom space. A lot of these overflow students end up in private schools, which puts immense financial strain on the families. I think it would be a win-win because more students would be able to stay in their communities, which would increase the per pupil funding, create more jobs for homegrown teachers, keep more spending money in parents’ pockets, etc.

9. There is a desire to grow the economy through new development yet also a need to protect our limited environmental resources. How would you balance these competing interests?

Follow the example of the North Shore to fight for and succeed in preserving a portion of Turtle Bay.

10. What other important issue would you like to discuss here?

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.

Also, I think issues of political sovereignty and justice for Hawaiians should proceed as a two-part process. First, Hawaiians should be “recognized” as a race that the U.S. owes reparations to for past wrongs. This would preserve their current benefits. The second step is to allow the Hawaiians to decide for themselves about how they want to build their nation and sovereignty.

Read this article on the Civil Beat site.

Hawaii Teamsters & Allied Workers Endorses Maile’s 2014 Campaign

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Hawai’i Center for Food Safety Endorses Maile’s 2014 Campaign

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KITV4: ‘Vacancies on State Boards and Commissions Rise to 26’

Updated 7/15/14

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KITV4 – 7/14/14

Required Financial Disclosures Trigger Growing Exodus of Board Members

HONOLULU —Senator Maile Shimabukuro authored the bill that requires 15 additional state boards and commissions to make their financial disclosures public.

But she calls the more than two dozen resignations an unintended consequence.

“I am surprised that the numbers are so high,” said Shimabukuro.

The disclosures are something that lawmakers and certain state workers are required to do in the name of transparency.

Groups like Life of the Land, Common Cause and the League of Women Voters have pushed for improved accountability for years.

The financial disclosure forms include information about investments and debt that the groups say can be easily found just by Googling.

“The one thing that Google does not have is the conflicts of interest where you are making money from a certain source, and you are making rulings that affect that is the one thing. That is difficult to find on Google, that is the one thing that this bill would disclose,” said Life of the Land’s Henry Curtis.

The latest exodus of board members includes four from the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii that leaves a nine-member board with five– just barely enough for quorum.

Last week the list of resignations included five members from the State Land use Commission, leaving the nine-member board with just three members.

There were also four departures from the Agribusiness Development Corporation and the four resignations from the University of Hawaii Board of Regents.

Similar bills to require the public disclosures were vetoed by previous administrations. Gov. Neil Abercrombie let the bill go into effect without his signature.

Life of the Land wasn’t surprised about the departures, but said the new law is about accountability at all levels.

“Why should the regents be protected, but the deans disclose? it makes no sense.” said Curtis.

Curtis would like to see the law expanded to cover boards like the Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii which handles millions of dollars of contracts every year.

Shimabukuro hopes that the governor can reach fill the vacancies as soon as possible.

“There was an outpouring of support this legislation, so hopefully going forward, we will see stability, so the public knows going forward that this is a requirement. Hopefully, all this will pass,” said Shimabukuro.

The state ethics commission had planned to release current financial information for members sitting on boards and commissions online Monday.

But according to Les Kondo, of the state ethics commission, the state attorney general said releasing information that was previously private, would be improper.

The commission is expected to take up the matter at its meeting next week.

Read the article on the KITV4 site.

‘Big News: Hawaii Civil Window for child sex abuse victims EXTENDED; Includes public schools’

By Joelle Casteix
The Worthy Adversary
June 21, 2014

Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie just signed a law that extends Hawaii’s two-year civil window for sex abuse victims.

But there’s more: victims in public schools are NOW eligible for accountability under the new law. For the first time, sex offenders in public schools and the people who covered up for them—including powerful unions and other gov’t officials—are liable for the crimes of predatory gov’t employees.

Thank you Senator Maile Shimabukuro for your tireless work on behalf of victims.