West O’ahu, Hawai’i – 11/27/2023 – In a heartfelt announcement, Senator Maile Shimabukuro is preparing to bid farewell to her role as the State Senator for District 22 (West O’ahu), announcing her decision not to seek re-election in 2024. Reflecting on her remarkable journey through the State Legislature since 2003, Senator Shimabukuro expresses deep gratitude to the community for the privilege of serving.
Senator Shimabukuro acknowledges the crucial role played by her dedicated staff both past and present, including her current Chief of Staff Keahi Renaud, and Community Liaison Patrice Tanna. Senator Shimabukuro recognizes their invaluable support as the driving force behind her accomplishments. She extends appreciation to her supporters for their unwavering dedication, whether through hard work or moral support, and emphasizes the teamwork, mentorship, and camaraderie shared with colleagues, Capitol staff, and advocates.
In a significant endorsement, Senator Shimabukuro announces her full support for Representative Cedric Gates for the upcoming Senate position. “Representative Cedric Gates is an outstanding leader who has consistently demonstrated dedication and energy in serving our community since his election in 2016,” states Senator Shimabukuro. “I believe he has the vision and commitment to continue to deliver for the Leeward Coast.”
Responding to the endorsement, Representative Cedric Gates expresses gratitude: “I am truly honored to receive Senator Shimabukuro’s endorsement. Her legacy of service has been inspiring, and I am committed to continuing our collaborative efforts with our community for the betterment of the Westside.”
Senator Shimabukuro and Representative Cedric Gates have collaborated on numerous impactful projects for the Leeward Coast, achieving significant milestones. These include the repaving and raised crosswalks on Farrington Highway, the Nānākuli Public Library, the Nānākuli contraflow lane, and crucial facility improvements for all Leeward Coast schools, including the installation of air conditioner units. Grants have also been provided to support the impressive work of organizations like MA’O Organic Farms, Searider Productions, LCC Waianae Moku, Papahana O Kaiona, E Ala Voyaging Academy, Na Kama Kai, Wai’anae Coast Comprehensive Health Center, and many more.
While Senator Shimabukuro takes pride in her many accomplishments, she acknowledges that more work remains. Despite stepping away from public office, she remains steadfast in her commitment to seeing essential projects through. She looks forward to spending more time with family and friends, focusing on legal services work, volunteering, and appreciating life’s simple pleasures.
Senator Shimabukuro expresses confidence in the leadership of Representative Cedric Gates and Representative Darius Kila, assuring the community that the Leeward Coast is in good hands. She extends heartfelt thanks for the immense privilege of serving as the District’s State Senator, leaving a lasting legacy of dedication and service.