A Fond Farewell: Senator Maile Shimabukuro’s Decision Not to Seek Re-Election

In a significant endorsement, Senator Shimabukuro announces her full support for Representative Cedric Gates for the upcoming Senate position.

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.

Senator Maile Shimabukuro
P: (808) 349-3075 | E: MaileShimabukuro@yahoo.com | W: www.electmaile.com  

Haunted House Waianae HS Oct. 29 4-8PM

Graphic courtesy of Westside Stories


(𝐻𝑎𝑙𝑙𝑜𝑤𝑒𝑒𝑛 𝑖𝑠 𝑐𝑒𝑟𝑡𝑎𝑖𝑛𝑙𝑦 𝑐𝑜𝑚𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑢𝑝 𝑞𝑢𝑖𝑐𝑘)

Keiki game booth hosts welcome.  We could use kokua with more kids’ activities.  This is an excellent opportunity for your organization to educate keiki and spread the word about what you do.  Email me if you are interested in hosting a game booth, at maileshimabukuro@yahoo.com.  [Note: This is a political campaign event]


(𝘕𝘰 𝘴𝘤𝘢𝘳𝘦𝘥, 𝘫𝘶𝘴𝘵 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘥𝘦𝘧𝘪𝘯𝘪𝘵𝘦𝘭𝘺 𝘱𝘭𝘢𝘺)

~ 𝑺𝒆𝒏𝒂𝒕𝒐𝒓 𝑴𝒂𝒊𝒍𝒆


LEEWARD COAST VOTERS, please check your ballot online “Track Your Ballot” at https://hawaii.ballottrax.net/voter/. If you receive a notice that says “Ballot Rejected – Curable” please contact Senator Maile S. L. Shimabukuro at 808-349-3075.

There are 192 ballots that have been rejected due to invalid signatures, however, it can be cured and resubmitted. The deadline is November 16th at 4:30pm.

We are ahead by 72 votes, and we must maintain our lead. GET THE WORD OUT!

[Graphic courtesy of Westside Stories]

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More Neighbors & Friends Who Support Maile

“Maile eliminated the ‘recon’ inspection for modified cars, legalized paiai, gave child sex abuse victims more time to sue perpetrators, and so much more. Join us in voting for her!”
~Kuahine Ohana

~Art Frank

~Jordan Patterson

~Berny Luning

~James Cowles

~Pulicicchio Ohana

~Dean Marzol
~Joan Gallagher and Margaret Brash (HGEA)
~Kevin Johnson and Diane Dawson
~Emerita and Ronald Strode

Sign Waving Schedule

Tuesday 11/1/22, 6-7am @ Honokai Hale Park with Darius Kila

Wednesday 11/2/22, 4-5:30pm @ Maili Beach Park (across St John’s Rd)

Thursday 11/3/22, 4-5:30pm @ Wai’anae Mall

Friday 11/4/22, 4-5:30pm @ Zablan’s
with Darius Kila & Cedric Gates 

Saturday 11/5/22 9-11am Mass Sign Waving 
*Nanakuli @ Zablan’s w/Darius
*Maili @ Maili Beach/Across St John’s Rd w/Maile
*Waianae @ Waianae Mall w/Cedric 
*Makaha @ Maluhia Church/Across Waianae High w/Ray Sheldon 
*Lunch, 11:15-12:45 @ Waianae Korean BBQ

Monday 11/7/22, 4-5:30pm @ Waianae Mall

Tuesday 11/8/22 Election Day
*6-7am @ Honokai Hale Park with Darius Kila
*4-6pm @ Staxx in Maili 
*5pm-Midnight @ Staxx in Maili: Election Night Party 

Wednesday 11/9/22 Mahalo Sign Waving 
*4-5:30pm @ Zablan’s 

T-Shirts & Bumper Stickers 
T-shirts in size L, XL, and XXL; and bumper stickers are available.  Let me know if you’re interested.

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns.  Join us at sign waving and Spread the word.  Mahalo again for your support!!

~Senator Maile Shimabukuro


808-349-3075 (texts preferred)

Join Us for Brochure Bagging 10/20-10/21, and Mass Canvassing 10/22!

The Democratic coordinated campaign needs help bagging brochures for a literature drop on the Waianae Coast this Saturday that benefits our Democratic candidates up and down the ticket. 

Please recruit bunches of good volunteers to put together 4,000 bags for this literature drop. 

Brochure bagging volunteers are needed on Thursday 10/20/22, and Friday 10/21/22,  from noon – 8 pm at the Josh Green Headquarters  1950 N. King St. (King St./Mokauea St). Snacks and good fun camaraderie provided!  

Please also join us for the Mass Canvassing on Saturday 10/22/22, 8-11am at Maili Beach Park (meet across St. John’s Road). Breakfast, snacks, drinks, and lunch provided.

Contact Ian Ross ianross.hi@gmail.com or text Senator Maile Shimabukuro at 808-349-3075 with questions. Spread the word, Mahalo!

🦇 Haunted House & Trunk or Treat Bash 🎃

The Nanakuli High & Intermediate School Robotics Team will be “spooking” you at the Haunted House!
We are seeking kokua with:
– donations of “Trunk or Treat” &/or table-hosted games, pupu, snacks/desserts, water/juice, ice/coolers, keiki prizes, decorations, and
– volunteers to assist with set up, clean up, water & food stations, etc.
Email maileshimabukuro@yahoo.com if you would like to kokua. Come join the fun and spread the word. Mahalo for your support!

Join Us in Voting to Re-Elect Maile!

“Maile championed the Nanakuli contraflow lane, MA’O Organic Farms’ two land purchases, the Searider Productions building, and so much more.  We need to keep her in the State Senate because she gets things done!”

  • Sen. Maile Shimabukuro; Kimberly Mahiai (HSTA); Lehua Mahiai; Maika Mahiai; Wendell Mahiai (UPW), Rep. Cedric Gates; Darius Kila
  • Lily Cabinatan
  • Lynette Cruz
  • Richard Medeiros
  • Marion Laquihon, Jr.
  • Heather Graeber
  • Sarah and Keoni Ford
  • Shaina Caporoz
  • Jd and Prudence Quebatay (IBEW)
  • Nicole Rigor (IBEW)
  • Patrice Tanna and Cisco Santos
  • Josiah Tubbs
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Sen. Shimabukuro Passes Bill to Help Domestic Violence Victims Flee During Divorces

SB828 allows domestic violence victims to flee off-island for safety prior to the completion of their divorce. Previously, if a DV victim did not remain on island for 3 months, and in the state for 6 months, HI courts would dismiss their divorces. Here is a link to SB828, which was introduced by Sen. Maile Shimabukuro, and was part of the Legislative Women’s Caucus Package: https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/Archives/measure_indiv_Archives.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=828&year=2021. See August 2022 KHON News story about the bill: https://www.khon2.com/local-news/more-shelter-space-needed-as-domestic-violence-survivors-flee/amp/

Maile’s Accomplishments & Vision

Senator Maile Shimabukuro’s Key Accomplishments 2022
~ Homelessness & Housing: $15m Ohana Zones; $23m Housing Subsidies for TANF recipients; $10m Public Housing; $5m Affordable Home Ownership; $500,000 Rental Assistance; $600,000 Safe Spaces for Homeless Youth
~ Traffic Mitigation: $31m to continue extending the 5th lane and contraflow; parallel route from Paakea Road to Lualualei Naval Road; sidewalk and other safety improvements; elimination of eastbound merge
~ Education: Papahana O Kaiona alternative learning center facility at Old Kaiser Building on St. John’s Road ($2m); Waianae High Marine Science Learning Center and Fish Hatchery ($2.8m; SB3190) and Rubberized All-Weather Track ($4m); Nanakuli High and Intermediate Performing Arts Auditorium ($2m) and Baseball Field improvements ($1.5m)

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Join Us In Voting to Re-Elect Senator Maile Shimabukuro!

“In 2022 alone, Maile helped to secure roughly $1B for DHHL; $50m for low income housing; $31m for traffic relief; $40m for a Waianae-owned carbon capture project; $10m for Waianae Coast schools; and passed laws to improve our quality of life. She has the track record, relationships, experience, and character we need to continue representing us in the state senate!”
1) Kapua, Kaili, Meleana, and Kaleo Keliikoa-Kamai
2) Mary and Rocky Naeole
3) Tammy Simbahon-Cabral
4) Ed Werner
5) Paul Aio
6) Sylvia Day

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Waianae High JV Baseball DII OIA State Champions Honored by Rep. Gates, Darius Kila, and Sen. Shimabukuro!

Waianae High JV Baseball 2022 DII OIA State Champions

On 6/30/22, Rep. Gates, Darius Kila, and I congratulated the Waianae High School JV Baseball team.  Check out this link to more photos of the event: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/m53106k6x75kp1z/AAByqGattQtGR8ugtnJIB3_7a?dl=0 

On December 29, 2021, the team won their first game at Radford High School. Each Wednesday and Saturday they excelled.  They won every game except their one loss against Waipahu.  

Continue reading “Waianae High JV Baseball DII OIA State Champions Honored by Rep. Gates, Darius Kila, and Sen. Shimabukuro!”

Join Us for Sign Waving Every Tu/Thur/Fri & At Our Upcoming Campaign Events!

Join me and fellow Democratic candidates Darius Kila and Rep. Cedric Gates for our election events!

**Sign Waving**
-Tuesdays 6-7am at Honokai Hale Park and 4-5:30pm at Zablan’s (corner of Laumania Ave. and Pohakunui Ave.)
-Thursdays 4-5:30pm, at Zablan’s
-Fridays 4-5:30pm at Zablan’s
-HSTA Mass Sign Waving 10/20/22, 4-5pm at Zablan’s
-Halloween Costume Sign Waving 10/29/22, 9-11am at Zablan’s
(until the General Election or until further notice).

**Phone Banking**
-10/19/22; 5-7:30pm
-11/02/22, 5-7:30pm
Location: Josh Green’s Headquarters (across Kalihi Zippy’s; North King St./Mokauea St.)

**Mass Canvassing**
10/22/22, 8am-noon; meet at Maili Beach Park
(breakfast and lunch provided)

**Halloween Haunted House & Trunk or Treat Bash**

10/29/22, 5-9pm @ Ka Waihona o Ka Naauao Public Charter School
-seeking donations of pupus, desserts, “Trunk or Treat” and/or table hosted games; and
-seeking volunteers to assist with set up, clean up, kitchen area, etc.

Endorsements are also sought. Email maileshimabukuro@yahoo.com if you would like to kokua. Spread the word!

Sen. Shimabukuro on ‘ThinkTech Hawaii: Politics and Land’ 6/29/22

On 6/29/22, I participated in the production of ThinkTech Hawaii Politics and Land in Hawaii talk show on “Maile Shimabukuro, State Senator.”  It was hosted by Dennis Esaki, and we enjoyed the discussion very much.  It was streamed live on thinktechhawaii.com.

I would like to share my experience with you.  The show has been uploaded on demand to YouTube.com (see https://youtu.be/DyTu_n_gIeg) and vimeo.com (see https://vimeo.com/725521814), and you can see the show by (1) clicking on either of those links or (2) clicking on one of the videos below.

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Sen. Shimabukuro’s Civil Beat 2022 Candidate Questionnaire 

Name: Maile Shimabukuro  
Office seeking: State Senate District 22
Occupation: Attorney 
Community organizations/prior offices held: State House Representative (2003-2010); Women of Wai’anae member; Landshark Invitational Surf Meet planner and participant; HI Food Bank supporter; Women’s Legislative Caucus and Native Hawaiian Caucus member 
Date of birth, or alternatively, age as of Aug. 13, 2022, and as of Nov. 8, 2022: 51 and 52
Place of residence: Waianae 
Campaign websiteelectmaile.com


1. What is the biggest issue facing your district, and what would you do about it?
Traffic.  Fortunately, this session I worked with my colleagues Rep. Cedric Gates, Rep. Stacelynn Eli, and others, to obtain $31m to extend the fifth lane on Farrington Highway, work on a parallel route, improve sidewalks, and implement other traffic calming and safety measures.  Earlier this year at the suggestion of constituent Ryan Tolentino of Tolentino Honey, I worked with DOT to alter the afternoon contraflow in Nanakuli so that the eastbound merge could be eliminated.  This change vastly improved traffic flow for the many teachers, medical staff, social workers, parents, and others heading eastbound out of the Waianae Coast in the afternoons, without significantly delaying traffic for westbound commuters.

2. Many people have talked about diversifying the local economy for many years now, and yet Hawaii is still heavily reliant on tourism. What, if anything, should be done differently about tourism and the economy?
As far as diversifying the economy, I am proud to say that I fought for $40m in special purpose revenue bonds for DIBSHawaii to engage in a carbon capture project via SB2865.  DIBSHawaii is owned by Keoni Ford, a Hawaiian from Waianae.  Ford and his colleagues plan to build a net-zero carbon capture storage utilization platform that will recover vented carbon dioxide emissions and scrub and liquify the emissions into food-grade liquid carbon dioxide.  The recovered carbon dioxide may be placed in pressurized storage tanks, creating a virtual terminal for food-grade carbon dioxide to be utilized across the State.  This product will be utilized for agriculture, energy, and carbon storage in support of the food security and resilience goals of the State.  The intent is for seventy-five percent of the repurposed carbon dioxide to be dedicated to agriculture and energy.  The other twenty-five percent is projected to be dedicated to the DOD to be used as critical process input to create renewable jet fuel and further advance dry ice cleaning efforts, as well as for carbon dioxide mineralization in concrete for state government projects.  Other intended uses include hemp carbon sequestration, hemp soil remediation, hemp building material, hemp wellness, the farming of hops and other crops. 

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Star-Advertiser Endorses Senator Shimabukuro for 2018 General Election (10/16/18)

Star-Advertiser “Editorial: In Senate Races, Experience Counts” (15 Oct. 2018)

District 21 (Kalaeloa-Waianae-Makaha): Democratic incumbent Maile Shimabukuro gets our nod over Republican Diamond Garcia, a pastor and fledgling politician. Since joining the Legislature in 2003 and the Senate in 2010, Shimabukuro has been effective in advocating for this district’s needs, such as Nanakuli traffic projects and funds to improve area schools’ programs and building. As Hawaiian Affairs Committee chairwoman and an attorney for a nonprofit legal aid office, Shimabukuro knows her community well, and has earned another term.