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.

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

Updated 7/15/14

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Click image to watch the video on the KITV4 site.

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.

Star-Advertiser Editorial Urges Governor to Sign SB2682

Don’t Veto Public’s Right to Know
Star-Advertiser Editorial
27 June 2014

Gov. Neil Abercrombie has signaled that he might veto a bill that would require members of powerful state boards and commissions to file financial statements for public disclosure, which could reveal potential conflicts of interest. By failing to promptly sign this measure, the governor is putting the privacy concerns of a limited number of influential individuals ahead of the public interest.

The public interest must always come first. Like the state Ethics Commission and good-government groups such as Common Cause Hawaii, we urge the governor to overcome his reservations and sign Senate Bill 2682 by the July 8 deadline, or let it become law without his signature. If he goes ahead with the rejection, state lawmakers — who unanimously approved this bill in the House and Senate — should override the veto.

blurb sb2682

Approval of this bill would make Hawaii’s government more transparent and accountable by increasing the number of powerful boards and commissions whose members are subject to public disclosure requirements. Similar scrutiny, we note, already is endured without harm by numerous parties, including elected officials, candidates for statewide office and department directors. All accept this reasonable disclosure requirement as part and parcel of public service.

Members of selected appointed boards already are covered, too, including the state Board of Education — which has no shortage of able, willing volunteers. That fact makes it all the more irksome that the University of Hawaii’s Board of Regents is not covered, and that some of its members are leading the charge to kill this bill.

Moreover, they seek to elude the scrutiny that leaders of the very institutions they oversee accept, for the UH president, vice presidents, assistant vice presidents, chancellors and provosts are among the state employees whose financial disclosure statements already are made available for public inspection.

SB 2682 would rightly add the Board of Regents and 15 other state boards, commissions and agencies to the list, including the Public Utilities Commission, the Hawaii Community Development Authority, the Hawaiian Homes Commission, the Board of Land and Natural Resources, the state Land Use Commission and the Ethics Commission.

Currently, members of those boards must file financial disclosure forms with the Ethics Commission, but the commission holds on to them; they are not available to the public. The Ethics Commission, which supports the bill, lacks the staffing and other resources to properly review all those forms for potential conflicts of interest. Interested members of the public can do it, and they should have the right to — especially considering the great authority the affected boards wield over the lives of everyday citizens and the future of our state. Higher education, water and energy use, land development, and on and on — the most important issues of our day fall within the realms of these boards and commissions.

Critics contend that having to publicly reveal details about their finances will dissuade highly qualified volunteers from serving on these important government panels. We believe this fear is overblown. The loss of the few appointees who might resign over approval of this bill pales against the greater good. Board members themselves should embrace this new approach. Their responsibility to the taxpayers is clear, and should override any personal unease.

Hawaii needs a more open government, and Senate Bill 2682 helps provide it. Sign this bill, Gov. Abercrombie, and strike a blow for the public’s right to know.

Progressive PAC Endorses Maile’s 2014 Campaign

Email dated 6/12/14:

Progressive PAC met last night to begin the endorsement process. We did early endorsement for eleven candidates who have demonstrated a commitment to the progressive cause. We are proud to endorse one Republican, one Green, and nine Democrats. (We are not affiliated with the Democratic Party.) We will be surveying over thirty other candidates and adding to the endorsement list. We also hope to raise some money for a few targeted races. More on that later.
For now I congratulate you on your endorsement. Our organization has been making endorsements for eight years. Feel free to list us among your endorsements.
Chuck Huxel, Chair of Progressive PAC
John Bickel, Treasurer

Maile Will Be Participating in the WCCH 2014 Candidates Forum July 11 & 12 – Live Broadcast

Tune in July 11 (4-8 p.m.) and July 12 (12 pm to 8pm) to hear from our candidates and their issues.  You’ll be able to text and/or call in your questions, LIVE!  Olelo TV, channel 49. Tune in July 11 (4-8 p.m.) and July 12 (12 pm to 8pm) to hear from our candidates and their issues. You’ll be able to text and/or call in your questions, LIVE! Olelo TV, channel 49. Senator Shimabukuro will be participating. Click image to enlarge.

Sierra Club Hawaii Endorses Maile’s 2014 Campaign

Source: Sierra Club Hawaii Chapter

The best thing you can do for Hawai‘i’s environment is to vote.

Putting the right people in office is more than half the battle in our conservation work. The Sierra Club has done its best to select the best applicants for the job. Please support these candidates in the upcoming elections.

Want to do more?  Consider contacting Senator Shimabukuro [] and offering to assist her as a constituent and as a Sierra Club volunteer!

Patsy T. Mink PAC Endorses Maile’s 2014 Campaign

Updated 6/12/14

The Patsy T. Mink Political Action Committee endorses and contributes to Pro-Choice Democratic Women candidates for state legislative offices.

Patsy T. Mink (1927 -2002) was a distinguished, dedicated, and innovative legislative trailblazer who overcame gender and racial discrimination to become one of the most influential public servants of her generation. In 1964, she made history when she was elected to the United States House of Representatives, becoming the first woman of color elected to the national legislature and the first Asian-American congresswoman. She championed the rights of immigrants, minorities, women, and children, and worked to eradicate the kind of discrimination she had faced in her life.

Patsy Matsu Takemoto Mink

Patsy T. Mink was a visionary leader in educational reform and is recognized as the major author and sponsor of Title IX, which was renamed by Congress in her honor. This legislation brought academic and athletic gender equity to American educational institutions. She was a strong environmental advocate and worked tirelessly on energy policy issues of regional, national and global impact.

The Patsy T. Mink Political Action Committee seeks to honor the integrity and value of Patsy T. Mink’s life work by dedicating its efforts to perpetuating her legacy by assisting Pro-Choice Democratic women to attain and retain elective office.

The Patsy T. Mink Political Action Committee is a non-candidate committee established under Hawaii laws governing political activities of organizations and regulated by the State Campaign Spending Commission; it is not affiliated with the Patsy Takemoto Mink Foundation or the Mink Family.

Update 6/12/14:
From: john bickel
Date: June 12, 2014 at 3:57:14 PM HST
To: Maile Shimabukuro
Subject: Congratulations on Your Endorsement

Progressive PAC met last night to begin the endorsement process. We did early endorsement for eleven candidates who have demonstrated a commitment to the progressive cause. We are proud to endorse one Republican, one Green, and nine Democrats. (We are not affiliated with the Democratic Party.) We will be surveying over thirty other candidates and adding to the endorsement list. We also hope to raise some money for a few targeted races. More on that later.

For now I congratulate you on your endorsement. Our organization has been making endorsements for eight years. Feel free to list us among your endorsements.

Chuck Huxel, Chair of Progressive PAC
John Bickel, Treasurer

Justice Games 2014 on July 18, 5-9PM at eleven44

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Legal Aid’s 3rd Annual Justice Games

Please join us for Legal Aid’s 3rd Annual Justice Games Scavenger Hunt and Pau Hana Fundraiser.

Friday July 18, 2014 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM HST
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1144 Bethel St
Honolulu, HI 96813

Driving Directions

Teams will race around Downtown Honolulu solving puzzles and completing challenges to compete for glory and prizes. The race will begin at eleven44 at 6:00pm.

Spectators are welcome to join us for Pau Hana at eleven44 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm. Watch as teams post photos and updates to our Justice Games Facebook page. Support your team to help them win Fan Favorite and enjoy drinks and pupus.

Sponsors can also purchase clues to help a team solve the most difficult of riddles. Clues can be purchased online before the games at until midnight on Thursday July 17th
. These clues will be given to teams at the start of the race.

Check out pictures from last year’s event: Justice Games 2013

Click the link below for more information and to register a team or RSVP for the pau hana event.

Register Now!

I can’t make it

If you have questions about the event please feel free to contact Elise von Dohlen (contact information below).

We look forward to seeing you at Justice Games 2014!

Photo from 2013 Justice Games.
Photo from Justice Games 2013.


Friends of Maile Shimabukuro (FOMS) will be volunteering at a Puu Heleakala playgound build day in Nanakuli this Saturday, 6/7/14, starting at 8:30am.

We are seeking more volunteers.  Bring tools if possible.  More information about the event can be found at this link:

FOMS t-shirts will be provided to all volunteers.  For more information on how you can help, call Shayne Sakoda at 848-7423.