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.

FREE Halloween Party 10/28/18 🎃 👻!!

Join the fun @ Friends of Maile Shimabukuro’s “Halloween Fun and Game Party” on Sunday, Oct. 28, 4-7pm, at Aloha Sub in Nanakuli (near $10 Tire Store & Boyd’s Fish Market off Mohihi St.). Please RSVP and spread the word!

UPDATE: NEW SIGN-WAVING SCHEDULE

UPDATE: NEW SIGN-WAVING SCHEDULE

Friends of Maile Shimabukuro is joining Governor Ige’s Democratic Candidate mass sign waving on:

*Wednesday afternoons from 3:30-6pm, in Nanakuli along Farrington Hwy at Zablan Beach Park (ewa/west end of Pohakunui Avenue). Benjamin Gates plans to bring a few of my signs; and

*Thursday afternoons from 3:30-5:30pm, in Honokai Hale (Across Kamokila Park/Laaloa St. at the “triangle”), starting 10/11/18.

Hope to see you there, spread the word!

Maile’s 2018 Sign-Waving Schedule Sep 24 – Nov 6: Mondays & Wednesdays

Aloha!  Join Friends of Maile Shimabukuro for sign waving starting on Monday 09/24/18 through 11/06/18 along Farrington Highway on:

Mondays: 4:30-6pm @ Across Honokai Hale/Kamokila Community Park (see map below); and

Wednesdays: 5:00-6:30am @ Honokai Hale -Kamokila Community Park:

Other Democratic Candidates are welcome to join us. We will send out updates if there are any changes. Hope to see you there. Spread the word!

Mahalo for your support,
~ Senator Maile Shimabukuro
District 21-Wai’anae Coast, Ko Olina, Honokai Hale, Kalaeloa
808-349-3075

Hawaii Democratic Women’s Caucus Endorses Sen. Shimabukuro

From: Hawaii Democratic Womens Caucus
To: Maile Shimabukuro
Sent: Tuesday, September 18, 2018, 8:18:24 PM HST
Subject: Hawaii Democratic Women’s Caucus endorsement

Dear Senator Shimabukuro,

We’re pleased to inform you that the Women’s Caucus of the Democratic Party of Hawaii is endorsing you in the General election. We congratulate you on your successful Primary election and support you in the General election.

The members of the Democratic Women’s Caucus recognizes it is vitally important to elect women at all levels of government to defend our rights and represent our interests in the legislative process. We continue to be concerned that women are underrepresented in the process of policy making and legislation, but are encouraged that so many women have run in the 2018 election.

The Democratic Party will be organizing a Get Out the Vote (GOTV) rally on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018 at Moanalua High School from 3 – 5 p.m. for all Democratic candidates. The Women’s Caucus will be supporting the rally and want to make sure you know you are invited to speak, bring your supporters and signs, take videos and pictures for use in your campaign.

Please let us know if you have any upcoming events that we can publicize to our membership and how else we can be of assistance.

Amy Monk & Nicole Woo
Co-Chairs
Hawaii State Democratic Women’s Caucus
hidemwomen @ gmail.com
www.facebook.com/hawaiiDWC/

Senator Shimabukuro: Sand Erosion at Makaha Beach 9/3/18

KHON2: “Sand restoration begins Tuesday to protect homes at Makaha Beach
By: Kimberlee Speakman
Posted: Sep 03, 2018

HONOLULU (KHON2) – Homeowners at “Klausmeyer’s” surf break at the east end of Makaha Surfing Beach are getting some help to save their property from further erosion. Tuesday morning, sand restoration work will begin.

Longtime Makaha resident John Puu has watched the shoreline changes in front of his home.

“This property used to be bigger than this, you know,” said John Puu, Makaha resident. “From that last hurricane Lane that came through, it came at a weird angle, the swell of the waves. It came and it ate up all of the land that we had.”

He says they lost about 20 to 30 feet of land just within the last two weeks.

“And we are still losing even today it’s just dropping, from when the high tide comes that’s when the land starts dropping,” said Puu.

Private company Henry’s Equipment Rental and Sales has volunteered to move sand from the west side of Makaha beach to the east side, where homes are being threatened by erosion.

“As you can see behind me the erosion is severe, and so the homes are at risk because that erosion’s gotten all the way up to many of their fence lines,” said state senator Maile Shimabukuro, who represents Makaha, Nanakuli and Waianae.

Senator Shimabukuro says that the Department of Land and natural Resources or DLNR surveyed the area and will be issuing an emergency permit so that the work can be done.

“Most of the time it kind of happens off and on. It depends on the resources said Shimabukuro. “There have been lean years where it’s been difficult for them to get out here.”

Puu says he would like to see more sand added to the entirety of the beach instead of just moving it.

“Usually they push the sand towards that way, and then they take it from this side, and they take it to that side. That is why we have been losing a lot of sand on this side,” said Puu.

Senator Shimabukuro says she hopes preventative measures will happen annually before large winter swells come and sweep away more sand.

“That is something I’m sure we will talk to DLNR about and see if they think that could solve the problem,” said Shimabukuro.

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Your Neighbors & Friends Who Endorse Maile

“Maile has the track record, experience, and character needed to be our Senator. Join us in voting to re-elect her!”

•Shirley and Richard Landford

• Patty Kahanamoku Teruya

• Kaina Nakanealoha, Leena, and Francis Farreilly

• Paula and Ed Werner

• Doug and JoAnn Westbrook

  • Tony Keola Matautia
  • Mele Worthington
  • Cisco Santos and Patrice Tanna
  • Lika Jordan
  • Sam Kapoi
  • Father Phil Harmon and Tom McDonald
  • Art and Carolyn Frank
  • Kimberleigh Villasenor and Jon Rapoza
  • Ed and Carol Burke
  • Henry Peters and Chris Villasenor
  • Dale Arthur Head
  • Georgia Campbell
  • Lily Cabinatan
  • Shane Soares
  • Jimmy and Keala Keaulana
  • Malia Kaaihue and Duane DeSoto
  • Mary and David Lovelace
  • Berny Luning
  • Ronald & Emerita Strode
  • Keo Gerard & Ayumi
  • Lu Ann Faborito

• Dennis Dumancas

• Andrea Michelle Hartsock

• Andromeda Salcedo

• Desiree D. Higa Hikuroa & Tainui Hikuroa

• Deb Colalillo

• Laura & Javier Cristo

• Kawika Ayau

• Paige & Bruno Stempel, and Paige Kapi’olani Barber

• William Aila, Jr. and Melva Aila

• Rep. Cedric Gates, Rep. Stacelynn Eli, and Lopaka Baptiste

• Richard Medeiros

• Sarah Paaoao and ‘Ohana

• Amber Riel

• Zeb and Nancy Jones

• Mervina Cash-Ka’eo

• Kea Among

• Kamuela Enos

• Rayleen Egami

Shirley and Richard Landford

Patty Kahanamoku Teruya

Kaina Nakanealoha, Leena, and Francis Farreilly

Paula and Ed Werner

Doug and JoAnn Westbrook

Tony Keola Matautia

Mele Worthington

Cisco Santos and Patrice Tanna
Lika Jordan
Sam Kapoi
Father Phil Harmon and Tom McDonald

Art and Carolyn Frank

Kimberleigh Villasenor and Jon Rapoza

Ed and Carol Burke

Henry Peters and Chris Villasenor

Dale Arthur Head

Georgia Campbell

Lily Cabinatan

Shane Soares

Jimmy and Keala Keaulana

Malia Kaaihue and Duane DeSoto
Mary and David Lovelace

Berny Luning

Ronald & Emerita Strode

Keo Gerard & Ayumi

Lu Ann Faborito

Dennis Dumancas (back row, far left), pictured with his ‘Ohana

Andrea Michelle Hartsock

Andromeda Salcedo

Desiree and Tainui Hikuroa

Deb Colalillo

Laura and Javier Cristo

Kawika Ayau

Paige and Bruno Stempel; and Kapiolani Barber

William Jr. and Melva Aila

Rep. Cedric Gates, Rep. Stacelynn Eli, and Lopaka Baptiste

Richard Medeiros

Sarah Paaoao and ‘Ohana

Amber Riel

Zeb And Nancy Jones

Mervina Cash-Ka’eo

Kea Among

Kamuela Enos

Rayleen Egami

Mahalo HI Laborers’ Union Local 368 and General Contractors Association Of HI for the Endorsements!

Senator Shimabukuro Featured in HPR Story About SB2719 (7/12/18)

Ku’uwehi Hiraishi, “Survivors Now Have More Time to Sue for Clergy Sex Abuse,” Hawaii Public Radio, 12 July 2018.

A new law in Hawaiʻi now gives survivors of child sexual abuse more time to file claims against their abuser. Reforms to the state’s statute of limitations have been key in exposing the extent of child sexual abuse at various institutions, most notably the Catholic Diocese of Honolulu.

Nearly 60 priests associated with Hawaiʻi’s Roman Catholic Church have been accused of child sexual abuse. That’s according to a recent report by attorneys of abuse victims.

One of those priests is Father Donald Graff. He’s accused of sexually abusing a 13-year-old boy while assigned to the Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace in Honolulu in the 1960s. It took that boy 50 years to come forward.

“Who wants to come out and say, ‘I was abused’? What 12-, 13-year-old boy, altar boy going to a Catholic school wants to tell somebody I was abused?” says a 67-year-old survivor who would like to remain anonymous, “I would never tell my mother that. She was a devout Catholic. Even if I did, she probably wouldn’t believe me.”

The 67-year-old survivor spoke to Hawai’i Public Radio on the condition of anonymity. He filed suit against Father Graff in 2016 and the case was settled a year later.

“Nowadays, this is almost common place. You hear it – colleges, professors, senators,” says the survivor, ”So maybe it’s coming out of the closet a little bit more but it took a lot to come out of the closet for me.”

The true extent of child sexual abuse in the Diocese of Honolulu only became publically known after changes to Hawaiʻi’s statute of limitations allowed survivors to file suit decades after the abuse took place.

The legislature first opened a two-year, retroactive window for survivors in 2012. That window was extended in 2014 and again this month when Governor David Ige signed Senate Bill 2719.

Wai’anae Senator Maile Shimabukuro speaks at a press conference on the passage of Senate Bill 2719, which extends the window for survivors of child sexual abuse to come forward and file a civil lawsuit. Photo credit Ku’uwehi Hiraishi.

“It’s finally showing both the victims and the abusers out there that this is wrong,” says Waiʻanae Senator Maile Shimabukuro, who introduced the bill.

“You know it’s not your fault if you’re a child sex abuse victim,” says Sen. Shimabukuro, “And that if you are a perpetrator, it’s not okay. It’s not something that is acceptable in our society to do, and that there are consequences.”

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Senator Shimabukuro’s Efforts on Behalf of Sexual Abuse Victims Featured in ‘PEW Stateline’ 7/31/18

Excerpt from Rebecca Beitsch’s “#MeToo Has Changed Our Culture. Now It’s Changing Our Laws,” PEW Stateline, 31 July 2018.

Statute of Limitations

States have spent the past several years expanding statutes of limitation for sex crimes. In some states, victims could not seek justice if they didn’t report the assault within a few years of the incident. Now states are lifting or extending the amount of time victims have to file civil suits against their abusers, citing cases such as the revelations of widespread abuse within the Catholic Church. Many people abused as children waited years or decades to come forward.

But such measures remain controversial. In Hawaii, Attorney General Russell Suzuki, a Democrat, opposed efforts to extend the statute of limitations. “Over the passage of time, memories fade, witnesses move or pass away, and documents are lost or destroyed,” he said. “A claimant could conceivably wait to file a lawsuit until the most strategically opportune time to prevent a defendant from defending against the lawsuit.”

State Sen. Maile Shimabukuro, a Democrat, has tried repeatedly to end the statute of limitations in Hawaii. She has succeeded in the past in getting legislators to agree to a two-year window that would lift the statute of limitations for civil suits for sex crimes. But a similar effort failed last year, and she wasn’t expecting any progress this year.

Instead, the bill “glided through,” she said, due to news that at least 34 men, former students of Kamehameha Schools, reached an $80 million settlement after facing years of abuse by the school psychologist.

Kamehameha Schools, a private institution reserved for those with Hawaiian blood, is a point of pride for the state and the alma mater of many of its leaders.

“There’s been so much of a revelation … and I think victims are now feeling like there’s support for them to come forward and speak out,” Shimabukuro said, adding that the process can be particularly difficult for men. “This really brought this into our local consciousness too in Hawaii. It’s not just a Catholic Church thing.”

Waiʻanae Coast Candidate Forum 2018 – Senate District 21

Candidates, L-R, Diamond Garcia (R), Maile Shimabukuro (D), Tim Riley (D)

Moderators, L-R, Niniau Simmons and Kauka’ohu Wahilani

Senator Maile Shimabukuro responds to a question.

Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest & Hawaii Endorses Senator Maile Shimabukuro for the 2018 Primary & General

Note: Portions of the following letter, received on 7/23/18, have been omitted for publication.

Dear Senator Shimabukuro,

Congratulations! We are thrilled to announce that you have received the endorsement of Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest & Hawaii for the 2018 election cycle. You have been a strong supporter of women’s health and equality and we know you will continue to be a dedicated advocate for our organization. We look forward to working with you.

Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest & Hawaii is an independent, not-for-profit organization that engages in legislative, educational and limited electoral activity in Hawaii, Alaska, Washington and Idaho. Planned Parenthood Votes Hawaii PAC and Planned Parenthood of Hawaii Action Network PAC are separate segregated funds of Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest & Hawaii, and support pro-choice, pro-family planning, pro-equality candidates for Hawaii’s state, legislative and municipal offices.

Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest & Hawaii strives to use its electoral resources in the most effective way. We target a small number of races and direct the bulk of our resources to those targets.

Your support of sexual and reproductive rights and health means so much—not just to us, but to the thousands of patients Planned Parenthood serves every year in Hawaii. Our patients are women, men, teens and families; they are your constituents. ONE IN FOUR American women have visited a Planned Parenthood affiliate health center in her lifetime. Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest & Hawaii has nearly 382,000 supporters who care about women’s health issues. We are part of a national organization that reaches a network of nearly 9 million supporters across the country.

On behalf of Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest & Hawaii, Planned Parenthood Votes Hawaii PAC and Planned Parenthood of Hawaii Action Network PAC, we wish you the best of luck in the coming election.

Sincerely,
Treasure Mackley, Political and Organizing Director
Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest & Hawaii

Star-Advertiser Endorses Senator Maile Shimabukuro for Primary 2018


Star-Advertiser 7/23/18: District 21 (Kalaeloa- Waianae-Makaha): Democratic incumbent Maile Shimabukuro faces Timothy Riley, a retired Georgia assistant county commissioner who’s also worked as a rehabilitation and child counselor. He advocates tackling housing and cost-of- living problems by raising the minimum wage and fixing the Jones Act. Shimabukuro has been adept at advocating for the district and delivering results, such as for Nanakuli traffic projects and funds to expand area schools’ programs and building. A lawyer for a legal services nonprofit, and as Hawaiian Affairs Committee chairwoman, she knows her constituents’ needs, from transitional shelter to Section 8 housing. She’s earned another term. The winner here will face Republican Diamond Garcia.

State Senator Maile Shimabukuro: ‘Ōlelo Candidates in Focus 2018

HNN (7/11/18): New Window Allows Sex Abuse Victims to File Claims from Decades Ago

 

New Window Allows Sex Abuse Victims to File Claims from Decades Ago
By: Lynn Kawano, Hawaii News Now

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Adults who were victims of sex abuse as children have another chance to come forward and make claims under a new, two-year window for civil lawsuits.

Similar openings ended with dozens of pedophiles being exposed.

It also revealed “cover-ups” by multiple schools, churches, and non profits.

That’s exactly what a new Hawaii report released Wednesday seeks to spotlight, describing in detail 58 men of the cloth recently accused even though the alleged abuse happened decades ago.

Some have died and some are still in the community.   Continue reading

2018 Session Wrap Up!

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KHON2 Interview of Sen. Shimabukuro re SB2051 (7/8/18): School Business

Congratulations Mrs. Makaha-Crystal Nielsen & Mrs. Wai’anae-Katelin Manansala!

Talk about the full package ~ Mrs. Wai’anae-Katelin Manansala, and Mrs. Makaha-Crystal Nielsen, both home school their children, and focus on promoting the health and well-being of our community. I had the pleasure of seeing them in action at the 07/08/18 Breathe Aloha fundraiser to benefit “Arise Five” non-profit organizations: Ho’ola Na Pua, She Rescue, Special Olympics, HUGS, and YWCA. Mahalo nui loa to Mrs. Hawai`i-Heidi Fowler, Mrs. Makaha-Crystal Nielsen, Mrs. Wai’anae-Katelin Manansala, and all others who supported this fantastic good cause!

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KITV Interview of Sen. Shimabukuro and Rep. Gates 7/8/18: School Business

New Law Allows Schools to Sell Goods
By: Jordan Segundo, KITV; 07/08/18

Schools can now be “open for business” thanks to a bill spearheaded by Waianae High School. Senate bill 2051 is slated to become law on July 10.

The bill allows individual Department of Education schools and programs operated within a school, to engage in commercial enterprises, including the sale of goods produced by students.

Current laws prevent schools from selling more than $25,000 in goods or services.

The new bill removes this cap, and creates an outlet for all schools to engage in business enterprises which will generate much needed funds for their schools.

Waianae High School educators encouraged their legislators to turn the bill into law.

“Now you’ll have the marine science learning center being able to market and sell their shrimp, mullet, ogo, kalo, and sun fish on the open market. And then funds will go directly back into the program, which of course the school desperately needs,” said Senator Maile Shimabukuro (D) Kalaeloa-Honokai Hale-Ko Olina-Waianae Coast.

“My hope for the students is that we create employers rather than employees,” said Rep. Cedric Asuega Gates (D) Maili-Waianae-Makaha. “I believe a lot of them will go off to be small business owners, to provide for our community the services and goods that we get outside our community.”

Stacelynn Eli, Rep. Cedric Gates & Sen. Maile Shimabukuro Work Together to Serve the Community

“I enjoy collaborating with other community leaders to respond to our constituents’ needs, and come up with solutions to our most pressing problems.”

~ Sen. Maile Shimabukuro.

L-R: Stacelynn Eli, Rep. Cedric Gates, and Sen. Maile Shimabukuro.