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

Teams they played were Waipahu, Radford, Kaimuki, Waialua, and Nanakuli. The Championship game was with none other than Waipahu High School, the team that they had lost to.  The team played hard and when it was said and done, Waianae won 7 to 3, becoming the JV D2 Baseball Champions!

This team set out on a mission and achieved their goal.  At the end, their season record was 11 wins and 1 loss.  Hard work paid off, and we are so proud of you. 

Team players are:
Pookela Aquino-Salis
KamrenJ Atanes
Joseph Czarnick
Rico Duropan 
Rico Gazelle 
Zachary Ua Kamaka Cabral
Kaira Keamo-Tai
Kona Maxwell
Meycid Moses 
Shysten Nagasako
Kyson Rosa 
Chaseten Rice 
Slade Silva 
Jayzen Woodard 

Ben McQuown
Bj Clifton 
Kipi Rosa 

Stay tuned for more photos of the event!

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Join Us for Sign Waving Every Friday!

Join me and fellow Democratic candidates Darius Kila and Cedric Gates for sign waving every Friday, 4-5:30pm, at Zablan’s (corner of Laumania Ave. and Pohakunui Ave.) until the General Election or until further notice. 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 2022 Campaign Video

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. 

3. An estimated 60% of Hawaii residents are struggling to get by, a problem that reaches far beyond low income and into the middle class, which is disappearing. What ideas do you have to help the middle class and working families who are finding it hard to continue to live here?
We made huge strides toward helping the middle class and working families by finally making the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) refundable and permanent.  In addition, we increased the minimum wage to $18 per hour by 2028.  Further, we tackled the housing crisis by allocating $5m toward affordable homeownership, $10m to public housing, $15 to Ohana Zones, $23m to housing subsidies for TANF recipients, $9.8m to teacher housing, over $600m to DHHL, and many more low-income and affordable housing initiatives.

4. Hawaii has the most lopsided Legislature in the country, with only one Republican in the Senate and only four in the House. How would you ensure there is an open exchange of ideas, transparency and accountability for decisions? What do you see as the consequences of one-party control, and how would you address that?
Although we are dominated by the Democratic Party, the diversity within the party is vast.  We have everything from social conservatives to progressives; church-goers to atheists; pro-business to socialists; developers to environmentalists; employers to union members, and more, within the Democratic Party.  If you don’t believe me join the Democratic Party to see for yourself; there’s something for everyone!

5. Hawaii is the only Western state without a statewide citizens initiative process. Do you support such a process? 
The indirect initiative could be a starting point worth considering. My understanding is that in the indirect process, the initiative proposal is submitted to the legislature. The legislature can approve the proposed measure, or a substantially similar one, in which case it is unnecessary for the measure to go on the ballot for voters to consider. Procedures vary from state to state, but in general if the legislature has not adopted the proposal, the initiative question goes on the ballot. In some states with the indirect process, the legislature may submit a competing measure that appears on the ballot along with the original proposal. 

6. Thanks to their campaign war chests and name familiarity, incumbents are almost always re-elected in Hawaii legislative races. Should there be term limits for state legislators, as there are for the governor’s office and county councils? Why or why not?
I do not believe so.  It takes a long time to form an understanding of the legislative process, build relationships, and advocate for needed change.  It is often difficult and frustrating to start from scratch with new department heads and government officials when a new Governor, Mayor, or city council member is elected.  I believe there is great value in continuity and experience.

7. Hawaii has recently experienced a number of prominent corruption scandals, prompting the state House of Representatives to appoint a commission tasked with improving government transparency through ethics and lobbying reforms. What will you do to ensure accountability at the Legislature? Are you open to ideas such as requiring the Sunshine Law and open records laws to apply to the Legislature or banning campaign contributions during session?
This session we passed a measure that bans campaign fundraisers during the legislative session.  We also passed HB2416, which requires 501(c)(4) noncandidate committees to disclose the name and address of donors who make a donation individually or in an aggregate of more than $10,000.  Further, we passed HB1475, which requires state legislators and employees to complete mandatory ethics training courses every four years.   

8. How would you make the Legislature more transparent and accessible to the public? Opening conference committees to the public? Stricter disclosure requirements on lobbying and lobbyists? How could the Legislature change its own internal rules to be more open?
My understanding is that conference committees are already open to the public.  The Legislature made big strides toward increasing transparency and accessibility by opting to continue allowing the public to participate remotely in legislative hearings, even after the Capitol re-opened.  Further, the Legislature continued the practice started during the pandemic to provide live YouTube broadcasts of hearings, and archive the videos on YouTube.  Compared to pre-pandemic, these practices have vastly improved public access and transparency for all citizens.

9. Hawaii has seen a growing division when it comes to politics, development, health mandates and other issues. What would you do to bridge those gaps and bring people together in spite of their differences?
Keep an open door policy and meet face to face with opponents to try and understand each other.  I believe in the ho’oponopono system of trying to settle differences through compromise, instead of battling it out until there is a winner and a loser.  In the end, we are all basically the same…there is more we have in common with each other than what separates us.

10. The coronavirus pandemic has exposed numerous flaws in Hawaii’s structure and systems, from outdated technology to economic disparity. If you could take this moment to reinvent Hawaii, to build on what we’ve learned and create a better state, a better way of doing things, what would you do? Please share One Big Idea you have for Hawaii. Be innovative, but be specific.
We must invest in our youth by investing in our teachers, and paying them higher salaries!  It is shameful that teachers are struggling to get by, and our public schools are plagued by high turnover, repair and maintenance backlogs, and a lack of support.  I am proud to say that this session we made monumental strides toward increasing teacher salaries.  We allocated $130m toward the teacher salary compression fix and modernization.  We also continued to fund salary differentials for teachers in hard-to-fill, Hawaiian immersion, and special education, to the tune of $34.5m.  We should continue to fund these critically needed items to support our teachers, and to foster the future human capital of our state.

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!



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

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
Hawaii State Democratic Women’s Caucus
hidemwomen @ gmail.com

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.

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