Dr. Michael Bennett for Senate District 9!


Support Dr. Michael Bennett, democratic candidate for State Senate District 9 – Waialae, Diamond Head, Kahala, Aina Haina & Hawaii Kai. Dr. Bennett is married to Kelii (McComber) Simmons, a Kamehameha Schools graduate who was born and raised in Nanakuli. For more information, visit: http://www.votebennettforsenate.com


HI State Democratic Convention 2016: Photos

Colleen Hanabusa speaking at the 2016 Democratic Convention 

Keali’i Lopez and Josiah “Black” Ho’ohuli

Alva Kaneaiakala, Sen. Mazie Hirono, and Erika Liashenko

Trevor and Sen. Michelle Kidani    
Seated, L-R: Melva Aila, Alva Kaneaiakala, and Erika Liashenko.

Standing, middle row, L-R: Sen. Shimabukuro, Willie Chai, Sophia Carba, Juli Patten, Joan Peters, Mary-Elizabeth Natividad, Shaina Caporoz.

Standing, back row, L-R: William Aila Jr., De Mont Conner, Ed Burke, Kaiulani Milham, Rachel Conner, Robin Grant, Cynthia Rezentes, Josiah Ho’ohuli.

Senators Kim, Riviere, Harimoto & Shimabukuro May 5 Fundraiser: Prezi Slideshow

Cinco de Mayo 2015
This entertaining Prezi slideshow was put together by Stacy Garcia, Jr. You’ll love the background music! Click the image to start the show. Click the right and left arrows at the bottom of the screen to advance through the photos.

Cinco de Mayo Fundraiser 5/5/15, 6-8pm, M Night Club

Join me for a fiesta on May 5, 2015, 6-8pm, at M Night Club (Restaurant Row)! Suggested donation is $100/person. Mail checks to: Friends of Maile Shimabukuro, 87-162 Liopolo St., Waianae, HI 96792; purchase tickets via PayPal; or pay at the door with check or cash. Hope to see you there. Spread the word! Mahalo for your support.

Join me for a fiesta on

May 5, 2015, 6-8pm, at M Night Club (Restaurant Row)!

Suggested donation is $100/person.

Mail checks to: Friends of Maile Shimabukuro, 87-162 Liopolo St., Waianae, HI 96792; or

purchase tickets via PayPal; or

pay at the door with check or cash.

Hope to see you there.

Spread the word!

Mahalo for your support.

The Hawaii State Senate Recognizes Art Frank and Al Lewis for Their Outstanding Advocacy

This article was first published in 21maile on 4/7/15 by Stacy Garcia Jr.

Hawaii Senate Group Photo with Awardees

Hawaii Senate Group Photo with Awardees. Bottom row L-R: Senate President Mercado Kim, Sen. Thielen, Sen. Galuteria, Florence Mae Bowes Lewis, David Lewis, Susan Frank-Kama, Gwen Ahana, Carolyn & Art Frank, Sen. Shimabukuro, Sen. Kidani, Sen. Chun-Oakland, Sen. Taniguchi, Sen. Green, and Sen. Kahele. Top row L-R: Sen. Gabbard, Sen. Harimoto, Sen. Espero, Sen. Ruderman, Sen. Riviere, Sen. Dela Cruz, Sen. English, Sen. Keith-Agaran, Sen. Ihara, Sen. Inouye, Sen. Wakai, Sen. Tokuda, Sen. Nishihara, Sen. Baker, & Sen. Kouchi. [Click Images to Enlarge]

20150401_112206 20150401_121607 Nancyann Mickey, Art Frank, Ruth Wai Paaoao, and Sen. ShimabukuroAdditional photos of the Floor Presentation may be found at this link:



Speech Delivered by Senator Maile Shimabukuro, 4/1/15

Art Frank, who is deaf and suffers from quadriparesis, is someone who has defied all the odds and served Hawaii’s community in countless ways. He has had a long and active role with the disabled community, on the Wai’anae Coast, and with the Hawaii Democratic Party.

In 1981, Mr. Frank spent five years lobbying for a bill which allows deaf individuals to attend government meetings and request a sign language interpreter or communication access real time translation, also known as “CART.” He also worked tirelessly to ensure that Capitol restrooms were ADA compliant, and that disabled parking was afforded to disabled visitors at the capitol, enduring 27 parking tickets in the process.

Mr. Frank has also testified in support of measures to benefit the Wai`anae Coast. He has come to the Capitol on short notice, numerous times, to speak out in favor of measures to help alleviate traffic and otherwise improve conditions for the west side. He also attends neighborhood board and other community meetings and events aimed at bettering the lives of those on the Wai`anae Coast.  Continue reading

Maile, As a 14-year-old in 1985: On the 40th Anniversary of the Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima

Updated 4/1/15

Address of Maile Shimabukuro on the Occasion of the Commemoration of the 40th Anniversary of the Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima

Maile in 1985. Click image to enlarge.

Maile in 1985. Click image to enlarge.

August 5, 1985, Honolulu, Hale

Maile 1985-2AGood afternoon. My name is Maile and I’m 14 years old. When I was asked to do a speech about Hiroshima, my first reaction was, Why me? I mean, I’m only 14 and who’s going to listen to a kid? And besides, I don’t know much about Nuclear War. Except that it kills people, and can destroy entire cities. I don’t like to think about that. It scares me. I don’t want to die. I don’t want our beautiful world to be destroyed. Especially the beaches, and the mountains, and the parks, and all the animals, and the people. Especially the people.

If my family was killed, I would have nowhere to go and no one to love. I would have no home, no security.

Or if I became handicapped. I would never be able to live my life in the way that I had before. I would experience what children in Hiroshima did when we bombed them.

Maile 1985-3

I guess I know quite a bit about Nuclear War. Enough to speak out against it, and I feel my generation, especially, must do everything we can to put an end to the use of Nuclear Weapons so that the tragedy of Hiroshima and Nagasaki will never be repeated.

My only hope is that you people will listen to me and other kids my age. We have feelings about Nuclear War, too,

Maile Shimabukuro
87-2150-6 Helelua Place
Waianae, HI 96792
A great big mahalo to John Witeck, a family friend of Senator Shimabukuro, who saved the speech and photo and shared it recently, and to Colleen Teramae, the senator’s office manager and first cousin, who brought it to our attention.

Volunteers Needed to Help Restore Wa’a E Ala

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