2016 Maui County Democratic Convention

The Maui County Democratic Convention is coming up!  Please join us!

Date: Saturday, May 7, 2016
Location: Maui Waena Intermediate School Cafeteria
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.; registration beings at noon.
Cost: $15 until Thursday, May 5; $20 thereafter and at door.  Please register online:

District & Precinct
contact phone #

If you would like to pay by check, but reserve your $15 registration fee, please e-mail mauicountydemocrats@gmail.com

Agenda for the convention includes:
Resolutions, rule changes, party platformsubmission deadline is on Monday, April 25, 2016 to mauicountydemocrats@gmail.com. If you would like to serve on the Maui County Resolutions, rule change or Party Platform Committee, please contact Blossom Feiteira.
– Update from State Legislature
– Updates from State Party/State Convention Preview
– Updates from Presidential Campaigns
– Updates from Statewide leaders
– Meet and greet with your respective District Chair and Precincts.
– Election of Maui County State Central Committee Membersapplication deadline is Tuesday, April 26 – to mauicountydemocrats@gmail.com along with paying for the $10 filing fee online – see below – proof of fee submittal should be included with application.  Application is located HERE, but please note that because the seat being considered at the County Convention represents Maui County only – it must be submitted to the County and not the State.  Those wishing to represent their District, must submit their form to the State and will be elected at the State Convention.  Any alternate application submittal requests should be directed to: mauicountydemocrats@gmail.com.

Any candidate or organization wishing to have a banner or a table at the convention, may be a convention sponsor starting at $100.  Email Troy Hashimoto for more information.

The Convention is open to any member of the Maui County Democratic Party or those interested in joining.  Only members of the County Executive Committee, District Council, a Precinct President, First Vice-President or District Council Representative are eligible to vote on matters.

Email Maui County Chair Troy Hashimoto for more information.

Nominations being taken for District 10 & 13 Chair

Nominations are being taken for District 10 and District 13 Council Chair’s.

The District Chair can be anyone from District 10 and District 13 and they will represent District 10 and District 13 on the Maui County Executive Committee, and work closely with the Maui County Chair and each of their District Precinct Presidents and Precinct Officers. They are responsible for holding many meetings to keep the precincts organized. If they are a current precinct officer, this person will have to give up their seat as they cannot hold both a precinct and be district chair.

More information can be found on Page 15 of the DPH Bylaws at: https://hidems.files.wordpress.com/2015/06/2014_bylaws_fin.pdf

In order to facilitate this process, the Maui County Chair will receive nominations via e-mail until Wednesday, April 20 at noon at mauicountydemocrats@gmail.com.

Maui Young Democrats Host Upcoming County Council Upcountry Debate


The Maui Young Democrats invites the public to attend their Upcountry County Council debate on Wednesday, April 27th at the Pukalani Community Center. This is the first debate of the 2016 election cycle and will feature the four candidates currently vying for the Upcountry County Council seat: Stacey Moniz, Eric Molina, Yuki Lei Sugimura, and Nāpua Greig Nakason.

The event begins with a meet-and-greet at 5:30 PM, followed by a debate and forum from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Light pupus and refreshments will be provided.

The Maui Young Democrats are currently hosting an open poll on the event Facebook page, asking the public to weigh in on possible debate topics. Topics range from Maui’s affordable housing crisis to the recent HC&S closure.

“There are a number of decisive issues that Maui County is facing during this election cycle,” said Tim Lara, President of Maui Young Democrats. “We want these events to help voters understand exactly where the candidates stand on these very important issues.”

Longtime council member Gladys Baisa has held the Upcountry council seat for the past five terms. Having reached the term limit, Baisa is ineligible to run in the upcoming 2016 election. The evening will not only highlight the candidates, but also celebrate Council Woman Baisa’s decades of dedication to the Maui and Upcountry communities.

Maui Young Democrats plan to host candidate forums, voter registration drives, community service events, social mixers, and public issue forums throughout the 2016 election cycle.

To RSVP to the Upcountry County Council Debate, visit the event Facebook Page. The public is also encouraged to stay up-to-date with future Maui Young Democrats’ events by “Liking” the official Facebook Page. For more information, or to request to be added to the YDM email list, email President@MauiYoungDems.com.

The MYD shall strive to:
• Stimulate, in young people, an active interest in governmental affairs
• Promote the involvement of young people in the political process
• Increase the political strength of young people
• Educate young voters and people who will become eligible to vote
• Advocate the highest degree of justice, social welfare and equal opportunity for Maui County and the state of Hawai‘i’s people
• Advocate for the long term protection and restoration of Maui’s environmental resources


Coffee Talk with Keith Regan

The public is cordially invited to a “Coffee Talk with Keith Regan” event to be held on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Maui Coffee Attic, 59 Kanoa Street, Wailuku.

This event provides an opportunity for attendees to meet and get to know Keith and ask questions.

Regan, who serves as the County of Maui’s Managing Director, intends to run for Maui County Council, Wailuku District, and has been endorsed by Councilmember Gladys Coelho Baisa and ILWU Local 142.

Recognized by The Maui News as one of the “People Who Made a Difference” in 2011, Regan holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Southern California, participated in the Senior Executive in Government Program at Harvard University, and is a 2005 graduate of the Pacific Century Fellows Program.  During his term as Managing Director, Regan has focused on process improvement and accountability initiatives.  Some of these initiatives have included permitting, performance management, process review, management training, and fleet vehicle usage.  In addition, Regan also helped kickoff the County’s award-winning Health and Wellness program, and implemented GPS tracking for County vehicles.  He currently chairs the Sugar Operators Support Task Force.

In 2001, Regan was recognized by Pacific Business News as Hawaii’s Young Business Person of the Year and the Community Leader of the Year.

For more information about Regan and his campaign, visit Regan2016.com.


Kelly King to run for County Council

Contact: Kelly Takaya King Tina Wildberger
Candidate for Maui County Council, South Maui seat Campaign Manager
808-283-1954 / 808-870-1739

Kelly King to run for County Council
Long time Kihei resident says Pono Prosperity comes from smart growth

MAUI, HI April 8, 2016– Surrounded by supporters, long time Kihei resident and former Hawaii State Board of Education Representative Kelly King filed her nomination papers today to run for the Maui County Council South Maui seat. King is perhaps best known for her role as Vice President of Pacific Biodiesel, a locally owned renewable fuel company that pioneered the biodiesel industry with its first processing plant built on Maui in 1996.

Throughout her 37 years on Maui, King has been an active community member, spearheading the first community playgrounds on the island, lobbying for air conditioning for Kihei Elementary School, serving as chair of Hui Malama Learning Center and winning her first election attempt for the Maui seat on the Board of Education. More recently, the mother of two children born and raised on Maui has been working side by side with her husband, running Hawaii’s only commercial biofuel business now in its 20th year. As VP, she helped create collaborations and partnerships for various agricultural projects as well as develop working relationships with State agencies, county governments and national organizations like Clean Cities, USDA and the Environmental Protection Agency.

With a focus on collaboration and service, King says she is running for office “because there is a need for better representation on the Council, for elected officers who choose to serve the community rather than create a political pathway for higher office.”

“Through Pacific Biodiesel, we have proven that progress and profit can be pono,” King added, “and I’d like to bring that concept to county governance.”

King said her platform is built on the need for transparency and communication, and added that the community plans are a huge concern that will be critical issues in the next two years. Other concerns she intends to prioritize if elected include workforce development, affordable housing, agriculture and recycling.  King said she will be to be accessible to everyone in order to understand county issues from all sides and emphasized her experience as a policy-maker, her business acumen running a successful company, her environmental involvement and her broad community support.

I’m a fast learner, I have contacts throughout the State and County, and I truly care about the well-being of my community,” King stated.

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Fundraiser for Senator Gil Keith-Agaran

Please join the Friends of Gil Keith-Agaran for a fundraiser for State Senator Gilbert Keith-Agaran on Friday, April 15 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at Maui Waena Intermediate School. Good Friends. Good Food. Good Fun. Working for the Heart of Maui. Donation: $20.00 to Friends of Gil Keith-Agaran, P.O. Box 857, Wailuku, HI 96793. Hope to see you there!