Join Elle Cochran to Talk Story

Aloha friends~ I will be hosting a series of potlucks at parks and beaches around Maui in the next few weeks, so I can talk story with you, and hear your questions and concerns about Maui.

These are public, open to everyone in the community. Please come and enjoy our beautiful Maui parks, meet your neighbors, and spend some time with me, MAUI STYLE:)

Drinks a some food will be provided. Please bring a small food item to share if you can.

Event Schedule:
Monday, July 21, 5pm to Sunset ~ Canoe Beach, Lahaina (weather permitting)
Wednesday, July 23, 5pm to Sunset ~ Kamaole 3 lawn, Kihei
Tuesday, July 29th, 5pm to Sunset ~ Keopuilani Park, Kahului
Wednesday, July 30th 5pm to Sunset ~ Pukalani Park, Pukalani
Sunday, August 3, 11am to 3pm ~ Hookipa Beach Park (West end), Paia

For more information, please call 250-4200.

Elle Cochran


Nakasone Press Release Christy Kajiwara-­‐Gusman with Byon Nakasone and John Kealii Inciong

Byon Nakasone, son of the late Bob Nakasone has thrown his hat back into Maui’ʹs
political arena by encouraging his friends and the community to support Christy
Kajiwara-­‐‑Gusman for the Senate District 5 seat in this 2014 Primary Election Season.
According to Nakasone, Kajiwara-­‐‑Gusman embodied the values of his late father which
are caring about the people, upholding family values, trust and loyalty. With these
values, there are no compromises and with Kajiwara-­‐‑Gusman the community can depend on her continuing and carrying out the work of Bob Nakasone by committing herself everyday to the economic and social well-­‐‑being of the entire community.

Nakasone feels that, Kajiwara-­‐‑Gusman as a wife, mother of 4, business woman, and
local farmer understands the needs of the people. She is dedicated to fix the problems of
education, affordable housing, jobs that provide a livable wage, to provide viable
solutions to the ongoing needs of small business, agriculture, our environment and to
protect our constitutional rights.

District 5 deserves a Senator that they can depend on who is not only approachable but
willing to listen no matter who they are which was one of the principles his late father
lived by and which he knows Kajiwara-­‐‑Gusman will embrace. For too long the
community has been ignored, not listened to and Kajiwara-­‐‑Gusman aims to fix that. The
community needs someone who will work for them and not be concerned about power,
believing that true power is within the community all together and not for just a select

Friends of Christy Ann Gusman – P.O. Box 335, Pu’unene, HI 96784
Contact: Aysia Valdez – Campaign Secretary/Treasurer
Email: Tel: 808.385.3197 Fax: 808.244.5971

Rick Nava Organizing Litter Pickup

Maui County Council candidate Rick Nava will devote this Sunday, July 27, to roadside litter clean up in lieu of sign-waving. The group will work along Hana Highway, beginning at the Hana and Haleakala Highway intersection, toward Paia. This project was originally scheduled to take place last Sunday but was cancelled due to severe weather conditions.

Nava said, “This public service project will enable us to help the community while getting our message across.” Everyone is welcome to join the project; the group will meet at the entrance of Baldwin Beach Park at 7:00 a.m.

For more information on this road side litter pick up or the campaign please call the Friends of Rick Nava at (808) 359-1616. You may also visit us online at or email

Meet David Ige

You’re invited to meet David Ige!

Join David Ige, Democratic candidate for Governor, and his wife Dawn in Maui on Saturday, July 26, 2014 as they Celebrate the Extraordinary Women of Maui. Learn more about this candidate and the vision he has for Hawaii and its future in an informal talk story at Cafe O’Lei at the Dunes at Maui Lani. Heavy pupu and refreshments will be served. Please present EventBrite ticket at the door.

See you on Saturday!!

women for ige invite

AARP Maui Gubernatorial Debate Cancelled

Aloha Advocacy Volunteers:

Governor Neil Abercrombie has withdrawn from three of four AARP sponsored debates with Senator David Ige citing “scheduling difficulties.” The Abercrombie Campaign Team notified AARP that they are withdrawing from debates in Kahului (July 18), Hilo (July 29), and Honolulu (August 2). The Governor will participate in the Kona debate, scheduled for July 29.

AARP Hawaii State Director Barbara Kim Stanton stated that: “AARP Hawaii is deeply disappointed that the governor will not be taking part in three of the four debates that his campaign had agreed to. We hope the governor reconsiders his decision and honors his debate commitments. This is a critical election and the issues require thoughtful deliberation. Campaign ads are a poor substitute for giving voters every opportunity to make informed decisions based on side-by-side comparisons.”

Despite Abercrombie’s withdrawal, the AARP events will proceed as planned as they include a discussion of: the future of Social Security; caregiving & long-term care challenges; and an update on AARP’s state legislative priorities.

All events are open to the public but registration is required. Call toll free at 1-877-926-8300.

* Friday, July 18 – Maui Beach Hotel (9:30 – 11:30 a.m.)
* Monday, July 28 – Hilo Hawaiian Hotel (9:30 – 11:30 a.m.)
* Tuesday, July 29 – King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel (9:30 – 11:30 a.m.)
* Saturday, August 2 – Ward Warehouse, Kakaako Conference Room (9:30 – 11:30 a.m.)


Steve Tam
Director of Advocacy
AARP Hawaii
1132 Bishop St., Suite 1920
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 545-6005

AARP Debate for Governor

AARP invites you take advantage of early registration for our FREE July 18th Federal and State Issues Forum and Gubernatorial Debate between Governor Neil Abercrombie and Senator David Ige, Democratic frontrunners in the primary election. Please pass this information on to others whom you think would be interested.

Date: Friday, July 18, 2014
Time: 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Where: Maui Beach Hotel
170 W. Kaahumanu Ave.
Kahului, HI 96732

This is a chance for attendees to get up close and personal with the Democratic candidates for governor and learn the latest information about:

· The Future of Social Security
· Caregiving & Long-Term Care Challenges
· AARP Legislative Update.

This is a free event. Register: or toll free at 1-877-926-8300.

AARP to Sponsor Gubernatorial Debate on Maui - FINAL

Star Advertiser: Declaration provides citizen road map to opportunity

By Stephanie Ohigashi
Star Advertiser
July 6, 2014

Fireworks, flags, face painting, family and food is how we in Hawaii celebrate the Fourth of July. Of course, the real celebration is to honor our founding fathers and the 238th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. As Americans, we were given a road map to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That road map is our guide and an important building block in the foundation of the Democratic Party of Hawaii.

As Democrats, we also hold dear that one singular and most powerful truth, that all men are created equal, and we strive to ensure that equality and equal opportunity is our top priority in all that we do. We also celebrate the freedom that our men and women in uniform who serve around the world work hard to protect. As the newly elected chairperson, a woman and a neighbor islander, I am proof positive that equality, affirmative action and the freedom to express our own opinions are alive and well in Hawaii nei.

Stephanie Ohigashi is chairperson of the Democratic Party of Hawaii.