Maui County Democrats Luau

The Maui County Committee of the Democratic Party of Hawai‘i will be hosting a Luau fundraiser in honor of the 60th Anniversary of Hawai‘i’s Democratic Revolution.  The Luau will commence immediately following our County’s annual Convention and will include an awards ceremony recognizing grass roots Democrats who have demonstrated commitment and service to the party during the last 60 years.  Please join us as we pay tribute to these individuals for their years of dedicated service.

Please nominate a Democrat by April 21, 2014.  CLICK HERE for the nomination form.

Our governor, lieutenant governor and congressional delegation have also been invited to speak.  U.S. Representative Colleen Hanabusa has confirmed her attendance.

The Luau fundraiser information is as follows:

  • Saturday, May 3, 2014
  • Pu‘u Kukui Elementary School, Dining Room
  • 3700 Kehalani Mauka Parkway, Wailuku
  • 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Aloha Attire

Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6:00 p.m.  Tickets are $35 for the Hawaiian luau including entertainment, our keynote speaker Governor John Waihee, a silent auction and the awards ceremony.


For tickets, to make payment, or to get more information, please contact Amanda Martin at, 280-1990 or Troy Hashimoto at, 281-3906.

We request if you will be attending and paying at the door, please RSVP so we can include you in our food count.  Thank you in advance for your support and we hope to see you at the Luau!

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Maui County Convention Registration

The business portion of the Maui County Committee of the Democratic Party will be held on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at Pu’u Kukui Elementary School.  Registration will begin at 2:30 p.m., with business starting at 3:30 p.m.

Although only County officers, State Central Committee members, the precinct President, First Vice President (if more than one of each precinct club) the District Council and elected officials are delegates to the Maui County Convention, all Democrats are encouraged and welcome to attend!  This is a great opportunity to learn about the priorities of the Democratic Party.

The business portion is free!  Attendees are encouraged to attend the Luau, which is $35 and will follow the business portion.

Please register for the convention today and reserve your spot and materials! 

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If you will be submitting Resolutions to be considered at the convention, they should be emailed to by April 21, 2014.  All resolutions must be in Arial 10 font, with one inch borders.  The introducers name must be on the resolutions.  All resolutions should conform to State guidelines.

Any other changes to Rules, Platform, Affirmative Action Policy shall be emailed to by April 21st.

Anyone interested in running for Maui County’s State Central Committee’s at-large seat (one male and one female), should file their paperwork with Convention Chair, Yuki-Lei Sugimura 10 days prior to the Convention to or April 23.  Nomination forms can be found here.  All other SCC members will be elected at the State Convention and are due 20 days before the Convention to the State Secretary.


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2014 Maui County Democratic Convention & Luau

Please save Saturday, May 3, 2014 for the Maui County Democratic Convention.
This year, the format will be a little different – we will have two parts to the Convention.

The first will be a business portion, which will begin at 3:30 p.m. Resolutions and amendments to our state and county will be considered for the state convention and we will elect our Maui County State Central Committee member.

Beginning at 5:30 p.m., we will then have a Democratic Party Luau to hear from candidates and to help support future party activities. We are planning on having a luau style dinner with speakers including U.S. Senator Brian Schatz and U.S. Representative Colleen Hanabusa. We will also honor Democratic members who have made significant contributions to our Maui County Party.

The event will be held at Puu Kukui Elementary School in Wailuku, which has sweeping views of Central Maui. The cost for the business portion of the convention is free and the dinner portion will cost $35.

Both events are open to any Democrats and we encourage you to please attend and share this event with others that might be interested. This will be one of the few opportunities to hear from many of our Federal and State candidates all in one place.

To reserve tickets for the Luau, please contact Amanda at or call her 280-1990. Registration for the convention will be forthcoming.

Resolutions to be introduced at the County Convention are due to Yuki Lei Sugimura via e-mail at by Monday, April 21, 2014.

As a reminder, the Hawaii State Democratic Party Convention will be held at the Sheraton Waikiki from May 24-25, 2014.

If you have any Democratic events that you would like to list or have any questions, please contact me via e-mail. Thank you for your continued support!

Troy Hashimoto, Chair
Maui County Committee
Democratic Party of Hawaii

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March 5 Precinct Elections Locations

Pursuant to the General Laws of the Democratic Party of Hawai‘i, as amended, notice is given that the Party’s precinct meetings to elect precinct officers, delegates to the state and county conventions will be held at the following locations on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 beginning at 6:00 p.m.

To determine the district you belong to, you can look it up – be sure to select “Maui” – CLICK HERE.  Your corresponding district will be meeting at the following locations:

 DISTRICT 8 (Wailuku):  Iao Intermediate School Cafeteria

DISTRICT 9 (Kahului):  Lihikai Elementary School Cafeteria  

DISTRICT 10 (West Maui):  Lahaina Civic Center

DISTRICT 11 (South Maui):  Kihei Charter School
41 East Lipoa Street, Suite #29, Kihei

DISTRICT 12 (Upcountry):  Pukalani School Cafeteria

DISTRICT 13:         

(Precinct 1 & 2 – Paia/Haiku)  Paia Community Center

(Precinct 3 – East Maui)    Hana School Cafeteria

(Precinct 4 – Lanai)    ILWU Local 142 Hall, Lanai City

(Precinct 5 – Molokai)    Kilohana Community Center

(Precinct 6 – Molokai)    Kaunakakai Elementary Cafeteria

(Precinct 7 & 8 – Molokai)  Lanikeha Hoolehua

(Precinct 9 – Molokai)  Kalaupapa, TBA

If you have any questions, contact Maui County Chair Troy Hashimoto or by phone at 249-0333.

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March 5th kicks-off Democrats election cycle

Viewpoint by Troy Hashimoto

March 5th kicks-off Democrats election cycle

This coming election will mark 60 years since a pivotal turning point in our State’s political history, the Democratic Revolution of 1954.

Tired of not having a voice, many World War II veterans and union members marched to the voting booth and captured a majority in the territorial legislature and all county governments. Republicans lost their control over Hawai‘i’s political landscape and a new generation of leaders emerged, including Daniel K. Inouye, George Ariyoshi, Spark Matsunaga, and Patsy Mink.

The Democratic Party has come a long way since those days.  Many of the issues have evolved, but the sentiment of having a government that cares for people has never wavered.

Democrats continually work on concerns important to the community such as providing affordable homes, encouraging the best educational opportunities for our keiki, providing well-paying jobs, advocating for reasonable health care, all while trying to minimize the burdens of tax payers and caring for our environment.

The fundamental success of the Party however, has always been because of a fluid discourse with our membership and elected officials. Any member wanting to voice their opinion is encouraged to do so and can make a difference.

The Democratic Party of Hawai‘i has designated over 250 precincts across the State, with 35 in Maui County.  Each precinct is required to have a president and a set of officers to gather opinions of Democrats within their respective geographical area.  These precinct officers then communicate the sentiment of their precinct to their respective district, county officers, and even to the state and national level.

Precinct officers also have the responsibility to select three individuals to forward to the governor if a mid-term vacancy occurs with their state representative or state senator.  The most recent case on Maui was the precinct officer recommendations of Gil Keith-Agaran and Justin Woodson as mid-term replacements in 2012 and 2013.

Precinct officers are critical to perpetuating the values of the Democratic Party.  You may be reluctant to affiliate yourself with a political label.  Political parties however, provide a continuity of choice and it helps communities to organize through ideologies instead of other factors that may be an eventual detriment to our society.  Most importantly, parties ensure that a vibrant democracy is preserved.

I encourage any Democrat wanting to get involved at the grassroots level to attend the Party’s biennial precinct elections on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.

The election of precinct officers will begin at 6:00 p.m. at the following locations throughout Maui County: District 8 (Wailuku area), Iao Intermediate School Cafeteria; District 9 (Central Maui), Lihikai Elementary School Cafeteria; District 10 (West Maui), Lahaina Civic Center; District 11 (South Maui), Kihei Charter School on Lipoa; District 12 (Upcountry), Pukalani School Cafeteria; District 13, Precinct 1 & 2 (Paia & Haiku), Paia Community Center;  District 13, Precinct 3 (Keanae & Hana), Hana School Cafeteria; District 13, Precinct 4 (Lanai), ILWU Local 142 Hall, Lanai; District 13, Precinct 5 (Molokai), Kilohana Community Center; District 13, Precinct 6 (Molokai), Kaunakakai Elementary School; District 13, Precinct 7 & 8 (Molokai), Lanikeha Hoolehua.

More information can be found on our website at  Those who wish to register as a Democrat can do so that evening.

It is critical to have our community participate in the democratic process. Ask yourself, if not you, then who?  There are too many problems facing our community to sit on the sidelines.

Only by working together will we be able to determine the best course of action to tackle the issues of our day.  Although a notion exists that only those in elected office can make a difference, the reality is that grassroots members are the most critical component in maintaining a vibrant Democratic Party.  I encourage and invite you to get involved!

Troy Hashimoto is the Chair of Maui County Committee of the Democratic Party of Hawai‘i.

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Young Democrats General Membership Meeting

The Young Democrats of Maui County will hold its FIRST General Membership meeting of 2014 on Thursday, February 13, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m at the Vineyard Food Company.

Items to be discussed include:
- Presentation and discussion of the Bills that YDMC will be advocating for during the 2014 Legislative Session
- Educational Scholarship(s)
- Canvassing & voter registration at UHMC
- Discussing upcoming events from our parent organizations: Young Democrats of Hawaii & Democratic Party of Hawai’i – Maui County Commitee

Pupus and beverages will be provided.

For more information contact YDMC Chair Chelton Miyazono.


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“Working Together To Move Joe Pontanilla Forward”

On Wednesday, January 29, 2014 the Friends of Joe Pontanilla will hold a “Working Together To Move Joe Pontanilla Forward” Golf Tournament, Maui Lani Golf Course – 7:00 a.m. Mini -Shotgun – $100.

Awards Dinner will be held at the Maui Tropical Plantation at  5:30 p.m $10.00 Per Ticket Chicken Dinner.

You can reserve your tickets at:

Pontanilla will be running for the Maui County Council.


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