Keith Regan’s Birthday Bash


Please join us to celebrate Keith Regan’s 44th birthday at his upcoming Birthday Luau on Thursday, October 1st, at 5:30 p.m. at the Velma McWayne Santos Community Center in Wailuku.   Ono Hawaiian food, great entertainment, and a lot of door prizes!

 Suggested donation:  $20 per person.   Free for kids 12 and under.   

 For tickets, call 244-6042 or visit

 For more information about his campaign for the Maui County Council (Wailuku seat), please visit

Town Hall with U.S. Senator Schatz

Schatz Brian

Thursday, Aug. 20, Maui residents can talk story with U.S. Senator Brian Schatz at a Town Hall Meeting at Pomaikai Elementary School. A former Lieutenant Governor and CEO of Helping Hands Hawaii, Schatz was appointed to the Senate after the death of U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye, then won election to the seat in his own right in 2014. Schatz will be on hand to answer questions on a variety of national and local issues. 6-7:30pm. Pomaikai Elementary School (4650 S. Kamehameha Ave., Kahului),

Register for the 2015 Maui County Convention

The 2015 Maui County Democratic Convention will be held on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at the Iao Intermediate School Cafeteria in Wailuku.

Registration begins at 1 p.m. and the convention runs from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.  The cost of the convention is $10 until Friday, May 8, 2015.  $15 will be charged at the door.  Refreshments will be served.

Reserve your seat today!

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Business includes electing executive officers, setting goals for the year, and planning for the 2016 National Democratic Party Convention.  The Democratic Party Membership card maker will be on site.  The Party will also honor the late Representative Mele Carroll and former Board of Education Member and Precinct President Mary Cochran.

Those invited to address convention attendees include Governor David Ige, Lt. Governor Shan Tsutsui, Representative Lynn DeCoite, and State Party Chair Stephanie Ohigashi.

All Democrats are invited to attend.  However pursuant to our bylaws, Article IX, Section 3: The 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 shall be delegates to the Maui County Convention.

If you are interested in running for an Executive position, please be sure to apply!

For any questions, contact County Chair Troy Hashimoto.

Executive Positions for Maui Democratic Party

Pursuant to our bylaws;

  1. Official nomination papers shall be made available to the membership at least forty-five (45) days before an odd year Maui County Convention.
  2. All candidates shall file nomination papers signed by not less than ten (10) certified members of the Democratic Party of Hawai’i residing in the County or island represented. Nomination papers shall be filed with the Recording Secretary at least ten (10) days prior to the Maui County Convention.
  3. The Vice-Chair of Rules and Legal Matters shall review all nominee qualifications and present all qualified candidates at the Maui County Convention. The Organization and Outreach Committee is charged with the responsibility of ensuring that all positions have candidates for election.



Applications are due on Monday, April 27, 2015.

You can pay for your $10 officer filing fee online. Please submit your receipt with your application.

Positions available to run for include:
A. The Chair shall have the power and duty to appoint the members of all standing committees and the chair and members of special committees, with the advice and consent of the Executive Committee.
B. Should the delegates to the State Convention fail to fill all of the at-large and senatorial seats on the State Central Committee to which Maui County is entitled, the Chair shall have the authority to appoint qualified members to fill such vacant positions, with the advice and consent of the Executive Committee. Appointees shall meet the requirements as set forth in ARTICLE V, SECTION 1,2,3 and 4 of the General Laws of the Democratic Party of Hawai’i. The names of such appointees shall be transmitted to the State Central Committee within forty-five (45) days following adjournment of the biennial State Convention or if a vacancy occurs subsequent to adjournment of the State Convention forty-five (45) days following occurrence of the vacancy.
C. Be responsible for calling special meetings; for giving proper notice of such; and for arranging for meeting places for both special and regular meeting
D. Attend meetings of the State Central Committee and its select committees, and shall report on their proceedings at regular meetings of the Maui County Committee.
E. Maintain and update member information in the county membership database.
F. As necessary, collaborate with the Chairs of the Hawai‘i County Democratic Party and the Kaua‘i County Democratic Party to articulate and advocate for neighbor island concerns and views on Party procedural and policy matters, and report back to the County Committee on such matters.

A. The Vice-Chairs shall assist the Chair in fulfilling their responsibilities and shall serve as the liaisons of the Executive Committee and the Maui County Committee for Party members on their respective islands. These officers shall be members of the Organization and Outreach Committee and be responsible for assisting the Vice-Chair for Organization and Outreach in coordinating the activities of membership development, voter identification, and ‘get out the vote’ activities on their respective islands.
B. Vice-Chairs shall also work with each district chair on their respective island to ensure all precinct and district positions are filled.
In the absence of the Chair, the Vice-Chair representing the island of residence of the Chair shall be responsible for carrying on the functions of the Chair.

A. The Vice-Chair of Information Technology shall be responsible for creating and maintaining the county party website. They shall also aide the Chair in insuring that member information in the county membership database is kept up to date and all events and announcements are kept current on the website.
B. Coordinate with other Executive Committee members to establish methods of providing data and information and establish protocols for posting information on the party website ( in a timely and effective manner.

A. The Vice-Chair of Communications and Public Relations shall assist the Corresponding Secretary in carrying out their duties.
B. They shall be the point of contact for any media inquiries and publicizing Party events.
C. Coordinate, maintain and update all Party social media sites.

A. The Vice-Chair of Government Relations shall inform, work and interface with all elected officials. They shall keep elected officials informed of Party initiatives and activities.
B. Shall report on activities and the cooperation received from the various elected or government officials and board members at each meeting of the Maui County Committee.
C. Compile information on opportunities for public service on State and County boards and commissions and forwarding such information to the precinct clubs.
D. Forward names, as appropriate, of Maui County Democrats for nomination to County, State or Federal Boards and Commissions.

A. The Vice-Chair of Rules and Legal Issues shall advise on Parliamentary Procedure and Roberts Rules of Order.
B. Ensure the Party is following both County and State rules.

A. The Vice-Chair of Organization and Outreach shall work on enhancing voter registration, party member registration and get out the vote activities, including mailings and phone banking conducted for voter identification and get out the vote activities.
B. Shall work with Democratic candidates running for office to support their grass roots efforts.

A. The Vice-Chair of Community Issues shall organize, advocate and pursue legislation, platforms and issues important to the Party and the community.

A. The Vice-Chair of Education shall organize, advocate and pursue legislation, and platforms relating to education that are important to the Party and the community.

A. The Vice-Chair of Labor shall organize, advocate and pursue legislation, and platforms relating to labor that are important to the Party and the community.

A. The Vice-Chair of Events and Fundraising shall coordinate all Party events and fundraising activities.

A. The recording secretary shall keep accurate minutes of all meetings of the Executive Committee and the Maui County Committee. The agenda for each Executive Committee shall be prepared by the Recording Secretary at the previous meeting and in conjunction with the Chair and other members of the Executive Committee. Every attempt shall be made to solicit agenda items from all members of the Executive Committee and distribute the final agenda three days prior to the meeting. The minutes of each meeting shall be recorded electronically on the agenda and distributed to the committee members no less than 3 days after that meeting, unless the members of the Executive Committee present at that meeting reach another agreement. Reports of standing committees shall be presented in final electronic form to the Recording Secretary and along with all written reports of the officers and standing and special committees shall be entered in a book maintained for that purpose, to be turned over intact to the succeeding Recording Secretary.

A. The Corresponding Secretary shall be a member of the Organization and Outreach Committee and shall be responsible for issuing press releases of Party activities, serving as the archivist, posting official notices of meetings as required by Party rules, for preparing draft responses, as necessary, on emerging issues in the Maui County community and for circulating or publishing these responses. Subject to the approval of the Chair or the Executive Committee, a file of all news articles, statements, and responses shall be maintained and turned over to the succeeding Corresponding Secretary.
B. Coordinate and conduct mailings to members with particular focus on obtaining and maintaining current member contact information and status active Retired, deceased, moved, etc.). This information shall be turned over to the Recording Secretary and Vice Chair for Information Technology and to the Secretary of the State Central Committee for updating official member records.
C. Shall be responsible for the formal correspondence of the Executive Committee and the Maui County Committee, and shall keep copies of it in a book maintained for that purpose, which shall be turned over intact to the succeeding Corresponding Secretary.

A. The Treasurer shall have custody of the County Treasury, which shall be deposited in a commercial bank in the name of the Maui County Committee of the Democratic Party of Hawaii or the Maui County Democratic Party of Hawaii.
B. The Treasurer shall be responsible for seeing that all money is collected by duly authorized and identified person, that receipts be available to all contributors, and that a strict accounting is kept of all funds so collected.
C. The Treasurer shall be bonded as determined by the Maui County Committee and the premium shall be paid from the County Treasury.
D. The Treasurer shall report in writing at each regular meeting of the Maui County Committee, shall prepare timely reports for the Campaign Spending Commission; and shall submit a biennial financial report at the County Convention.

Funeral Services for Rep. Mele Carroll


A memorial service on Oahu for the late state representative Mele Carroll has been set for Friday, March 6, at Borthwick Mortuary, 1330 Maunakea Street (between North Vineyard Boulevard and North Kukui Street). A public viewing will be held between 4-6 p.m., with service to follow at 6-7 p.m. A Celebration of Life will also be held from 7-8:30 p.m. Lei are welcomed at the Oahu service.

On Maui, a memorial service will be held on Sunday, March 15, at Ballard Family Mortuary, 440 Ala Makani Street in Kahului. Viewing will be held from 9-11 a.m. with service to follow from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A final viewing will be held from 1-2:30 p.m. Internment will take place at 3 p.m. at Valley Isle Memorial Park in Haiku (off Hana Highway). Lei and floral arrangements are welcomed at the Maui service.


Funeral Services for Mary J. Cochran

Funeral services for Maui County Democratic Party 13-1 Precinct President and former Hawaii State Board of Education Member, Mary Cochran will be on Thursday, February 26, 2015.

Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. with a mass beginning at 11 a.m. and lunch at noon at Holy Rosary Church located at 954 Baldwin Ave in Paia.

Mary was first elected to the Hawai‘i State Board of Education in 2002 and re-elected in 2006 and served until 2010. She was an attorney by trade and also previously worked for the Hawaii State Teachers Association.


On behalf of the Maui County Democratic Party, we send a fond aloha and mahalo to her and send our deepest condolences to Mary’s family.


Troy Hashimoto, Chair
Maui County Committee
Democratic Party of Hawai’i

Lynn DeCoite appointed to State House, District 13

I am pleased to share that Governor David Ige has officially announced that he has appointed Lynn DeCoite of Moloka‘i to the Hawaii State House of Representatives, District 13 seat.

Ms. DeCoite is the owner of L&R Farm Enterprises and R.J. Snacks. Along with her husband Russell, they run the largest sweet potato farm in the State of Hawai‘i. A third-generation Hawaiian homesteader, she also serves as a member of the State Board of Agriculture and is the president of the Molokai Homestead Farmer’s Alliance. She is a previous member of the Molokai Planning Commission and a graduate of Moloka‘i High School.

I first met Ms. DeCoite last May when she attended the Maui County Democratic Party Convention on Maui. She served as a delegate to the State Convention and has played a strong role in our party serving as president of the 8th Precinct in District 13. Her energy, drive and dedication to our democratic values have continually impressed me.

Coming from a farming family myself, I know first-hand how hard it is to make a living in the agricultural industry. That is why I look forward to Ms. DeCoite bringing her unique perspective to the State Capitol as possibly the only legislator who is also a working farmer. Although she has large shoes to fill, I have confidence she will be a strong advocate for not only one of the most diverse, but also geographically large districts in the State.

In my mind, her appointment is also very historic, as Maui County has not had a person from Moloka‘i serving in the state legislature in recent memory. Attending the selection interviews on Moloka‘i this past Saturday, I know there was a sense of excitement in the air and this news will no doubt bring pride and joy to the island.

Throughout the interview process we continually heard from all areas of District 13 that they would like to have easier access to their representatives. I hope that our use of technology in the selection process is the first step in bridging all parts of our County and will only be the beginning of building new avenues of access not in only in our party but also government.

On behalf of the Maui County Democratic Party, we send our congratulations to Representative Lynn DeCoite and we stand ready to assist in any way that we can as she begins her journey officially representing the residents of District 13.


Troy Hashimoto, Chair
Maui County Committee
Democratic Party of Hawai‘i


Statement on the passing of Representative Mele Carroll

Many of you probably have heard the news, but I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Representatives Mele Carroll.

She worked hard for the residents of District 13, always putting the concerns of her constituents first. Representing such a geographically large district with such diverse issues is a challenge, but she did it with ease and dedication. Representative Carroll will be dearly missed.

It was just this past weekend that she was at the top of our minds as the District 13 Council met to select three individuals to replace her in the State House. I know that whoever replaces Representative Carroll will carry on her work and legacy of excellence.

She had humble beginnings in politics working as a staffer for then, Councilmember J. Kalani English and was appointed in the first week of February, 2005, to represent the 13th District in the State House of Representatives.

Representative Carroll was re-elected on November 4, 2014, to begin her sixth term representing the 13th House district. The 13th District is one of the most unique in the state, encompassing East Maui, Molokai, Lanai, Kahoolawe and Molokini.

Carroll served as the Chair of the House Committee on Human Services and as a member for the Committees on Health and Housing. During her tenure, she also served as the chair of the Legislative Hawaiian Caucus, and a member of the Women’s Legislative Caucus, Keiki Caucus, Kupuna Caucus, as well as the Historical Preservation Caucus.

On behalf of the Maui County Democratic Party, we send our deepest condolences to her husband Warren and the rest of her ‘ohana.


Troy Hashimoto, Chair
Maui County Committee
Democratic Party of Hawai’i