Funeral Services for Rep. Mele Carroll

SERVICES FOR REP. CARROLL SET FOR OAHU AND MAUI

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.

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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.

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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.

Mahalo,

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.

Mahalo,

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

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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.

Mahalo,

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

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Buchanan, Decoite & De Naie Forwarded to Governor for House District 13

KAUNAKAKAI, Hawai‘i – The House District 13 Council Nominating Committee has completed its selection process and has forwarded three names to the governor.

“I am extremely impressed with the three applicants that we forwarded to the governor for consideration,” said Emillia Noordhoek, District 13 Council Vice-Chair who ran the proceedings.

“All were well-qualified, thoughtful and I know we can be proud to call one of them our representative.  I appreciate their willingness to step-up and serve in this important role,” she said.

The top three names that have been transmitted to the governor in alphabetical order include:

Lori Buchanan of Molokai who is a field outreach coordinator for the Molokai/Maui Invasive Species Committee and the co-owner of Molokai Security Service.  She serves as a member of the Molokai Planning Commission and a member of the Marine and Coastal Zone Advisory Council.  She also serves as a commissioner for the Legacy Lands Conservation Commission.

Lynn DeCoite of Molokai is the owner of L&R Farm Enterprises and R.J. Snacks.  She serves as a board 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 Molokai High School.

Lucienne De Naie of Huelo is self-employed consultant.  She serves as the secretary of the Haiku Community Association and is a member of the Maui Cultural Lands Advisory Board.  She is a founding board member of the Haiku Living Legacy Project and a co-founder of the Haiku Living Legacy Project.  She is a graduate of UC Irvine and UCLA.

“I want to thank the District 13 Council for their hard work and diligence in considering all applicants,” said Troy Hashimoto, Chair of the Maui County Democratic Party.

“The Maui County Democratic Party looks forward to working with the governors selection to help move our Democratic values forward at the state legislature,” he added.

Other applicants that were considered include Shay Chan Hodges of Haiku, Scott Crawford of Hana, Alberta De Jetley of Lanai, David Fry of Haiku, Barbara Haliniak of Molokai, Susan “Netra” Halperin of Haiku, Lance Holter of Paia, Robert Parsons of Haiku, Kay Okamoto of Lanai and Noelani Yamashita of Molokai.

“It is my hope that the governor will make a decision on the replacement sooner than later, so that one of the most unique districts, the 13th District, can once again have representation in the State House.  It is an especially important time, as many bills are being actively considered,” said Hashimoto.

For any questions or more information, contact Maui County Party Chair Troy Hashimoto via e-mail at troy@mauidemocrats.org or by phone at (808) 249-0333.

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Public Notice: District 13 Selection Committee Interviews

The District 13 District Council will be meeting on Saturday, February 14 starting at 10 a.m. to select three names to replace Representative Mele Carroll. The three names selected will be transmitted to the governor for appointment.

The interviews will be held at Maui College, Molokai Education Center, and Lanai Education Center and are open to the public on a first come, first serve basis. Due to space limitations and fire code, once the maximum capacity of the room is reached, the public will be turned away. Seating preference will be given to members of the media and elected officials.

Below is a slight description of each location.

Maui College
Ka’a’ike Building and the session will be held in Ka’a’ike 105C/D. Ka’a’ike is on the Iao side of our Paina Cafeteria/Class Act. Ka’a’ike has a large glass wall that fronts the building so you can’t miss it. Signs will be posted in the lobby area directing participants to room 105C/D. Parking at the college is free, however due to the Saturday Swap Meet, you may have to park farther away from the building than usual.

Molokai Education Center
375 Kamehameha V Highway
Kaunakakai, HI 96748

Lanai Education Center
329 7th Street
Lanai City, Hawaii 96763

An agenda of the meeting can be found HERE.

The meeting will be closed during deliberations to members of the public and the media. The three names will be released only once the names are transmitted to the governor and the Party receives the go ahead to release the three names.

For any questions or more information, contact Maui County Party Chair Troy Hashimoto via e-mail at troy@mauidemocrats.org or by phone at (808) 249-0333.

Statement on the passing of Mary J. Cochran

Dear Friends,

It is with a heavy heart that I share with you that Maui County Democratic Party 13-1 Precinct President Mary Cochran passed away early this morning in her sleep.

Mary was a long time member of the Party and I was lucky to call her a friend and mentor.

She was first elected to the Hawai‘i State Board of Education in 2002 and re-elected in 2006 and served until 2010. I was especially lucky to serve with her from 2004-2005 when I was the Board of Education student member. She mentored me and taught me a lot about politics. She was an attorney by trade and also previously worked for the Hawaii State Teachers Association.

One of my most memorable moments of her was back around 2005 when she blocked the passage of the State Department of Education’s budget until they moved the Kihei High School up their capital improvements priority list to get the planning of the school moving.

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I just spoke to her a few days ago. She was doing well and was in good spirits, making her passing unexpected. She was on the committee to select the replacement for the state House District 13 seat and was giving the selection committee sound advice on how the process should run. She was also looking forward to this coming Saturday’s selection meeting, but I know she will be there with us in spirit.

Well-know for sometimes being feisty, she cared deeply for Maui County and I am very sad to hear of her passing.

Information about her funeral will be shared as it is received.

Mahalo,

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

Maui County Democratic Party Receives 13 Applications for House District 13

WAILUKU, Hawai‘i – The Maui County Democratic Party has received 13 applications from registered Democrats in good standing who live in House District 13, which encompasses Paia, Haiku, East Maui, Molokai, Lanai and Kahoolawe to replace the seat left vacated by Representative Mele Carroll.

Applicants include Lori Buchanan of Molokai, Shay Chan Hodges of Haiku, Scott Crawford of Hana, Lynn DeCoite of Molokai, Alberta De Jetley of Lanai, Lucienne DeNaie of Huelo, David Fry of Haiku, Barbara Haliniak of Molokai, Susan “Netra” Halperin of Haiku, Lance Holter of Paia, Robert Parsons of Haiku, Kay Okamoto of Lanai and Noelani Yamashita of Molokai.

The 22 members of the District 13 Council will comprise the official nominating committee and will meet on Saturday, February 14, 2015. The committee will allow each candidate to speak for up to 10 minutes and committee members will be able to vote for up to three candidates, but not for the same person.

The final three names as identified by the nominating committee will then be transmitted to the Maui County Democratic Party Chair and the Hawai‘i Democratic Party Chair who will then forward the names to the Governor. The Governor has sixty calendar days following the first day of the vacancy to make an appointment to the House seat.

The nominating committee will not release the top three names of the candidates and will defer to the Governor on whether he will release the three names to the public.

For any questions or more information, contact Maui County Party Chair Troy Hashimoto via e-mail at troy@mauidemocrats.org or by phone at (808) 249-0333.

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Included is a short bio of each candidate. Information has been taken from each applicants resume:

Lori Buchanan of Molokai is a field outreach coordinator for the Molokai/Maui Invasive Species Committee and the co-owner of Molokai Security Service. She serves as a member of the Molokai Planning Commission.

Shay Chan Hodges of Haiku is the author of “Lean on and Lead, Mother and Work in the 21st Century Economy” and is a freelance technical and grant writer.

Scott Crawford of Hana is the executive director of Kipahulu Ohana and serves as the chairperson of the Maui Nui Makai Network.

Lynn DeCoite of Molokai is the owner of L&R Farm Enterprises and R.J. Snacks. She serves as a board member of the State Board of Agriculture and is the president of the Molokai Homestead Farmer’s Alliance.

Alberta De Jetley of Lanai is the publisher and editor of Lanai Today and the owner of Alberta’s farm, Lanai’s largest commercial farm. She was a previous chair of the Lanai Chamber of Commerce.

Lucienne De Naie of Huelo is a self-employed consultant. She serves as the secretary of the Haiku Community Association and is a member of the Maui Cultural Lands Advisory Board.

David Fry of Haiku is the owner and founder of Tanuki Interactive, a web development and strategy company. He serves as a board member of the Haiku Community Association.

Barbara Haliniak of Molokai is the president and owner of The Business Depot, a bookkeeping and payroll service. She also serves as president and founder of Molokai Island Foundation, which supports inclusion of the STEM project in a school’s curriculum.

Susan “Netra” Halperin of Haiku is the executive director of Restorative Solutions Maui, co-founding the non-violent communication in schools program and serves as a board member of the Haiku Community Association.

Lance Holter of Paia is the owner and broker of Lance Holter Real Estate and Construction. He is a former chair of the Maui County Democratic Party and a former Maui Tomorrow Board Member.

Robert Parsons of Haiku serves as an Executive Assistant to Mayor Alan Arakawa and a past chair for the Maui Conservation Alliance.

Kay Okamoto of Lanai is the owner and principal broker of Okamoto Realty and a former educator. She previously served on the Maui County Charter Commission and the Maui County General Plan Advisory Committee.

Noelani Yamashita of Molokai is the Executive Director of Ka Honua Momona International, a non-profit dedicated to revitalizing natural and cultural resources and is a graduate of both the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa and Princeton University.

Applications for House District 13

This is the official application for the House District 13:
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The Maui County Democratic Party has set Fri, Feb. 6 by 11 p.m. as the deadline to apply for the District 13 State House seat left vacant by Representative Mele Carroll. Any Democrat in good standing for at least six months prior to the application deadline who lives in House District 13, which encompasses Paia, Haiku, East Maui, Molokai, Lanai and Kahoolawe, may submit their name.

Applicants must fill out a “Statement of Candidacy” form, submit a resume not to exceed two pages, complete a questionnaire, demonstrate evidence of party participation and submit verified signatures of least five party members within the District where the vacancy occurred. Recommendations from third parties will not be considered as only applicants may submit their own name. Any incomplete applications will be automatically invalidated.

All applications will be received by the Maui County Chair who will date and time stamp each application. A confirmation of receipt will be sent to all applications received. All applicants will be vetted for residency and “good standing” before making it to the official list that will be forwarded to the District 13 Council for consideration.

Saturday, February 14 is scheduled for the District 13 Council to interview any candidates. This is the adopted rules that the body will follow.

Maui County Democratic Party Accepting Applications for House District 13

WAILUKU, Hawai‘i – The Maui County Democratic Party has set Fri, Feb. 6 by 11 p.m. as the deadline to apply for the District 13 State House seat left vacant by Representative Mele Carroll. Any Democrat in good standing for at least six months prior to the application deadline who lives in House District 13, which encompasses Paia, Haiku, East Maui, Molokai, Lanai and Kahoolawe, may submit their name.

Applicants must fill out a “Statement of Candidacy” form, submit a resume not to exceed two pages, complete a questionnaire, demonstrate evidence of party participation and submit verified signatures of least five party members within the District where the vacancy occurred. All forms will be available at www.mauidemocrats.org starting at 10 a.m. on Feb. 1. Recommendations from third parties will not be considered as only applicants may submit their own name.

All applications will be received by the Maui County Chair who will date and time stamp each application. A confirmation of receipt will be sent to all applications received. All applicants will be vetted for residency and “good standing” before making it to the official list that will be forwarded to the District 13 Council for consideration.

The Democratic Party’s District 13 Council will comprise the official nominating committee and will meet on Sat, Feb. 14. The committee will allow each candidate to speak for up to 10 minutes and committee members will be able to vote for up to three candidates. Casting more than one vote per candidate will not be allowed.

The final three names as identified by the nominating committee will then be transmitted to the Maui County Democratic Party Chair and the Hawai‘i Democratic Party Chair who will then forward the names to the Governor. The Governor has sixty calendar days following the first day of the vacancy to make an appointment to the House seat.

“This is a grassroots effort and a wonderful opportunity to serve the people of Hawai‘i and the residents of District 13. I encourage any interested Democrats to apply,” said Todd Yamashita, Chair of District 13 Nominating Committee.

For any questions or more information, contact Troy Hashimoto via e-mail or by phone at (808) 249-0333 or Todd Yamashita via e-mail or by phone at (808) 646-0542.

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