“South Maui Celebration! w/ Kaniela Ing

Ing 2016 - April FR Ticket no bleedPurchase tickets here:
https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/southmauicelebration <– please contribute if you cannot attend.

SEATS LIMITED, so reserve your tickets early.

Our Representative Kaniela Ing is throwing a community celebration for everyone who loves South Maui. Personally chat with Kaniela about community needs, our many accomplishments, and his fresh vision for Maui’s future. Enjoy great food, music, drinks, and each other!

Invest in your community:
$25 covers event costs, additional $ directly helps re-elect Kaniela Ing!
https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/kanielaing

5:30-8:00pm, April 8, 2016
Nalu’s Southside Grill, Azeka’s Makai

Questions? Please email kaniela@kanielaing.com or call (808) 276-2990.

2016 Maui County Presidential Preference Poll & Precinct Elections

PRECINCT MEETING – On Saturday, March 26, 2016 starting at 1 p.m. (registration begins at noon and 12:30 p.m. in Hana), Democratic Party members will gather in over 50 meetings across the state. These neighborhood meetings have two purposes. First, people will vote for their favored presidential candidate in the Presidential Preference Poll (PPP). This is sometimes called the “caucus”. Then members will vote for the local precinct party party officers, as delegates to the county and state conventions.

ELIGIBILITY – Voting in both the PPP and the precinct elections is open to all Hawaii registered voters, provided they have joined the Democratic party. Voters who are not yet formal members can join the party at the meeting, making them eligible to participate. Or join online. Every person who qualifies and has reached the age of 17 may register to vote and may participate if they will be 18 years of age on or before November 8, 2016.

To identify your PRECINCT AND DISTRICT please visit this page for location information. We have provided a polling locator to help you.

District 8 (Wailuku) – Pu‘u Kukui Elementary Cafeteria
District 9 (Kahului) – Maui Waena Intermediate School Cafeteria

District 10 (Lahaina, Part of North Kihei, Maalaea)
Precinct 10-1 (Parts of North Kihei, Maalaea) – Lokelani Intermediate School Cafeteria – Please be sure to read the advisory regarding the entrance to the school.
Precinct 10-2 thru 10-5 (Lahaina) – Princess Nahienaena Elementary School Cafeteria

District 11 (Kihei) – Lokelani Intermediate School Cafeteria – Please be sure to read the advisory regarding the entrance to the school.
District 12 (Makawao, Pukalani, Kula, Spreckelsville, Parts of Paia (until Baldwin Ave))– Kalama Intermediate School Cafeteria

District 13 (Lanai, Part of Maui, Molokai)
Precinct 13-1 (Part of Paia (Haiku side of Baldwin Ave)) and 13-2 (Haiku) – Haiku Community Center
Precinct 13-3 (East Maui) – Hana School Cafeteria (registration begins at 12:30 p.m.)
Precinct 13-4 (Lanai) – Lanai ILWU Hall
Precinct 13-5 thru 13-9 (Molokai) – Kaunakakai Elementary School Cafeteria

Presidential Preference Poll (Caucus) FAQ

Hawai‘i helps choose the Democratic Presidential Nominee with a Presidential Preference Poll. The 2016 Poll will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, March 26, 2016. This will be held in combination with our Precinct Meeting.

You can use this page to answer many of your questions.

  1. Question: Am I a member?
    • Answer: If you’re not sure we ask you to fill out our online membership form. Either your information will be updated or you will join the Party. Because our office is busy we are unable to send out individual confirmations. If you completed the online form then you are okay! Complete the form here.
  2. Question: Where do I go on Saturday?
  3. Question: I’m not a Democrat but I want to vote. Can I?
    • Answer: The Poll is an event exclusively for Democrats. You are welcome to join the Democratic Party of Hawaii to participate. You can join the day of the Poll or you can join online now. If you voted in the Republican Caucus you are not allowed to vote in the Democratic Poll
  4. Question: Why do you call it a Presidential Preference Poll and not a Caucus?
    • Answer: Because it’s not a caucus! The Poll has some similarities with other caucuses. The Democratic Party of Hawaii organizes and pays for the Poll. The Poll results will decide how Hawaii splits our 34 delegates to the Democratic National Convention. The polls are conducted at the local level. But unlike a caucus, the voting in Hawaii is by secret ballot.
  5. Question: Why don’t you call it a Primary?
    • Answer: Because the Primary is a separate event! The Hawaii State Primary is held August 13, 2016. The primary election is organized and paid for the State. It is also after the Democratic National Convention, so Democratic presidential candidates could not appear on the Hawaii ballot.
  6. Question: What is a Primary?
    • Answer: A Primary is when candidates of the same political party compete to be the single candidate for the General Election. For example, in the 2014 Primary seven Democratic candidates ran for Hawaii’s 1st Congressional District. Representative Mark Takai won the Primary and faced Republican Charles Djou in the General Election. Representative Mark Takai won and is now Congressman Takai.
  7. Question: What do I need to do to be able to vote in the Presidential Preference Poll?
  8. Question: Can I register to vote and join the Party the day of the voting?
    • Answer: Yes. However all locations are expected to be very busy. To avoid waiting in long lines we recommend you visit the Checklist Page today.
  9. Question: Can I vote by absentee ballot?
    • Answer: No. You must vote in person.
  10. Question: I always vote by absentee ballot. Why can’t I vote by absentee now?
    • Answer: The State of Hawaii administers the Primary & General Elections. Using your tax dollars they are able to print, send, and receive absentee ballots. Our Poll is run, and financed, by the Democratic Party of Hawaii. Because we have less resources than the State we are unable to offer this option.
  11. Question: I’ll be on March 26th, can I vote at a different location?
    • Answer: No. You may only vote in your home precinct.
  12. Question: What time will the Poll close on March 26th?
    • Answer: There is no official end time. Polling will begin promptly at 1 PM. It will continue until all members present have cast their vote. We advise you to arrive before 1:00 PM to ensure you are in line and will be able to vote.
  13. Question: How else can I get involved?
    • Answer: Stay at your Precinct Meeting after the Presidential Preference Poll vote. We’ll be election grassroots leadership and delegates to county/state conventions. You can also do a web search for candidates and/or causes you’re concerned about and contact them directly.
  14. Question: How do I get my membership card?
    • Answer: Official Democratic Party of Hawaii membership cards are issued after you pay your annual voluntary due of $25. Please visit our donation page for more information.

Article II, Section 3B of the Bylaws of the Democratic Party of Hawaii has more information.

If you need additional information, please contact Maui County Chair Troy Hashimoto at troyhashimoto@gmail.com.

Advisory for Lokelani Intermediate

Please be advised, for those heading to Lokelani Intermediate School on Saturday for the Presidential Preference Poll, Liloa Street in Kihei is under construction and may not be accessible.

Please note however, you can access Lokelani Intermediate through Kihei School. When turning into Kihei School, simply make a right turn.

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Viewpoint: Democratic nominating process arrives in Hawai‘i

Viewpoint by Troy Hashimoto
Published in The Maui News on Sunday March 20, 2016

Democratic nominating process arrives in Hawai‘i

Splashed across newspapers, televisions, the web and social media sites are headlines on candidates seeking the presidential nomination from their respective party. Many states have already indicated their preference either through a caucus or primary election. Now, the time has come for Hawai‘i Democrats to make our voice be heard.

On Saturday, March 26, registered Democratic Party members across the state will converge at over 50 locations to cast their vote for their preferred presidential nominee.

Our process is officially called the Presidential Preference Poll, but is also referred to as a “caucus”. Through a secret ballot, party members will indicate their preference for Hillary Clinton, Roque De La Fuente, Martin O’Malley, Bernie Sanders or an option to be uncommitted. Those who do not have active campaigns will still appear on the ballot, as they have not officially withdrawn in Hawai‘i.

Only registered members of the Democratic Party will be able to participate. Those who are not yet registered, unsure, or would like to update their party membership, may do so at www.hawaiidemocrats.org/join. Anyone wishing to join must register to vote in the State of Hawai‘i and not be affiliated with any other political party. Registration will also be held at each designated site on March 26.

Doors will open at noon, except in Hana, which opens at 12:30 p.m. Voting begins at 1 p.m.

The following locations have been designated throughout Maui County: District 8 (Wailuku), Puu Kukui Elementary School; District 9 (Central Maui), Maui Waena Intermediate School; District 10, Precinct 1 (Parts of North Kihei, Maalaea), Lokelani Intermediate School; District 10, Precinct 2 thru 5 (Lahaina), Princess Nahienaena Elementary School; District 11 (South Maui), Lokelani Intermediate School; District 12 (Upcountry), Kalama Intermediate School; District 13, Precinct 1 and 2 (Paia and Haiku), Haiku Community Center; District 13, Precinct 3 (Keanae and Hana), Hana School Cafeteria; District 13, Precinct 4 (Lanai), ILWU Local 142 Hall, Lanai; District 13, Precinct 5 thru 9 (Molokai), Kaunakakai Elementary School.

The party is expecting a large turnout, and will do our best to keep lines moving, but we ask for your patience. For first time attendees, please be sure you are registered to vote at elections.hawaii.gov and a member of the party, well before March 26 for an easier check-in process.

The party is aiming to release the results that evening through our state headquarters. Only candidates receiving at least 15 percent of the vote will be allocated delegates to the national convention. Hawai‘i has been allocated 34 delegates, 25 of which will be at stake on March 26 and 9 are super-delegates consisting of our governor, congressional delegation, and state party leaders. More information on the process can be found on our website at www.mauidemocrats.org.

Following the Presidential Preference Poll, there will also be important party elections for precinct officers and delegates to the state convention.

Precinct officers play an important role, as they have the responsibility to select three individuals that the governor must choose from if a mid-term vacancy occurs for their respective state representative or state senator. The most recent case here in Maui County was the recommendations of Lynn DeCoite in 2015 along with 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. The fundamental success of the party has always been because of a fluid discourse with our membership and elected officials.

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.

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.

As grassroots members, we are the ones who help set the course for our presidential nominee and maintain the essence of our 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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Maui Meet & Greet with Jane Sanders

The Hawaii caucus is right around the corner, and the eyes of the nation will be shifting to Hawaii. Come join friends and neighbors to meet Bernie’s better half, and future first lady Jane Sanders this Monday evening!

TIME: Monday, March 21, 2016 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM HST
HOST: Kyle Sullivan
CONTACT PHONE: (808) 283-4120
LOCATION:The Mill House, Maui Tropical Plantation (Wailuku, HI)
1670 Honoapiilani Highway
Wailuku, HI 96793

For more information CLICK HERE.

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Keith Regan

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Thursday, March 17 at 5:30 PM
Maui Beach Hotel
170 W Kaahumanu Ave, Kahului, Hawaii 96732

Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day!

Please join us for dinner, entertainment, and fun at Maui Beach Hotel!

No-host cocktails: 5:30 p.m.
Dinner: 6:00 p.m.

Prizes will be presented to those who are most festively dressed for St. Patrick’s Day!

Tickets are $100 per person or $1,000 for a table of 10. This is a campaign fundraiser to raise funds to elect Keith Regan for the Maui County Council, Wailuku seat.

Paid for by the Friends of Keith Regan, 1823 Wells Street, Suite 2A, Wailuku.

For tickets:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/celebrate-st-patricks-day-with-keith-regan-tickets-20396467383

For more information, call 244-6042 or visit www.regan2016.com

Hillary for Hawaii to Open Maui Office

Hillary for Hawaii will open its second office in the Aloha State in Maui on Wednesday, March 16. At the office opening, volunteers and supporters will discuss why Hillary Clinton is the best candidate to continue the progress made under President Obama and deliver real results for Hawaii families. Hillary for Hawaii recently opened its headquarters in the state in Honolulu, and organizers have been working statewide to engage supporters in advance of the upcoming Presidential Preference Poll on March 26. To learn more or get involved, visit HillaryClinton.com/Hawaii.

Hillary for Hawaii Maui Office Opening
WHEN: 5 – 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 16
WHERE: Hillary for Hawaii Maui Office, 1942 Main Street, Wailuku
Public RSVP Here

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Opening of Tegarden Campaign Headquarters

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Please join us for the official opening of our
Campaign Headquarters!
Wednesday, March 16
at Azeka Makai
(1279 S. Kihei Road above “Flowers by Cora”)
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Enjoy great entertainment by
Gene Argel, delicious  pupus and get to know Deidre.
This campaign is about all of us so bring your friends and family…everyone is welcome.
Together We Can Accomplish Great Things!

Dinner with Deidre

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Dinner to Support Deidre Tegarden for the
State House of Representatives – South Maui

Date: Monday, February 29, 2016
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Place: Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall (VFW)
2110 Uluniu Road, Kihei HI 96753
PURCHASE TICKETS NOW
$20.00

Includes ono grinds and entertainment by Nevah Too Late
For more information email deidre@VoteTegarden.com or phone (808) 276-5756

Yuki Lei Sugimura Fundraiser

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Tuesday, February 23 at 5:30 PM
Yokouchi Estate
2471 Main St, Wailuku, Hawaii 96793

Aloha Friends! Support Yuki Lei Sugimura as she runs for the Maui County Council, Upcountry seat.

Enjoy the cuisine of Chefs Travis Morrin, Jaron Blosser and Cody Christopher of Three’s Bar and Grill while you listen to Hawaiian, local contemporary music spanning all eras by “Nevah Too Late”

For info contact Doreen Pua Canto,
808.633.3079, cantodoreen@gmail.com
yukileisugimura.com / @yukilei4council / #voteyukilei