Primary Election – Don’t forget to vote

Aloha Democrats!

We are counting down the days until the Primary Election on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

Here are a few resources that I hope that you will use for yourself and also share with your friends and family.

The Office of Elections is still looking for individuals to be Precinct Officials.  Please consider helping out!  Register online.

If you do not know your polling place or are trying to help someone find their polling place.  You can easily look it up online.

Mail-in Absentee Ballots may be dropped off at the two early voting locations between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. until Aug. 7, or at a polling place on primary Election Day, Aug. 9.

Primary election absentee ballots can be dropped off now until Aug. 8 at the offices of the county clerk.

Read a recent article by Hawaii News Now on things to avoid that may invalidate your ballot.

Walk-in Vote Voting is from July 28, 2014 to August 7, 2014:

Kalana O Maui Building
200 South High Street, Room 708
Wailuku, Hawaii 96793

8:00 am – 4:00 pm

State Building, DAGS BLDG. #1
65 Makaena Place, Room 104
Kaunakakai, Hawaii 96748

Monday through Friday
8:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The Office of Elections has provided a video on how to vote in the Primary Election.

If you are looking for information on candidates, The Maui News published a great insert with questions and profiles on most candidates running.  Check it out.

Finally, don’t forget to vote and most importantly, please support our Democratic candidates!

Thank you for your continued support!  We will all need to work together to get Democrats elected in the General Election, so please stay tuned after the Primary Election!


Troy Hashimoto, Chair
Maui County Committee
Democratic Party of Hawaii

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