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2019 Maui County Convention

The Maui County Democratic Convention is coming up!  Please join us!

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019
Location: Pomaika’i Elementary School Cafeteria
Time: 930 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Registration begins at 9 a.m.
Registration Fee: $10 until Thursday, April 25th; $15 thereafter and at door.

CLICK HERE to pre-register.

Agenda for the Convention Includes:

  • Updates from State Legislators
  • Updates from State Party Chair
  • Updates from Statewide Leaders 
  • Updates from Maui Mayor
  • Updates from Council Chair
  • Meet and greet with your respective District Chair and Precincts.
  • Election of Maui County Executive Officers.

Any candidate or ally organization wishing to have a banner or a table at the convention, may reserve a table starting at $100.  Reserve a Table here

The Convention is open to any member of the Maui County Democratic Party or those interested in joining.  Only members of the County Executive Committee, District Council, a Precinct President, First Vice-President or District Council Representative are eligible to vote on matters.

Email Maui County Chair Tim Lara for more information.

Apply for Maui County Executive Positions

2019 Maui County Convention will be held April 27th 9:30am-11:30am at Pomaiaka’i Elementary School.

Nominations are now being taken for Executive positions for the Democratic Party of Hawaii, Maui County Committee. Applications are due on Monday, April 15th, 2019.

Full details for Convention here

Register for 2019 Maui County Convention Here

2019 Application PDF

Pay $10 Application Filing fee here.

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.

2019 Application PDF

Applications are due on Monday, April 15th, 2019.

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

Executive Committee Filing Fee

2018 Maui County Convention

2018 Maui County Convention

Pu’u Kukui Elementary School

May 5th, 2018 5pm.

Registration Delegates to the Maui County Convention include: Maui County Committee Officers, State Central Committee members, Precinct Presidents, Precinct First Vice Presidents, Precinct District Councilperson,  District Chairs and Elected Officials.

Pre registration is $10 or $15 the day of convention.  Pre-registration will close on May 4th at 5pm. PRE- Registration is over. Please show up at 4:30pm May 5th to Register.

If you would like to request a waiver for the registration fee please email  explaining your request for a waiver.

SCC Nomination: In even numbered years we elect our Maui County Male and Female Representatives to the State Central Committee (SCC).  If you would like run for either Male or Female SCC Maui County Rep. you must submit your completed candidate nomination papers by 5pm on April 25th 2018.  The nomination papers are here:

Platform, Rules, Resolutions: In even numbered years, the Maui County Convention will include work on Platform, Rules and Resolutions so they can be considered at the State Convention.  If you would like to submit revisions or additions to be considered for the Maui County Convention agenda please email them to no later than 5pm on April 25th, 2018.  No agenda items will considered after that date.

Revisions and additions to the Hawaii State Platform, Rules or Resolutions can be taken directly to the Hawaii State Convention without being heard at the Maui County Convention.

Candidate Tables: If you are candidate running as a Democrat and would like to have an outreach table at the 2018 Maui County Convention, we are requesting a $100 donation or more.  Requests for a Candidate Table need to be made by May 2nd at 5pm.  Tables are limited and given on a first come basis. If we run out of tables we will prioritize Candidates who have already filed their papers.

Hawaii State Convention

Dates: Saturday, May 26 & Sunday, May 27, 2018
 Hilton Waikoloa 69-425 Waikoloa Beach Drive, Waikoloa, Hawaii, 96738

More information and Registration here. 

Questions?  Email


Hawaii House District 8 Application

Below is the application packet for the Vacant District 8 Hawaii State House seat.  Any registered democrat in good standing, residing in Hawaii House District 8 for at least six months my apply to fill the vacancy. Completed packets (3 pages) Must be emailed to  no later than April 11th at 3:30pm HST.  Original documents must also be mailed and postmarked by April 11th 3:30pm to:

Maui County Democrats

PO BOX 1182

Kula, Maui, HI 96790

If you do not receive an email confirmation that your packet has been received within 24 hours please call Maui County Chair Timothy Lara 808-283-2470

District 8 Application Packet

The District Council will interview applicants starting at 2pm on Saturday April 14th 2018 in a location to be determined.  The interview and selection process is NOT be open to the public.  Only officers of the District 8 Council, County Chair and immediate past State Chair will be present for the interviews.  No District Council officer who is applying for the vacancy will be a part of the interview process for other applicants, however they will retain their right to vote.

After the District Council interviews all applicants they will select three (3) names via secret ballot. Those three names will be given to the County Chair Timothy Lara who will forward them to the State Chair Timothy Vandeveer, who will forward them to Governor Ige.  Out of respect for the Governor, the three names will not be release to the public until after Governor Ige has received them.  The Governor has 60 calendar days following the first day of vacancy to make an appointment to fill the vacancy.



Nina Turner on Maui

As we prepare for Precinct Meetings, County and State Convention in the coming months, I wanted to make sure you were personally invited to a special event happening this Saturday.

As a part of her statewide speaking tour, Nina Turner will be visiting Maui on February 10th 6-8pm. Ms. Turner is a former State Senator from Ohio, President of Our Revolution, Member of the DNC Unity Reform Commission, and a Founding Fellow of the Sanders Institute. A champion for progressive causes such as labor, women’s reproductive health, voting rights, and the eradication of wealth and income inequality, she forms deep connections with people from all walks of life.

Known as an eloquent, inspiring speaker, Nina will be here at Pukalani Community Center on February 10th 6-8pm to share and connect with our communities. Individual tickets to this grassroots fundraising event are $27. Please come support the DPH, invite friends, and share the links provided.

Tickets at:

Facebook Event Page:

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to email me
In Service,
Timothy Lara
Maui County Chair

2018 Precinct Officer Elections

2018 Precinct Officer Elections

Elections will be held at the locations below from 6-8pm on Wed March 7:

8 and 9 Maui Waena Intermediate Cafeteria
District 10 Lahaina Intermediate Cafeteria
District 11 Kihei Elementary Cafeteria
District 12 Kalama Intermediate Cafeteria
District 13 Precinct 1 and 2 Haiku Community Center
District 13 Precinct 3 Hana High School Room B101
District 13 Precinct 4 Lanai School Cafeteria
District 13 Precinct 5-8 Kaunakakai School Cafeteria

To be elected:

Precinct Level: President, Vice President, District Council Person, Secretary and Treasurer.

After the Precincts elect their leadership the following District Officers will be elected: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer.

Delegates and Alternate Delegates to the State Convention will also be voted in on this day.

If you have questions please email Tim Lara, Maui Chair

District 8 Meeting and Precinct Elections

District 8 Chair Christy Kajiwara-Gusman will be holding a District Meeting and Precinct elections at the ILWU Hall in Wailuku on May 4th 2017 5pm.
896 Lower Main St, Wailuku, HI 96793
This meeting is to re-organize the inactive Precincts 8.2, 8.4 and 8.7 by electing Precinct Club Officers.

The following officers will be elected:
Precinct 2 President and 1st Vice President
Precinct 4 President, 1st Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer
Precinct 7 1st Vice President, District Council Rep, Secretary and Treasurer

Following Precinct Elections we will elect a new District Vice Chair

Mahalo for allowing me to be of service. If you have any questions please email me at

Or your District Chair at Christy Kajiwara-Gusman at

Timothy Lara
Maui Democratic Party Chair

Maui County Committee Meeting May 7th

Aloha Maui County Democrats,

Its time for our first Maui County Committee Meeting on May 7th 2017 at Maui Waena Intermediate School  3:00-4:30pm

Business to be handled:

  • Updating the Maui County Bylaws. (See amendments at bottom of post)
  • Confirming  Committee Officer appointments 
  • Confirming  appointment of SCC Maui At Large Male Rep.

Per the Maui County Bylaws our County Committee should hold regular meetings at least once every three months.  County Committee Membership consists of the following: County Officers, Precinct Presidents, District Chairs and Chairs of Official Party Caucus.  This is currently around 47 members and we need 40% of those to establish Quorum.   If you are a County Committee Member and not willing to attend quarterly meetings please consider another position within the Party so we can have an active County Committee.  The bylaws also state that County Committee members with valid excuses for nonattendance may give their proxies to the Chair of County Committee or their District Chair.   If you wish to proxy please send an email to Recording Secretary Ben Wilson at  Include your name, position and wether you wish to proxy to your District Chair or County Chair.

Proposed amendments to Maui County Bylaws:

Amendment 1. Article II Section 1.2 – Add “Maui County” to clarify that only “”….Maui County’ Members of the State Central Committee shall constitute the Executive Committee and Maui County Committee.” 

Amendment 2. Article II Section 2.2 – Add “District Councilperson” to clarify that “Should a District Chair, Precinct President or ‘District Councilperson’ be elected as a Maui County officer, that person shall automatically vacate the lesser office.”   Notes: This would make our Maui County Bylaws mirror the State Bylaws Article 2 Section 2N.2

Amendment 3. Article IV.3  Remove the words ‘due to death or resignation’ in first sentence.  Notes: This allows the County Chair to appointment Committee Officers for positions that were not filled at the County Convention and does not limit appointments to filing vacancies only ‘due to death or resignation’ as its currently written.

Amendment 4. Article VI.2 Add second sentence: “Proxies shall be in writing and filed with the Recording Secretary.”

Amendment 5.  Article IX Section 3. Add “Maui County” two times to clarify that only “‘Maui County’ State Central Committee members….  and ‘Maui County’ elected officials shall be delegates to the Maui County Convention.”


Mahalo for allowing me to be of service. If you have any questions please email me at

Timothy Lara

Maui Democratic Party Chair