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New Party Officers Elected

Thank you to the members who attended the Maui County Convention earlier this afternoon!

I wanted to send my congratulations to the new Maui County Democratic Party officers:

Tim Lara, Chair
Beverly Pauole Moore, Vice-Chair of Molokai
Sarah Freistat Pajimola, Vice-Chair of Organization and Outreach
Shane Albritton, Vice-Chair of Education
Chris Mentzel, Vice-Chair of Information Technology
Jason Eno, Vice-Chair of Community Issues
Ben Wilson, Recording Secretary

I also wanted to send a big thank you to the officers with terms that ended today:
Yuki Lei Sugimura, Vice-Chair of Maui
Marlene Baltero, Vice-Chair of Lanai
Linda Puppolo, Treasurer
Tracie Takatani, Corresponding Secretary
Daryl Fujiwara, Vice Chair, Info & Tech
Edward Garcia, Vice Chair, Events
Stacey Moniz, Vice Chair, Public Relations
Arianna Feinberg, Vice Chair, Government
Melanie Saito, Vice Chair, Issues
Mary Wagner, Vice Chair, Labor
Blossom Feiteira, Vice Chair, Rules

There are open executive committee positions that still must be filled. If you are interested in serving, please contact Chair Tim Lara.

It has been an honor and pleasure to serve as your Chair over the past four years. There have been so many people who have assisted to help move our Party forward during my tenure, too many to list here – but I am truly appreciative. I couldn’t have done it without the many hands.

Thank you for the opportunity and I look forward to the leadership of Tim Lara here in Maui County and Tim Vandeveer at the State level. We have so many issues to tackle, so let’s keep on moving forward, together!

Troy Hashimoto, Former Chair
Maui County Committee
Democratic Party of Hawaii

2017 Maui County Convention

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

Date: Saturday, April 1, 2017
Location: Maui Waena Intermediate School Cafeteria
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.; registration begins at 12:30 p.m.
Cost: $10 until Thursday, March 30; $15 thereafter and at door.

Early bird registration has closed.  You can still register online and pay at the door here:

CLICK HERE to pre-register.

Agenda for the convention includes:
– Update from State Legislators
– Update from State Party Chair
– Updates from Statewide leaders
– Meet and greet with your respective District Chair and Precincts.
– Election of Maui County Executive Officers.  The following candidates will be on the ballot:
County Chair – Tim Lara
County Chair – Linda Puppolo
Vice Chair for Molokai – Beverly Pauole Moore
Vice Chair of Organization and Outreach – Sarah Freistat Pajimola
Vice Chair of Education – Shane Albritton
Vice Chair of Education – Paul Janes Brown
Vice Chair of Information Technology – Chris Mentzel
Vice-Chair of Community Issues – Jason Eno
Recording Secretary – Ben Wilson

CLICK HERE to download the convention program.

Any candidate or ally organization wishing to have a banner or a table at the convention, may be a convention sponsor starting at $100.  Email Troy Hashimoto for more information.

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 Troy Hashimoto for more information.

Action Alert: SB 1129 Medical Aid in Dying

One of the top priorities for the Democratic Party of Hawai’i in 2017 is to pass Medical Aid in Dying. The bill that will do that is SB 1129 SD 2.

SB 1129 SD 2 has received a hearing in the House’s Health Committee on Thursday, March 23 at 8:30 a.m. so we are asking for our fellow Democrats to submit testimony in support of Medical Aid in Dying.

Your testimony does not have to be long just a couple of sentences why you support Medical Aid in Dying.

Use this link to submit your testimony using the Legislature’s on-line system:

If you are not comfortable using the on-line system you can submit testimony via email to
Subject line: Supportive Testimony for SB 1129 SD 2

Ideally, testimony should be submitted by Wednesday, March 22 at 8:30 a.m.

For more information or questions, please contact Michael J. Golojuch, Jr.

Meet and Greet with new DPH Executive Director

Please join State Democratic Party Chair Tim Vandeveer on Maui for a meet and greet of newly hired Democratic Party of Hawaii Executive Director Laura Nevitt on Friday, March 31, 2017 from 6-8 p.m. at Giannotto’s Pizza located at 2050 Main Street in Wailuku.  Learn about her background and her work to move our party forward!

Pizza will be served.  The event is free and all members are encouraged and welcome to join!  If you are planning on attending please email – see you there!

Precinct 12-1 Meeting

WHERE: EDDIE TAM MEETING ROOM 931 Makawao Ave., Makawao in the back, below the gym.
TIME: 6:30

Look forward to seeing you on the 20th at 6:30 at Eddie Tam (lower meeting room). There will be food, of course, desserts, because dinner will be over, what would a meeting be in Maui without it?

See you there!!

A hui hou,
Paul Janes-Brown, Precinct President

Apply for Maui County Executive Positions

Nominations are now being taken for Executive positions for the Democratic Party of Hawaii, Maui County Committee.

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.



Applications are due on Wednesday, March 22, 2017.

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


Navigating the Hawaii State Legislature

Please join the Maui County Democratic Party for a training with Virginia Beck from the Hawaii State Legislature’s Public Access Room to learn more about effectively navigating the legislative process.

The training will feature:
• Tips and techniques on effective lobbying, testimony, and communicating with Senators and Representatives
• Understanding the legislative process, deadlines, and power dynamics at the Capitol
• Learn more about easy to use tools available on the Legislature’s website
• Helpful handouts, guides, and resources
• Newcomers and seasoned advocates welcome!

Additionally we will review the Democratic Party of Hawaii’s Legislative Priorities.

The event is this Tuesday, February 28, from 6-8 p.m. at the University of Hawaii Maui College in Laulima 105.

For more details or questions, please reach out to Arianna Feinberg via phone at 808-280-0988 or email at

Maui County Grand Rally

Please join us!



WAILUKU, Hawaii – The Maui County Democratic Party will host its traditional Grand Rally at the Velma McWayne Santos Community Center (Wailuku Community Center) on Wednesday, November 2 starting at 5:30 p.m.

Special guest speakers include Governor David Ige, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz, U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard, State Party Chair Tim Vandeveer, and surrogates for our next President, Hillary Clinton.

The Rally is a rare opportunity to meet all local and state Democratic candidates who will appear on the ballot in one place. There will be booths by each candidate, and an appearance by the award winning Maui High School Band!

This free event is open to any Democrats or those supporting Democratic candidates. For any questions, contact Party Chair Troy Hashimoto at