Maui Young Democrats Host Upcoming County Council Upcountry Debate


The Maui Young Democrats invites the public to attend their Upcountry County Council debate on Wednesday, April 27th at the Pukalani Community Center. This is the first debate of the 2016 election cycle and will feature the four candidates currently vying for the Upcountry County Council seat: Stacey Moniz, Eric Molina, Yuki Lei Sugimura, and Nāpua Greig Nakason.

The event begins with a meet-and-greet at 5:30 PM, followed by a debate and forum from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Light pupus and refreshments will be provided.

The Maui Young Democrats are currently hosting an open poll on the event Facebook page, asking the public to weigh in on possible debate topics. Topics range from Maui’s affordable housing crisis to the recent HC&S closure.

“There are a number of decisive issues that Maui County is facing during this election cycle,” said Tim Lara, President of Maui Young Democrats. “We want these events to help voters understand exactly where the candidates stand on these very important issues.”

Longtime council member Gladys Baisa has held the Upcountry council seat for the past five terms. Having reached the term limit, Baisa is ineligible to run in the upcoming 2016 election. The evening will not only highlight the candidates, but also celebrate Council Woman Baisa’s decades of dedication to the Maui and Upcountry communities.

Maui Young Democrats plan to host candidate forums, voter registration drives, community service events, social mixers, and public issue forums throughout the 2016 election cycle.

To RSVP to the Upcountry County Council Debate, visit the event Facebook Page. The public is also encouraged to stay up-to-date with future Maui Young Democrats’ events by “Liking” the official Facebook Page. For more information, or to request to be added to the YDM email list, email

The MYD shall strive to:
• Stimulate, in young people, an active interest in governmental affairs
• Promote the involvement of young people in the political process
• Increase the political strength of young people
• Educate young voters and people who will become eligible to vote
• Advocate the highest degree of justice, social welfare and equal opportunity for Maui County and the state of Hawai‘i’s people
• Advocate for the long term protection and restoration of Maui’s environmental resources


Coffee Talk with Keith Regan

The public is cordially invited to a “Coffee Talk with Keith Regan” event to be held on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Maui Coffee Attic, 59 Kanoa Street, Wailuku.

This event provides an opportunity for attendees to meet and get to know Keith and ask questions.

Regan, who serves as the County of Maui’s Managing Director, intends to run for Maui County Council, Wailuku District, and has been endorsed by Councilmember Gladys Coelho Baisa and ILWU Local 142.

Recognized by The Maui News as one of the “People Who Made a Difference” in 2011, Regan holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Southern California, participated in the Senior Executive in Government Program at Harvard University, and is a 2005 graduate of the Pacific Century Fellows Program.  During his term as Managing Director, Regan has focused on process improvement and accountability initiatives.  Some of these initiatives have included permitting, performance management, process review, management training, and fleet vehicle usage.  In addition, Regan also helped kickoff the County’s award-winning Health and Wellness program, and implemented GPS tracking for County vehicles.  He currently chairs the Sugar Operators Support Task Force.

In 2001, Regan was recognized by Pacific Business News as Hawaii’s Young Business Person of the Year and the Community Leader of the Year.

For more information about Regan and his campaign, visit


Kelly King to run for County Council

Contact: Kelly Takaya King Tina Wildberger
Candidate for Maui County Council, South Maui seat Campaign Manager
808-283-1954 / 808-870-1739

Kelly King to run for County Council
Long time Kihei resident says Pono Prosperity comes from smart growth

MAUI, HI April 8, 2016– Surrounded by supporters, long time Kihei resident and former Hawaii State Board of Education Representative Kelly King filed her nomination papers today to run for the Maui County Council South Maui seat. King is perhaps best known for her role as Vice President of Pacific Biodiesel, a locally owned renewable fuel company that pioneered the biodiesel industry with its first processing plant built on Maui in 1996.

Throughout her 37 years on Maui, King has been an active community member, spearheading the first community playgrounds on the island, lobbying for air conditioning for Kihei Elementary School, serving as chair of Hui Malama Learning Center and winning her first election attempt for the Maui seat on the Board of Education. More recently, the mother of two children born and raised on Maui has been working side by side with her husband, running Hawaii’s only commercial biofuel business now in its 20th year. As VP, she helped create collaborations and partnerships for various agricultural projects as well as develop working relationships with State agencies, county governments and national organizations like Clean Cities, USDA and the Environmental Protection Agency.

With a focus on collaboration and service, King says she is running for office “because there is a need for better representation on the Council, for elected officers who choose to serve the community rather than create a political pathway for higher office.”

“Through Pacific Biodiesel, we have proven that progress and profit can be pono,” King added, “and I’d like to bring that concept to county governance.”

King said her platform is built on the need for transparency and communication, and added that the community plans are a huge concern that will be critical issues in the next two years. Other concerns she intends to prioritize if elected include workforce development, affordable housing, agriculture and recycling.  King said she will be to be accessible to everyone in order to understand county issues from all sides and emphasized her experience as a policy-maker, her business acumen running a successful company, her environmental involvement and her broad community support.

I’m a fast learner, I have contacts throughout the State and County, and I truly care about the well-being of my community,” King stated.

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Fundraiser for Senator Gil Keith-Agaran

Please join the Friends of Gil Keith-Agaran for a fundraiser for State Senator Gilbert Keith-Agaran on Friday, April 15 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at Maui Waena Intermediate School. Good Friends. Good Food. Good Fun. Working for the Heart of Maui. Donation: $20.00 to Friends of Gil Keith-Agaran, P.O. Box 857, Wailuku, HI 96793. Hope to see you there!


“South Maui Celebration! w/ Kaniela Ing

Ing 2016 - April FR Ticket no bleedPurchase tickets here: <– 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!

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

Questions? Please email 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

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 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 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

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.