The Maui Filipino Chamber of Commerce compiled the following information to provide its members and the community information about 2016 candidates running for public office. Mahalo to the candidates who have submitted their responses.

Note: Some candidates opted not to answer all of the questions. We have removed their name from the answers portion.

Click on their names to review their bio. The candidates are (in no particular order):

Maui County Council:

House of Representatives:

US. House, 2nd District:

US. Senate:


Select a question to view responses from the candidates:


  1. What will be the biggest impact from the closure of the last sugar plantation on Maui? How will you address it?
  2. If elected in office, what policy or legislation will you introduce to address the lack of affordable housing on Maui?
  3. What is your position (for or against) on the “Show Me The Water” ordinance? Please explain.
  4. A large population of Filipinos on Maui are in the agriculture or hospitality industries. What do you think are the biggest threats to their employment today and in the future?
  5. How should the aging population on Maui be addressed?
  6. Do you think more should be done to maintain our county parks? Please explain.
  7. If you support cultural programs on Maui, how do you suggest improving these programs? Provide an example.
  8. How should Chambers of Commerce organizations improve on their programs to have a more active role in the community?


Getting personal

  1. Every part of the car is important for it to run properly and safely. If you were a part of a car, which part would you be?
  2. Have you tried eating balut? How was it? If not, would you?
  3. Pick three words to describe yourself.
  4. What do you do when you’re stressed? How do you manage stress?
  5. What super power would you like to have?
  6. What’s one choice you really regret?
  7. Do you have an elected official you admire? Please explain.
  8. As a child, what did you wish to become when you grew up?
  9. If a movie will be made about your life, what is the title, who are the actors and describe the plot briefly.
  10. What is your favorite time of the year on Maui and why?



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Mike White

Campaign Statement:
I have decades of experience in the visitor industry, which provides over 75% of the County’s economic activity. This, along with my legislative experience and over 30 years of commitment to Maui’s community will help me make informed decisions and address the County’s fiscal challenges with compassion and balance. I have been and will continue to be pro-business, pro-environment and fully dedicated to the preservation of our host culture. I support balanced growth that provides for the preservation of open space and the protection of Maui County’s natural beauty. Most importantly, I promise to continue working for the people of Maui County with aloha, respect and kindness.
Developing truly affordable housing; continuing to pass realistic and balanced budgets without placing additional burdens on working families and businesses; identifying ways to efficiently repair and repave county roadways; streamlining county operations and enhancing accountability to residents; resolving the long-standing problem of the Upcountry water meter list.

Endorsements: ILWU Local 142, Maui Hotel and Lodging Association, United Public Workers, Maui Chamber of Commerce, Hawaii Regional Council of Carpenters, Hawaii Teamsters and Allied Workers Local 996, Maui Realtors Association, State of Hawaii Police Officers Union.

Education: Bachelors of Science from the University of Hawai`i at Manoa, School of Travel Industry Management

Community Service:

  • Native Hawaiian Hospitality Association – Treasurer, Founding Member, Board of Directors – 2005 to 2013
  • Hawai`i Employers Council – Board of Governors – 2001 to 2014
  • Hawai`i Hotel & Lodging Association – Board of Directors – 2000 to 2013
  • University of Hawaii School of Travel Industry Management Advisory Council – 2004 to 2008
  • Maui Hotel & Lodging Association, President – 1987, Vice President, 1988, 1989, Chairman, 1990, 1991. Member of the Board, 1986 to 1995, Member, 1998 to 2003, Member of the Board 2004-present

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John S. Carroll

Campaign Statement:
Hawaii is my home, but I’ve watched the leadership of this state continuously fail its people. It is for that reason that I am running for US Senate. As a practicing attorney, an international businessman, a pilot, as well as a distinguished and respected member of the military, I’ve assumed leadership roles that have primed me for this position. Combined with my 10 years’ experience as a state legislator, I am certifying that I am the most qualified candidate for this office. The experience that I bring is absolutely necessary to overcome the chaotic economic, homeless, and jobless condition of our State. I see the problems, and I have solutions that are achievable and practical.


  • Bachelor’s of Arts, UH-MANOA
  • Professional Teaching Certificate, UH-MANOA
  • Doctor of Juris Prudence (law), ST. MARY’S UNIVERSITY, COLLEGE OF LAW
  • Air War College
  • Army War College

Community Service:

  • Hawaii House of Representatives, 1970-1978 (Waikiki, Moiliili, McCully); Hawaii State Senate, 1980 (Nuuanu to Diamond Head); former Hawaii Republican Party chairman; board of directors, YMCA; Hawaii Epilepsy Society, board of directors; Wahine O Ke Kai, attorney; Save Our Surf; Life of the Land; Hawaii Rifle Association; Waipio Taro Farmers

I also provide and have provided an endless amount of hours toward pro-bono cases.

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Elle Cochran

Campaign Statement:
The top for issues that I am focusing on currently are: Affordable Housing, Homelessness, Agricultural Sustainability, and Protecting and preserving culture in Hawaii. I have been endorsed by: Unite Here!- Local 5, Sierra Club, S.A.F.E.,and Maui Hotel & Lodging Association.

Education: GED
Community Service: Current member of the White House’s National Ocean Council Governance Coordinating Committee; member of the Maui Metropolitan Planning Organization; founder of Save Honolua Coalition; a founding member of FACE Maui; current board member of Waiola Church; a member of Na kia’i o Waine’e (Waiola Church cemetery kokua); past member of: na wahine o Kamehameha and Ahahui Ka’ahumanu; Soroptimist

Appointed or Elected Offices held (including boards and commissions) – Maui County Council-West Maui 2011- current; former board member at: Akaku, Maui Tomorrow, FACE Maui, past member of Commission on the Status of Women

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Stacy Helm Crivello

Campaign Statement:
Supporting the economic engines, which provide employment for our Maui County residents. Maui County employs approximately 2500 employees; the hospitality industry employs over 2500 Maui residents. The economic engines are diverse on Maui and government officials have a responsibility to support our business community.

Water is our source of life. With water comes life. Protecting our environment is a value that evolves to grant our residents as well our visitors’ experiences of clean air and the essence of a quality lifestyle.
Our Maui residents and their families deserve the opportunity to own their home or have access to affordable rentals. Collaborate with the county administration, builders, landowners and entities that support housing to fortify initiatives that will provide these opportunities.

Infrastructure need to be in place in accordance to land use.

Education: Molokai High School;
College of Commerce Business School (1964- Honolulu);
Maui Community College)

Community Service: Past Involvement:

  • Molokai Catholic Youth Ministry Coordinator
  • Board of Director Hawaiian Health System – Na Puuwai
  • Molokai Land Trust BOD and one of its founding members
  • Past Chair Maui Fire & Public Safety Commission
  • 2012 Maui County Charter Commission
  • Board of Water Supply Member
  • Molokai Enterprise Board President

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Riki Hokama

Campaign Statement:
There are several key issues that we face as a community and that the County Council will need to address in the next term. If elected, I will continue to push for sound fiscal practices as we tackle these issues.

A major issue is the balance of creating new jobs responsibly. It is important that we continue to strive to find a responsible balance between the need for jobs, while also maintaining and protecting our natural and cultural resources.

We can all agree on the severe issue of housing in Maui County. We are going to need to look at new, shorter processes to expedite approval and further drive down the cost of business to provide affordable housing to our residents. We need to look at what the resident can afford in comparison to what the government currently assesses as “affordable.”

In the upcoming term, the Council will have to deal with 14 union contracts currently under negotiation. The Council will be tasked with finding the resources necessary to fulfill these contracts’ obligations. Thus, I have continued to stress the fairness of increasing the distribution of TAT revenues from the State. With increased TAT distribution from the State, the burden on property owners as the only source of funding would go down.

Endorsing Organizations: ILWU, UPW, HGEA, HRCC, IBEW, Operating Engineers

Education: BA – UH Manoa

Community Service: Lanai Community Plan Advisory Committee, County Solid Waste Advisory Committee, State Community Services Commission and State Department of Transportation Harbors Task Force 2010 Update. Community advocate for Kalaupapa, Kalawao County, island of Molokai.

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Kelly Takaya King

Campaign Statement:
I am not looking for a job, but seeking the opportunity to serve Maui at a time when positive change is more possible than ever. I offer my vast experience as a business owner, former public official, environmental advocate, active board member of numerous non-profits, mother of two children born and raised on Maui and a wife for 33 years.

I don’t believe the council position is reactive – I think councilmembers need to be in the community as much as they are on the 8th Floor, get involved, learn the issues from our local experts, and make informed decisions that are in the best interests of the public, not our own careers.
I hold the community plans and planning process in high regard, and will protect the shared values, goals and respect for culture they represent.

The business my husband and I created, Pacific Biodiesel, took a recycling idea and turned Maui’s used cooking oil into renewable fuel at a time when many said it was a foolish venture. Today we are an example of Pono Prosperity – doing the right thing, sticking to your principles and making it prosperous.

This is why I have been endorsed by the Sierra Club.


  • San Marcos High School, graduated with honors 1977, Santa Barbara, California
  • Santa Barbara City College
  • Maui Community College

Community Service:

  • High Tech Development Corporation Board of Directors (appointed by Governor Ige)
  • Sustainable Transportation Working Group
  • Hawaii Energy Policy Forum
  • Hui Malama Learning Center Board of Directors
  • Maui Farmers Union Board of Directors
  • AKAKU Board of Directors
  • Maui High School Community-Based Management Council
  • Hawaii State Board of Education, Maui Representative
  • Girl Scout Troop Leader (4 years)
  • Coordinated superplayground installations at Kula Park and Kalama Park
  • Kihei School PTA and kindergarten playground installation coordinator
  • Kihei Neighborhood Playgroup Volunteer Coordinator
  • Decisions Maui
  • Jaycee-ettes

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Don Couch

Campaign Statement:
I am honored to have been chosen three times by Maui County voters to serve on the Maui County Council, South Maui District. I have taken this responsibility quite seriously and have worked around the clock to serve our community countywide. In many ways our community has much to be proud of: the lowest residential tax rates in the State, and perhaps in the nation; the best Bond Rating in the state, demonstrating that we have a strong government and economy; and a worldwide reputation that is the envy of other resort communities. But we also have challenges: a high cost of living; the lack of affordable housing; and homelessness, to tick off the most severe. What I offer is common sense leadership, based on years of public service. When facing the types of problems we are addressing, you need to have experienced leadership – leaders who have demonstrated they are capable of tackling the tough issues. My track record shows that I am up for the challenges facing our community and that I will watch out for your interests.

My campaign has been endorsed by: ILWU. Carpenters, Maui Chamber of Commerce, SHOPO, Hawaii Fire Fighters Association, International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers, Hawaii Government Employees Association, AFL-CIO, Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association, Hawaii Regional Council of Carpenters, Hawaii Operating Engineers.


  • Long Beach Community College
  • Boise State University

Community Service:

  • Hoaloha Aina – South Maui Volunteers
  • Kalama Park Action Team
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui board member, past president – 12 years
  • Akaku: Maui Community Media Vice Chair of the Board
  • Rotary Club of Kihei Sunrise charter member thru 2003
  • Maui County Board of Ethics 1998-2002 – Chair 2001-2002
  • Maui Metropolitan Planning Organization Vice Chair

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Dain Pomaika`i Kane

Campaign Statement:
With the support of family, friends, and long standing supporters throughout Maui County, I’m excited to once again earn the trust of our citizenry to serve our community. I am offering the voters of Maui County a candidacy of integrity, which will provide consistent, reliable, and effective leadership. I bring experience – an understanding of the complex inner workings of county governance, and in particular, county legislative governance, and have consistently demonstrated an ability to work with my peers to accomplish important objectives. My focus and commitment will be to further our community’s interests with a sense of fairness, dignity, and respect.

Endorsing Organizations: Hawaii Operating Engineers Industry Stabilization Fund, Hawaii Regional Council of Carpenters, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1186, International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 142, Hawaii Fire Fighter’s Association, State of Hawaii Organization of Police Officers, Hawaii State AFL-CIO, Hawaii Government Employees Association, United Public Workers, Maui Hotel & Lodging Association, International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local 1.


  • University of Hawai`i at Mānoa: Bachelor of Education-Secondary Social Studies (Major: Geography)

Community Service:

  • Public Elected Office held: 1999-2006 Maui County Council (4 terms) Wailuku-Waihe`e-Waikapu« residency seat
  • Hawaiian Swimming (Statewide Organization) & Maui Age Group Swimming Association (MAGSA): Year Around Volunteer Official (Announcer) 2001-Present
  • Hawaiian Swimming & MAGSA: Board of Directors 2015-Present
  • Wailuku Country Estates Community Association: Board President 2011-Present

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Ernest Zachary Kanamu Balinbin

Campaign Statement:

  1. Workforce housing /Affordable Housing
    Maui is in a crucial crisis at this present time. Peale are being forced out of Maui because they cannot afford the cost of living. This is unacceptable. If elected I will introduce ways that will help people to afford a house of their own.
  2. Traffic
    It’s ridiculous how traffic has grown in West Maui. What used to be a 45 min drive to Kahului is now anywhere from 1 to 3hrs. Sometimes more if there is an accident or fire. While it’s a “State Issue” I strongly feel the Council should come up with solutions to this worsening problem.
  3. Agricultural
    Being from West Maui, I’ve heard the same promises made by A&B 3yrs ago when sugar ceased in West Maui. Since then most if our former sugar fields are empty and barren. I fear for Central, Kihei, and Up country Maui
  4. Permitting
    Currently the Maui County Permitting process is one of the worst in the nation. I fell that the current process stinks. Yeah it stinks bad. It needs to be re-vamped quick.

Education: Lahainaluna High School. 1982-86
US Army Food Service Specialist ( Honor Graduate ) Fort Lee, VA. 1986-87

Community Service:

  • Sacred Hearts School Bazaar Co-chair 2009-11
  • Hui O Pohaku S-turns Kekei Surf Contest Prize Coordinator / Food Sponsor. 2003-13
  • Family Fun Night -Club Food Sponsor 2012, 2014, 2016
  • Young Life Maui Food Sponsor. 2015-16
  • Kamp Kumalani Food Sponsor. 2013-15
  • Surf Rider Foundation Food Sponsor 2012-16
  • Lahainaluna Football Food Sponsor 2006-16

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Robert Carroll

Campaign Statement:
It is my intention continue to encourage public participation in local government. My main focus is to create affordable housing. As chair of the Land Use Committee,it is my responsibility to accept project applications, give it a fair hearing and make necessary changes that will make these proposals a reality and construct homes for Maui’s people. Being a fiscal conservative, i will continue to make it a priority that every cent on the tax-payer’s money will be used with sound economic principals and with complete transparency. Another very critical situation that will need tending is the Maui Memorial Medical Center and it’s merger with Kaiser Permenente. We must endeavor to provide satisfactory health care to Maui’s residents. I will also support more capital improvement projects regarding our roads. Lastly, I want to ensure that Maui’s young men and women will have the opportunity to find and keep good paying jobs, we must do this for our young.

I have been endorsed by: the ILWU, UPW, HGEA, IBEW and in the past election ( 2014 ) I was also supported by the Fire Fighters, Shopo, Maui Chamber of Commerce. I do expect to receive more endorsements in October.

Education: Hana High School
Community Service: Volunteer Hana Community Consultant. Maui Hana Trust Board President since 1992. Juvenile Justice State Advisory Board – 2005-2013. I have advocated in increased funding for education programs in rural areas. In the 1990’s I served on the Board of Maui Adult Day Care. Was Vice-President of the Hana Community Health Center and Became the President of the Hana Cultural Center and Museum.

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Gilbert Rebolledo

Campaign Statement:
Fo Real! Elect Gil! The Good Vote. I believe ITS TIME for real change. As a State Representative, my foremost duty will be to defend the God given and Constitutional rights of the people whom I serve. Fiscal responsibility in government is priority as I intend to be involved with The Hawaii Open Budget Initiative, a new program geared to bring transparency to the fiduciary responsibilities of the State of Hawaii. I will also be a strong advocate for Education matters, Law Enforcement, and take on the challenge of eliminating Homelessness in our State.

Education: I attended Seattle University pursuing a Business Mgt. major and Music minor. I completed college on Maui attaining a degree in Business mgt. I attained a teaching Supervisor certificate from School of Tomorrow, Accelerated Christian Education Program bas

Community Service: Associate Pastor/Youth Pastor, VOLINCOR volunteer with MCCC, volunteer at Ka Hale A Ke Ola Homeless shelter, certified disaster relief assessment team leader with Global Hope International, Somos Ohana volunteer, Hale Makua Health services volunteer,

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Angela Aulani Kaaihue

Campaign Statement:
I would like to foremost and most importantly restore Christianity back to our islands people. Hawaii has lost it’s Christianity foothold. Once this is accomplished, everything else fall into place, including finding ways to solve 1. homelessness, I will help to construct living quarters for these people, I will work towards alleviating and improving our 2. traffic conditions, I will also work towards making Hawaii at least 75% 3. Energy renewable, and I will also work towards keeping our island 4. foods grown here for our island peoples.


  • BA Natural Science,
  • Working to complete PhD in Civil Engineering at UH Manoa

Community Service:

  • Red Cross, First Aid
  • Hilo Hospital Emergency
  • UFCH Ms. Filipina Ambasaddress of Culture 2016

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Joseph M. Souki

Campaign Statement:
Provide sufficient funds for Education, both higher and and welfare programs
Conclude satisfactorily the transfer of Maui Memorial to Kaiser.

Education: Woodbury university BBA
Community Service: Federal Land Bank

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Tulsi Gabbard



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Yuki Lei Kashiwa Sugimura

Campaign Statement: My platform is to support the basic needs for working family’s jobs, food and shelter.

Support a ferry system from Lahaina to Maalaea in case of a situation where the Pali is inaccessible for emergency preparedness.

Affordable Housing: We have a housing shortage and would like to use the Affordable Housing Fund, 2% of real property tax, to help subsidize proposed affordable housing projects with developers and non profits. I.e. Habitat for Humanity and/or Na Hale O Maui. And also funding for Rental Assistance Fund or First Time Home Buyer Down Payment Programs.

Core services that Maui County such as fire, water, police, trash, parks, maintenance of roads, etc. must still be fully supported to provide their essential services to our working families. The same is true for programs to support keiki through kupuna, services.

Economy. With the closure of HC&S at the end of the year, we need to look at all viable economic options besides the visitor industry and support sustainable agriculture. Work with the private and government sectors to explore renewable energy options to reduce electrical cots to residents, fossil fuel dependency and impact to our environment.

Endorsed by:

  • Hawaii Fire Fighters Association
  • Hawaii Laborers International Union
  • Hawaii Government Employees Association
  • Hawaii LECET
  • Hawaii Operating Engineers
  • Hawaii Operating Engineers, Stabilization Fund
  • Hawaii Regional Council of Carpenters
  • IBEW, Local 1186
  • ILWU, Local 142
  • Maui Hotel and Lodging Association
  • State of Hawaii Organization of Police Officers, SHOPO
  • United Public Workers

Education: University of Hawaii, Manoa, Bachelor of Science

Community Service:

  • Maui County Charter Commission
  • Maui Filipino Chamber of Commerce, Board
  • Nisei Veterans Memorial Center, Board
  • Maui Memorial Medical Center Foundation, Board
  • Ready to Learn, Back to School Supplies, Coordinator
  • Maui Korean War Veterans, Honorary Member
  • Makawao Rodeo Parade, Co-Chair
  • Maui Matsuri Festival, Co-Chair
  • Festivals of Aloha, County Coordinator
  • NFL Football and Cheerleaders Clinic
  • Maui County Democratic Party, Vice Chair Maui
  • A Hui Hou, community support, HC&S employees


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Vanessa A. Medeiros

Campaign Statement:
I am born and raised on Maui. My ancestors came to Hawaii as sugar plantation laborers in the
mid-1880s. I have a diverse background, which includes work experience in the for profit, nonprofit,
County and State government and the visitor industry. I have an extensive background in
grant writing and grant management having brought more than $20 million into Maui County
to develop subsidized rental housing.

I am running because I do not believe that the voices of the people are being heard. We need to
get back to the business of the people. We need to bring balance back to our communities. As
an elected official we must remember that we serve the general population and not just the
special interests.
The biggest issue in our County is the lack of affordable housing options. The conversion of
long-term rentals to short-term rentals is stressing our communities and if we do not find a
solution to this, we will begin to see the kind of violence that is now popping up on Oahu.
The issues that are important to me include: truly affordable housing options, economic
sustainability through support of small and micro businesses, continued care for our kupuna,
youth development and Malama Na Aina.


  • MBA – University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Beta Gamma Sigma, 2001
  • BA Professional Studies (Business Admin) – University of Hawaii West Oahu

Community Service:

  • HUI HO’OMANA (Hawaiian Choir – St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Waihee)
  • IAO PARKSIDE AOAO BOARD – Director (Offices held: Secretary; Vice-President – current)
  • COMMUNITY CLINIC OF MAUI (Malama I Ke Ola Health Center) – Director 2002-2007 & 2010-present. Offices held: President 2011-present; Vice President, Treasurer)
  • NATIONAL NOTARY ASSN – Notary since 1994


    MISS MAUI SCHOLARSHIP PAGEANT – President, Co-ordinator, Trainer, Chaperone
  • MISS MAUI FILIPINA SCHOLARSHIP PAGEANT – Coordinator, Maui Filipino Chamber of Commerce Trainer, Chaperone
  • SPECIAL FAIR FOR DISABLED (COUNTY FAIR) – Volunteer, 1990-2007
  • MENTAL HEALTH ASSN IN MAUI – Board Member, 2000-2001
  • MAUI JAYCEE WOMEN – Charter member 1980 – 1985 (President, Vice President, Secretary)
  • MAUI COMMUNITY THEATER – The Fantastiks (Stage Manager); The Mikado, HMS Pinafore, The Sound of Music, Handel’s Messiah, Amahl and the Night Visitors (cast member)


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Napua Greig-Nakasone

Campaign Statement: I stand ready to use the knowledge, education and business experience gained at home in Hawaiʻi and around the world to serve our community as a member of the Maui County Council. I believe my experience in the classroom, in the community, and in the international economy equips me to be not just an effective legislator but an effective bridge builder in our community. It is easy to have discussion and work with people who have the same ideas and views as you do. However, an effective leader of today needs to be able to have the necessary discussion and cultivate working relationships with those we do not share views with. I believe in addition to my work experience in education, international business and the visitor industry, it is my ability to reach across the table and make connections with those on all sides that will make me most effective at forging real, workable solutions for the long standing problems of our community. I stand ready to work aggressively on: affordable rentals, affordable housing, homelessness, and diversifying our economy.


  • Pukalani Elementary School
  • Kalama Intermediate School
  • Kamehameha Schools- Kapālama, Oʻahu (boarding school)
  • UH-Mānoa, BA Interdisciplinary Studies

Community Service:

  • Hālau Nā Lei Kaumaka o Uka, non profit president, 1996- present
  • State Land Use Commissioner, Commissioner At-Large, 2010-2013
  • Waiohuli Hawaiian Homesteaders Association, boardmember 2009-present
  • Maui Nui Botanical Gardens, boardmember 2015- present
  • Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce, businessmember
  • Japanese Chamber of Commerce, member
  • Maui Okinawa Kenjin Kai, member


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Alika Atay

Campain Statement:

I believe that the state of affairs pertaining to the health and welfare of the people in this island community is the priority of delivery from the policy making and governance council of the County of Maui. “ITʻS COMMUNITY AND PEOPLE FIRST” Iʻm committed to delivering and addressing the vital issues that affect the people of Maui County: from protecting our natural resources, especially our drinking water, to addressing the issue of providing truly affordable homes for local family residents, to increasing economic development in the areas of agriculture and the “green collared” job/career opportunities. I strongly believe that we must continue to embrace the Maui values that keeps Maui Nō Ka ʻOi. In doing so, we must always maintain our islandʻs own uniqueness and its own authenticity of culture at all times.


  • Elementary – St. Anthony Grade School, Wailuku,Maui
  • Middle – Kamehameha Schools Preparatory Campus, Kapalama, O’ahu
  • High – Kamehameha Schools High School Campus, Kapalama, O’ahu
  • College – Hastings College, Hastings, Nebraska BA Physical Education and additionals in Biology

Community Service:

  • HINA (Hawaiian Indigenous Natural Agriculture) President 2016
  • Hawaii Farmers Union United (HFUU) West Maui Chapter- Mauna Kahalawai, President 2015- 2016
  • Hawaiian Homes Leadership Team 2013 – 2015
  • Baldwin High School Paddling Head Coach 2001 -2013
  • Kihei Canoe Cub Youth Division Head Coach 1998-2005
  • Kihei Canoe Club President 2000- 2005
  • MEO Youth Services Director 2007-2011
  • Kihei Youth Services Executive Director 2003-2007
  • JADAM Organic Farming
  • Cho Global Natural Farming
  • AHA Moku O Maui
  • Ka Ipu Kukui Fellow



1. What will be the biggest impact from the closure of the last sugar plantation on Maui? How will you address it?

WHITE: The biggest impact from the closure of the last sugar plantation will no doubt be economic. In response to this, the County will have to do its part to help stimulate the economy and create more good paying jobs through strategic partnerships. One partner is the Maui Economic Development Board, which was created to help diversify Maui County’s economy. They have done a good job and most recently, the Council provided $200,000 in additional funds to focus on job training and development. This is on top of the $700,000 they receive to promote high-tech jobs as well as STEM training in our County. The County’s Office of Economic Development also must take the lead in developing creative initiatives to help bolster our economy. One good example is the Made on Maui Festival to promote local entrepreneurs, which was originally funded by the Economic Initiatives Fund created by the Council during my tenure as Budget Chair. Our local economy is critical and we must work together to find creative solutions to keep our County vibrant.

J. CARROLL: Hawaii used to have a very vibrant & productive agriculture industry. However, the current restrictions have resulted in the elimination of dairies, hatcheries, piggeries, and many other vital pieces that contributed to that industry.

I will ensure in the first year that I fight to limit the impositions of the Jones Act, which have crippled our agriculture component here in the islands. Eliminating the Jones Act or reducing its restrictions would allow for the free flow of trade, which will in turn result in agricultural growth, more jobs, and more opportunities for the unemployed and those facing hardship.

COCHRAN: The closure of HC&S has many harsh impacts to our community: loss of jobs, the threat of large quantities of fallow agricultural land (not in production), environmental impacts to the nearshore waters, etc. I feel that the community as a whole would benefit greatly from coordination between the land owners, the County government and the community, to come up with a master plan that everyone can be on board with. With community buy in and support, it will be much easier to accomplish goals and positive solutions, create and keep jobs at home, grow and sell food for our island community, and keep the central valley looking beautiful.

CRIVELLO: The transition of closure for HC&S families are already impacting the social aspects of the families. As a member of the Mayor’s Maui County task force for HC&S’s workers, the task force provided Job Fairs, Job Referrals, Directory of Resources and the task force partnered with local, state and federal elected officials and representatives to obtain job training funds. Another major impact will be the environment. Dustbowls will exist and the invasion of pest and rodents will not be controlled.

HOKAMA: The biggest loss will be a plantation-era lifestyle, where the employees and employer were viewed as a family unit maintaining the land together. It is important that we find ways to document the lifestyle and practices of the large agricultural operations for historical purposes. It is an important era to preserve in historical memory and to learn from.

KING: The HC&S closure has impacted Maui with lost jobs and the uncertainty of what will happen to the agricultural lands in Central Maui that are part of our landscape and potential food and fuel security.
I started Pacific Biodiesel’s fuel crop project because we couldn’t wait anymore for someone else to get it going. We obtained over $3 million in federal funding for 5 years of crop demonstrations that have proven the viability of biofuel crops, and have also shown real potential for food, fiber and even skin care co-products. We’re doing this on the Big Island by bringing in partners and working with local farmers on our common mission of sustainability.

This is the type of collaboration we need in Maui County – every interested party should be an agriculture partner focused on the mission of our own preservation. Once again I find myself tired of waiting for our elected officials to pave the way, and so I’m stepping up to be the change. Maui has the resources, and we need to come together now to preserve our children’s future and develop the ag model that will feed and fuel our communities.

COUCH: It is never easy when you lose an industry that has been central to a community. Probably the biggest impacts are the loss of jobs and the loss of a good use for all of that land. Luckily, the closure of HC&S is happening when our community is experiencing nearly full employment and when a number of the plantation workers can simply retire. But we have to assure that the younger workers get retrained and make the transition to new employment. The bigger problem will be actually putting the fallow lands back to work. The history of plantation closures around the state has shown how hard it is to capitalize farms and find good markets for crops grown on former plantation lands. We must focus on putting those lands back to work. Connected with that is the necessity to keep the East Maui Irrigation water supply flowing. Without that water supply, Central Maui agriculture will not happen. The other important impact is the loss of the HC&S mill’s participation in generating electricity for our community. That’s not easy to replace.

KANE: There will be a whole spectrum of impacts. Each of the more than 600 employees & their families have already been assessing their options of transition for future employment-we as a county will play a role to provide financial resources to social & economic service providers, primarily through supported non profit organizations to assist with transition; In depth discussions with Alexander & Baldwin on the future use of fallow lands will continue; My role, along with my council colleagues will be to provide supportive fiscal policy and land use policy that helps ease the burdens of this major socio-economic change – this, in collaboration with county administration/state, and federal agencies, private sector to find common ground to provide support & assistance.

R. CARROLL: The unemployment of the workers. I am working with the mayor’s task force in meeting with the employees, evaluating their unique circumstances, reviewing their options such as those who would like to continue farming, those who would like to receive new training for the visitor industry, or blue-collar fields like auto / diesel mechanics, carpentry, plumbing etc. Perhaps some would like to go to college at UH Maui and secure a degree. If needed I am willing to appropriate funding to help place every worker into a new career. I also need to hear from the different non-profits like MEO and see what kind of assistance the can render as well.

REBOLLEDO: Maui will have barely any exported products which must be turned around to support our business and economic development. Diversified farming is being tested and pursued. Hemp production is also a future possibility. These avenues will take time, funds, and other resources to implement. Until such a time when they can come into fruition, we must shore up our tourism industry, improve the cleanliness and quality of our waters (protect and restore our coral reefs), and solve our beach erosion issues.

KAAIHUE: The biggest impact will be the loss of jobs and an agricultural economic resource for Hawaii. I will address this by encouraging and supporting replacing the crop with another, perhaps one that will better sustain Hawaii’s nutritional intake. We can grow another crop that will use less water, and that will provide for Hawaii’s people a more nutritious food product.

SOUKI: Loss of over a thousand jobs, if include businesses that serve HC&S over two thousand people will be affected.

State provided an extension of unemoyment to one year.provide job retraining for employees.

GABBARD: The biggest impact will be the loss of jobs from the closure of HC&S’s sugar operations, and the secondary impact this will have on surrounding small businesses on Maui. These workers are facing life-changing, unexpected unemployment and need the support of all parts of our community, whether it be through alternative employment, training, education, or retirement, I’ve supported displaced Maui sugar workers as a member of the Maui Sugar Operators Work Assistance Task Force, and have fought for Federal benefits to help the displaced workers through this transition.

Others impacted are Maui-based suppliers, small farms, businesses, and non-profits that have worked closely with HC&S for a long time.  We need to act now and work together to support Maui’s people and its economy during this transition.

More broadly, I plan on continuing to work with the Maui community and elected leaders to identify ways we can help their economy adapt to this change. Moving forward our vision includes fostering alternative employment through alternative agriculture, entrepreneurship and small business improvement and expansion.

SUGIMURA: The first biggest impact the closure of HC&S is to the 675 employees and their families who have been and will lose their jobs by the December 31, 2016 anticipated closure.   

Proactively, I am part of “A Hui Hou” which is a citizens group founded by Alice Lee.   Our goal is to raise funds to provide HC&S’s transitioned employees some financial relief, if requested.     The funds are raised through outright donations and swag logo items.  Our administrative sponsor is the Maui United Way (MUW) and this effort will be part of the MUW annual drive too. 

As of this writing there are 231 employees terminated; 106 have been re-employed, 44 laid off, 39 retired and 6 relocated.   The remainder of the employees are still working.

MEDEIROS: The biggest impact will be the fallow fields and the potential dust storms that could impact traffic on the Haleakala and Mokulele Highways. The unemployment issue has already been addressed with workers having access to unemployment and training, though it seems that we may be heading for a job market that will favor employees and this should open up opportunities.

NAKASONE: The biggest impacts from the closure of HC&S will be the change of the agricultural industry and landscape of Maui and the loss of employment and itʻs affects on our economy. As A&B is the private land owner of the current HC&S lands, they have the decision making power in how their lands are used. During my time on the State Land Use Commission, we did vote 27,000 acres into Important Agricultural Land (IAL) designation. What this means is that land must remain in ag in perpetuity. There are still 10,000 acres that are not protected by IAL and I would like to be engaged in active discussions with A&B to ensure we plan growth and the future of agriculture to also fill the needs of our community. Affordable housing and food security are issues that need to be discussed.

ATAY: I strongly believe that Maui’s future growth opportunities rest in the area of agriculture. We have evolved to the state of importing 90% of food consumption. I believe that we must commit to the increased production of food to feed the people. We must lower our island imports. I propose a 0 net import food production match. In other words, whatever we are importing, can we grow it? If we are importing a million pounds of bananas from Ecuador, why not increase our production to meet that need. Or if we are importing mangoes from Chile, why can’t we increase the production of mangoes from Maui and eliminate that? These important “green collared” jobs are focused in the opportunities of new jobs and careers related to the agriculture industry. The biggest impact from the closure of the sugar plantation is going to be in the area of Jobs & Job opportunities for the transitioning people. We must be ready to assist in the transitioning with occupational retraining assistance and job readiness help.


2. If elected in office, what policy or legislation will you introduce to address the lack of affordable housing on Maui?

WHITE: When looking at the facts, only three affordable homes were built in eight years under the county’s previous 50 percent workforce housing law! Through the leadership of Councilmember Stacy Crivello, the requirement was lowered to 25 percent, which I hope will help to spur reasonably priced homes. The basic formula is supply must outpace demand to maintain realistic prices. This can only be accomplished on a large scale through the private sector taking the lead and not government. Government’s role is to set a plan of where development can occur, but cannot overly micromanage how units are built. Regular review of our policies is also a must and adjustments must be made to ensure they are workable for our community. One recent example, is the Council reduced the time for which the county must exercise its purchase option for affordable housing developments from 120 to 90 days. This minor change allowed for buyers to qualify for Freddie Mac or Fannie Mae loans and is estimated to save between $400 to $500 per month on a mortgage. Lowering the cost of housing will not be solved overnight, but it will take continual focus and dedication to chip away at this issue.

J. CARROLL: Again, opening Hawaii to free trade would allow a resurgence int he ability to do business, create jobs, and enhance the economy of Maui County. I would also take a look at what legislation is currently in place that limits the housing situation, and look for viable solutions, working both with the county and the state.

While I don’t know at the present time what policy or legislation I would attempt to implement to alleviate the situation, after a thorough assessment, I would begin to formulate that plan.

COCHRAN: I would like to implement all recommendations outlined in the final report for Increasing Housing Inventory, put forward by the Temporary Investigative Committee (TIG) that I chaired. Several important and feasible solutions were recommended that will help our housing crisis, and I’d like to see through to fruition.

Please see the TIG report for outlined solutions listed.

CRIVELLO: As chair of the Housing and Human Concerns and Transportation committee, council significantly reduced the impacts of the Workforce bill to provide Affordable Housing. We also supported the Kahoma Residential Project in Lahaina and Waikapu Gardens development. Legislation may add an expansion of a bill to encourage and accommodate the construction of accessory dwelling units to increase the number of affordable rental units. Allowing the minimum square footage of 400 sq. ft. without substantially altering existing neighborhood character, in order to alleviate the housing shortage in the County of Maui It also necessary for accessory dwelling units only be allowed in areas where wastewater. Water supply, and transportation facilities are adequate to support

HOKAMA: To address the lack of affordable housing on Maui, we need to look at adjusting the current standards of land subdivision. In turn, we need to help reduce development costs. It will be a big help to expedite the development process to have certain affordable models of various sizes preapproved for building permits. If we can expedite approval, we can drive down the cost of business. We need to also look at what residents can afford in comparison to what the government currently deems as “affordable.”

KING: I would introduce legislation to support and help fund a Housing Advocate on Maui and make sure that position is approved by the County Council so that we are assured it will be someone who is qualified to develop and implement a plan of action. This position should be separate from the current administration department of Housing and Human Concerns and should focus solely on affordable housing. Maui has waited to long too and heard too many promises by our current elected officials and the time for action is now. With so many interested groups on our island who want to be involved in the solution, I am confident we can move forward if we have the right coordination which starts with the right coordinator.

COUCH: The provision of housing our residents can afford has become a critical concern that is affecting every element of our community and is my top priority as a Council Member. It is clear that the cost of housing has shot up while the average resident’s income has remained static, creating an economic disconnect and a housing nightmare for anyone who does not already own their home and are earning less than 120 percent of area median income. As the Council’s Planning Chair, I established a working group to study what the causes are of the housing shortage and what we can do about them. It is clear that there will not be any single “silver bullet” answer to this problem. Economists tell us that we should be building 1,400 housing units a year – both homes for sale and rentals, yet we are only building a small fraction of that. Some answers appear to be obvious: added density; allowing existing property owners to build more rentals; greatly reducing the drag government puts on the approval process; and focusing our collective attention to this problem. Our government has to become more of a housing facilitator and less of a regulator.

KANE: I’m interested in looking into policy actions to provide financing at low or no cost, and public infrastructure.

R. CARROLL: Rezoning land specifically for housing projects. I will work with land owners in setting aside acreage close to our urban areas where infrastructure exists and employment is close by. I will then hold discussions with financial entities so that young families can become elegible for low interest loans. We must keep the construction costs as low as possible!

REBOLLEDO: The goal at this point is to bring everyone to the table and work on specific goals. The party most responsible for delays is government.

KAAIHUE: Hawaii is so behind on housing. Somewhere, our politicians went wrong and they continue to be misguided. They haven’t built enough housing. And it has to be done in such a way that will minimize the footprint of our diminishing lands. We need to maximize the land areas that are left, Building affordable units without leaving a big footprint is a must. So I will be focusing my efforts on construction. Once we address our basic survival necessities, and they are: food, water, and shelter, I believe people will be much happier and live a more productive lifestyle.

SOUKI: Provide tax credits to contractors to build moderate income homes.

GABBARD: Families who’ve lived here for generations are leaving Hawaii because they can’t afford basic needs like housing and food.   It is no different for our residents on Maui.  We’ve become a playground for the wealthy–condos/homes sell for millions, yet sit empty 90% of the time, and other homes are used as vacation rentals, increasing the price for all of Hawaii’s housing.

I’ll continue to advocate for more affordable housing units through public and private partnerships, discouraging housing and land speculation, ensuring “affordable” housing units are actually affordable, and stay that way–not flipped and sold for profit.

We need to take action to better serve our most vulnerable populations, by streamlining many of the regulations that burden families in Hawaii and across the country, update our zoning laws, and increase flexibility to empower state and local housing agencies, as well as private owners/developers, to develop new housing units, and create new housing options in areas where housing vouchers are difficult to use.  This housing shortage is a crisis that will require every level of government, the private sector, and community taking action towards a solution.

SUGIMURA: To address the affordable housing shortage, I would propose to introduce legislation regarding the Maui Residential Workforce Housing Policy, Chapter 296, where land owners/ developers can donate parcels of land to the County for their required share of affordable housing.   The County would benefit by obtaining land and ultimately the community would be able to get more workforce housing.  

In connection to these donated lands, I would like to see the County get directly involved in the building of affordable rentals and market homes, through partnerships with developers.    The County of Maui is currently building the Kulamalu project, Pukalani, an affordable rental project, which broke ground in December 2015 and should be completed by February 2017. 

Often times, working families have a difficult time coming up with down payments to purchase their first home.   I would further like to see implementation of the First-Time Home Buyer’s Grant program which provides down payment assistance for the purchase of dwelling units for families and/or individuals of Maui County with income levels not exceeding 140% of area median income determined by HUD.  The maximum grant amount is $15,000 per household for 15 years and immediate repayment to the County occurs for predetermined situations.

MEDEIROS: First, I would seek to reduce the County’s calculation of the Affordable Sales Price and Rental Guidelines. There is no reason why we could not legislate downward the calculations that are originally based on the HUD Income Limits. Second, I would look to create incentives for developers/contractors who propose quality projects. Third, I would work toward creating better policies and procedures relating to the permitting process.

NAKASONE: The first piece of legislation I would introduce would be to fund an accurate, updated inventory of all County owned lands. We do not presently have an updated inventory. At a time where our community is in desperate need of workforce housing, affordable rentals, it is imperative we identify what lands we have already acquired as the high cost of our land is the greatest obstacle to making the homes truly affordable.

A change in our County planning approval process is also necessary. In the City and County of Honolulu, all those necessary to sign off on development plans are housed in one office. The plan gets walked from desk to desk. However, here in Maui those necessary are not just housed in separate building but also sometime in separate towns (Kahului or Wailuku). It is time for us to look at ways to modernize our processes in order to most efficiently serve the people of Maui County.

ATAY: We must provide “truly affordable housing” opportunities that will stop the displacement of young local resident families migrating away from Maui. I propose that a committed team of individuals representing all sectors of the community be convened with the sole purpose of solving and finding a “truly affordable housing strategy” for this community. From a county perspective, we must address the current ordinances that are possibly contributing to and affecting the high housing costs. We must lower our Countyʻs calculation of the Affordable Sales Price and Rental Guidelines to a more realistic level at the 75-80% level. Plans shall address an affordable “family rental housing plan”; where young local resident families will be able to “baby-step” their way toward home ownership via rentals, then establishing savings and financial credit towards a down payment for home ownership. Other housing plans shall include “low cost starter homes” community packages. We must all work together with County, State, Federal, and Private sectors all in collaboration. Another area of housing concerns is to also address the needs of our senior citizens and their housing needs through additional senior housing rentals.


3. What is your position (for or against) on the “Show Me The Water” ordinance? Please explain.

WHITE: Under the leadership of Councilmember Michael Victorino, the Council supported exemptions and amendments to the County’s Water Availability Policy, also known as “Show Me the Water” bill. I believe it is time for another review to see what other changes are feasible. Although “Show Me The Water” from a water management standpoint may be beneficial, water should not be the reason for the development of affordable homes. This policy puts the burden of water source development on a home builder, thereby driving up the cost of homes for local residents. Many in the community already believe we are in an affordable emergency and adding this type of costs does not help to solve this pressing issue. Water delivery is a core service that must be provided by the County, and the Department of Water Supply must do a better job of source development, and cannot pass the buck onto others.

J. CARROLL: I am FOR the “Show Me The Water” ordinance.
One of the tenants of my candidacy is accountability in government, and that also includes transparency. This ordinance is the right step, in the right direction, so that there is a clear and concise plan for water usage and water sustainability.

COCHRAN: I believe Show me the Water should remain in place for market rate residential and commercial property development projects, and that the county should bare the brunt of all or most outside infrastructure needs for affordable units, that will remain affordable in perpetuity. Meaning, waive the requirement for affordable projects until our housing crisis is resolved.

CRIVELLO: Water resources should be protected for generations of today and tomorrow. The water source could be made available to address the crisis of affordable homes. The Maui County Department of Water Supply should partner with the developer to provide infrastructure to water.

HOKAMA: At this time, I still support the “Show Me The Water Ordinance.” The main reason is we need to balance development with infrastructure. We need to make sure all components of development be done in a coordinated and timely basis.

KING: I think the Show Me the Water ordinance has been valuable in keeping development from overrunning our resources, but I am in favor of revisiting it, perhaps with a special committee focused just on this ordinance, to figure out what is not working and how it could be reworked to satisfy all concerned. The review would need to include folks from all sectors — developers, water system experts, environmental advocates, homeowners and county council members. Getting input and buy-in from a broad spectrum of citizens is critical to the success of all council efforts, but especially where development is concerned.

COUCH: The County’s Water Availability Policy (“Show Me The Water”)“ was established at a time when it was feared that the demand caused by new development would outstrip our ability to provide water. It only applies to subdivisions, so it is anti-housing. And it helped cause the freeze in housing development that in turn led to our housing shortage. Most laws have consequences and one effect of this ordinance was to block small and medium-sized developers from participating in our housing market because small developers typically do not have access to their own water sources. This measure also promotes the development of subdivision-scale water systems that can and do fail, when we should instead focus on a single, professionally operated municipal system. Water Director Dave Taylor has offered a viable alternative to the existing ordinance, that would protect the integrity of the County’s Water System. Taylor’s approach does not presume that we are running out of water. Indeed, we are not. Instead, his proposal would create a mechanism to deal with that situation if and when it arises. Ultimately, I believe the County is responsible for providing services like water supply. Withholding those services to restrict development is a serious mistake.

KANE: I support the “Show Me The Water” ordinance, but have no problem revisiting this ordinance to discuss impacts, including unintended consequences, and consider potential amendments based on specific factual circumstances.

R. CARROLL: I understand that the ordinance was created to protect our islands’s water resources, this is extremely important. We must also balance the need to conserve our natural resources with the needs of our people to have housing. We must mange our water better and we shall. Now with HC&S closing, many individuals have contacted my office and suggested that the county could increase it’s share of water to use explicitly for new affordable homes.

REBOLLEDO: I believe that with the changes that were made to this ordinance several years ago, it is easier to support this ordinance because it allows initial works like grading for roads to commence before a water source is secured. It allows the process to move faster for infrastructure to be in place and the overall projects to get started. It should be re-visited periodically to determine it’s viability.

KAAIHUE: Any housing development needs water. That is the most important aspect in building a development. So “Yes”, it is necessary to prove that water is available first before building a development.

SOUKI: Legislature passed HB 2501 to have the dept of land and natural resources to provide a fair water allocation to all major water users.

GABBARD: Our precious water resources are protected by the State Constitution and are held in public trust for the benefit of the people. Access to water has been a hotly debated topic on Maui for many years. We must ensure that there’s sufficient water available for our drinking needs, our agricultural sector, kuleana farmers, and the preservation of our environment for generations to come.

We have to find the right balance between the variety of water needs in Maui county, including water conservation, the diverse set of agriculture needs, affordable housing, and economic development.

SUGIMURA: One of the underlined problems with this ordinance is that it favors large projects, as smaller projects will not be able to meet the demands of this ordinance.  We have a problem with inadequate availability of water the water availability bill or “Show Me The Water” may be necessary to ensure equitable use and long term availability of water.  I believe the problem is not due to an inadequate supply of water but due to inadequate infrastructure transmission distribution and an inadequate water storage problem. Although the ordinance exempts affordable housing, it still requires the corresponding market housing to comply.  The result is that no housing gets built because the market product cannot support the cost of water source development in addition to subsidizing the affordable units.  Therefore, this ordinance has become an obstruction to development whereby developers of market homes must find their own water source for their projects.  And this has slowed down the development of affordable housing.

The Department of Water Supply has been collecting millions of dollars in source development fees as part of their Water System Development Fund.  This fund consists of three components:  source, transmission, and storage and is assessed as part of their meter fees.  If the Show Me the Water Ordinance continues, the source development component could be eliminated. 

MEDEIROS: From the beginning, the “Show Me The Water” ordinance favored high-priced developments because the cost of drilling the wells could easily be absorbed by the wealth purchasers. It penalized affordable developments because the added cost (generally over a million dollars) cannot be absorbed by the potential buyers. The other problem is that the County long took themselves out of the “water” business, which is part of the reason why we have the current water issues.

NAKASONE: I believe it is time for us to review the Show Me The Water ordinance for itʻs effectiveness and inadvertent effects on affordable housing. As a former State Land Use Commissioner I know that a secure water source was key to the development approval process. We simply do not approve projects unless the water source is secure and can be reviewed for accuracy. I see how this ordinance could have been created as a way for the County to take care of that concern at the County level. Often times petitions will be bounced back from the State to the County because some part of the petition was inadequately addressed at the County level. However, in my discussions with those involved in the construction industry I have heard the concern of the negative affects of this ordinance on affordable housing. For this reason, I am willing to review the ordinance and see if it may need to be amended to more accurately serve itʻs purpose.

ATAY: I fully support the “Show Me The Water” ordinance; however, I would also be open towards revisiting it and add some fine tuning to it.

4. A large population of Filipinos on Maui are in the agriculture or hospitality industries. What do you think are the biggest threats to their employment today and in the future?

WHITE: As we have seen with both the closure of HC&S and Makena Resort, changes in the direction of any company is the biggest threat to employment today and in the future. The agriculture industry has been threatened by foreign competition due to cheaper prices, and therefore, it is critical for agricultural workers be trained for this changing environment. The hospitality industry will also experience changes, as was the case at Makena Resort. This not something new. Many properties converted from hotels to timeshares and may be continue into the future. Therefore, our workforce must be flexible, and continue to be competitive through education and training, which I believe the County of Maui must continue to support and partner with the University of Hawaii Maui College.

J. CARROLL: One of the biggest threats is already in motion. The steady decline of Maui’s agriculture industry has undoubtedly affected these citizens’ livelihoods, and will continue to do so if not remedied. It may be on the brink of extinction, which would devastate those in the Filipino community who depend on that income.
Immigration reform, depending on what happens in the presidential election, may also affect these constituents’ employment status and opportunities.

COCHRAN: The largest threat to jobs in the agricultural industry is not investing in growing diversified crops, that can feed our community and allow us to export produce off island. It could be a huge jobs creation boom, especially for former employees that are already skilled and experienced within the industry. The largest threat to jobs in the hospitality industry is timeshare conversions. I have first-hand experience of the jobs loss that occurs when hotels convert to timeshares, from my days working as a concierge. Most hotel employees lose their jobs, as their positions became irrelevant.

CRIVELLO: HC&S is transitioning to a complete closure at the end of 2016. Water availability for the continuance of agricultural will add to the challenge of agriculture. Unregulated use of pesticides may also hinder production of crops. The visitors choose the visit because of our beaches and environment. Coastal protections are necessary to prevent shoreline erosion and reef declines. The true essence and spirit of aloha will need to be instilled in the hospitality workers to ensure the visitors’ stay is lengthen and will return.

HOKAMA: The biggest threats to these industries are global competition, price of travel and terrorism. All these factors affect the demand for tourists coming to Maui County as well as the market for agricultural products to be exported elsewhere.

KING: The biggest threat to agriculture is the closure of HC&S. The good news is that the announcement of the closure has spurred much increased activity in the farming sector, including the desire of my company, Pacific Biodiesel, to bring our crop demonstration project to Maui. The model we are creating on the Big Island has the potential to replace most of the jobs being lost at HC&S.
The threats to the hospitality industry include climate change disasters, overdevelopment and shoreline water pollution that might prevent tourists from coming to Maui. The Visitors Bureau and local chambers of commerce, along with the County Council, need to get involved in these environmental issues to assure we protect the beauty of Maui for future generations as well as tourism.

COUCH: The biggest threat to Maui residents working in the agricultural field has already happened with the ending of the plantation era. Now it is essential that we find viable crops so that we can put those folks back to work doing what they do best. As for those who work in hospitality: that is the economic core of 21st Century Maui. Hospitality is the engine that drives our economy. If there is any threat to that industry, it threatens us all – because the visitor industry is central to our whole community, we are all in that business together, whether we like it or not. That is why I do not hesitate to support the work of the Maui Visitors Bureau in marketing Maui. That is one way our community has always been smart: we understand the importance of investing in our key industry.

KANE: I believe one significant threat is the notion by those seeking public office that we need to just stop growth & progress WITHOUT viable, specific, tested alternatives available to weigh.. In my opinion, the slogan “NUFF ALREADY” represents naivety, ignorance, and an overall lack of understanding of our diverse & complex socio-economic fabric of our communities and responsibilities to our communities. When a “slate” of candidates who, individually AND collectively, have no prior governance experience, yet represent that their “like-minded” candidacies represent what’s best for our County? That’s threatening..

R. CARROLL: Well, the greatest threat would be a collapse of the visitor industry, if people stopped vacationing here. We must improve, enhance and provide a welcoming experience for the potential traveler. Our hotels must be beautiful and pleasant. Our island people need to be attentive and caring. I know first hand that the filipino workforce is professional, knowledgeable and interact very well with our visitors, I’m very proud of that. As for the ag businesses, we have to encourage more crops and specialty produce. We have to be experimental and broaden our horizons.

REBOLLEDO: Filipinos are not threatened as far as employment goes. They are the hardest working people who are talented in so many ways. They are able to adapt to any conditions thrown at them.

KAAIHUE: I think the biggest threat is the industry itself. Hospitality industry is driven by tourism. We need to make sure that we have a steady source of tourists to sustain the industry. As for agriculture, I think the harsh outdoor exposure is a daily hazard. Agricultural workers need to keep in mind the sun, and the chemical exposures that are used to grow can be a hazard in itself. I give a lot of credit and respect for them, because they are such humble and kind people to work so hard in helping to sustain our island food supply. I don’t think most people realize how important it is go be more involved and concerned with our own food production. People just think that we can buy our foods, and the person with the most money will always have access to food. This may be so, but it is these hard working Filipinos, that know how to grow food, and they use every opportunity to grow their own foods. I walk around Waipahu, and I see vines of bitter melon growing on their fence, and various fruit trees in their yard. They very much know the importance of having fruits and vegetables in their own back yard. And whatever is in abundance, you simply trade and share with your neighbors. They are very simple people, yet very efficient people. From growing, and harvesting, to the fruit stands, and to even cooking some of the delicious food dishes, I have grown to appreciate their simple lifestyle, culture, and healthy ways of living,

SOUKI: See question no 1.

GABBARD: Improving Hawaii’s economy and creating jobs will always be one of my top priorities. We must continue to support our local economy by providing tax credits for businesses that hire workers who have been unemployed for more than six months; eliminate redundant and unnecessary bureaucracy and regulations that make it hard for entrepreneurs and small businesses to start and succeed; end tax breaks for corporations that outsource jobs overseas; reduce payroll taxes for small business owners; and support legislation that provides more access and opportunity to capital for small business owners.

Our small businesses are the backbone of Hawaii’s economy. And while I recognize tourism and military as two major economic generators, my perspective is that we should put more emphasis on agriculture, and developing more affordable housing.

To spur economic growth in agriculture and real estate, we must address the cost of doing business including energy, land, transportation, labor, and inputs (construction materials, fertilizers, seeds, etc.) where possible. This is fundamental.

SUGIMURA: I believe the biggest threat facing the Filipino workers on Maui, is change.    The visitor is changing from traditional hotel with restaurants, banquet facilities, room service and maid service to time share, bed and breakfast or short term rentals.   These non traditional visitor accommodations do not hire as many service employees like the traditional hotel properties.  Also changing is the closure of HC&S which provided stable agriculture union jobs.    With sugar transitioning out, it is uncertain what and where these agriculture jobs maybe in the future.

MEDEIROS: The biggest threat to the hospitality industry is the exponential increase in short-term rentals and the conversion of hotels to timeshares and condos. The hotel industry is banking on the lengthening of the Kahului Airport runway to bring in direct flights including international flights. If this occurs, we can expect to see further hotel expansion. As for the Ag industry, that may not have a quick fix. The potential conversion to more diversified agriculture and resulting by products (i.e. processing) may open opportunities in this field. Overall, as a group, Filipinos, like all of the ethnic groups that initially came to Hawaii as laborers in the sugar plantation, are resilient. It is important though, that we, as a State, continue to support agriculture as a critical industry.

NAKASONE: I believe one of the biggest threats to the employment of those in the hospitality industries are:

  1. insufficient infrastructure to adequately serve those areas that hold the highest density of our visitors, namely the West Side. I believe the counties, most especially Maui County, should receive a larger share of the TAT. As Maui County generates a significant percentage of the total TAT, it is necessary we receive our fair share. These funds are necessary for us to improve infrastructure, provide adequate health, safety and emergency services, and community improvements. At present time the West side of Maui can be considered the “bread basket” in terms of generating high volume visitor industry income, not just for Maui but for the entire State. The West side is also facing great infrastructure challenges, namely the realignment of the current highway. If Maui County were to receive our fair share of the TAT we would be able to face these infrastructure challenges with greater efficiency to best serve our visitors and residents.

ATAY: Our Filipino population on Maui is an exceptional work force that has contibuted greatly in the agriculture and hospitality industries. They are known as consistent and excellent workers from any workforce perspective. I see no big threats to their employment in the future. I see that some of the agriculture employees will also transition into the landscaping industry as well as owning their own companies as well. Many folks are predicting that hotels will be transitioning towards timeshares; and that less jobs will possibly be needed in the hospitality industry. I believe that Our countyʻs role is to be ready and to address our communityʻs needs and assist in the workforce transitioning assistance for these workers should it be needed.

5. How should the aging population on Maui be addressed?

WHITE: Maui County’s Department of Housing and Human Concerns is taking the lead to care for our aging population throughout our County, whether directly or through partnerships with non-profit agencies. I believe these services are critical to our kupuna and must continue. Kaunoa Senior Services, meals on wheels, senior transportation services, adult day care – just to name a few is the lifeblood for our seniors. The County also strongly supports senior housing such as Hale Mahaolu, and is always looking for other opportunities to improve services to the community. It is a critical to care for our seniors and I will continue my support of these services.

J. CARROLL: Public accommodation by way of housing and personal care should be available for those who have not provided for their “golden years.”

In recent years on Oahu we have done a tremendous job of encouraging the construction of new care facilities for the elderly, as well as providing them with better social services. I think what has been done on Oahu could also be implemented on Maui.

I will work with legislators to create strategies that will provide low-income or no income accommodations for the elderly.

COCHRAN: We need to continue to fund our core services and non profit entities that assist our aging population in a myriad of ways. They are crucial services and without them our seniors would suffer. Building homes that are pre-planned for our aging population with ease of access in mind.

CRIVELLO: The county of Maui’s reputation of caring for its senior population is very accommodating. We provide resources for Meals on Wheels, transportation services, Kaunoa program, Hale Mahaolu and the Office of Aging and MEO are a few of the entities that the county supports to meet the needs of our seniors.

HOKAMA: The County should be in a support role when addressing the aging population in Maui County. In this support role, the State Department of Health and non-profits are the drivers in primarily assisting the aging population.

KING: We need to shore up our once model aging services and make sure we are taking care of everyone. A good start would be an outreach program to share data about services offered, current housing rental rates for seniors and geographic coverage of care for the aging. With support from the public that includes our cultural heritage of caring for the elderly, we can make sure we don’t leave anyone behind.

COUCH: This is something that should worry us all. Our community has over the generations made serious investments in taking care of our kupuna. We have some of the best systems in the country for providing services to the elderly. However, as the Baby Boomers age, we are facing a “Silver Tsunami,” a massive demand for elderly services, housing and facilities that no one in the country, quite frankly, is ready for. Maui County will continue to invest wisely in the services we can afford to make without causing a major increase in property taxes to pay for them – because the folks who would most likely be impacted by property tax increases would be the same kupuna we are trying to help.

KANE: This is a collective effort where county government is an active participant-a complex issue that deserves many minds.

R. CARROLL: As always, those residents who have raised their families, built their careers, worked in their jobs and took care of life’s situations.., the good and the bad. Now that they have reached old age, we must provide a comfortable, stimulating and loving environment. A clean and dignified life where they can enjoy crafts or music or, for those who can still get around, a safe and purposeful senior program and existence. We owe this to our elderly.

REBOLLEDO: More young people should be encouraged to go into medical fields of training. Also, Kupunas have very simple needs as far as housing goes, so more housing similar to Hale Mahaolu could be invested into providing housing for an aging population.

KAAIHUE: They need to make sure that they have a place to live, they should have the option to be in communities that are geared for 55+ older. They need to have sufficient access to medical care, a safe place, and food. Again, back to our 3 basics of human survival, food, water, and shelter.

SOUKI: Providing funding to programs like transportation, personal care, chore services to keep the seniors at home. Increase training for care takers.

GABBARD: I remain committed to our kupuna on Maui and across the state to continue fighting to preserve and strengthen Medicare and Social Security, and the safety net that cares for those most in need.  I was honored that the Alliance for Retired Americans gave me 93% grade because of how I’ve voted/pledged to protect social security from privatization.

Some of my specific actions in Congress include co-sponsoring the following legislation:

  • H.R. 1391 Social Security Act 2100 Act to protect our Social Security system and improve benefits for current and future generations
  • H.Con.Res.34 expressing the sense of the Congress that the Chained Consumer Price Index should not be used to calculate cost-of-living adjustments for Social Security benefits
  • H.R. 2453 Medicare Beneficiary Preservation of Choice Act of 2013 to preserve Medicare beneficiary choice by restoring and expanding the Medicare open enrollment and disenrollment opportunities
  • H.R. 1250 Medicare Audit Improvement Act of 2013 to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to improve operations of recovery auditors under the Medicare integrity program, to increase transparency and accuracy in audits conducted by contractors

SUGIMURA: The aging population should be addressed with tender loving care.  They set the grounds for us and we owe them our respect and gratitude to now take care of them. The County of Maui has supported the kupuna population through the Department of Housing and Human Concerns which support for basic needs, transportation, housing, lunch program and additional services to take care of our kupuna.   We must continue to take care of the elderly.

MEDEIROS: Demographically, we are near the end of the “baby boomer” stage, which means that the aging population will start to slowly decrease. Maui County has continued to provide funding for services that help the elderly and this is something that we should continue to do. Housing for the elderly has been addressed adequately, but funding for new housing will be difficult to come by because HUD no longer provides designated funding for subsidized rentals.

NAKASONE: While I was on the LUC, one of the first developments I had to vote on was Kula Ridge. While there were many concerns from the community and many who opposed the project, I voted in favor of the project. Hereʻs why. There were also many who supported the project. Those who supported the project were those who I grew up with, those who were born and raised in Kula but could not raise their families there because there are no affordable homes for sale in Kula. I also supported the project because it had a portion of the housing designated to senior housing. We desperately need more housing for our seniors and our disabled community.

I also see a need to continue to support and fund non profit agencies that serve the needs of our seniors, like MEO. When funding for essential services gets cut, our aging population suffers. I strongly support the funding to services for our seniors.

Recently there has been a problem with MEO transportation. As I visited with the seniors at the various nutrition programs and senior monthly meetings they would constantly tell me about the recent problems with the bus service. Because of a new computer system and programing changes, seniors are being left to wait for an hour or more at times. They also expressed that they called their councilmembers and got no response. This is one thing I can promise, I will be active and engaged with my community, I always have been. Communication is my strength. Our seniors need quick responses to their concerns as often times these are health and safety related.

ATAY: The County of Maui is one of the nationʻs top leaders in the area of Senior Care. The county has an outstanding partnership relationship with Government agencies and other Non-Profit Agencies in delivering services to Our Kupuna community. I fully support the continued funding for all programs that supports the delivery all types of services for our Aging population.

6. Do you think more should be done to maintain our county parks? Please explain.

WHITE: I believe more must be done to maintain our county parks. Progress has been made over the last few years, starting with a number of renovations to our park’s restroom facilities. Routine maintenance and upkeep is at the core of the issue, and making our staffing more efficient will be the next aspect of the formula to review. There are plans to expand our parks inventory over the next few years, but it will take a collaborative effort with community users and the County, to develop a solution to create pristine facilities that will be enjoyed by all for years to come.

J. CARROLL: The beauty of all our islands lies within our natural environment and surroundings. I think that government agencies have done a decent job of keeping these places clean and safe. To answer this question more fully, however, I would need to investigate more the situation of Maui County’s parks.

COCHRAN: Absolutely. I have been a huge proponent of implementing an integrated pest management program. I have also been trying diligently to assist the department with training and guidance for a pesticide free park pilot program, which would be beneficial to the health of our families and beloved pets. I am also supportive of funding proper maintenance to play structures, bathrooms etc.

CRIVELLO: Maintenance of our parks is provided by our public employees I feel they do their share of upkeep and maintains to provide quality facilities. Council may request an outside source to assess the conditions of our parks and its facilities and parks so we may have knowledge to know the parks that may need additional resources.

HOKAMA: Yes, therefore I am recommending the enactment of enterprise status for the Department of Parks and Recreation. This status would allow the Department to create means of revenue generation to help pay for upkeep and maintenance.

KING: Yes, we definitely need to do a better job maintaining our county park system. I think there should be a better focus on cleaning up parks, possibly by employing the homeless to help out, and reporting issues to the general public. Creating pride in our parks, and thinking outside the box, we could come up with programs that wouldn’t take much funding, like creating public/private partnerships with our community associations to do Park Clean-up Days along with the beach clean-ups! If park maintenance was included as a regular agenda item for community associations, we might get more action from the county administration as well!

COUCH: I actually feel like our Parks Department under Director Buenconsejo is doing a good job of maintaining our existing parks with the resources he has. Of course, with more resources he could do more. We need to build more parks to serve our growing population, as well as greenways that allow residents to move around their communities without having to use cars. As the South Maui Council Member, I have worked to fund the development of the South Maui Community Park and I am continuing to push for the development of a South Maui gym in that park to accommodate our growing population.

KANE: Yes. We need an inventory & condition report, along with a cost analysis presented to the council of the county’s park system (Maui, MolokaÊ»i & LānaÊ»i), along with proposed time frames to bring our park system back to acceptable levels. Note: Parts of our park system is in good/excellent condition, providing a quality experience to our citizenry, while other components of our park system are in disrepair – negatively impacting some of our communities. Will take a commitment to fiscal policy/financial resources to improve our park system.

R. CARROLL: A greater awareness that our public parks are for us. For Maui’s families, as well as visitors. We will have to hire more workers, as we plan to add more park space to the county inventory. These new workers will have to undergo training and there will probably be a need or increased funding, since as we all know, the cost of everything always increases.

REBOLLEDO: Yes. We are one of the few remaining places in our country where our parks and related facilities are offered to our people free of charge. Some of our park facilities are in desperate need of repairs and cleaning up. Security measures should also be increased to deal with vandals and homeless.

KAAIHUE: Yes definitely. Our parks is a place to gather and have all sorts of fun. They should be 1st class, and should serve a multitude of purposes.

SOUKI: County of Maui question.

GABBARD: As a member of Congress, I strongly encourage our county government to make the necessary investments in county parks to ensure that they are clean, safe places for residents and visitors to enjoy the incredible beauty that Maui has to offer.

I’m committed to supporting a strong National Park system. During the 113th Congress (2013-2014), I co-sponsored H.R. 3131 (National Park Service Study Act of 2013) to authorize studies of certain areas for possible inclusion in the National Park System.  The bill directed the Secretary of the Interior to conduct special resource studies of areas, such as the Kau coast, on the island of Hawaii, specified World War II Japanese American Relocation Center sites, Mahaulepu on the island of Kauai, and the northern coast of Maui.

SUGIMURA: Maintenance of parks is an ongoing expense to the taxpayers.   The Kula tennis courts maintenance is assisted by the Kula Tennis Club with:

  • Maintenance that the county could not get to, such as mowing and trimming common areas around the courts.
  • The tennis club also built and painted the picnic tables and benches.
  • The tennis club rehung windscreens after storms, pick up trash from community center parties, paint over graffiti.
  • The tennis club supervise the tennis courts to only allow tennis, as should be simply stated in the county code, and on signs.

 If there is a way to spark this kind of pride and care with more clubs who use our parks, it may help with overall maintenance of the parks and teach values to the children who use the parks too.

With the community assisting with the care of the parks, you have a community taking pride in its park. With this concept, parks could be setup like neighborhood watch program.

MEDEIROS: Having recently worked for the Parks Department, I had a bird’s-eye-view of their operations. Yes, more can be done. The problem is that the organizational structure has not changed. It is still focused on Recreation, whereas it needs to re-focus on Recreation Management and Facilities Management. It also needs to provide opportunities for its employees to move up and it needs to significantly revise its Position Descriptions.

NAKASONE: Yes, more should be done to maintain our county parks. It saddens me to take my 3 year old son to play at Keopuolani Park and see itʻs sad condition. Many structures are missing pieces or inoperable. Iʻd like to see our county parks more efficiently maintained. I donʻt necessarily think this necessitates an increase in budget but perhaps in more efficient operations. I would like to work together with our Parks Dept. to work on innovative ideas and perhaps more community partnerships to help enhance our county parks.

ATAY: I believe that more must be done to maintain our county parks and properties. I look forward to seeing an updated inventory and status of our park facilities. We have a Parks & Recreation Department, which means that there needs to be a “facilities management plan” for Parks and that there needs to also be a “recreational activities management plan” for Recreation. Many of my constituents always complain that many of the bathrooms at our park facilities are in great need of repairs; and many times these bathrooms remain in disrepair for quite a long time. I want to ensure our County tax payers that their County Parks properties are always in top shape for them to use. Itʻs about our community & peopleʻs needs first. Iʻm willing to allocate the resources needed to keep our County residentsʻ property in proper order.

7. If you support cultural programs on Maui, how do you suggest improving these programs? Provide an example.

WHITE: I support many of the cultural programs across Maui. The primary support for these programs come through County grants, such as Hui O Waa Kaulua, Festivals of Aloha, the Maui Arts and Cultural Center, The Lahaina Restoration Foundation – just to name a few. I believe these programs could be improved through greater collaboration of organizations to develop a greater reach throughout the community and unified events to make events larger for the community to enjoy.

J. CARROLL: I do support cultural programs. On all islands.
While I am not familiar with most specific cultural programs on Maui, I do know that on Maui and throughout our state, many of our various ethnic groups are doing a wonderful job of promoting and perpetuating their respective cultures. If there were anything to suggest for improvement, I would begin with consulting those specific ethnic groups first, and asking what deficiencies there are in their program and how the county, state, and community could help.

COCHRAN: I support cultural programs and help fund them through donations and through the County budget process. Community involvement, funding and education are key elements to the success and growth of any cultural program.

CRIVELLO: I support cultural programs. During budget, I work with the Office of Economic Development to set aside funding specifically for cultural programs. On Molokai, cultural events are held that recognizes the richness of our Hawaiian culture. Entities that plan on events on behalf of our diverse cultural should apply for available grants

HOKAMA: I do support cultural programs on Maui. Cultural organizations should primarily focus on community rather than government. These cultural organizations should encourage their communities to participate, engage and support.

KING: I think Cultural Sensitivity would be a good issue to focus on. With our diverse cultural groups on Maui, there is often confusion and misunderstanding that could be assuaged by outreach events that explain the cultural basis for different behaviors. In recent meetings with Filipino community leaders, I learned that a Cultural Sensitivity Workshop was held several years ago that was well attended. This type of event should be held annually so that we can bring various cultural groups together and perhaps share ideas about funding and event coordination. Cultural diversity is one of the most beautiful aspects of Maui and is actually the reason I decided to make Maui my home after coming to visit in 1979.

COUCH: Part of Maui’s charm is our mix of cultures living side by side. Supporting better understanding of those cultures helps assure the continuation of our cultural harmony. Most cultural programs – especially those centered on a particular ethnic group – should be the kuleana of the sponsoring groups. The County can best aid the ethnic-based programs by providing funds to help them achieve their goals. The County also can support cultural activities through its sponsorship of community events like Wailuku’s First Fridays, where a variety of culturally oriented activities – particularly music and dance – can take place. I was so taken by the First Friday phenomenon that I sponsored the creation of a highly successful Fourth Friday event in Kihei.

KANE: I support providing public infrastructure that our citizenry benefit from using.. improving existing and/or building new community centers provides a place for cultural programs to gather, utilize, thrive, grow, and prosper. Our role (as council members – who determine fiscal & land use policy) is to help provide the public infrastructure to support the social fabric of our communities.

R. CARROLL: Public awareness and participation. Our cultural heritage is one of the main reasons people, from around the world, come to Hawaii and experience our way of life. My focus would be to have more cultural events, increase sister-city relationships and especially , remind our young of who they are, where they come from and realize the potential for future accomplishment.., all thanks to our cultural history and those who came before us.

REBOLLEDO: The Maui Community College is an excellent venue to allow our different cultures to have celebrations and events to promote themselves. People and organizations could take advantage of cultural holidays and/or customs and traditions and open them up to the general public to come and participate. Integrating tourism would also benefit our county.

KAAIHUE: Getting people out and involved always takes a creative mind. I think food, dance, entertainment always brings people together. Having a concert, brings people together. Celebrities, famous people, inspirational and motivational speakers always attract a good crowd. Providing contests, always helps. I myself have been involved in Scholarship pageants, and I see many different kinds of pageants which always brings out the best in people. So various types of competitions including talent, with generous prizes always helps to bring out the good in people.

SOUKI: Provide additional funding.

GABBARD: Filipino Americans have made exceptional contributions to U.S. culture and arts, business, military, health care, sports, technology, government, and more. In Hawaii, Filipino Americans have been integral to our history, from driving our plantation-based economy in the early 20th century to becoming leaders across every industry in our state.

To strengthen and perpetuate this rich cultural legacy, I have supported legislation like the Filipino Veterans Family Reunification Act. This bill seeks to expedite the visa process for children of Filipino WWII Veterans. It would also amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to exempt the sons and daughters of Filipino World War II veterans who were naturalized under the Immigration Act of 1990 from worldwide or numerical limitations on immigrant visas.  I also introduced legislation to recognize WWII Filipino veterans with a Congressional Gold Medal.  We have nearly 300 co-sponsors of this legislation and are working toward its passage in the near future.

SUGIMURA: Over these past 18 years, I have worked with groups to produce cultural festivals and partnered with non profits as fiscal sponsors.   For projects that are held during the targeted shoulder months of the visitor industry, i.e., September – October it is difficult for the projects to receive their funding in time for the event. The County of Maui needs 3 months to process grants from receipt to final contract and for one of my projects it is almost impossible to have the county funding in place before we begin our events in September.   Thus it is important that the program organizers start planning early and look at all avenues to obtain necessary funding.

MEDEIROS: Cultural programs are an important part of our community. I am not aware of any current problems and so could not suggest “improvements”, but what I do think we need is a “Civic Center” type of facility to accommodate a wide range of cultural events and activities.

NAKASONE: I strongly support cultural programs on Maui. Not only am I a cultural specialist and Kumu Hula but anthropology was one of my areas of focus when pursuing my degree at the University of Hawaiʻi. I believe cultural and arts are the heart and soul of a community. If we invested just as much in building spaces for cultural and arts programs as we do for athletic programs I strongly believe we would see a shift in the wellness of this community. The ongoing challenge of cultural and arts programs is the challenge of securing a meeting or practice space. Our community center schedules are booked solid. We have baseball parks and basketball courts in every community in Maui County. We even have skate parks and dog parks in quite a few. However, there is not one hālau or cultural center to ensure the growth and progress of the indigenous culture of this place. This is something I have long advocated for. Not for my own personal gain or for the gain of my halau but for the hundreds and hundreds of community people who desire to cultivate and honor this culture and every culture here on Maui.

ATAY: I strongly believe that we must continue to embrace the Maui values that keeps Maui Nō Ka ʻOi. In doing so, we must always maintain our islandʻs own uniqueness and its own authenticity of culture at all times. So, yes I strongly support cultural programs and related cultural festivities. I look forward to the opportunity of seeing collaborations with local cultural groups and the merging with the visitor industry in working together with bringing global visitors to our Maui County because of the unique cultural attractions and worldwide cultural participations.

8. How should Chambers of Commerce organizations improve on their programs to have a more active role in the community?

WHITE: I believe the Chambers need to be more active in County legislation. There are many individuals who testify before the Council, but many times, the voice of local businesses are not heard. I understand that this may not be top of mind for many, but small businesses comprise a large part of Maui County’s economy. The impacts of legislation on small businesses should be made clear to decision makers before any type of legislation is passed.

J. CARROLL: Chambers of Commerce need to evolve and grow in the same way that their communities evolve. Most businesses–the ones that survive–adapt to change and grow as the community they support grows. Each Chamber should do the same. If not, their programs will be obsolete. Close-knit ethnic Chambers do this really well.

COCHRAN: More community outreach and involvement would be beneficial. A well-rounded perspective from all residents and concerned citizens would garner more support for programs that are promoted by Chamber organizations.

CRIVELLO: Encourage the message, “doing business in Maui County is easy and profitable.” Support diverse economic engines.

HOKAMA: To have a more active role in the community, Chamber of Commerce organizations should provide business and financial workshops to help their members operate successful and viable businesses.

KING: I believe Chambers of Commerce would have better participation if they included more focus on local small business. This is the backbone of our economy and there isn’t a lot of support as big business seems to dominate most discussions (at least in my experience at the Maui Chamber of Commerce). Bringing local businesspeople in to talk about their companies and their experience doing business in Maui County would be a good start. From there, going out into the community to visit businesses and ask about their needs would be very helpful. I actually think Chambers of Commerce should stay away from political endorsements, but it is very helpful to send out information about candidates so voters will be more informed.

COUCH: Ordinarily, I would not presume tell an organization like yours how to do its business. But since you asked: Successful community groups invest in their public efforts. They take the time to establish a firm set of goals, ideally annually, to keep them fresh. And then they look for the opportunities to affect public and business policies that would result in the realization of those goals. So, say, if your goal is to obtain more public support for Filipino cultural programming, figure out which agencies in the County, State and Federal governments can have a positive impact and start working with them. If your goal deals with the future of Maui, follow and offer your thoughts on the policy discussion at the County level – much as you are doing with this questionnaire. If the goal deals with youth, work with the DOE and UH. If the various ethnic Chambers don’t already have paid staff to help make that happen, perhaps the various groups can share staff. Ultimately, it has been my experience that groups that truly invest in realizing their goals, achieve them.

KANE: Be more engaged in the legislative processes of county, state, and federal governance.. this is where you get to truly make a difference by actively participating in the formulation of fiscal & land use policy. Establishing, nurturing, and maintaining relationships with your public elected officials is key to connecting your membership with the activities of governance, and ultimately developing civic minded leaders in our community. Once you develop an understanding of the complex issues facing your communities, active engagement will influence outcomes.. ENGAGE!

R. CARROLL: Organize. Remind the membership that if you want your chamber to be influential and consequential, the members have to be willing to work more hours, volunteer for outreach programs and initiatives and reinforce codes of conduct that many will be able to identify with and would want to teach their families.

REBOLLEDO: More community involvement.

KAAIHUE: They can be the ones to provide the incentive with good prizes and recognition. To help guide and vote for leaders who are different, and will make a change. We all know that Hawaii is not in a good state of mind right now. Our politicians are overran by foreigners who have made Americans and Hawaiians 2nd class citizens. They have no respect for our American country, values, and constitutional laws. I have been a victim of conspiracy, theft, extortion, and fraud, by the hands of a racist community association that Gov. Ige and the late Congressman Mark Takai lived in, and I saw first hand how the racists will conspire and extort from people if you are not like them. I say mind their own business, but everyday they were in my business, and in a very blatantly fashion too. Trespassing onto our property with cameras in their hands, and the police were of no help, they thought it was harmless, just give them a warning, and thought the complaint was too ridiculous. These kinds of racist peoples have come into political power even after they had bombed our country 74 years ago. And I am so puzzled as to how this happened, they came in through the back doors. Yes, they know how to put on a straight face, and then back stab you. Before we lose our families lands by this kinds of racism that my family has experienced, I decided to stand up, and voice my concerns, and opinion. I will make sure that I am heard all across the nation. Yes, I have seen first hand that Moon turn to bloody Red as the bible has prophesied and foretold in the book of Revelations. The house of the Rising Sun, I now know and understand what this prophesy means. As for the Christians, and those who believe in Christ, we are at a good standing, but for the 100% Japanese Buddhist, who bombed our Pearl Harbor, and who has done Hawaii-American more damage than good, will have to face GOD, on his judgement day. But until then, I will make sure that people are educated, and that God is glorified, and that HE is our Savior and our lord. God’s 1st commandment states “thou shall not worship any strange gods!”, This is a clear commandment, and very simple for us Christians to abide by, and we need to be reminded that there is a GOD, and that judgement day is near. And this is how the Chambers of Commerce can help their communities, by reassuring that GOD is real, and that I am working real hard to restore GOD back into the lives of Hawaii and our people. Never again do I ever want to see non-Christians dominate our government, our politics, economics, and social-welfare systems. Never, and with your help, I know we will succeed together!!

SOUKI: Increase enrollment.

GABBARD: Chambers of Commerce can be most effective by playing an active role in the community by partnering with county, state, and federal government, bringing to light issues that face their small business members, and working to bring about solutions to improve the economic environment in Maui county and across the state.  The Chamber of Commerce has a unique ability to harness resources within the community to serve and help those less fortunate in our community, such as the homeless, the disabled, those in poverty, and at-risk students in our schools. By doing this, the Chamber of Commerce can uniquely serve as a leader in improving the overall health and well-being of our community.

SUGIMURA: Maui Filipino Chamber of Commerce has increased their visibility in the community by adding depth to its program and projects i.e. guest speakers and adding on the Heritage Festival to the annual Barrio Festival event.

All the various Chamber of Commerce organizations, could get together to support businesses and also reach out to the County of Maui’s Sister City foundation to strengthen its ties with government relations, language and culture.

MEDEIROS: Generally, Chambers of Commerce have been focused on business-related legislation and networking. It used to be involved with the DECCA clubs at the High Schools. A return to those types of programs, including business-related education opportunities in the schools may be a way to create more active roles in the community.

NAKASONE: I believe the Chambers of Commerce organizations can have a more active role in the community by participating in various community events. As I traverse the campaign trail it has become clear to me that my generation and the generation after me are not active in Chambers of Commerce organizations. It is not because they donʻt care or are not successful in business, it is because they simply do not know they exist. I think outreach at different kinds of events will be helpful, school events to reach working families, perhaps hosting plays or performances to have a more visual face in the arts community could be helpful also.

I have great appreciation for the service and give back that is part of the culture of these kinds of organizations. I am excited to get involved on a whole new level in generating more interest and participation in community organizations and non profits.

ATAY: More community outreach to assist our truly local businesses to be more actively involved with the Chamber; so that these small local businesses will have a true representation of engagement pertaining to public, business, & government policy.

Getting personal

1. Every part of the car is important for it to run properly and safely. If you were a part of a car, which part would you be?

WHITE: The engine!

J. CARROLL: I would be the motor that gives the vehicle the power and energy to move the vehicle forward.

COCHRAN: ? I would be part of the fuel or electrical system. Keeping the carburetor functioning to keep the engine going is important and a trait I value in my role as council.

CRIVELLO: The engine

HOKAMA: I would be the steering wheel so I could guide the vehicle and make sure it is getting to its destiny efficiently.

KING: The computer.

COUCH: In a car with a manual transmission – the clutch.. try to smooth the transition between the gears.

BALINBIN: The wheels, If the other parts are missing, you can still move the car.

R. CARROLL: I would be the transmission because I have many gears to which I can operate.

REBOLLEDO: I would be the steering wheel, the driver who uses his hands to guide the car and drive in a safe fashion or in a dangerous way. Where do you want to go? The steering wheel is the controller, it can take you far, it can take you near, it can take down man

KAAIHUE: Compound!!

SOUKI: The nail on the tire. because.

GABBARD: The engine – bringing together all the moving parts of the car, working hard to make progress for the people of Hawaii.

SUGIMURA: Engine.   Keep our economy moving foreword!

MEDEIROS: I come from a family of mechanics, so this question is easy for me. I would be the engine. It makes everything else on the car work.

NAKASONE: If I were a part of a car, I would be the engine. The engine is the “guts” of a car, what makes the car go. Itʻs under the hood, so it canʻt be seen. Itʻs function is to do the work. Thatʻs how I work. I have no desire or interest in recognition or attention, Iʻve had enough of that in my life as an entertainer and public figure, it does nothing to fulfill me. My desire is to get to work for the people of Maui County. Make sure our public health and safety are adequately funded. Make sure our county parks are upkept and sufficient. Make sure our community has housing and job opportunities. I just want to get to work, no need for bells and whistles or picture taking, just work.

2. Have you tried eating balut? How was it? If not, would you?

J. CARROLL: YES! I have, an I find it really tasty, with a pleasant chicken flavor.

COCHRAN: Yes, I have had balut a couple of times actually for the balut-eating competition! It was……interesting. =) Its easier to eat with eyes closed.

CRIVELLO: I respect the diversity of our culture. I have never eaten balut. Would I eat it? No.

HOKAMA: Yes, it was salty.

KING: No, I haven’t tried balut, but I’m open to most new foods.

COUCH: No. I would consider it.

KANE: Yes. Once I got past the psychological challenge (eating a fully formed baby chick) it was interesting to experience – the textures.. I finished it, except the inedible parts (feathers, beak, etc..). I’d eat it again.

R. CARROLL: No.., but, maybe it’s time to give it a try.

REBOLLEDO: I am Filipino. Of course.

KAAIHUE: No, I haven’t. But yes, I would try it. I like a variety of foods, and Filipinos certainly have a variety of foods, and it is very deliscious

SOUKI: Yes, but to much feathers.

GABBARD: I’m vegetarian so I have never eaten balut.  However, some of my favorite Filipino dishes include vegetarian sinigang, kare kare, and pansit.

SUGIMURA: Have not tried it but I gather its like eating unusual cultural foods, like natto beans or other foods I grew up with.  Would I try balut?  Maybe?

MEDEIROS: I have never tried it and I am pretty sure I never will. I am cautious about what I eat.

NAKASONE: I have not yet tried eating balut but I am working up the courage to do so. I imagine one day soon I will. The Filipino culture is one I am intrigued with. I learned the National Anthem and gained a great appreciation for the beauty of the language. So much of a peopleʻs world view is imbedded in their language.

3. Pick three words to describe yourself.

J. CARROLL: Energetic

COCHRAN: *Positive

CRIVELLO: Aloha, commitment, listener.
Aloha is a promise…with Aloha there is hope and true empathy for others.
Commitment . My work ethics is to do my best and as council I believe I am there to serve.
To listen is to hear and listening is also paying attention to the silent majority.

HOKAMA: Steady, disciplined, experienced

KING: Integrity

COUCH: Fun, smart, tenacious.

R. CARROLL: Patient, caring and persistent.

REBOLLEDO: Energetic, Talented, Passionate

KAAIHUE: American, Outspoken, and Motivated.


SUGIMURA: Hope, Dream Do!

MEDEIROS: Forthright, hardworking, creative.

NAKASONE:  Hard working, Moral, Compassionate

4. What do you do when you’re stressed? How do you manage stress?

J. CARROLL: I try to keep everything under control. Breathing exercises help.
I also ride bike almost daily.

COCHRAN: Surf, or garden.

CRIVELLO: Scripture reads: “Be Still” prayer, meditation, and finding the time to exercise.

HOKAMA: I continue to work hard, I operate well when stressed.

KING: I try to focus on the positive to alleviate stress. I find that if you think of problems as challenges, they are easier to work through. I also find that talking with my husband and good friends about trying issues always helps!

COUCH: Take deep breaths and work through it.

KANE: depends on what kind of stress..
Step Back..
Jump into the ocean and catch waves..

R. CARROLL: Well, I drive back to Hana. Have some quiet time, finish a project and unwind with some good reading.

REBOLLEDO: I work harder, and play harder.

KAAIHUE: When I am stressed, I like to go for a walk, or go to sleep. I like to sleep off my stress, and then wake up feeling newly revitalized and refreshed.

SOUKI: Controlled breathing

GABBARD: I practice yoga meditation whether I’m in Hawaii, on the road, or in Washington.  I also do my best to make time to exercise, whether it’s an early morning run or going for a dawn patrol surf in Hawaii.

SUGIMURA: Every morning, if time permits, I start my day in my garden.  This grounds and if I get stressed, I go back in my garden and toil the soil and reconnect with myself and find time to be alone and one.

MEDEIROS: Go fishing, play golf, do yard work.

NAKASONE:  When I am really stressed I like to jump in the ocean. I also like to sing.
I manage stress by working, actually. I work constantly to make sure I am constantly working towards goals. It is the unfinished goals or inadequate preparations that causes me the most stress so by focusing and working hard, I am able to manage my stress

5. What super power would you like to have?

J. CARROLL: I would have the mind and energy I had when I was 35. While I’m certain I can do most anything now, at 87, when I was 35 I was unstoppable!

COCHRAN: Mental Telepathy – to better understand people’s true intentions.

CRIVELLO: The super power that can instill understanding and harmony within ourselves thereby keeping the values and essence of the true meaning of the aloha spirit. Creating a sharing and caring lifestyle.

KING: I used to think I’d like to be able to fly so I could see things from a 40,000 foot perspective, but now we have Google maps for that! Now I would like to be a healer as too many people are getting sick and dying young these days and I wish I could do something to stop it.

COUCH: Telekenesis

R. CARROLL: Hmm.., the ability to breathe underwater. I love to swim and the sea has always entranced me.

REBOLLEDO: Super Speed so I can get even more done!

KAAIHUE: I would like to have the super powers to read people’s minds. If I could read their minds, then I can understand better why people behave the way they do.

SOUKI: Communicate to God.

SUGIMURA: Ability to see far into the future to solve problems for our working families.

MEDEIROS: Leap tall buildings in a single bound…would never be caught up in traffic.

NAKASONE: I would love to have the super power of healing. Our community needs healing, our island and ocean need healing. If I could have a super power I would love to be able to bring healing to this community so that we can continue to live, love and thrive on this majestic island of ours.

6. What’s one choice you really regret?

J. CARROLL: I regret my divorce from my first wife. She was the one who really introduced me to the meaning of “aloha” and that perhaps one of the reasons why I am still here in Hawaii.

COCHRAN: trusting someone completely only to be burned.

Regrets are of lessons learned. I choose not to dwell on my regrets but to learn from the choices that may have infused regrets.

HOKAMA: I don’t have one. My approach is that you can’t go through life with regret.

KING: I regret now going to the viewing of my mother’s body after she died. I thought it would be best to remember her as she was when she was living, but now I realize that it would have brought closure as I kept having dreams of her actually being alive for the next couple of years.

COUCH: Agreeing to consider eating balut.

R. CARROLL: Leaving the County council in 2006. My transient Vacation Rental bill died and it took years to resurrect it since my return.

REBOLLEDO: I do not REALLY regret because everything is a learning experience.

KAAIHUE: I regret that i didn’t take a run for politics 10 years ago. For instance, the minimum age requirement for Congress is 25 years old. I wished I had started when I was 25 years old. But for some reason, our culture which is very much influenced by the Japanese culture, believe that the older you are the more qualified, respect, and honor you are entitled to. This is not the case, the minimum age is 25 years young. This tells me Washington wants us young, fresh out of college, with a new fresh perspective. So I wished that i had gotten more involved in politics at least 10 years ago.


SUGIMURA: I do not regret. just learn from life and move forward.

MEDEIROS: I regret accepting the appointment as Director of Housing and Human Concerns for the County in 2007. I really thought I could make a difference on a larger scale, but was naïve about the inner workings and political relationships.

NAKASONE: I regret not going to Law School. As a teenager it was my dream and till today I regret not going. I have not given up, however. I do see a potential for me to enroll at the Richardson School of Law one day. Iʻm a firm believer in, “itʻs never too late to be what you might have been”.

7. Do you have an elected official you admire? Please explain.

J. CARROLL: Richard Nixon was the most intelligent, informed, concerned, and idealistic politician I have met. This includes Reagan and Bush.
His position on the Vietnam War ad free trade are classic, and should guide us all.

COCHRAN: Patsy T. Mink, she stood up for rights of women. She was strong, female leader, who worked her way up through the ranks on her own merit. I have great respect for her.

John F. Kennedy. He prevented nuclear Armageddon by stopping the Russian nuclear site in Cuba; establishment of the American Peace Corps. He inspired public service, “ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.”

HOKAMA: Shan Tsutsui. I find him to be a very exceptional and unique individual who has the qualities, traits, and personality that I believe people look for in an elected leader. I find Shan to be one of maybe a handful of officials that fit those characteristics in Hawaii.

KING: I admire President Bill Clinton because, whatever his personal faults, he is intelligent and hardworking and an excellent diplomat. He had a firm grasp of foreign affairs and was able to bring world leaders together around key issues. He also created a budget surplus when he was in office that has not since been duplicated.

COUCH: Dan Inouye. He laid his life down for his country and spent the rest of his life serving his country and Hawaii. He became the third most powerful political leader in the most powerful country in the world but never forgot the little guy, the people who needed help to make it, to improve their lives. He was one of a kind.

KANE: Lyndon B. Johnson during his 12 years in the United States Senate (1949-1960). When he arrived, the U.S. Senate “had dwindled into a body that merely responded to executive initiatives”. Within a single six-year term, LBJ became the youngest and greatest Senate Majority Leader in our country’s history, and was able to change the body of the Senate into a “whirring legislative machine”. One of his major accomplishments was his success in navigating to passage the first civil rights legislation in 80 years – by convincing southern “Conservative” Senators to allow him to make progress in this pursuit, while earning the trust and cooperation of the northern “Liberal” Senators to achieve the goal.

R. CARROLL: Bob Nakasone, he was an selfless public servant, a kind patient man who never talked about himself and possessed the ability to get along with everyone.

REBOLLEDO: Elmer Carvalo because he was such an intelligent and talented man.

KAAIHUE: It used to be Duke Aiona, I thought he was handsome, smart, and he is a man of Hawaiian ancestry. I also admire Billy Kenoi, Hawaii’s Mayor. These kinds of people have taken big strides, to become leaders and make Hawaii a better place. Unfortunately, Duke Aiona, didn’t make Governor and I really thought he had that 2014 election, and Mayor Kenoi is facing a criminal trial. That is the downfall of our government, is to go after those who have done more good for our Hawaii than harm, which destroys our Hawaiian communities and population by opening doors for the foreign immigrants who bring their “false gods” that penetrate our government, and political system. This is clearly an example of how the foreigners conspire to take Hawaiian-Americans down, we now are the minority in our own State of Hawaii.

SOUKI: Admire all!

SUGIMURA: I admire President John Kennedy, who inspired our nation:   Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for country!

MEDEIROS: Velma McWayne Santos. She was an educator, a former County Director of Housing & Human Concerns and Councilwoman. She commanded attention and respect. She was able to stand her ground in a field that was, and still is, dominated by men and did a lot to help the community.

NAKASONE: I have a few elected officials that I deeply admire. I am fortunate they are my family.

First, my mom, OHA Maui Trustee Carmen Hulu Lindsey. My mom is a great example in listening to the people and being their voice. Even when it has made her unpopular amongst her colleagues on the Board of Trustees, even when her leadership in committees have been taken away as a result of her standing for the people, my mom has consistently been the voice of the beneficiaries of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.

Second, my uncle, the late House Rep. Bob Nakasone. My uncle was a great example in get the job done. He was quiet and humble but got the work done and brought much funding to Maui County. He wasnʻt about taking pictures and boasting about his accomplishments, he just wanted to work for the people. He did this well for many years and as a County, we all benefit today from his great work.

Third, my aunt/godmother Councilmember Gladys Baisa. Aunty Gladys is a great example in service leadership. Her great works at MEO are unparalleled. She taught me by her example that the stress and troubles of public service are so worth it if you can make a difference in just one life. I am sad to see her leave office but am hopeful that if I can gain her seat, the community will continue to have a servant leader in the UpCountry seat of the Maui County Council.

8. As a child, what did you wish to become when you grew up?

J. CARROLL: A pilot.

COCHRAN: A rock star. I have always loved music.

Social Worker. I always outreached to others who were in need as a youngster.

HOKAMA: Airline pilot

KING: I really wanted to become an author and write a great novel. I’m still hoping that will come true someday!

COUCH: A pilot.

KANE: An airline pilot… My oldest son has achieved this instead..

R. CARROLL: I remember wanting to be a doctor.

REBOLLEDO: I always wanted to help people and rescue them. So a policeman or fireman was always a consideration. Today, I am a Pastor of 30 years.

KAAIHUE: I wished to have become an actress. And I wanted to be Miss. America too.

SOUKI: A pilot

SUGIMURA: My mother.  Kind, compassionate, she lived each day to its fullest in simple ways   Family first, lessons learned where through her actions now necessarily words.

MEDEIROS: I knew that I wanted to serve my community and help people. There was just no specific title for it (i.e. doctor, lawyer, etc.). I also knew that I wanted to get a degree became the first in my family to achieve that. The two important events that have made a difference in my life is being a contestant in the Miss Maui Scholarship Pageant and becoming a member of the Maui Jaycee Women. It helped me to grow as a person, overcome my shyness and become the person I am today.

NAKASONE: As a child I wanted to be an attorney. I always loved to debate and learn about things I was passionate about. I also loved the idea of being able to represent those who could not represent themselves. Iʻve always been passionate about fighting for truth and justice and Iʻve always believed the judges and courts are the guardians of democracy.

9. If a movie will be made about your life, what is the title, who are the actors and describe the plot briefly.

J. CARROLL: MOVIE: “Butter & Prayer”
ACTOR: Brad Pitt
PLOT: The plot would involve how a son grows up with a genius scientist father, learns how to fly at an early age, and then begins a lifetime of worldwide travel, accompanied by the achievement of goals, like being a pro diver, a radio announcer, a teacher, an army officer, an Air Force fighter pilot, an accomplished legislator, and an attorney. Basically my life!

COCHRAN: “Can’t is not an option.” Playing me: Michelle Rodriguez (Strong Female Role)
Underdog accomplishes great feats in the face of adversity, and makes the impossible possible.

CRIVELLO: . Title: Substance. Tom Hanks, Robert Redford, Meryl Streep, and Jodie Foster. My walks of life is a journey that may be told of my struggles as a woman growing up in the sixties and to my participation in my community as an advocate.

HOKAMA: Palaka Power, with Dwayne The Rock Johnson.

KING: Actually a movie was made about the work my husband and I are currently doing. It’s a documentary called Revolution Green and it was released in 2007 and is now available on Netflix and Amazon Prime. This film was not commissioned by us, and is wholly owned by the filmmaker, Stephen Strout. It shows the early years of Pacific Biodiesel, how we started on Maui with our mission of recycled, renewable fuel and how we’ve expanded throughout other parts of the country.

COUCH: Star Trek’s the pre-quel’s pre-quel, featuring a mild-mannered Maui County Council Member who discovers a way to travel warp-speed across the universe. Tom Hanks and Jessica Alba as his love interest.

R. CARROLL: Title: One more mountain to climb. Any actor would do so long as they understood the need for the characters to strive.., to never surrender one’s true beliefs and take life with a grain of salt and a little humor.

REBOLLEDO: Movie title: FO REAL!
Main actor: Jackie Chan
Plot: A simple man becomes a secret agent who infiltrates a corrupt government and kicks some serious okole.

KAAIHUE: A Shining Star in the Making, This would be a movie about where I was born, and how I ended up in Hawaii, about my parents, and the trials that we encountered throughout our life. It will be how I started as a baby and grew up to be Hawaii’s Congress Woman in Washington D.C., and the improvements and changes that I made. I will be loved by mostly everyone, and significant improvement will definitely be made, and seen right before our eyes. People will be happier, and no one will be left behind. The only people that will be upset of course, is the 100% Japanese-Buddhist, but at some point, they will accept their defeat, and that the upset of balance of power is not acceptable in Hawaii, and on our American soil. And for this kind of change to happen, was a result of one human, one activist, who had a voice, who was very American, not afraid, or oppressed, and stood up, and with a strong voice and opinion, spoke on behalf of Hawaii and for the underprivileged. And she was so honored that GOD enlightened her to be that voice for many who can not stand up and speak out, to take a stand for Christianity, and to restore Hawaii back to serving GODLY people as our leaders, thus pleasing GOD, and settling the minds of thousands of Christians who also was very unhappy, and desolate, about our politics and what Hawaii had become, a state overran by foreigner’s who brought their “false gods”. And now Hawaii has been given that hope again, all by one person, an Angel, who with the help of GOD’s Guidance, turned Hawaii around.

SOUKI: “Such is life” W C Fields….( before your time )

SUGIMURA: Joy to the World!   Actor:  Tak, Michael and Yuki Lei : Living a family life supporting each other to maximize each others potential. Not too original, just family living.

MEDEIROS: It would have to be called, “The Other Perils of Penelope”. It would be a comedy—a series of vignettes—starring Tina Fey and chronicle all the close calls I have had, such has driving down a fire break unpaved road in Kahikinui just as the sun was setting only to find that there was no gate at the main road, my cell phone was almost dead, I had no car charger and no tools. The sun would set before I could backtrack so I did the “MacGyver” thing and unwound barbed wire by hand to get the vehicle out to the main road and then had to rewire to secure the area. Believe me, there is enough material to create a sequel or two.

NAKASONE: This was an interesting one. If a movie were to made about my life it would be called, “The Comeback Kid”. Iʻve faced some significant challenges in my life, growing up in a divorced family, raised by a single mom and also being a single mom myself. Through it all Iʻve always relied on my strong work ethic, talents and ability to think out of the box to create solutions and opportunities for my family and I.

Iʻd like to be played by Salma Hayek, as she is part Spanish like me.
Of course my family will be the main characters.
The plot would be the main hurdles, the struggles and also the victories and successes, hopefully the climax is the succession to the Maui County Council.


10. What is your favorite time of the year on Maui and why?

J. CARROLL: I have no specific favorite time on Maui. My daughter, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren live on Maui, so anytime I am there it is wonderful.

COCHRAN: Summer time, because the days are longer!

CRIVELLO: I would like to answer what is my favoritie time of the year on Maui County. We are islands surrounded by water. I live on Molokai where subsistence is a way of life. My favorite season is the time to gather from the ocean. I love to eat fish from the ocean especially from the reef. The course of nature provides a time to gather and a time to allow its resources to rest. I like the season when we can gathering to subsist my lifestyle.

KING: My favorite time of year is the holiday season because folks on Maui love to decorate and everyone seems to be in a giving mood. Rather than take a break, maybe this is the time of year when we should be working harder together to solve our communities’ issues!

COUCH: Winter – the whales are here. Love to hear them while scuba diving. Love to see them while paddling canoe.

R. CARROLL: All year long. I love the cool breezes of winter, the refreshing rain of spring the lazy, sunny days of summer and the fall, when I tell everyone to “wrap it up, the holidays are coming”.

REBOLLEDO: Winter. Its a busy time when so much is happening all around us.

KAAIHUE: My favorite time of the year is Winter Time, I love the cool wintery air of Haleakala. I’d love to play in the snow, and just breathe in the cold cool air. It’s refreshing, and peaceful.

SOUKI: Late fall, cooler.

SUGIMURA: Every day, I love to watch the sunsets from my balcony in Kula and find peace in the stars at night and morning sun coming up from Haleakala summit.   I love each day with these kinds of gifts and enjoying it 365 days a year!

MEDEIROS: Every day, I love to watch the sunsets from my balcony in Kula and find peace in the stars at night and morning sun coming up from Haleakala summit.   I love each day with these kinds of gifts and enjoying it 365 days a year!

NAKASONE: My favorite time of the year on Maui is Christmas. We enjoy nice weather all year round. We also enjoy the blooming of seasonal flowers, be it the jacaranda or protea, all year round. But during Christmas season people are nicer. Our community gets in the spirit of giving and that is when we see aloha in action. Each Christmas I wish the spirit would last all year.


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