Del Rosario named official of state Independent Party

A Maui businesswoman and former vice chairwoman of the Democratic Party of Maui has been appointed the party chairwoman of the newly formed Hawaii Independent Party.

The party’s State Executive Committee, which met to officially organize the new political party, voted unanimously to appoint Michelle Del Rosario as party chairwoman.

“I am very excited by this opportunity and appreciate the faith and confidence the party executive committee has placed in me,” a news release about the appointment said. “I am confident that we will be able to have a solid slate of candidates who will do much to improve government for the people of Hawaii.”

The party has been formally established as a political party, and its candidates will not need a minimum number of votes to advance to the general election, the news release said.

An invitation was extended to former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann to run as the party’s gubernatorial candidate, Del Rosario said.

“We are excited by the prospect of having Mr. Hannemann leading our ticket,” she said. “Many people signed on to the petition to form the Hawaii Independent Party out of a desire to see him seek the state’s highest office.”

Membership applications are being accepted and annual party dues have been established as $1 per year. Applications may be obtained at