On The Campaign Trail

Top Democrats to speak at fundraiser

Hawaii’s two congressional representatives and both the governor and lieutenant governor will be speaking at the Maui County Democrats Hawaiian luau fundraiser Saturday, marking the 60th anniversary of Democratic revolution of 1954 in Hawaii.

Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. at the door of the dining hall at Pu’u Kukui Elementary School, followed by dinner at 6 p.m. Tickets cost $35.

Speaking about the Democratic Party accomplishments over the last 60 years will be Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui, a former Maui state senator and state Senate president, along with U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz, U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa and state Sen. David Ige, who is a gubernatorial candidate.

Also speaking will be Gov. Neil Abercrombie and former Gov. John Waihee.

The event also will feature entertainment, a silent auction and an awards ceremony recognizing dedicated grass-roots Democrats.

Those honored include Shigeto “Mustard” Murayama and B. Martin Luna (posthumously), John Y. Arisumi, Stephanie Ohigashi, Beverly Pauole-Moore and Jim Crowe, who have demonstrated leadership and made significant contributions to the party from 1954 to 2014, according to a news release.

Tickets may be obtained by contacting Amanda Martin at 280-1990 or amanda@maui democrats.org. If paying at the door, reservations are requested. More information may be found at www.mauidemocrats.org.

Pu’u Kukui Elementary School is located at 3700 Kehalani Mauka Parkway in Wailuku.


Conservatives to rally on Saturday

Candidates for statewide and national offices will speak at a Conservative Candidate Rally on Saturday.

The rally, which is sponsored by the Maui County Republican Committee, will begin at 9 a.m. in the Pilina multipurpose room on the University of Hawaii Maui College campus. The Maui County Republican Convention will follow the rally.

Confirmed speakers include candidates for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, governor, lieutenant governor and the state Legislature. Also speaking will be Maui TEA Party’s Lee Aldridge.

Following the candidate presentations, a candidate question-and-answer forum will be held.

The event is free. Food and refreshments will be provided.

After the rally, Maui County Republican Chairman George Fontaine will lead the annual convention.

On The Campaign Trail

Woodson endorsed by masons union

State Rep. Justin H. Woodson, who represents Kahului, received the endorsement of Masons Union Local 1 and 630.

“Justin Woodson, in his freshman year as a representative, demonstrated political will to get things in motion,” Masons Union Business Agent Rayden Kalama said.

Earlier, Friends of Justin Woodson announced endorsements by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Laborers Union Local 368.

On The Campaign Trail

Nava campaign slated to get underway

Maui County Council candidate Rick Nava will kick off his campaign Wednesday in the Lahaina Intermediate School cafeteria.

The free event, hosted by Friends of Rick Nava, is scheduled from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and will include dinner, door prizes and entertainment. Donations are welcome.

Nava is a longtime resident and community leader of Lahaina. He is a local business owner and a U.S. Army veteran.

He is seeking the West Maui residency seat on the Maui County Council in the upcoming election. At the moment, his opponents include incumbent Elle Cochran and Lahaina resident Butch Buenconsejo.

For more information, call Friends of Rick Nava at 298-7350.