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SHOPO endorses Arakawa for re-election

The State of Hawaii Organization of Police Officers has endorsed Mayor Alan Arakawa for re-election, according to an announcement.

“Mayor Arakawa has always been supportive of the needs of the Maui Police Department and understands that police officers need resources to protect our communities,” said SHOPO President Tenari Ma’afala. “We welcome another four more years under his administration.”

Arakawa has already received endorsements from a number of union organizations, including the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 142; Hawaii Construction Alliance; the Hawaii Regional Council of Carpenters; the Hawaii Masons Union, Local 1 and Local 630; the Laborers International Union of North America, Local 368; and the Operating Engineers, Local Union No. 3.

For more information, go to, visit campaign headquarters at 180 Wakea Ave. in Kahului or call 280-1299.


Arakawa garners support in mayoral bid

The 2,000-member Ironworkers Stabilization Fund and Ironworkers Union Local 625 have endorsed Mayor Alan Arakawa for re-election, according to an announcement.

Union leaders credited Arakawa for his commitment to repair Maui’s aging infrastructure; for his support of new facilities, such as the new Kihei Police Station, a new Kaunakakai Fire Station and 21 county facilities with photovoltaic systems; and for entering into a “win-win” agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to install a wind turbine at the Central Maui Landfill to resolve pollution violations and to offset power costs.

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Organizations endorse Sen. Baker

West and South Maui state Sen. Roz Baker has been endorsed for re-election by EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics; and the Patsy T. Mink Political Action Committee, a political network supporting Democratic women candidates, according to an announcement.

“Roz Baker is a strong advocate for education and a dynamic leader who has spent over two decades in the Legislature fighting hard for equality, women’s reproductive rights and health care for all,” said Denise Feriozzi, EMILY’s List political director.

The Mink PAC is a grass-roots political network dedicated to helping progressive, pro-choice Democratic women candidates who will fight for and protect a woman’s right to choose.

“We look forward to Sen. Baker’s continued leadership on this and other issues that are critical to women and their families,” said Jadine Nielsen, chairwoman of the Patsy T. Mink Political Action Committee.

For more information on Baker, visit or send email to

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Pontanilla’s fundraising luau Thursday

Maui County Council candidate Joe Pontanilla will hold a fundraising campaign luau at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapu, according to an announcement.

Aside from an opportunity to meet the candidate, the event will include dinner, entertainment and door prizes. Tickets cost $25.

For more information, call 877-5343 or visit


Nava to speak at meeting on Tuesday

Rick Nava, candidate for the Maui County Council’s West Maui residency seat, will be the guest speaker at the Kiwanis Club of Kahului meeting at noon Tuesday at Cary and Eddie’s Hideaway in Kahului.

The meeting begins at noon. The cost of lunch is $12.

For more information, contact John Buck, club president, at 269-6670.

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OHA candidate to host event June 14

Office of Hawaiian Affairs Maui trustee candidate Mahealani Wendt will host a chili and rice paina and community talk story on June 14 in East Maui.

The event will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. at Keanae Elementary School in Hana, East Maui.

Wendt has 32 years of experience as an administrator and executive director of the Native Hawaiian Legal Corp., where she focused on Native Hawaiian land, natural resources and traditional rights.

In 2009, Hawaii Women Lawyers recognized her with its Lifetime Achievement Award. She also received the Native Hawaiian Advocate Award from the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement in the same year.

Wendt left her job in 2009 to volunteer full time in her home community of Wailuanui, according to a news release.

She represents Maui Nui on the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission.

For more information, call 248-7730.

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Rick Nava’s ‘Ohana Night’ event June 11

Maui County Council candidate Rick Nava will hold a free “Ohana Night” from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 11 at the Maui Tropical Plantation, according to an announcement.

Nava, a Lahaina resident, retired veteran and president/owner of Media Systems Inc., a photography and video production company, is seeking the council’s West Maui residency seat.

For more information, call Friends of Rick Nava at 298-3953, visit or send email to


‘Duke Aiona For Governor Rally’ June 16

A “Duke Aiona For Governor Rally” will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. June 16 at the Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapu.

The rally will offer an opportunity for the public to meet the former lieutenant governor, Family Court judge and Republican candidate for governor.

There will be dinner by Da Kitchen and live entertainment by local musicians. Tickets are $50 with a no-host bar.

For more information, call Myles Kawakami at 870-4420.


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