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Unions announce support for Arakawa

Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa has been endorsed by the Hawaii Fire Fighters Association, the Plumbers and Fitters Local 675, the United Public Workers AFSCME Local 646 and the Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1186, according to an announcement. For more on Arakawa’s re-election campaign, visit

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Event readied for candidate Minichino

South Maui House of Representatives candidate Marie Minichino will hold a “talk story” fundraising event from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Rita’s Steak and Fish Restaurant in Kihei, according to an announcement.

Admission is a $5 donation to the Maui Food Bank. The event features spaghetti, garlic bread and a soft drink, plus a chance to win door prizes.

The restaurant is at 1945 S. Kihei Road.

For tickets, call Stanley Schneider at 214-4912.

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Ige event set today

Democratic gubernatorial candidate state Sen. David Ige will speak during a “Maui Women for Ige” event from 4 to 6 p.m. today at Cafe O’ Lei at the Dunes at Maui Lani, according to an announcement.

There’s a suggested contribution of $20 at the door.

For more information, go to or call (808) 462-4567.

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‘Candi-dating’ forum set for Wednesday

A “speed candi-dating” forum will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Seabury Hall dining hall, according to an announcement.

The forum will draw Maui County Council candidates for the Upcountry, East Maui and Makawao-Haiku-Paia residency seats.

Running for the Upcountry residency seat are incumbent Gladys Baisa and Courtney A. Bruch.

Incumbent Bob Carroll has two challengers for his East Maui residency seat, John Blumer-Buell and Nick Nikhilananda.

In the Makawao-Haiku-Paia council race, incumbent Mike White faces Alex Haller, Henry Kahula Jr. and Mike Molina.

The event gives voters a chance to get “up close and personal” with the candidates, event organizers said.


Two groups place support behind Amato

Democrat Terez Amato, a candidate for the 6th District state Senate seat, has received an endorsement from the Sierra Club and the Center for Food Safety, according to an announcement.

The 6th District covers West and South Maui. The seat’s incumbent is Democrat Roz Baker.


Fitzpatrick nets Sierra Club endorsement

The Sierra Club has endorsed marine biologist John “Fitz” Fitzpatrick, a candidate for the Maui County Council’s South Maui residency seat, “because of his vision to protect Maui County’s environment,” according to an announcement.

Fitzpatrick is an advocate for alternative energy projects as a way to “save the fish, the coral and our ocean.”

Voters may meet the candidate from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday during the Kihei “Fourth Friday” event at the Azeka Shopping Center, Mauka.

For more information about the candidate, visit or send email to

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13 groups call for Baker’s re-election

Thirteen labor, education, public safety and trade organizations have announced their endorsement of incumbent state Sen. Roz Baker for the state Senate District 6 (South and West Maui) seat.

The organizations backing Baker, a Democrat, are Hawaii State AFL-CIO; International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 142; Hawaii Government Employees Association; United Public Workers; Hawai’i Building and Construction Trades Council AFL-CIO; Hawai’i Carpenters Union; Hawai’i Laborers’ Union Local 368; International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers, Local Union 625; Operating Engineers Local 3; the Hawai’i Teamsters and Allied Workers, Local 996; the Hawai’i Firefighters Association; the Hawai’i State Teachers Association; and the Realtors Hawai’i Political Action Committee.

“Sen. Baker is committed to improving the benefits and protections for Hawaii’s working people and their families, to grow our economy, to improve our communities and to protect the rights of all the people of our state,” said Donna Domingo, president of ILWU Local 142.


Candidate will talk to Toastmasters

Ka’ala Buenconsejo, candidate for County Council’s West Maui residency seat, will speak Thursday to the Toastmasters at Kapalua Club.

The meeting, which begins at 6 p.m., will be held at the Kapalua Village Center.

He is facing incumbent Elle Cochran and Patrick Nava. The top two vote-getters in the Aug. 9 primary will move on to the Nov. 4 general election.

For more information, call 667-0589.

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Woodson nets endorsement

The Hawai’i Construction Alliance announced its endorsement of state Rep. Justin Woodson for House District 9, which includes Kahului, Puunene, Old Sand Hills and Maui Lani.

“We are proud of Representative Woodson’s efforts over the last two years to support local, middle-class workers and strengthen Hawaii’s construction industry,” said Bill Kamai, senior service representative at the Maui office of the Hawai’i Regional Council of Carpenters.

Woodson, a Democrat, is facing primary opponent James “Kimo” Apana.


Group supports candidates

The Hawaii Center for Food Safety Action Fund, a group committed to educating voters on food safety issues, endorsed three state legislative candidates from Maui.

The group endorsed incumbent J. Kalani English, Democrat, state Senate District 7 (Kalawao, Hana, East and Upcountry Maui, Molokai and Lanai); challenger Terez Amato, Democrat, state Senate District 6 (South and West Maui); incumbent Kaniela Ing, Democrat, state House District 11 (Kihei, Wailea, Makena).

They were among 18 candidates endorsed in the election cycle.

Candidates were asked to fill out a questionnaire regarding their support for local farmers engaged in sustainable agricultural practices, food safety transparency labeling, protection of native species, home rule and access to locally grown food.

“These candidates have demonstrated their concern for and knowledge about food safety issues in Hawaii,” said Ashley Lukens, chair of the group. “Our goal of this political action committee is to educate voters about where the candidates stand on food safety, health and environment issues.”