On The Campaign Trail

Sept. 11 new date for Blackburn event

A campaign event for Maui County Council candidate Joe Blackburn has been rescheduled to Sept. 11.

“Grow with Joe Blackburn” will be hosted at the Bailey House Museum from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The event will feature music by Na Hoa & The Kekona Ohana, as well as food and an open bar. Rodney Villanueva will emcee.

Blackburn is seeking the council’s Wailuku-Waihee-Waikapu residency seat.

Tickets cost $20 for adults and $10 for seniors and emergency service providers (firefighters, police, medics, lifeguards, veterans, doctors and nurses).

For tickets, call 442-6462 or 757-3045 or go to


Mike Molina nets group endorsements

The Hawaii Government Employees Association, the Hawaii Fire Fighters Association and the Sierra Club have endorsed former Council Member Mike Molina in his bid to recapture his former Makawao-Haiku-Paia residency seat.

That seat is held by Council Member Mike White, who will face Molina in the Nov. 4 general election. Molina served five terms on the County Council from 2001 to 2010.

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Re-election fundraiser slated for Souki

House Speaker Joe Souki will hold a re-election campaign fundraiser from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 3 at the Velma McWayne Santos Community Center in Wailuku, according to an announcement.

The event will feature food, dinner and door prizes. There’s a suggested contribution of $25 at the door.

For tickets or more information, call 242-4599.

Souki holds the House District 8 seat, which serves residents of Wailuku, Waiehu, Waihee, Waikapu, Kahakuloa and Puuohala.

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Baker to discuss health care with Rotary

West and South Maui state Sen. Roz Baker, who is seeking re-election, will be speaking to the Rotary Club of Maui on health care on Maui beginning at noon Aug. 28 in the University of Hawaii Maui College Class Act dining room.

Her topic will be “Health Care on Maui – Challenges and Opportunities,” and she will discuss legislation passed in the last session and health issues facing the Maui community, a Rotary news release said.

Baker chairs the Senate Commerce and Consumer Protection Committee and is vice chairwoman of the Senate Health Committee.

In seeking re-election, she will face Republican Jared Dubois and Libertarian Bronson Kaahui in the Nov. 4 general election.

The meeting is open to the public, and the cost is $20 for the luncheon and meeting.

For more information, contact Colleen Welty at

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Birthday fundraiser to benefit Victorino

County Council Member Mike Victorino, who is seeking re-election, will be hosting his birthday fundraiser “62 and still working for you!” from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Aug. 26 at the Velma McWayne Santos Community Center in Wailuku.

The cost is $10 and includes dinner, entertainment and door prizes.

Victorino, who holds the Wailuku-Waihee-Waikapu residency seat, faces challenger Joe Blackburn in the general election in November.

For more information on the campaign, upcoming fundraiser or to purchase tickets, call 242-6006.

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Candidates event Tuesday

The Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset will host a joint appearance by the three candidates for the West Maui residency seat on the Maui County Council beginning at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday.

Incumbent Elle Cochran and challengers Ka’ala Buenconsejo and Rick Nava will be picking questions from a basket at random and responding to them.

Elle Cochran is serving her second two-year term on the council. Nava, owner of Media Systems, and Buenconsejo, marketing director for the company that operates Old Lahaina Luau and Feast of Lele, are in their first run for office.

The event, which is open to the public, will be held at the Royal Lahaina Resort Ocean Terrace in Kaanapali.

“We are planning to break new ground with our club by having speakers talk about Hawaiian culture as well as candidates for public office,” Liz May, co-president, said.

For more information, contact May at 669-5200.


Kihei Rotary to host Baker

State Sen. Roz Baker will speak to the Rotary Club of Kihei Sunrise at the breakfast meeting that begins at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Five Palms Restaurant in the Mana Kai Maui Resort in Kihei.

The state senator for West and South Maui will offer a legislative update.

Baker has been in the state Legislature for almost 20 years and is seeking re-election. She is facing Terez M. Amato in the Aug. 9 Democratic primary. If she wins, Baker will face Republican Jared Dubois and Libertarian Bronson Kekahuna Kaahui.

Prior to moving to Hawaii in 1980, Baker was a lobbyist for the National Education Association in Washington, D.C. She graduated from Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University at San Marcos) with a bachelor of arts in political science and speech and a secondary teaching certificate. She also did post-graduate studies at the University of Southwestern Louisiana in Lafayette.

The cost of the breakfast is $22. The public is invited.

For more information, contact club Secretary Joanne Laird at 757-0981 or go to the club’s website at

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Birthday fundraiser set for Blackburn

A birthday fundraiser for County Council candidate Joe Blackburn will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 7 at the Maui Tropical Plantation.

The entertainment lineup includes Na Hoa, the Kekona ‘Ohana and emcee Tony Silva of Da Braddah’s.

There also will be food.

The cost is $20 for adults; $10 for seniors over 60.

Tickets may be purchased at Blackburn’s office at 104 N. Market St. at the corner of Vineyard and Market streets in Wailuku or online at

Blackburn is running against incumbent Mike Victorino for the Wailuku residency seat on the council.


Tsutsui wins IBEW local’s backing

Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui has received the endorsement of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1186 in his bid to keep the seat to which he was appointed in late 2012.

A week earlier, Tsutsui won the backing of IBEW Local 1260.

IBEW has more than 3,400 active members and in excess of 120 signatory contractors statewide.

The union represents workers in construction, telecommunications, public utility, federal government and service industry sectors. Its members are responsible for more than 75 percent of the electrical work done in Hawaii, the union said.

Damien Kim, IBEW’s business manager and financial secretary, said the union backed Tsutsui because of his support for labor and concern for working families.


IBEW local supports Kajiwara-Gusman

Christy Kajiwara-Gusman, who is running for the 5th District state Senate seat that includes Central Maui, has received the endorsement of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1260.

Business Manager Brian Ahakuelo said that “this decision was made because we were looking for a candidate that will without a doubt stand firm and support our members 100 percent, protecting our working- and middle-class citizens.”

The IBEW 1260 membership includes employees with Maui Electric Co., Oceanic Time Warner, Aina Excavation, Young Brothers and workers at the Kihei Tech Park.

Kajiwara-Gusman is challenging incumbent Gil Keith-Agaran.