Friday, November 28, 2008


One of the children from the Ohana Ola O Kahumana transitional shelter in Waianae who participated in the pumpkin carving contest.

Dear Hallowbaloo Music & Arts Festival, and the Arts District Merchant's Association:

Mahalo nui loa to the Hallowbaloo Music & Arts Festival for sponsoring the pumpkin-carving contest for the children of Ohana Ola O Kahumana transitional shelter in Wai`anae on 10/30/08. The children and families had a blast carving the pumpkins.

Thank you very much to the Arts District Merchant's Assn. for the following wonderful prizes you donated, which were delivered to the children on 11/29/08:
-- Lady Bug ring and bracelet; gold mother of pearl beaded necklace (INTO, Inc.)
-- 4 Barrack Obama posters (The Peace Center)
-- Red baseball hat with foreign language messages
-- Tea at 1024 gift certificate for 2
-- 10 Kim Taylor Reece "Keiki" Calendars
-- "Friends" standing photo album
-- 11 black "Good Grief Corner" t-shirts (The Louis Pohl Gallery)
-- 21 yellow "Mardi Gras" t-shirts (Brazilian Cultural Center)
-- Canvas Bag (Ray Ventors)
Special mahalo to Mark Tarone of T-Rx Entertainment, who came up with the idea for the pumpkin-carving contest, and was the overall coordinator.

Thanks also to Marsha Joyner of The Peace Center, who coordinated the donation of the prizes.

You have truly demonstrated that it is better to give than to receive. Happy Holidays!

For more information on the Waianae Pumpkin Carving Contest, visit: or

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Video, Photos & Mahalos for Halloween Spooktacular

Video and photos from the Friends of Maile Shimabukuro "Halloween Spooktacular" event at Leihoku Elementary School on October 25.

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Faith Arakawa
Georgia Campbell
Fred Dodge
Lois Durr
Art Frank
Nalani Fujimori
Don & Delora Hutton
Puna Kaaialii-Ramos
Kapua Keliikoa-Kamai
Kari Laa & Friends
Erika Liashenko & Ohana
Geri Martin
Flo Mayes
Maryellen Monte-Lovelace
Ursula & Richard Robles
Karma Sanchez-Garcia & Friends
Strickland Ohana
Jessie Torres
Eric Uptegrove
Jennifer Waihee
Kristine Yoo
Karen Young
Gwen & James Young
Halloween Spooktacular 2008 Pictures (30 pictures)
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Walterbea Aldeguer
Boys and Girls Club of HI - Waianae
Mildred Burnett & Friends
Jayne Durupan
Kathleen & Val Giffard
Hale Nalu Surf Company
Janelle Hussey
Lowell Johns
Morimoto Ohana & Friends
Tate Mousser
Ohana Ola O Kahumana
Our Children Can Succeed
Julie Rajkowski
Sean Spriggs & Friends
Strickland Ohana
Waianae Coast Comprehensive Hlt Ctr
Waianae Intermediate School
Waianae Lion's Club
Women of Waianae


The Silvas Endorse Maile

The Silva's helped sign wave on Primary Day

The Farnums Endorse Maile

Suzette and Levi Farnum of Captain Bruce Scuba
are concerned about special needs education

'Let Shimabukuro keep helping West side'

Star-Bulletin Letter to the Editor published on 10/24/08
My wife, Carolyn, and I lived on the Waianae Coast for more than 20 years. As an activist at our state Capitol since 1980, I know state Rep. Maile Shimabukuro (Waianae/Makaha/Makua) has done a great job for us because I've worked with her on many issues facing the Waianae Coast and all Hawaii nei for the past six years.

I know for a fact when it comes to education Maile has been at the forefront. She has also done much to help to house the homeless and low income residents on the West side; has been actively involved in helping our na keiki, na kupuna, and native Hawaiians at the state Capitol and in Waianae; and has been active in helping many nonprofits in Waianae to help our kids become hardworking, productive, taxpaying citizens. I love this young lady because she has a great heart, she's sincere and she really cares about us and Waianae.

Please join Carolyn and me in voting for Maile on Election Day. After all, Maile is no ka oi, don't you agree?

Art Frank

Honolulu Advertiser Endorses Maile

SHOPO Endorses Maile

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Mahalo to All My Volunteers!

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Waianae Pumpkin Carving Contest - Oct 31

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Friends of Maile Shimabukuro and Hallowbaloo Music & Arts Festival
Waianae Pumpkin Carving Contest

Maile for Sustainable Fuel

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Becka & Kepa Kaaekuahiwi

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

HI Democratic Women's Caucus Endorses Maile

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Hawaii State Democratic Women's Caucus endorses Maile Shimabukuro.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

GLBT Caucus of Democratic Party Endorses Maile

Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual, Transexual Caucus
of the Democratic Party of Hawaii Endorses Maile

AFL-CIO - Operating Engineers Endorses Maile

HI State AFL-CIO - Operating Engineers endorses Maile.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Maile's Supporters from Many Different Groups

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Invitation to Patsy T. Mink PAC Reception

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Halloween Spooktacular - Leihoku El - Oct 25

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Monday, September 15, 2008

A Letter to the Editor from Kupuna Art Frank

From: art frank
Subject: letters-to-the-editor
To: "Honolulu Star Bulletin"
Cc: "Honolulu Star Bulletin"
Date: Monday, September 15, 2008, 10:16 AM


My wife Carolyn and I lived on the Wai'anae Coast from 1986 to 2006, moving to Honolulu for two years and returning to Wai'anae on June 15, 2008. As an activist at our state capitol since 1980, I know Maile has done a great job for us because I've worked with her on many issues facing the Wai'anae Coast and all Hawaii nei for the past six years.

I know for a fact when it comes to education, Maile has been at the forefront. As an example she helped to fund air-conitioning and power upgrades at Wai'anae High School ($2M); Waianae Elementary ($400K); & Kamaile Elementary ($500K). Maile helped with obtaining fans for all of our schools in the district. Maile was instrumental along with our State Senator, Colleen Hanabusa who co-introduced a bill, "Teacher Induction Program" to fund $1M for new teacher mentoring/orientation program for WHS and its feeder schools. This is very important for our kids because we've always had problems with continuity in keeping our teachers after their probationary period is over. Now we have a better chance of keeping our teachers on the coast thanks to this mentoring/orientation program.

Maile has also done much for housing the homeless/low income residents on the West side at Kahikolu Ohana Hale O Waianae ($500K Op funds; $1M CIP); Habitat for Humanity grant-in-aids; Ohana Ola O Kahumanu: Rent Supplement Program. In Transportation Maile fought for needed funds ($2M) for turn lanes at Nanakuli and Haeakala Ave which will help to prevent accidents. Jobs for our young people have been a constant problem so Maile fought for and obtained grant-in-aid for the Wai'anae Maritime Academy. According to the news media the WMA and its founders do a lot for the kids in Wai'anae, training them to be constructive, productive, tax-paying citizens eventually making a contribution to their communities. MA'O Organic Farm Internship Program with LCC ($75K). Again Maile's hard work in support of this important non-profit is well known through the news media.

I could go on and on but let me close with these facts; Maile has worked hard in Human Services to help the disabled, na kupuna, na keiki, the disadvantaged, native Hawaiian's etc., etc. I personally appreciate Maile's efforts because I am a multi-disabled person, a kupuna, and native Hawaiian raised in Hawaiian Homesteads. I feel our District 45 is fortunate to have Maile Shimabukuro representing us at our state capitol. Please join Carolyn and I in voting for, and sending Maile back to our state capitol. After all Maile is no ka 'oi, don't you agree?

86-363 Kawili St
Wai'anae, HI 96792-2941
PH: 744-3128

Pokai Bay Clean-Up Photos - Aug 29

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MAHALO! to all the hard-working volunteers!
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Sunday, September 14, 2008

Candidates Forum & Back to School Pix (Kapua)

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Photos taken by Kapua Keliikoa-Kamai during the Friends of Maile Shimabukuro "Back to School for Keiki" night at Wai`anae Elementary School on Sep 8 and the Candidates Forum sponsored by Nanakuli High & Intermediate School on Sep 9.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

'Back to School for Keiki' on Sep 8 - Photos

Click any of the photos for a full-size view.Click here to see the slide show from the "Back to School for Keiki" night at Wai`anae Elementary School on Sep. 8, 2008. The event was sponsored by Friends of Maile Shimabukuro.

Maile's 'Back to School' for Keiki Sep 8 Video

Rep. Maile Shimabukuro's "Back to School" for Keiki night was held at Wai`anae Elementary School on September 8 from 6-8PM.

Monday, September 8, 2008


Pictured, L-R: Maile's niece Kayla, son Keani, and niece Kelly.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your generous contributions to my campaign. Whether you have waved a sign, made a phone call, cooked a dish, provided a service, sent a check, or otherwise volunteered, please know that you have made it possible for me to have the privilege of running for office.

With fond aloha,


Hawaii Women's Political Caucus Endorses Maile

Hawaii Women's Political Caucus endorses Rep. Maile Shimabukuro.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Hawaii Teamsters & Allied Trades Endorses Maile

Local 996 endorses Rep. Maile Shimabukuro.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Supporter Suzette Farnum

"For the first time in a long time I feel there is someone I can vote for that not only cares but is willing to take the time to try and make a difference."
-- Suzette Farnum
Owner, Captain Bruce Scuba Charters (Wai`anae)

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Rep. Maile Shimabukuro's Campaign Video

Rep. Maile Shimabukuro
2008 Democratic Candidate for Hawai`i State
House of Representatives
District 45 (Wai`anae, Makaha, Makua)

Pokai Bay Cleanup

Pokai Bay Cleanup

Pokai Bay Cleanup on 29 August 2008, organized by Representative Maile Shimabukuro, Democratic candidate for the Hawaii State House of Representatives, District 45, Wai`anae, Makaha, Makua.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Back-to-School Night on Sept. 8, 6-8pm at Waianae Elementary

Friends of Maile Shimabukuro (FOMS) presents. . .

Now that school has started, let's help our keiki do the best they can!

Monday, September 8, 2008, 6-8pm, Wai`anae Elementary School cafeteria (Maile's alma matter)
-- Keiki games to win school supplies and books
-- Keiki and adult door prizes
-- Dinner served
-- Meet and greet Rep. Maile Shimabukuro

Enjoy Game Booths and Support Fundraisers For:
-- Cornerstone Kids
-- Golden Coast Christian Home School Group
-- Ohana Ola O Kahumana
-- Our Children Can Succeed
-- The Pentecostals of Waianae
-- Waianae Boys and Girls Club
-- Waianae Intermediate School
-- And other groups

Volunteers needed to:

-- Donate school supplies, children and adult door prizes (new or gently used items are ok)
-- Donate pupus and desserts
-- Help with reception, set-up/clean-up
-- Take pictures
-- Provide general manpower

For more information, contact Maile at or call 349-3075

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Sierra Club, Oahu Group Endorses Maile

The Sierra Club, Oahu Group's Randy Ching recently informed Maile that they have endorsed her. Special mahalo to the Sierra Club's outgoing director, Jeff Mikulina. For the past 10 years Jeff has been a tireless and very effective advocate for the environment. He will be sorely missed, and we wish him the best in his future endeavors.

Supporter Lana Keamo

"Thanks for always answering our questions and showing your concern. It's good to have a representative that responds in a personal and professional manner the way that you do. It really shows your Aloha through your work. THANK YOU!!"

-- Lana Keamo, Wai`anae Coast resident

Monday, August 25, 2008

Host Keiki Game Booths & Make $$ for Your Cause

Aloha --

Friends of Maile Shimabukuro is seeking groups (non profits, businesses, government agencies, individuals.etc.) to host keiki game booths at events on 9/8/08 and 10/25/08. Groups will be paid $200-300 for their services.

Groups will be will be expected to bring all necessary tables, chairs, materials, prizes, etc. for their booths (groups will just be provided a space for their game).

The event details are as follows:

1) Back-to-School Night at Waianae Elementary Cafeteria, 9/8/08, 6-8pm
Theme: "Back to School" for keiki
Anticipated amount of children: 100
Payment to game booth hosts: $200

2) Halloween Spooktacular Celebration & Haunted House at Leihoku Elem. cafeteria, 10/25/08, 6-8pm
Theme: Halloween
Anticipated amount of children: 200
Payment to game booth hosts: $300

Both events are free and open to the public. Friends of Maile Shimabukuro will be serving dinner & dessert, and will provide beverages.

Please let me know ASAP if you are interested in this fundraising opportunity for your group, and spread the word.

Aloha, Maile Shimabukuro

First of 3 Homeless Shelters Opened in Wai`anae

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On 20 Aug 2008, in a KHON newscast on the new homeless shelter that opened in Wai`anae, reporter Brianne Randle interviewed Rep. Maile Shimabukuro. Following are excerpts from the report:

"It's obvious to anyone if you just drive down Farrington highway or if you live here how much this project is desperately needed," said Rep. Maile Shimabukuro, (D) Waianae.

It's the third facility opened under an emergency declaration by the governor. The first of three being built on the Leeward coast.

"[The declaration] allowed us to seek funds that otherwise would not have been available," says Russ Saito, State Coordinator of Homelessness.

[It also allowed] the shelter to be built while bypassing various codes and zoning restrictions.

"This project really couldn't have come any sooner," says Shimabukuro. "The emergency shelters are all brimming at the seams."

The shelter is opening just as the city begins more overnight park closures. It's the first step to getting homeless off the beach and into a home.

"Whether its drug and alcohol treatment, mental health treatment, job training, all those things will be combined to help these families transition," says Shimabukuro. "And to really combat this homeless crisis we see on the Wai`anae coast."

Wai`anae Loses Friend of Environment - Katy Kok

From: Gail Gomes
Subject: Katy Kok
Date: Saturday, August 23, 2008, 1:15 PM

Aloha Maile,

Am sad to report the very unexpected and untimely death of Katy Kok. She passed away suddenly in her home on Tuesday.

Her sister, Lori Gossard, is staying at Katy's home and is currently arranging a memorial service. She's looking at sometime in the first full week of September at one of the beach parks. She has promised to let me know so I can try to get the word out via Westside Stories and/or e-mail.
* Per Hans Kok on 9/25 11 am, the family will not put ANYTHING into our newspaper.

Without a doubt, Nani O Waianae and the greater Wai'anae Coast community has lost a great advocate, leader, and friend to the environment

Please share this info with all your contacts and keep Katy's family in your thoughts and prayers through this difficult time.


Gail Gomes
Westside Stories
The PRIDE of the Westside
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Supporters Bill & Natty Prescott

"Maile cares about the welfare of veterans, and she listens to the concerns of the military community."
-- Bill and Natty Prescott
Wai`anae Coast veteran and wife, respectively

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Keiki Events - Games & Prizes - Sep 8 & Oct 25

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Sunday, August 17, 2008

Pokai Bay - Sunset Beach Clean-up - Aug 29, 5-7:30pm

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Friday, August 15, 2008

Maile's July 31 Fundraiser - Andrew's Photos

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Thursday, August 14, 2008

HGEA Endorses Maile

The Hawaii Government Employees Association endorses Rep. Maile Shimabukuro. HGEA, AFSCME Local 152, AFL-CIO, is Hawaii’s largest union with more than 43,000 members statewide. HGEA represents a diverse group of state and county government employees in seven bargaining units — blue-collar supervisors; white-collar employees; white-collar supervisors; educational officers; University of Hawaii administrative, professional and technical employees; registered professional nurses; and professional and scientific employees. HGEA’s mission is to preserve and advance employee rights and benefits through collective bargaining, legislative advocacy and political action.

Supporter Deke Law

Deke Law is a teacher who is currently working on bringing more computer-based education to Wai`anae's students.

100+ Supporters of Maile

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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Supporter Mel Pu`u

Mel Pu`u was Maile's first tandem surfing partner. He is a champion waterman as well as a musician, doting husband and father, and active community member. Each year Mel hosts "Brada Mel's Canoe Surfing Championships" at Makaha Surfing Beach to raise funds for his friend's medical bills.