Sunday, August 3, 2008

Statement from Maile


Please re-elect me to represent you in the 45th House District of Wai`anae, Makaha, and Makua. I have represented this district since 2003, and currently serve as the Chair of the Human Services and Housing (HSH) Committee.

I am proud to report that I have secured funding for many critical projects on the Wai`anae Coast, including:

-- Air conditioning and power upgrades for Wai`anae High School ($2m) -- AlohaCare grant for Wai`anae Coast pathway ($5,000) -- Ohana Ola O Kahumana: additional transitional housing units and community center
-- Kahikolu Ohana Hale O Wai`anae: transitional and low cost rentals at Uluwehi ($500,000 operating funds; $1m CIP)
-- Habitat for Humanity
-- Power upgrade for Wai`anae Intermediate School ($400,000)
-- Power upgrade for Kamaile Elementary School ($500,000)
-- Fans for Leihoku, Makaha, Wai`anae, and Kamaile Elementary; and for Wai`anae Intermediate and Wai`anae High School
-- Funding for Wai`anae Maritime Academy
-- Turn Lanes at Nanakuli and Haleakala Avenues ($2m)
-- Building Improvements for Hale Na`au Pono
-- Funding for Empower Wai`anae -- Makaha Surfing Beach: replacement shower
-- $75,000/year for MA`O Farm

I have also authored the following bills that have become law:

-- Rent Supplement Program: added a 3 month period to secure a rental unit to the state rent supplement program
-- Net Energy Metering: increased incentives to participate in the program, which allows residential and small commercial customers to sell back excess energy earned through solar power to HECO
-- Indigenous Architecture: legalized traditional hale, halau, and other native Hawaiian structures for residential and non residential use statewide (Senate companion became the vehicle)
-- Disability benefits: allowed the disabled to claim both physical and mental disability when seeking welfare assistance
-- Good Cause Exemption for disabled: allowed the disabled to claim good cause from requirement to pursue medical treatment
-- Medicaid reimbursement: increased Medicaid/QUEST reimbursement rates for outpatient treatment
-- Due Process for the Needy: required that appeals hearings for welfare recipients be conducted in a fair and impartial manner
-- Artificial Surfing Reef: resolution urged designation of the Wai`anae Coast for an artificial surfing reef pilot project (Senate companion became vehicle)

Please visit my website,, for more information.

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