To: "Honolulu Star Bulletin"
Cc: "Honolulu Star Bulletin"
Date: Monday, September 15, 2008, 10:16 AM
REPRESENTATIVE MAILE SHIMABUKURO, DISTRCIT 45
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.
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?
Kupuna ART FRANK
86-363 Kawili St
Wai'anae, HI 96792-2941