While many on the Friendly Isle know Manuwai Peters as a kumu and the founder of the Hawaiian Language Immersion Program (HLIP) on Molokai, less may know that he is a candidate for the Molokai seat in the Maui County Council.
“I am running in this race because it is my time to step up and apply my skills to making Molokai a better place for residents,” Peters said, via email.
The Kalama`ula homesteader said he is grateful to call Molokai home. He first started the HLIP on Molokai in 1992, and since then has helped to create immersion programs at Kualapu`u School, Molokai Intermediate School and Molokai High School.…
Molokai-born Ekolu Kalama wears many hats –world champion stand-up paddler and surfer, celebrated musician who just released his first full-length album, owner of surf and lifestyle brand “EK,” father and husband. To add to his already long list of accomplishments, Kalama, who now lives on Maui, has filed for candidacy to run for District 12 (Spreckelsville –Upcountry Maui) of the Hawaii House of Representatives.
Kalama is running as a Republican against Democratic incumbent Kyle Yamashita.
Though Kalama has no formal experience in government or politics, he said he hopes to use this opportunity to “get [his] feet wet and learn the system.”
“It will be a lot of data collection on my part, seeing what the people want to speak up against,” said Kalama of the process of listening to his constituents in order to best represent them.…
Kanohowailuku Helm News Release
Kanohowailuku Helm’s campaign for the District 7 Senate seat went to Maui Thursday morning, July 5. He will be traveling and canvassing on the island through this week. He will appear in the Kalawao Paniolo Parade on July 7 at 9 a.m., at Saint Mary’s Church in Hana the next day at noon, and will be visiting Maui Community College on July 13. Other events are being scheduled and will be posted as soon as times are certain.
Helm will also be walking precincts and holding informal talk story sessions wherever there is interest. Anyone interested in scheduling a talk story, or seeking more information, should post a request on his website, helmforsenate.com, or on HelmforSenate on Facebook.…
In an attempt to aid west end Molokai residents paying some of the highest water rates in the nation, Maui County filed an appeal last year in the state Intermediate Court of Appeals against the utilities of Molokai Properties, Ltd. (MPL), better known as Molokai Ranch. That appeal was recently denied, leaving ratepayers struggling under rates that have been called outrageous.
The appeal, filed last March, contested the Public Utility Commission (PUC)’s decision to approve permanent water rate hikes for hundreds of residents on the west end served by one of the Ranch’s subsidiary utilities, Wai`ola O Molokai. Wai`ola customers in Maunaloa, Kualapu`u, Kipu, Manawainui and the Molokai Industrial Park areas are left paying rates almost five times higher than their bills a few years ago.…
Column by Barbara Haliniak, Hawaii District 7 Senate candidate
Last weekend I was lost in the beauty and hospitality of Hana. Not only did I survive the winding road to Hana, I met a lot of local people who welcomed me unconditionally. I traveled to Hana with my friends Connie and Hanako both from Oahu. Hanako, who graduated from Hana High School, was eager to visit with friends and family and although her parents, the Tanakas, passed on some years ago, the family home still welcomed relatives and friend travelers.
We left Kahului Airport on Friday morning and made our way to Hana via Pukalani and Makawao.…
By Kanohowailuku Helm, District 7 Senate candidate
My campaign for State Senate District 7 is kicking off with two new films this week. They are available on Facebook and YouTube by searching Helm for Senate. The first is images of my life. These will be familiar to Molokai people, but should be helpful to voters in other parts of the district.
While film is no substitute for talking story face to face, the unique challenge of District 7 is to reach voters scattered across three islands and also protect Kaho`olawe. Over the next two months, I will be introducing myself to voters on Lanai, in Hana and upper and lower country Maui.…
IAM President Kanoho Helm to run for Senate
After the legislature’s controversial last-minute passage of Senate Bill 2785, which created the regulatory framework for an interisland undersea electric cable, I Aloha Molokai (IAM) President Kanohowailuku Helm felt the need to fight. The Molokai local recently filed with the state Election Office to run as an independent for Hawaii’s 7th Senate District seat, and said he’s after one simple policy: honesty and transparency in government.
“It’s not anything I ever thought I would do, but I’m pushed to do it because I love my people…It’s time for [my generation] to step up and bring a change,” Helm said.…
Esther Kiaaina News Release
Esther Kiaaina, who has strong family ties to Molokai, is seeking the Democratic nomination for Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District seat.
Kiaaina is a devoted and effective public servant who has dedicated her life to the betterment and improvement of society. Her passion for our communities, deep knowledge of issues and proven record of legislative accomplishments set her apart as a leader who is ready to continue fighting for Hawaii’s families as their Representative in Congress.
Family values play an important role in Esther Kiaaina’s life. Through the inspiration of her late father (Melvin Leialoha Kiaaina from Kalihi, Oahu) and mother (Lorelei Haunani Kiaaina from Kalamaula, Molokai), Esther’s core values include respect, hard work, sacrifice, commitment to community, and faith in God.…
Mahalo to all those who testified in opposition to Senate Bill 2785, a bill which, according to legislators, provides a framework for Big Wind. Legislatures commented about all your calls, letters, visits and emails – we got their attention.
The bill passed at the very last minute, with acknowledgements of our concerns. The senate floor discussion on SB2785 centered on opposition from Lanai and Molokai. Senators Hee, Chun Oakland and Slom voted “no”, and we congratulate and thank them for having courage to say NO. Ten senators voted “with reservations,” which means that a majority of the Senate had problems with this bill.…
I Aloha Molokai News Release
I Aloha Molokai (IAM) has launched a worldwide petition to stop Gov. Neil Abercrombie’s multi-billion-dollar Big Wind Interisland Cable boondoggle. Gov. Abercrombie, Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) and some House and Senate members are now finalizing legislation that would allow the project to fast-track without sufficient environmental analysis or public review.
Noting the project’s huge potential impacts on whales and “critically endangered Hawaiian monk seals – one of the rarest marine mammals in the world – as well as five species of sea turtles, three species of dolphins, and hundreds of other marine species,” the petition adds that the project “will be rubber-stamped without due process – without public input from residents of Hawaii and, not to mention, everyone worldwide who wants to protect whales, sea turtles, seals, and dolphins.”
The cable would be drilled and dynamited through the Hawaiian Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, the Penguin Banks, and world famous Molokai reef, the largest and most pristine coral reef north of Australia.…