Passage of Amendment 12 Scores Historic Win for Maui Water Rights For years plantation owner Alexander & Baldwin paid almost nothing to use majority of island’s water

Posted by - March 28, 2023

With the historic November 2022 passage of Charter Amendment 12, establishing the East Maui Community Water Authority, there is hope, for the first time in 145 years, that the people of  Maui will finally gain control over the island’s largest public water source.  “The water leases are up for grabs, and the DLNR (Department of Land

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How to Buy an Election on Maui Almost $1 million from pro-development interests has been raised to defeat three progressive Council candidates

Posted by - November 2, 2022

As part of a broad effort to reverse progressive legislation introduced by the current Ohana member-dominated Maui County Council, a new record has been set for the amount of money donated by an Oahu-based organization to buy three Council seats and a pro-development majority in the coming election. A mind-blowing total of almost one million dollars

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‘Onipa’a 2022 Candidates Unite Against Pro-Development Millions Flooding Council Election Johnson, Paltin, Rawlins-Fernandez, Sinenci, Ahia, Boone, Hocker, and Knox fight to preserve Maui’s five person progressive majority

Posted by - October 17, 2022

As Maui’s electorate prepares to vote for County Council candidates a clear choice has emerged. Eight progressive candidates have united as ‘Onipa’a 2022 on a platform of protecting our island’s fragile resources are facing off against a group of corporation-friendly candidates seeking to turn back the clock to the days when developers and agrochemical companies

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Vote Yes on Charter Revisions Passed By County Council Term limits & new Dept. of Agriculture for sustainable future to transition Maui out of plantation era policies on the ballot

Posted by - October 8, 2020

Passed by a majority of the Maui County Council, the 7 charter amendments on the November ballot, were authored by Kelly King, Shane Sinenci, and Keani Rawlins-Fernandez. Only Yuki Lei Sugimura and Riki Hokama voted against putting any of  the amendments on the ballot, while Tasha Kama voted no on four amendments, including those for

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Mainland SuperPACs & Old Guard Try to Stop Important Charter Amendments Offshore money floods Maui to stoke fears and thwart people-powered Democracy

Posted by - October 6, 2020

Banners urging Vote NO on all Maui County Charter Amendments are proliferating around Maui, while an off-island Super PAC is also disseminating more fear during this trying pandemic imploring support for the conservative old guard that has ruled Maui politics. The dubious Vote NO campaign has ramped up scare tactics alleging that 7 new amendments

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Maui Ohana Slate Surges to 5-4 Council Victory with New Activist Energy Keani Rawlins-Fernandez Says She Will Support Kelly King as Council Chair to Implement Progressive Solutions

Posted by - November 8, 2018

A major victory for Maui Ohana candidates in Tuesday’s election is likely to signal a sea change in direction for Maui’s County Council. Even though former council member and old guard Mike Victorino defeated Ohana candidate Elle Cochran in the mayor’s race, a majority of Ohana candidates were ushered into power in the Council. The

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Out of State Real Estate Donors Back Incumbent Stacey Crivello to Expand Mokoka’i Short Term Rentals Challenger Keani Rawlins-Fernandez Thinks It's Time For A Change on Moloka’i on Election Day

Posted by - October 18, 2018

For many years Maui County Council Member, Stacey Crivello, who is running for reelection next month, has positioned herself as a champion of the people of Moloka’i. This longtime career politician, a key member of the “old guard” pro-GMO majority in Maui’s current council, is now facing questions about her support for expanding Mokoka’i’s restrictions

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Maui’s People-Powered Candidates Poised to Take Majority in 2018 County’s Monsanto-Boosting Old Guard Establishment May Lose its Majority Stranglehold in Historic Election

Posted by - July 26, 2018

The upcoming 2018 Maui election offers an extraordinary, historic opportunity to change the power structure that has limited progressive change on our island. The Maui Ohana wing of the County Council – Elle Cochran, Alika Atay and Kelly King – is poised to be joined by another wave of reformist candidates seeking to take Maui

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New Harmful Pesticide Bills Offer Hawai’i Hope The Battle Against Toxic Pesticides Has Met With Little Legislative Action Until Now

Posted by - February 27, 2018

    The fight against the harmful use of pesticides in Hawai’i has been a slow and strenuous battle. From birth defects reported on Kaua’i to the federal court overruling the SHAKA Movement-lead GMO moratorium, the battle against pesticides has been met with little, or at least not sufficient, legislative action. But, as of this

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