UHPA Members Vote to Amend the UHPA Bylaws

The vote was as follows:

Approve – 1,112
Disapprove – 46

To approve the amendments a minimum of 20% of UHPA members must vote. This threshold was met (38.19% voted).

The UHPA Amended and Restated Bylaws are in effect. Thank you for your participation in this effort.

Join us on Monday, January 21, at Magic Island!

Celebrate
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy linking labor, civil and human rights. This
is an important day for union members, especially government employees, because
Dr. King was assassinated in Memphis while supporting municipal garbage workers
on strike.  His legacy of civil rights and human dignity (the Memphis
garbage workers carried signs, “I am a Man”) is an important message
for contemporary struggles linking labor, civil and human rights.

I invite and encourage you to come and walk with UHPA on Monday,
January 21, 2013
in the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade.   Walk in
celebration and collegiality with others continuing the work of Dr. King. All
UHPA members & their families & friends are invited to join us.
Students are welcome!  Strollers, kids on bikes & trikes are also
welcome.

TIME and Place:  Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the small parking
lot next to the canoe storage area at the Magic Island (diamondhead) end of Ala
Moana Park. Assemble and sign in at the UHPA banner.  Wear your UHPA shirt
and/or hat, comfortable shoes and sunscreen. Water will be provided.

The parade begins at 9:00 a.m. from Magic Island, Ala Moana Park and will take
no more than 90 minutes to walk to Kapi’olani Park via Ala Moana Boulevard and
Kalakaua Avenue.

Please feel free to forward this invitation to your colleagues
and students.

UHPA parade coordinators are Teresa Bill and  Eileen Cain.   If
you have any questions, please contact Eileen at eileen@hawaii.edu.

We hope to see you there!

During Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr.’s second visit to Hawai’i, in February 1964, he spoke at Andrews
Amphitheatre at UH-Manoa at the invitation of the Associated Students of UH
(ASUH) as part of their Civil Rights Week.  I’ve attached another photo of him speaking
there.

 
Photo credit: UH Archives, Miyamoto Photographs.

 

Who is UHPA endorsing in the general election?

U.S. Senate
Senator Daniel Inouye

U.S. House of Representatives

1st Congressional District
Colleen Hanabusa

2nd Congressional District
Mazie Hirono

Hawaii State Governor / Lieutenant Governor
Neil Abercrombie / Brian Schatz

Hawaii State Senate
The 25 members of the Hawaii State Senate are
elected to four-year terms without term limits. Terms are staggered by holding
elections for half of the Senate seats at a time to ensure continuity. See list
below for legislative candidates endorsed by UHPA’s Board of Directors. UHPA did not make endorsements in all races. During the next legislative session, UHPA will be reaching out to new legislators to further their understanding of issues important to faculty.

District 2
Ka’u, Puna, Hilo           
Russell Kokubun (D)


District 4

Wailuku, Waihe’e, Kahului, Pa’ia, Lower Pa’ia           
Shan Tsutsui (D)


District 7

Kaua’i, Ni’ihau
Ronald Kouchi (D)


District 9

Palolo, St. Louis Heights, Maunalani Heights, Kaimuki, Kapahulu, West
Diamond Head, Waikiki Gold Coast           
Les Ihara, Jr. (D)           

District 10

Manoa, Mo’ili’ili, McCully, Makiki
Brian Taniguchi (D)

District
11

Makiki/Punchbowl, Ala Moana, McCully

Carol Fukunaga (D)

District
13

Sand Island, Kalihi, Liliha, Nu’uanu, Pauoa, Pu’unui            
Susie Chun-Oakland (D)


District 14

Moanalua, ‘Aiea, Fort Shafter, Kalihi Valley, Halawa
Donna Kim (D)           

District
15

Kalihi, Moanalua Gardens, Salt Lake, Aliamanu, Foster Village, Hickam,
Pearl Harbor, Pearl Ridge, ‘Aiea           

Glenn Wakai (D)


District 20

‘Ewa Beach, ‘Ewa by Gentry, Ocean Pointe, ‘Ewa Villages, West Loch,
Honouliuli, Lower Waipahu           
Will Espero (D)           


District 22

Mililani Mauka, Wahiawa, Hale’iwa, Mokule’ia, North Shore
No endorsement

District
24

Kane’ohe, Kane’ohe MCAB, Kailua, Enchanted Lake
Jill Tokuda (D)

District
25

Kailua, Lanikai, Waimanalo, Hawai’i Kai           
No endorsement

Hawaii State House of Representatives
The Hawaii State House of Representatives consists of 51 members and they are
elected every two years with no term limits. See
list below for legislative candidates endorsed by UHPA’s Board of Directors. UHPA did not make endorsements in all races. During the next legislative session, UHPA will be reaching out to new legislators to further their understanding of issues important to faculty.

District 1
North Kohala, South Kohala, Hamakua, North Hilo, South Hilo           
Mark Nakashima (D)

District 2
South Hilo, Waiakea Kai, Kaumana, Keaukaha           
Jerry Chang (D)

District 3
South Hilo, Panaewa, Puna, Keaau, Kurtistown
Clifton Tsuji (D)

District 4
Puna, Pahoa, Hawaiian Acres, Kalapana           
Faye Hanohano

District 5
Puna, Ka’u, South Kona, North Kona           
Robert Herkes (D)

District 6
North Kona, Keauhou, Kailua-Kona, Honokohau           
Denny Coffman (D)

District 7
North Kona, South Kohala           
Cindy Evans (D)

District 8
Wailuku, Waihee, Waiehu, Puuohala, Waikapu           
Joe Souki (D)

District 9
Kahului, Wailuku, Puunene, Spreckelsville, Paia           
Gilbert Keith-Agaran (D)

District 10
Lahaina, Kaanapali, Kapalua, Maalaea, Kihei           
Angus McKelvey (D)

District 11
Makena, Wailea, Kihei           
Joe Bertrum III (D)

District 12
Pukalani, Makawao, Olinda, Pulehu, Kula, Ulupalakua            
Kyle Yamashita (D)

District 13
Kahoolawe, Molokini, Lanai, Molokai, Keanae, Wailua, Nahiku, Hana           
Mele Carroll (D)

District 14
Hanalei, Anahola, Kealia, Kapaa, Waipouli           
Hermina Morita (D)

District 15
Lihue, Koloa           
James Tokioka (D)

District 16
Niihau, Lehua, Koloa, Waimea           
Dee Morikawa (D)

District 17           
Kalama Valley, Queen’s Gate, Hawaii Kai
No endorsement

District 18
Hahaione, Kuliouou, Niu Valley, Hawaii Loa Ridge, Aina Haina, Wailupe,
Kahala           
Mark Hashem (D)

District 19           
Waialae Iki, Kalani Valley, Waialae Nui, Diamond Head, Kahala
Barbara Marumoto (R)

District 20
St. Louis Heights, Palolo Valley, Maunalani Heights, Wilhelmina Rise,
Kaimuki           
Calvin Say (D)

District 21
Kaimuki, Kapahulu, Waikiki, Ala Wai, Diamond Head            
Scott Nishimoto (D)

District 22
Moiliili, McCully, Kaimuki
Scott Saiki (D)

District 23
Waikiki, Ala Moana           
Tom Brower (D)

District 24
Manoa, Manoa Valley, University
No endorsement

District 25
Tantalus, Makiki, McCully           
Della Au Belatti (D)

District 26           
Dowsett Highlands, Pacific Heights, Pauoa, Punchbowl
Sylvia Luke (D)

District 27           
Nuuanu, Puunui, Liliha, Alewa Heights
Corrine Ching (R)

District 28            
Palama, Downtown, Chinatown, Sheridan
Karl Rhoads (D)

District 29           
Sand Island, Mokauea, Kalihi Kai, Kapalama
Joey Manahan (D)

District 30           
Kamehameha Heights, Kalihi Valley, Fort Shafter
John Mizuno (D)

District 31           
Moanalua Valley, Moanalua, Salt Lake
Linda Ichiyama (D)

District 32           
Lower Pearlridge, Aiea, Halawa, Hickam, Pearl Harbor, Moanalua Gardens
No endorsement

District 33
Aiea, Halawa Valley, Halawa Heights, Aiea Heights           
Blake Oshiro (D)

District 34            
Newtown, Waiau, Pearl City, Waimalu
Mark Takai (D)

District 35           
Pearl City, Waipahu
No endorsement

District 36            
Pearl City, Momilani, Pacific Palisades, Manana
Roy Takumi (D)

District 37           
Mililani, Waipio Gentry
Ryan Yamane (D)

District 38           
Mililani, Mililani Mauka
Marilyn Lee (D)

District 39           
Wahiawa, Whitmore Village, Poamoho
No endorsement

District 40           
Royal Kunia, Makakilo, Kapolei, Kalaeloa
No endorsement

District 41           
Waipahu, Village Park, Waikele
No endorsement

District 42           
Waipahu, Honouliuli, West Loch, Ewa
No endorsement

District 43           
Ewa Beach, Iroquois Point, Puuloa
Jason Bradshaw (D)

District 44           
Honokai Hale, Nanakuli, Lualualei, Maili
No endorsement

District 45           
Waianae, Makaha, Makua
Maile Shimabukuro (D)

District 46           
Kaena Point, Schofield, Mokuleia, Waialua, Haleiwa, Waimea, Pupukea,
Sunset, Kahuku, Kunia Camp, Poamoho, Wheeler, Laie
No endorsement

District 47           
Laie, Hauula, Punaluu, Kahana, Kaaawa, Waikane, Kahaluu, Ahuimanu,
Kaneohe
Jessica Wooley (D)

District 48
Heeia, Haiku Valley, Kapunahala, Kaneohe           
Ken Ito (D)

District 49
Maunawili, Olomana, Enchanted Lake, Kaneohe           
Pono Chong

District 50
Kailua, Kaneohe Bay           
Cynthia Thielen (R)

District 51
Lanikai, Waimanalo
Chris Lee (D)



Background on the Candidates

Senate Seats

Sen. Ron Kouchi (D)

District
7 (Kauai and Niihau)

Sen. Kouchi was recently
appointed interim senator as result of a vacated seat created by the
resignation of Sen. Gary Hooser, who ran for lieutenant governor. 

Sen. Kouchi supports the right to collective
bargaining and union contracts. He also believes high school students should
have the opportunity to attend the UH.

He served for 22 years (11 terms) as a Kauai County Councilman, including 12
years as Council Chair. Currently, he is a registered representative of LPL
Insurance Brokerage Company and the director of community relations for Showe
Land and Marine LLC. Sen. Kouchi was a member of the Legislative Committee of
the Kaua’i Chamber of Commerce and previously served as a lobbyist for the
County of Kauai at the Hawaii State Legislature.

He is a former director of the Kauai Island
Utility Cooperative and the Kauai Visitors Bureau, served on the boards of the
Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital and YMCA, and chaired the Wilcox Health
Foundations capital campaign. He also worked as a legislative analyst for
former Rep. Dennis Yamada in 1982. Sen. Kouchi attended Drake University in Des
Moines, Iowa.

Sen. Donna Kim
(D)

District 14 (Moanalua & Kalihi Valley)

Sen. Kim has been the chair of the House
Ways and Means Committee, and member of the Joint Legislative Investigating
Committee to Oversee the Investigation of the Department of Budget and
Finance’s Handling of the State’s Investment in Student Loan Auction Rate
Securities.

She
was elected to the House of Representatives in 1982.  She later was elected to the Honolulu City Council, where
she served from 1985 to 2000, serving as chair of the Zoning Committee.  She has been in the State Senate since
2000. 

She believes that the UH has the ability
to raise more funds and that tuition grants for foundations can supplement
state funding.


House
Seats

Rep. Mark
Nakashima (D)
District 1 (Hilo)


Rep. Nakashima, a retired public school teacher, was elected to the House in
2008.  This is UHPA’s first
endorsement of him. He believes education should relate to community needs and
would like to see increased partnerships to support public schools.  He also is in favor of budgets being
tied to educators meeting goals for more accountability.

He has been vice-chair of the House
Higher Education Committee and served as a member of the Education, Labor and
Public Employment, Public Safety and Transportation Committees.


Rep. Faye Hanohano (D) 

District 4 (Puna,
Pahoa, Hawaiian Acres, Kalapana) 

She was first elected to the House of
Representatives in 2006 and UHPA has endorsed her before.  She is a retired prison guard and
supports the STEM program and relocating Hawaii inmates in Mainland prisons back
to Hawaii.   She also supports
the UH-Hilo Observatory and public-private partnerships for the UH.

Her past committee assignments have included
Education, Higher Education, Labor, and Transportation. She retired after 25 years from Kulani Correctional Facility
as an Adult Corrections Officer – Acting Captain/Administrative
Lieutenant.  She was served as
State Secretary-Treasurer of United Public Workers and Negotiation Chairperson
for one of the units.


Rep. Denny
Coffman (D)

District 6 (North Kona, Keauhou, Kailua-Kona and Honokohau)

Rep. Coffman was first elected in 2008,
but was not previously endorsed by UHPA. He has served as vice-chair of the
House Energy &
Environmental Protection Committee and member of the Finance; Housing; Water,
Land, & Ocean Resources.

He would like to expand community
colleges to serve Kona and that out-of-state tuition should be increased.  Rep. Coffman is believes that one size
does not fit all when it comes to the EUTF.

He is founding director and officer of
Community Enterprises, a non-profit and non-partisan organization that produces
monthly Kona Town Meetings; actively participated in the Kona Community
Development Plan; is a member of the La’aloa Connector Road Advisory Group; and
active member of the Democratic Party and serves as vice chair for West Hawaii.


Rep. Gil Keith-Agaran (D) 

District 9 (Kahului, Wailuku, Pu‘unene, Spreckelsville, and Paia on Maui) 

Rep. KeithAgaran is currently a partner with
the law firm of Takatani & Agaran
and was appointed to fill the remaining
two-year term of the late Rep. Bob Nakasone, who passed away on December 7,
2008.

The Yale graduate is concerned there the number of Filipino students at the UH
is under represented.  He believes
the bulk of legislative funding should go toward supporting undergraduates at
the UH, with support for transition to jobs.

Rep. KeithAgaran has worked at both the state
and county government levels.  he served as the director of the Department
of Public Works and Environmental Management for the County of Maui from 2003
to 2005. He also chaired the state Board of Land and Natural Resources from
2000 to 2002, and served as its deputy from 1995 to 1998.  He served as a
member of the Kaho‘olawe Island Reserve Commission from 2000 to 2004.  KeithAgaran previously served as director
of the state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations and deputy director
of the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs.

He
has served on the House Committees for Finance, Labor, Public Safety, and
Transportation.

Ms. Daynette “Dee” Morikawa (D)
District 16 (Niihau, Lehua, Koloa and Waimea)

Ms. Morikawa defeated
incumbent Rep. Roland Sagum III (D) and will run against Republican Phil
Sterker in the general election. 
She has been an employee of Kaua`i County for 36 years and is concerned
about job losses and cuts to programs. In her spare time, she enjoys serving as
a coach with her husband.
 

Mark Hashem (D)
District 18 (Aina Haina, Niu Valley)

Mr. Hashem won the
primary election in a four-way race. Rep. Lyla Berg, who ran for lieutenant
governor, formerly represented the district. As a small business owner, Mr.
Hashem believes Hawaii is not business friendly. He would like to build an
economy that will keep growing to create jobs for people here in the
Islands.  Mr. Hashem believes
government funding is critical for education, and that the UH plays an
important role in business, education and research. He also serves a high
school wrestling coach.

House Speaker
Calvin Say (D)

District 20
(St. Louis Heights,
Palolo Valley, Maunalani Heights, Wilhelmina Rise and Kaimuki)

Speaker Say has served as a legislator
since 1976, when he was first elected to the House of Representatives.  He has served as Speaker of the House
since 1999.

He received a bachelor’s degree in education
from the University of Hawaii.

Linda Ichiyama (D)
District 31 (Salt Lake)

Ms. Ichiyama believes education and keeping our neighborhoods safe are
important priorities. She believes funding for the UH should be restored.  She recently graduated from William S.
Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii-Manoa. She earned an
undergraduate degree in international politics from Georgetown University and,
while in Washington, D.C., interned with former Congressman Neil Abercrombie
where she gained policy-making experience on a national level.  During
college summers, Linda returned to Hawaii to volunteer at the First Circuit
Court and Honolulu’s Corporation Counsel.

She
has been involved with Lanakila Meals on Wheels, the American Civil Liberties
Union, the Japanese-American Citizens League, the Moanalua Lions Club and other
community organizations.

Jason Bradshaw
(D)

District 43
(Ewa Beach)


Jason is running against incumbent Kymberly Pine (R).  He believes that a strong economy will
not be possible without a high quality public education system, and this is the
best investment for Hawaii’s future. In addition to support for K-12, he will
also fight to keep college affordable.

He previously
served on the staff of U.S. Senate Commerce Committee for Sen. Daniel K.
Inouye, was a legislative aide in the State House of Representatives, political director for Hawaii State
AFL-CIO, and an Intern with Sen. Daniel K. Akaka’s office and Unite Here! Local
5.


Rep. Pono Chong (D) 


District 49 (Enchanted Lake, Kaneohe)


Rep. Chong was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2004.  He serves as Majority Whip and committee
assignments include Housing; Energy and Environmental Protection; Water, Land
and Ocean Resources; and Legislative Management.  UHPA has previously endorsed him. He is concerned about the
viability of the UH and protecting community colleges. Rep. Chong also would
like to make support of Child Protective Services and cutting tax exemptions
focus areas if elected.

Rep. Denny
Coffman (D)
District 6 (
North Kona, Keauhou, Kailua-Kona and Honokohau)

Rep. Coffman was first elected in 2008,
but was not previously endorsed by UHPA. He has served as vice-chair of the
House Energy &
Environmental Protection Committee and member of the Finance; Housing; Water,
Land, & Ocean Resources.

He would like to expand community
colleges to serve Kona and that out-of-state tuition should be increased.  Rep. Coffman is believes that one size
does not fit all when it comes to the EUTF.

He is founding director and officer of
Community Enterprises, a non-profit and non-partisan organization that produces
monthly Kona Town Meetings; actively participated in the Kona Community
Development Plan; is a member of the La’aloa Connector Road Advisory Group; and
active member of the Democratic Party and serves as vice chair for West Hawaii.

Jason Bradshaw
(D)

District 43
(Ewa Beach)

Jason is running against incumbent Kymberly Pine (R).  He believes that a strong economy will
not be possible without a high quality public education system, and this is the
best investment for Hawaii’s future. In addition to support for K-12, he will
also fight to keep college affordable.

He previously
served on the staff of U.S. Senate Commerce Committee for Sen. Daniel K.
Inouye, was a legislative aide in the State House of Representatives, political director for Hawaii State
AFL-CIO, and an Intern with Sen. Daniel K. Akaka’s office and Unite Here! Local
5.


Rep. Pono Chong (D) 


District 49 (Enchanted Lake, Kaneohe)


Rep. Chong was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2004.  He serves as Majority Whip and committee
assignments include Housing; Energy and Environmental Protection; Water, Land
and Ocean Resources; and Legislative Management.  UHPA has previously endorsed him. He is concerned about the
viability of the UH and protecting community colleges. Rep. Chong also would
like to make support of Child Protective Services and cutting tax exemptions
focus areas if elected.

Proposed Elimination of Federal Earmarks Could Adversely Impact UH Programs

Hawaii has been given the dubious distinction of being the #1 state in the nation with the largest total dollar value of frivolous projects funded by the federal government. But consider the source: the Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW), a 503c non-profit conservative organization, funded by private and corporate interests that are pro-business and anti-government regulation.

The organization, founded in 1984 by J. Peter Grace and Jack Anderson, is on a crusade to eliminate what it considers waste, mismanagement, and inefficiency in the federal government. While it is not a new organization, it has steadily been drawn into the limelight as conservatives have gained Congressional clout. The practice of federal earmarks, which guarantees federal funds for specific recipients or projects, has become a hot topic in Congress these days. The nonprofit has engaged in lobbying on behalf of various interests including the tobacco industry and Microsoft’s battle over open source software.

According to data in CAGW’s latest “Pig Report,” more than $326 million was appropriated to Hawaii for unnecessary, “pork barrel” projects in 2009. It’s a big slap in the face when you consider that these are actually vital programs for our state. Federally funded projects are likely to be front and center in the anticipated Congressional budget battle.  UHPA will continue to monitor these issues through the Hawaii Congressional Delegation and the National Education Association’s federal lobbying activity.

For a complete list of what is under attack at the UH system, including community colleges, go to www.cagw.org to view the Pig Reports by state.