Colleen Hanabusa’s Mahalo to Our Brothers & Sisters in Labor

Mahalo, everyone! Donʻt forget to vote!

A special message from Colleen Hanabusa to say MAHALO to our brothers and sisters in labor for all their support with Hanabusa for Governor campaign.

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Colleen Hanabusa for Governor

The University of Hawaii Professional Assembly’s board of directors unanimously voted in favor of endorsing Colleen Hanabusa for governor and officially notified her campaign today. UHPA’s political endorsement committee had recommended Hanabusa to the board for consideration.

“Our endorsement was based on input from faculty as well as Colleen’s solid track record of support for public higher education in Hawaii,” said Lynne Wilkens, president of the UHPA board of directors. “We need a governor who is predictable, driven by consistent values, decisive, collaborative, and has the integrity to keep promises — all of the qualities that Colleen has demonstrated during her years as a leader in the legislature and in Congress.”

In the letter of endorsement to Hanabusa, Wilkens noted that affordable housing, quality child care and elder care, and the cost of living consistently top the list of critical issues raised by UH faculty. These concerns are directly linked to the ability to recruit and retain quality faculty to teach and conduct research at the University of Hawaii’s 10 campuses statewide.

Wilkens also noted the UH has been an economic engine for Hawaii, with faculty members attracting hundreds of millions of dollars in research funding from national sources that create local jobs and the development of practical solutions to pressing issues in the state.

“We believe it is important to maintain this diversity of funding sources to ensure our faculty-led research programs remain resilient to economic challenges and not solely dependent upon state support,” she said.

UHPA Endorses Colleen Hanabusa, for Governor

UHPA endorsement is based on faculty input as well as her solid track record of support for public higher education in Hawai‘i.  We agreed we need a governor who is predictable, driven by consistent values, decisive, collaborative and has the integrity to keep promises.  Concerns such as affordable housing, quality child care and elder care and the cost of living are directly linked to the ability to recruit and retain quality faculty.  The UH Faculty has been an economic engine for our state, attracting hundreds of millions of dollars in research funding from national sources that create local jobs and development of practical solutions to pressing issues in our state.  Colleen Hanabusa will advocate for ensuring there are the means to build and keep quality faculty that deliver for our students and our islands.

UHPA Endorses Heather Kimball, Senate District 4

UHPA was pleased to learn that Heather was a former faculty at the University of California and belonged to UPTE-CMA local 9119.  Heather has a strong higher education background.  Heather understands the issue before UHPA with retention and recruitment, research grants, facilities, and the every pending Janus case.  Heather has been serving her community in a variety of areas, as a business woman working in energy conservation, as a paddling coach to her membership in the American Meteorological Society.  These skills will serve UHPA and Senate District 4 well, we are pleased to endorse Heather.

UHPA Endorses Alicia Maluafiti, Senate District 19

UHPA is pleased to endorse Alicia Maluafiti for Senate District 19.  Alicia holds an MA degree in Communications from Hawai‘i Pacific University, where she was a former faculty member, teaching undergraduate courses in communications.  Her experience in community and government relations work spans close to three decades, providing nonprofit organizations, associations, businesses, government entities, and unions with strategic support in communications, public affairs, outreach and education, not to mention grassroots organizing. She was able to discuss goals and objectives that faculty have in a complex and comprehensive manner.  Her understanding of legislative process, Chapter 89, labor concerns, HLRB and the impact of Janus made her the ideal candidate for UHPA.  Alicia has a passion for animals and is currently the President and Founder of Poi Dogs and Popoki, and The Big Fix, operating two mobile clinics that offer low cost spay and neuter services, along with health and wellness services.  Her passion and work in helping to control feral and stray animal populations led to an appointment (and reappointment) to the Board of Veterinary Examiners as a community advocate. Alicia has been an active member of the Ewa and Leeward Communities, and understands how to work collaboratively to accomplish goals.  Her background in working with a variety of constituencies will serve UHPA and the community in Senate District 19 well. 

UHPA Endorses Dean Hazama, House District 36

UHPA is endorsing a new comer to the legislature, Dean Hazama who is running for House District 36.  Dean is not new to serving his community or paying attention to the needs of the State.  Dean has served on the Neighborhood Board for 16 years, 8 of them as the Chair.  Dean is in a highly competitive race, no incumbent and five other candidates. Dean demonstrated a vast knowledge of public union’s policy, procedures, roadblocks, and the current Janus v AFSCME case before the US Supreme Court.  He was also well informed on the issues of retention and recruitment at the University.  These are but a few of the reasons UHPA believes Dean is the best candidate for House District 36.