Why UHPA Endorses Brian Schatz

U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz represents a fresh, new era for Hawaii in Congress since the retirement of Sen. Daniel Akaka and the passing of Sen. Daniel Inouye.  He offers a fresh perspective and new insights on key issues affecting UH faculty, students, and the local economy.

Making Headway in Congress
When he was appointed U.S. Senator, he immediately reached out to UHPA and our members to ask how he could help address the university’s budgetary concerns. He has proven he can effectively make headway on federal legislation that affect us in Hawaii and will continue to look after the best interests of Hawaii, now and in the long term.

Advocating for Affordable College Education
For example, he introduced the College Affordability and Innovation Act of 2014, which supports colleges that provide an affordable, high-quality education. He also sponsored a bill to let student borrowers refinance their student loans at lower interest rates as a way to make their college debt more manageable after graduation. Sen. Schatz also helped to pass another bill to cut the interest rate of student loans in half.

Long-Term Impact for Hawaii
Sen. Schatz serves on the Senate committee for commerce, science and transportation, which oversees policies and legislation that have many implications for our island state. He also serves on the committee that addresses Native Hawaiian concerns.

Why UHPA Endorses Mark Takai

Mark Takai is running against Republican Charles Djou for the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressional District 1. This district covers urban Honolulu, from Hawaii Kai in to Waipahu in west Oahu and Mililani in central Oahu. The district also includes Aiea, Pearl City and Waimalu.

Supporting Affordable A College Education
If elected, one of Takai’s priorities will be to create better paying jobs by closing the gap between the 1% and everyone else by raising the minimum wage, by making college more affordable, and by strengthening the middle class.

He is a proud University of Hawaii alumnus. He received a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s of public health degree in health education, both from the University of Hawaii.

As chair of the House Committee on Higher Education in the State Legislature, Takai was instrumental in creating the Hawaii College Savings Program to make college more affordable for Hawaii’s working families. The 529 College Savings Program allows parents to save money for their children’s college education and earn tax-free interest on the savings.

Working Across Party Lines
During his 20 years of service as a State Legislator, Mark Takai showed that he can work collaboratively across the party lines to promote bipartisan legislation that result in policies that benefit Hawaii residents. If elected to Congress, he has pledged to be a voice of reason in search of practical solutions to our nation’s most pressing problems. He believes too many in Congress, both Democrats and Republicans, are placing partisan rhetoric ahead of national interest.

Reducing Our Nation’s Deficit
Takai believes that Congress must make hard decisions about the nation’s increasing deficit. He proposes a multi-faceted approach to restore the nation’s economy that includes reducing government spending, identifying additional savings opportunities and creating an equitable system that will balance the budget and forge a sustainable fiscal path.

Oahu Island Schedule for Ige-Tsutsui

Aloha,

The Oahu Team Ige-Tsutsui is ramping up with just 26 days to Election Day and we have some several unique campaign events! Come out for one or all of these activities over the next four days.

Statewide, check out Sunday’s event below, David Ige 2.0, where David will visit you live, on-line in your home!

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 9

Andagi Challenge & Friend-to-friend Card Party!

Bring your address books to fill out friend-to-friend cards, and be ready to be the judge of our Andagi challenge, one group of chefs includes the Ige brothers!

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Oahu Headquarters
1110 University Avenue
For more information, call 462-4567

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2014

Circle of Extraordinary Women for Ige Rally

You’ll want to be a part of this energetic circle that is growing with each event! Join David and Dawn, and special guest Congresswoman Mazie Hirono, infamous emcee Andy Bumatai, some surprises, the Wayne Kaiwi Trio, and great food!

5:00 PM
Koolau Ballrooms
45-550 Kionaole Road
Kaneohe, HI.
$40 Contribution. Purchase your tickets here. Or RSVP to dawnige@davidige.org to reserve your space!

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2014 (Statewide)

David Ige 2.0 Live! Online!

David, named one of the tech-savviest legislators in the U.S. in 2014, is making room for more people to Join the Conversation by taking his famous coffee hours and going virtual with them across the state!

Join the statewide conversation live on the internet or at our Oahu headquarters. Ask questions, interact in real time, and enjoy hearing about David Ige’s plan for Hawaii’s future.

Or, join us at our Oahu headquarters for some ono food and tech support, too!

4:00 to 5:00 PM (3:45 login for instructions)
From the comfort of your own home (invite your friends over!)
For More Information: www.davidige.org/connectup

Ewa-Waipahu Rally

Come out for a great festive time in Waipahu. Let’s rally the troops and gear up towards victory on November 4, 2014.

6:00 to 8:00 PM
Waipahu Intermediate School
94-455 Farrington Hwy.
RSVP via our website: davidige.nationbuilder.com/calendar

(And remember we have ongoing signwaving, phonebanking and canvassing with some great groups of volunteers, too! Visit the campaign event webpage: http://davidige.nationbuilder.com/calendar)

Hawaii Island Schedule for Ige-Tsutsui

Aloha,

Hawaii Island Team Ige-Tsutsui is happy to share that there will be more chances for you to meet David Ige over the next few days. If you’re a Hawaii Island resident, or visiting us, please join David at one of the events below. Please come out and show your support!

Monday, October 13

Mass Signwaving!!
Honokohau Intersection
4:00 PM- Gather
4:30 to 5:30 PM Signwaving

Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce Forum
6:00 PM (doors open to public at 5:30 PM, no reservations required
Submit candidate questions by Friday, October 10 to: info@kona-kohala.com
Ige Tee-shirts may be worn at the forum
For More Information: (808) 329-1758

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Hilo Stew & Rice Rally (complimentary)
Meet David Ige and Shan Tsutsui
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Aunty Sally’s Luau House
For More Information:
(808) 895-4447 or (808) 960-9800

Steve Bader
Hawaii Island Coordinator

http://davidige.nationbuilder.com/

Jarrett Keohokalole for House District 48

As an alum of the UH Manoa (2006, Journalism) and the William S. Richardson School of Law, I fully understand the importance of making sure that Hawai’i maintains a quality higher education system.  Throughout my campaign, I have made a point of emphasizing that I want our state to be a place where families can raise their children and not be forced to leave to find a good paying job, or an affordable home, or  quality education for their kids.  That means ensuring that UH is a first-rate resource for Hawai’i that can provide the education to develop cutting-edge businesses, to protect our unique natural and cultural assets, and to foster the next generation of leaders.

Education has been a top priority of my campaign and, if elected, it will be a top priority in my office.  I look forward to working with the university, its faculty, and its students to make sure that UH has the resources and support it needs to provide the quality education that the people of Hawaii need and deserve.  This means working with all stakeholders in our university system to make sure we are developing learning environments that account for our unique place in the world while also stressing cooperation, transparency, and accountability.

IGE / TSUTSUI Sign-Waving Schedule

The David Ige for Governor/Shan Tsutsui for Lt. Governor sign-waving schedule on Oahu for the next two weeks is below:

Thursday, October 2 (4:00 – 6:00 pm)
Kaimuki/Kapahulu – Kapahulu Ave., fronting Safeway
Park in shopping center (please patronize restaurants and stores)

Friday, October 3 (4:30 – 6:30 pm) Two Locations
First Location:  Kapolei – Farrington Hwy./Makakilo Dr. (which turns into Fort Barrette Rd.) intersection (near Chili’s as well as across street near Walmart)
Parking in either shopping center (please patronize restaurants or stores)

Second Location: Makakilo – Makakilo Dr./Palailai St./Kulihi St. intersection (above St. Jude Catholic Church) Street parking on side streets off of Palailai St. and Kulihi St.

Monday, October 6 (4:00 – 6:00 pm)
Salt Lake – Ala Puumalu St./Ala Hahanui St. intersection; Ala Hahanui St./Ala Napunani St. intersection (before and during fundraiser at Honolulu Country Club, which begins at 5:00 pm)
Street parking

Tuesday, October 7 (4:30 – 6:30 pm)
Honolulu – South King St., fronting KHON, 88 Piikoi St. (before debate, which begins at 7:00 pm)
Street parking.  If you park in Ala Moana Shopping Center, please patronize restaurants or stores

Wednesday, October 8 (4:00-6:00 pm) Two Locations
First Location: Mililani Town – Meheula Parkway/Kuahelani Ave. intersection (Street parking)

Second Location: Mililani Mauka – Meheula Parkway/Ainamakua Dr. intersection, near McDonald’s
Park in shopping center parking lot (please patronize restaurants and stores)

Thursday, October 9 (4:00 – 6:00 pm)
Waipahu – Farrington Hwy. (West to Waipahu)/Kamehameha Hwy. (North to Waikele) split (aka Waipahu Triangle)
Parking in Waipahu Triangle and along Farrington Hwy.

Friday, October 10 (4:00-6:00 pm)
Pearl City/Aiea – Kaahumanu St./Moanalua Rd. intersection
Street parking and parking in lot mauka of former Ige’s Restaurant

Saturday, October 11 (3:00 – 5:00 pm) before U.H. football game
Staging underneath the freeway in the Stadium Mall parking lot, Kahuapaani St./Salt Lake Blvd. corner. Signs, t-shirts, snacks, and water will be available.
Sign-waving near Aloha Stadium – Kahuapaani St., Salt Lake Blvd.

Please contact us (contact information below) to let us know if you will be sign-waving on any or all of the dates listed above. In addition, we ask that everyone, including our Neighbor Island supporters, share this e-mail with Oahu family and friends.  Mahalo!

Hubert Minn
Grassroots Coordinator
Cell: (808) 753-1581
E-mail: minnh001@gmail.com

Gordon Arakaki
Grassroots Coordinator
Cell: (808) 542-1542
E-mail: gordonarakaki@hawaiiantel.net

Mark Takai Sign Waving/Canvassing Schedule

Come out and show your support for Mark’s Campaign for Congress.

Sign-waving this Saturday, October 25, at the UH Football Game from 2 to 5 pm.
Location: the corner of Salt Lake Blvd and Kahuapaani Street. Right near Aloha Stadium

Click here for a listing of times and locations of his other upcoming sign waving and canvassing events.

Mahalo for your continued support!

Marilyn B. Lee for State House District 36

As the mother of a college professor who works at a public university, I understand many of the issues facing University faculty.

The University of Hawaii is vital to the prosperity of our state, and to the preparation of informed, involved citizens. The University is first and foremost an academic institution.

If elected, I will do all I can to support and strengthen the University’s faculty, particularly in the area of salary. Institutional resources must be committed to incentive programs, which support faculty development in the areas of teaching, research and service.

I am a strong supporter of the concepts of academic freedom and tenure.

What Goes Into a Congressional Candidate Endorsement?

 

The interviews with congressional candidates covered a broad spectrum of issues including:

  • Federal funding for academic programs and research as well as student financial aid;
  • The role of accrediting agencies; and
  • The erosion of employee rights across the nation and in Hawaii

You can rest assured that UHPA’s Political Endorsement Committee conducted a rigorous interview process of the candidates before making any recommendations for endorsements. Click here for a list of endorsed congressional candidates.

You can watch the interviews of those who agreed to be videotaped by viewing the YouTube Playlist: