UHPA is please to endorse Speaker of the House Scott Saiki. Speaker Saiki has demonstrated strong leadership through an open door policy, collaborative working relationship and a willingness to listen to opposing views. We look forward to a continue strong relationship
UHPA is continuing to endorse Representative Luke who Chairs the Finance Committee in the State House. Representative Luke has always been willing to meet and discuss the important issues facing UHPA members. Rep. Luke took a strong stand to insure our Bargaining Unit 07 Collective Bargaining Bill was on the agenda for the special session last summer. This made it possible for faculty to receive their increases in 2018. We appreciate all she has done to support faculty and look forward to working with her next session.
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UHPA continues to endorse Representative Richard Onishi. Rep. Onishi is a member of the House Higher Education Committee and brings a vast array of knowledge to the committee regarding retaining and recruiting faculty, the importance of research funding and an understanding of the economic challenges that face our islands. We appreciate the opportunity to work with Rep. Onishi.
With your support UHPA believes David Tarnas will be the next representative for House District 7. He is a former UH Sea Grant Extension Agent for West Hawai‘i. He currently serves as an environmental planner on projects for harbors, farms, fishponds and forest plantations. He is knowledgable in the areas of scientific research facilities and renewable energy projects. He has served the community in various positions from AYSO to Waimea Community Theater. David’s vast experiences and knowledge will be a valuable support UHPA faculty and House District 7.
UHPA is pleased to endorse Dale Kobayashi for House District 23. In the 2016 election cycle Dale came within 71 votes of ousting the incumbent, this cycle the incumbent chose not to even run for re-election. The seat is now vacant and there are five candidates vying to represent House District 23. UHPA PEC had an opportunity to speak with each of the candidates through different venues. We were able to narrow the final interview process down to the top two and then after two rounds of interviews the recommendations was to continue support for Dale. He continues to be involved in the community; chairing the neighborhood board. He has retired as a full time career in the financial arena but has kept his finger on the pulse of Hawai‘i finances and is ready to improve the minimum wage, health fund and take on the tough funding issues facing UHPA and UH.
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.
Lisa Kitagawa is another newcomer to the Legislature and UHPA is pleased to endorse her. Although new to the elected side of the legislative process, Lisa has been working at the legislature for Representative Aaron Johnson, Chair of the Labor Committee. Previously Lisa spent 15 years working in various positions at UH and as a member of UHPA; form CTAHR to Leadership Development and as an APT. Lisa’s time with UH provided her with insight to the needs of UHPA faculty in areas of facilities, recruitment, retention and grant funding. Lisa is also up-to-date on Labor issues that are before the Hawai‘i Labor Relations Board. She understands the struggles of protecting Chapter 89 with the Janus case just around the corner. Lisa’s background will serve her well as an advocate for UHPA and her community. We are excited to endorse Lisa for House District 48.