Renee Ing: Housing Shortage Demands Emergency Response

  Photo:  Kahauiki Village on Nimitz Highway is a possible model for affordable housing in Hawaii.   by Renee Ing ~ Green Party candidate for Hawaii lieutenant governor. Building low-cost affordable homes on government-owned land can greatly reduce prices. Homelessness has reached crisis proportions in Hawaii. Neal Milner hit it on the nose in Civil Beat (“Treat Hawaii’s Housing Shortage Like The Disaster It Is”). We must treat the housing shortage as an emergency — like the Big Island crisis — and that attitude “needs to drive housing policy” with out-of-the-box thinking.  Land is expensive in Hawaii — a huge obstacle to affordability. The cost of the land under our housing is generally 50 percent to 75 percent of the unit’s total cost. Half the land in the state is government land, and Hawaii already allows affordable housing on leased government land in many locations. When Eric Gill recently asked Gov. David Ige to allow Local 5 to build their affordable housing on state land, the governor was amenable... Read more: https://www.civilbeat.org/2018/07/campaign-corner-housing-shortage-demands-emergency-response/

VOTE SHISHIDO IN NOVEMBER

Melissah (Mish) Shishido is on the 2018 Maui County General election ballot as a candidate for State Senator, District 06. Video: Melissah (Mish) Shishido: Meet the Candidates Primary 2018 https://vimeo.com/279152494   Primary Election Results 2018:*See highlights from the final summary reports, which are posted below. https://mauinow.com/2018/08/11/maui-primary-election-results-2018/#.W3CCQTdVyY4.facebook When the final Maui Summary printout was released, Roz Baker had edged out challenger Terez Amato by just 106 votes for the Senate District 6 Democratic primary in what was one of the closest races of the night. Baker will face Green Party challenger Mish Shishido in the November general.  (MauiNow.com)    

Candidate Q&A: Jen Mather State House D10

“Hawaii is seemingly so progressive and yet it lacks direct democratic referendums or initiatives.I wholly support citizens actively taking part in policymaking.” The following came from Jen Mather, the only Green candidate for the state House of Representatives District 10, which covers West Maui, Maalaea and North Kihei. Read the Q&A here: Honolulu Civil Beat:  https://www.civilbeat.org/2018/07/candidate-qa-state-house-district-10-jen-mather/ More about Jen Mather:  http://www.jen4ten.com/   Watch Video:  Jen Kamahoʻi Mather: Meet the Candidates  https://vimeo.com/279151797?ref=fb-share&1

MELISSAH SHISHIDO files for 6th District Senate seat

Kihei resident Melissah Mish Shishido has filed nomination papers as a Green Party candidate for the 6th District Senate seat held by West and South Maui Senator Roz Baker.In an announcement, Shishido says she’s a grass-roots candidate who had been a high school teacher on Oahu for 21 years. She said she continues to tutor students on Maui and on other islands via the internet.Shishido is a student at the University of Hawaii Maui College, pursuing a degree in education. “She thinks globally and will act locally,” her announcement says.She said she’s heard about community issues by volunteering for the past four years at the Kihei Fourth Friday event.For more information, visit www.voteshishido.com or contact her campaign at voteshishido@gmail.com.

JEN MATHER files for Maui's State House District 10!

On Maui, we have a choice! Jen Mather is running as the Green Party of Hawai`i Candidate for Maui's State House District 10, representing Lahaina, Ma'alaea, and North Kihei. "People are going to ask this question over and over again: Why are you running? My answer is simple - to give people a choice, to make sure that our residents know that they, too, can run; they can make a choice to put themselves forward and voice their community's needs. I believe in making spaces for new representation and authentic voices."

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PETITION: Protect our Coral Reefs ~ Ban Toxic Chemicals in Sunscreen

The Green Party of Hawaii supports legislation to protect our reefs, by banning toxic chemicals in sunscreens. CORAL REEFS vs SUNSCREEN:  A chemical called oxybenzone which is found in sunscreen is decimating coral reefs, making coral more susceptible to bleaching.  More than 50 percent of coral off the West Hawaii coastline has bleached and possibly died this summer. Any small effort to reduce oxybenzone pollution could mean that a coral reef survives a long, hot summer, or that a degraded area recovers.  While there are a lot of things we can’t do anything about, this is one thing we can do right now for the environment.  For further information about sunscreens and protection our oceans, visit the researchers at marinesafe.org CLICK TO SIGN THE PETITION: Ban Toxic Chemicals in Suncreen! Reef-safe zinc-oxide based sunscreen vs. the damaging effects of sunscreen with oxybenzone:

Green Party of Hawai'i Formally Endorses Legislative Bills To Establish Single Payer / Universal Healthcare In Hawai'i

One of the 10 Key Values of the Green Party of Hawai’i is single payer or universal healthcare for all. It is also uniformly supported by international Green Party organizations. The Green Party of Hawai'i gives its enthusiastic support and endorsement of SB1269 and HB129 as currently before the Hawai'i State Senate and House. In addition, the Green Party of Hawai’i is joining with other persons and groups seeking to promote state-based universal health care in Hawai’i and protect Hawai’i’s independent healthcare planning agency, the Hawaii Health Authority, which the Ige administration and powerful legislators are trying to abolish. Continue reading

Press Release

The Green Party of Hawai'i supports the recounts of the U.S. Presidential election sponsored by Jill Stein.  This was an unprecedented election in many ways and demanded closer scrutiny. To this day revelations continue surrounding various factors that unfairly affected our national election and the recounts were a way to help reassure Americans about the veracity of the election. At the same time the GPH also supports the upcoming Women's March on Washington. The idea came from a grandmother on Maui and has grown to a national movement to protest Donald Trump's treatment of women and has been expanded to include concerns about racism, xenophobia and the targeting of Muslims and gays. The new president needs to know he will be held to a higher moral standard than the outrageously offensive statements he has made in the past and during his campaign. The Office of the President of the United States deserves no less.  The Green Party of Hawai'i