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Local Maui Mother Terez Amato Running for South and West Maui State Senate Seat

Terez Amato grew up on Maui and raised her four children here.  Terez Amato said she is, “honored to be the only truly progressive choice in this election for State Senate.”  And she is running because, “Hawai’i deserves a new Senator who is working for the people, not for the corporations and lobbyists that have hijacked our political system.  Maui is not for sale. Our government must always serve our community and protect our environment ensuring that all of Maui’s families share a healthful and prosperous future. That is why I have vowed to never take any money from corporations or lobbyists.”

When asked why run now, Terez Amato said, “We are at a critical point:  It’s time to unite with our neighbors to create new leadership this year. Our families’ future depends on the choices we make today. We must choose wisely: Choose vision, innovation, and leaders who are working for the people, not corporations— because those are the new leaders who are actually working for you. On August 11th the people of Maui will take back their political system!“

“I am honored and humbled by Direct Democracy Hawaii’s endorsement. I am committed to ensuring that the people of Maui and of all Hawai’i have the means to pass meaningful legislation at the state level even when elected officials fail to act. To learn more about my campaign and why I refuse to accept any money from corporations or lobbyists so that the people of Maui know that I only work for them, please visit my campaign website at Mahalo, mahalo, mahalo!

For More information contact Terez Amato at or visit www.TerezAmato.Org


Sept. 15, 2017 Friday

By:  Karen Cobeen

We have been asked why Hawai’i does not have Citizen Initiative for its voters already.  It’s a great question.  The Hawaii Legislative Reference Bureau (or LRB) has provided us with a non-partisan study they did of Hawaii’s last Constitutional Convention in 1978.  The entire document (88 pgs) is really interesting.   But go to the pdf counter page 61 where discussion begins on initiatives.  Supporter and opposition views are laid out.  We found it interesting that those who opposed this voter right felt citizens were not equipped or responsible enough to handle this responsibility (I have paraphrased here).



Ordinary people are getting fed up with their state and federal governments. They’re frustrated with their voices being ignored and elected officials pursuing their own agendas and those of vested special interests.

We are supporting a bill in the Hawaii legislature which would establish CITIZEN INITIATIVE, which is a process of direct democracy which enables citizens to bypass their state legislature by placing proposed laws and constitutional amendments on the ballot in November elections.

The first state to adopt the initiative was South Dakota in 1898. Since then, 23 other states have included the initiative process in their constitutions, the most recent being Mississippi in 1992. Hawai’i does not have this process. It would allow citizens of Hawaii at election time to place new legislation on a popular ballot, or to place legislation that has recently been passed by the state legislature on a ballot for a popular vote to repeal it.

Hawai’i is the only Western state that does not yet have any form of direct democracy. Let’s bring it…