June 1, 2018

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 see 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).


Wow. This is really interesting. All the results of citizen initiatives in the country in 2016. Amazing.

2016 Election Results:  Ballot Measures

Results on key ballot measures across the US, including legalization of marijuana laws and increases of minimum wage.




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