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ILWU, HSTA and UHPA endorse Gil Kahele for Hawaiʻi State Senate District One

At least Senator Kahele knew how to show some aloha attire to the world at the 2012 APEC Conference!

Senator Gil Kahele picked up the following endorsements from the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 142 (ILWU), the Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA) and the University of Hawaii Professionals Assembly (UHPA) and sent out this letter this morning to his constituents:

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Yesterday was the last day for candidates to file in this yearʻs upcoming election. As we wait to get the official list of candidates from the Office Of Elections, we are proud to announce that Senator Gil Kahele has received three important endorsements from the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 142, the Hawaiʻi State Teachers Association and the University Of Hawaiʻi Professional Assembly. These three endorsements bring momentum into our campaign and show a broad cross-section of support for Senator Gil Kahele and his candidacy for State Senate District One.

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 142 (ILWU) represents 22,000 workers who are employed in every major industry including: longshore, tourism, agriculture, and general trades industries. (Agriculture includes the sugar, pineapple, macadamia nut, and coffee industries, as well as diversified agriculture)

The Hawaiʻi State Teachers Association (HSTA) represents 13,600 public school teachers throughout the State of Hawaiʻi. Formed in January of 1971, the association that represents teachers in classrooms across our state remains committed to making school a better place for teachers and students alike.

The University of Hawaiʻi Professional Assembly (UHPA) represents nearly 4,000 faculty members at 10 campuses in the University of Hawaiʻi system statewide. Their members consist of instructors, professors, librarians, specialists, extension agents and researchers. Formed in November of 1974 the UHPA encompasses seven Community Colleges, UH-Hilo, UH-Manoa and UH-West Oahu.

“I am humbled and honored to accept the endorsement of the ILWU, HSTA and the UHPA. These endorsements reflect my top campaign issues: jobs and education. The future of our state rests on the shoulders of the working class people of Hawaiʻi and the education of the future generation of Hawaiʻi, our children. The legislature and our state government play a vital role in the success of these individuals and their families and I am proud to represent them in the Hawaiʻi State Senate. If elected, I will continue the mission I started less than two years ago when I took office which remains the cornerstone of my campaign, making government work for the people”

Hauʻoli Ka Manaʻo,
“Happy Thoughts”

Senator Gil Kahele


Gilbert Kahele Announces Hawaiʻi State Senate District One Candidacy

State Senator Gilbert Kahele will be officially announcing his candidacy and submitting his nomination papers on Friday, April 20th at the Hilo County Clerks Office at 8:00AM.

Gil Kahele, who was appointed by Governor Neil Abercrombie to serve as the State Senator for District Two on Hawaiʻi Island last year is a Hilo resident and Hawaiʻi Island native.

He will be running in the newly created Senate District One which encompasses all of Hilo, where he and his family currently reside.

In addition Gil and the Friends of Gil Kahele campaign team will be hosting a grand opening of his 2012 campaign headquarters situated in downtown Hilo Friday evening at 6:00PM.

“It has been an honor and privilege to have served the people of Hawaiʻi Island in the State Senate. Over the last two years, I believe I have succeeded in bringing positive attention to the immediate needs of Hawaiʻi Island and have advanced the case for critical issues such as education, agriculture, transportation and careful budgeting. The relationships I have forged over the last 30 years as a community organizer and my skills as a consensus builder in the Senate have allowed me to be an effective legislator amongst my colleagues. I truly believe East Hawaiʻi and Hilo in particular has tremendous potential and is on the cusp of leading the State and being a benchmark for other communities across our great nation. That is why, after consulting with my family, supporters and constituents, I have decided to run for the Senate District One seat. I am looking forward to sharing my message and vision with the voters of Hilo and am humbled by their consideration to serve as their State Senator

Hawaiʻi State Senator Gilbert Kahele

April 20th 2012
Gil Kahele Filing Nomination Papers
County of Hawaiʻi, Office of the County Clerk, Elections Division
25 Aupuni Street, Suite 1502, Hilo, HI, 96720

Grand Opening of Kahele 2012 Campaign Headquarters
126 Keawe Street, Hilo, HI, 96720