Recognizing our future young leaders
2022 HHSAA Track and Field Champions & Pukalani Elementary STEM Imagineers
Kaylee Hashimoto Volner, Upcountry athlete and 2022 Island Movers/Hawaii High School Athletic Association State Track and Field Champions
On September 20, the County Council honored the 2022 Hawaii High School Track and Field champions from Maui County, including Seabury Hall’s Kaylee Volner. Volner captured the 3,000-meter run at the HHSAA state championships on May 14, 2022. Also honored were Maui High School’s Kaimana Cantere, who won the 800-meter run, and Baldwin’s Justin Kahalewai and Joseph Randolph, who won the 110-meter hurdles and the 100-meter dash respectively.
Volner is currently a Freshman student-athlete at Santa Clara University. She is currently in her first collegiate Cross Country season and will also be a member of the Track & Field team in the Spring. Congrats and Good luck, Kaylee!

Photo: State Rep. Kyle Yamashita, State Rep. Troy Hashimoto, Mrs. Joycelyn Victorino and myself honoring Kaylee at Seabury Hall.
Pukalani Elementary STEM Imagineers, Robotics
On Friday, October 7, the County Council honored the Pukalani STEM Imagineers Robotics Team for their outstanding showing at the 2022 Hawaii Vex Robotics Middle School State Championship. The State-level event was held on February 21, 2022 at Kamehameha-Kapalama. Kalama Intermediate School students Brayden Kitagawa, Ashton Senamontry, Aaden Tokushima, Abigail Tomayosa, and Nevin Whener, along with Jarius Vierra-Naleieha of Kamehameha School Maui and Wesley Kosaka of Seabury Hall combined to make two teams that both qualified for the World Championships. The World Championships were held May 3-12 in Dallas, Texas. They were coached by teachers Debbie Hisashima and Jasmine Domingo.
FY 2022 - 2023 Budget, Upcountry
The FY2022-2023 Budget began on July 1, 2022. As we approach the mid-year mark, here are some highlights for Upcountry.

Department of Housing and Human Concerns
  • A portion of $100,907 for Pediatric Therapies Hawaii - occupational and physical therapy for Upcountry and West Maui minor (portion of monies to be used for a Mediation Services grant as well)
Mayor’s Office of Economic Development
  • $140,000 for Economic Development & Cultural Programs
  • $450,000 for the Kula Ag Park to fund UV treatment to meet vegetable cleaning process and environmental clean-up
Department of Parks & Recreation
  • $22,000 for a new security system at Upcountry Pool
Department of Public Works
  • $150,000 to continue removal of high risk eucalyptus trees (Upcountry)
Department of Water Supply
  • $200,000 for Upcountry Maui Well. A grant from the State, administered by DLNR, to develop ground water sources for State of Hawaii projects and the County of Maui
  • New Equipment Purchases
Department of Fire & Public Safety
  • Tanker Truck w/ Equipment
Capital Improvement Projects
  • Included in $9,780,000 for Countywide Road Resurfacing and Pavement Preservation
  • Lower Kula Road Pavement Reconstruction
  • Pukalani Terrace Subdivision Pavement Reconstruction (Halaulani/Hanalani/Ehilani/Ikalani)
  • $500,000 for Upper Kula Transmission Improvements
  • Replacement/Upgrade of portions of the Upper Kula Trasmission damaged during the 12/05/2021 severe weather event that damaged portions or transmission waterline serving the upper Kula region
  • Included in $4,700,000 for Countywide Water Facility Improvements under the Department of Water Supply
  • Upcountry Treatment Plant Study
Voter guide to the Voter County Charter Amendments
This year’s general election ballot contains 13 proposed amendments to the County Charter. They are complex and I encourage all of you to learn about the proposals via the Charter Commissions’ voter guide that can be accessed here:
and via the County Auditor’s financial analysis that can be found here: 
Water Authority,
Charter Amendment
In our committee discussion, I voted “NO” on the charter amendment to create a water authority because I believe more comprehensive information is needed before this is enacted. I support the County of Maui's Department of Water Supply to oversee water collection and delivery for our residents.

During the charter amendment deliberation, I asked what is the feasibility and cost analysis of this amendment? What is the overall plan? No definitive answers were given.  

On October 7, 2022 in The Maui News, the County Auditor said the cost of the water authority amendment is “unknown” due to "yet-to-be-determined factors." The cost to the taxpayers and more important to me, is to not stop water delivery to the 10,324 water users in Upcountry.

I urge you to read more and consider the effects of all charter amendments before voting.
Open Space Acquisitions
The County recently received 45 acres of park lands and open space via donation from Alexander & Baldwin. 
  • Baldwin Beach Park (Kapukaulua), 17.5 acres 
  • Baby Beach (Wawau Point), 10 acres
  • Shoreline between Mama’s Fish House and Ho‘okipa Beach Park, 3.9 acres
  • 2 parcels adjacent to Hoaloha Park in Kahului, 2.9 acres
  • Rainbow Park on Baldwin Avenue, 2.4 acres
  • Land adjacent to Hana Highway at Maliko Gulch, 1.4 acres
  • Dairy Road Parcels totaling 6.9 acres