New Radio Station

St. Theresa celebrates the opening of Immaculate Heart Radio in Hawaii!  Listen in at 740 AM.


Maui Vicar Monsignor Terrence A. M. Watanabe welcomes Bishop Larry Silva, FACE Board member Thelma Akita-Kealoha, and new station managers.

Hawaii DoT Fails to Provide Drivers Test Translations

The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HI DOT) guaranteed the press last fall that they would be rolling our many new translations of the written drivers test before the end of 2013.

Even though the HI DOT made this guarantee to several local reporters and told FACE leaders that they would “do the right thing”, no translations have been offered so far. FACE will keep track as this progresses.

FACE Maui 2014 MLK, Jr. Day Interfaith Service

A leadership team of FACE Maui clergy met November 13 to plan for FACE’s 2014 MLK Day Interfaith Service to be held the evening of Monday, January 20. Rev. Jori Lokboj, Senior Pastor at the Maui Marshallese Ministry, hosted the breakfast meeting at his home in Kahului and Father Bill Albinger, Rector of Holy Innocents Episcopal Church in Lahaina, chaired the meeting.

The theme of this year’s event will be “Economic Justice For All”, and will raise up scripture on this topic from many faiths. The service will be held at Christ the King in Kahului at 6:00pm. All are invited.

This year’s keynote speaker is Rev. Walter Brownridge, Dean of St. Andrew’s Cathedral, O’ahu. An active member of FACE, Rev. Brownridge has decades of experience working for social justice throughout the United States and South Africa where he served as a Canon at St. George’s Cathedral in Cape Town and worked closely with Bishop Desmond Tutu.

Mahalo to all of the Maui Clergy helping to make this interfaith service meaningful for all who care about faith and social justice.

Back row, left to right: Deacon Olery/Chuukese Christian Ministry, Rev. Tasha Kama/Christian Ministry, John Tomoso/Good Shepherd Episcopal, Father Bill Albinger/ Holy Innocents, Father Adondee/ Christ the King. Front row: Kehau Filimoe’atu, Rev. Jori Lokboj/ Maui Marshallese Ministry and Deacon Mark, Chuukese Christian Ministry.

For more information, please contact FACE Maui at 375-9560.

FACE Maui Kicks Off Health Care Sign Ups

FACE Maui signed a contract with the Hawaii Health Connector on November 1 to begin training Maui Kokua. Trainees will help Maui families navigate their new health insurance options under the Affordable Care Act.

FACE Maui Connector Kokua celebrate the completion of their first week of training, left to right: Rev. Ed Gazmen, Jen Chapulsky, Rev. Tasha Kama, Adisina Ogunelese, Nikki Baysa (HI Connector), Kikko Sana Eram, Laurie Fifita, Veronica Teico, Napua Amina, and Inez Okamura.


Ten Maui residents began intensive training November 15 and began public outreach in early December.


Maui-openenrollmentNationally, more than 1 million people have signed up for affordable health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Hawaii’s numbers are lagging, in part because such a high percentage of Hawaii residents already have health insurance under our unique Pre-Paid Health Care Act.

FACE Hosts Jose Vargas

FACE HOSTS PULITZER-PRIZE WINNING FILIPINO JOURNALIST & NATIONAL IMMIGRATION REFORM LEADER JOSE VARGAS More than 200 people from FACE and our ally organizations gathered for the Hawaii premiere of Documented, a film about the life of Jose Vargas, a Pulitzer Prize winner who is also an undocumented citizen. After the film we held a reception where Vargas and community leaders led the group in a conversation about the immigration stories of our family. Vargas has offered to allow FACE to show the movie on Maui. For more information on Vargas and Documented, see the October 16 FilAm Courier cover story. Hawaii Coalition for Immigration Reform held a large talk story about the future of immigration work in Hawaii earlier in October. We have big plans for the coming year!

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas discusses immigration status and family dynamics with FACE Maui leader Dawny Tapuala.

FACE Maui Hosts Annual Monster Mash Halloween Party

This year’s Monster Mash was high-energy family fun! We had Monster Mash Musical Chairs, Gecko Toss, Chef Jo’s Spooky Chili, games prizes, dancing and more at this year’s Monster Mash.

Big Mahalos to St. Theresa Church in Kihei and everyone who helped make this year’s fundraiser a success!


Help Get the Drivers License Test Translated

FACE leaders on Oahu and Maui have been working all year to get an agreement from the State Department of Transportation to restore the written driver’s test translations they cancelled in 2010 and to add Ilocano, Chuukese and Marshallese. You can help by sending a Christmas postcard to the head of the Hawaii DOT. (Download here.) If you print it on cardstock, it does not need an envelope. If you want more copies, call FACE at 375-9560 and we will get you more to distribute.

On September 6, FACE filed a lawsuit in Federal Court against the Hawaii DOT to require them to fulfill their translation obligations. The Hawaii Attorney General’s Office filed a Motion to Dismiss the case and the Motion will be heard December 3. FACE’s September 6 press conference announcing the lawsuit was covered in newspapers across the country and radio stations in New Zealand and Australia. For more information on this campaign, please call Veronica Teico at 283-9240.


FACE held a press conference at the Father Damien Statue at the State Capitol September 6 to announce the filing of our lawsuit against the Department of Transportation for failing to translate the written drivers test.

FACE Kicks Off Four Month Talk Story Campaign

On September 6 & 7, more than 70 key leaders from Maui and Oahu attended a two day training to prepare our 4-month Talk Story Campaign. FACE leaders will be holding more than 70 Talk Stories around the islands.

So far, we have already held 20+ Talk Stories and have many more scheduled.

If you would like help running a FACE Talk Story at your church, temple or organization, please contact State Director Drew Astolfi at 782-3674.


2nd day of FACE Leadership Training, St. John Vianney, 9/7/13.





Hawaii Needs A Raise Actions


FACE has been fighting to increase the state minimum wage for over a year. At our Talk Stories across Maui and Oahu, raising the state minimum wage has been the #1 issue that our members and their families are discussing. In Hawaii, we have not raised our minimum wage for seven years. While rent, gas, food, day care and bus fare go up, our families’ spending power is going down.

Who makes minimum wage? 80,000 workers across the state. Many of our seniors are making minimum wage, and so are our home care aides, security guards and agricultural workers.

Did you know that one of the core demands made at the historic March on Washington in 1963 was to raise the minimum wage to $2.00 an hour? Adjusted for inflation, that would be $15.00 an hour today.

You are invited to the Hawaii Needs a Raise Community Action Tuesday, November 12 at 4:00pm at the State Capitol. Bring signs and call Rev. Bob Nakata at 295-1316 for more information.