Maui News

PICO Training and Aston Waikiki Action

FACE Hawaii — with members from both Oahu and Maui — had a wonderful two day training this past weekend on community organizing offered by the PICO (People Improving Communities through Organizing) National Network. The training was focused on recognizing the roles of privilege and power, creating trust between the members our organization, the importance of sharing our stories, and turning those stories into action. This training was put to work on Friday night, when we joined UNITE HERE! Local 5 in a prayer vigil for ‪#‎Aston‬ Waikiki hotel workers fighting for dignity on the job.

Friday night’s action included a peaceful protest in the lobby and on the front steps of the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel, where workers are saying they have been harassed and discriminated against for organizing to create a union, and are protesting labor practices and low wages.

Related news coverage from earlier this year about the workers:…/workers-at-aston-hotels-in-wai…



Face Candidates Forum On Affordable Housing For Maui’s Working Families


FACE Candidates Forum on Affordable Housing at Christ the King: From L to R: Deacon Stan Franco, Rev. Tasha Kama, Don Guzman, John Fitzpatrick, Ka’ala Buenconsejo, Elle Cochran, Joseph Blackburn, Nick Nikhilananda, Mike Molina, Joe Pontanilla. FACE would like to thank all of the candidates who attended this community event!

FACE Maui held a Candidate Forum October 14 for County Council candidates. The event was titled “Affordable Housing for Maui’s Working Families”.

FACE leaders Rev. Tasha Kama, Deacon Stan Franco, Napua Amina and Father Gary Colton helped lead the event which aired lived on Akaku. Thanks to Christ the King for hosting this important community event.

You can watch FACE’s Candidate Forum on Vimeo:

FACE Acts to Protect Workforce Housing Ordinance

FACE leaders are working hard to protect and even enhance Maui’s Workforce Housing Ordinance. This is the County legislation requiring that when developers build luxury housing, that they are required to build affordable housing as well.

FACE works to protect Maui's Workforce Housing OrdinanceFACE leaders have testified, emailed and met with County Council members, recruited housing experts from around the state and from the mainland. FACE created a 30 page report on the need for Maui’s Workforce Housing Ordinance and distributed this report widely.

FACE Maui Affordable Housing & Land Use Committee Chair Napua Amina has kicked off an on-line petition to help build support for protecting Maui’s Workforce Housing Ordinance. Want to sign Napua’s petition? Go to


Maui Marshallese Women’s Club Creates Job Training Opportunities

The Maui Marshallese Women’s Club spent their May meeting discussing the new Marshallese translations of the Hawaii drivers test and making plans to create job training opportunities for their members.

The Club kicked off their first job training program on June 23. This is a 6-week Marshallese Medical Interpreter course. For more information, please contact Veronica Teico at 808-283-9240.



FACE Maui Celebrates Martin Luther King

More than 230 people attended FACE Maui’s 2nd Annual MLK Day Interfaith Service this year at Christ the King. The service celebrated Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and faith. After an opening prayer from CTK Senior Pastor Father Adondee, the service was lead by UCC, Episcopal, Catholic and Methodist leaders from across Maui. This year’s theme was Economic Justice for All.




This service is being broadcast weekly on Akaku channel 54, see their website for a schedule,

Drivers Test Translations on Valentine’s Day!

After 14 months of actions, petitions, studies, meetings, and a lawsuit, Governor Abercrombie issued a press release on Valentine’s Day that all island DMV’s will be offering the written drivers test in all of the languages FACE has been requesting.


See the Governor’s press release below:



For Immediate Release:
February 14, 2014


HONOLULU – The state Department of Transportation (DOT), the City & County of Honolulu, along with Maui, Hawaii and Kauai Counties announce that beginning Monday, March 17, 2014, the state driver license exam will be available in a variety of languages. In addition to English, twelve language are being offered to better serve our diverse communities. The languages include the following: Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Tongan, Samoan, Tagalog, Ilocano, Hawaiian, Spanish, Chuukese, and Marshallese.

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.