Hawaii delegation to the Democratic National Convention

I should have provided a list of the Hawaii delegates before heading off to Denver, but better late than never. The Hawaii delegates and alternates were quite a diverse group and representative of the people of the state.

Here’s a list of the Hawaii delegation to the 2008 Democratic National Convention, with info from a packet distributed to the media.

U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye, chair, Hawaii delegation. First American of Japanese Ancestry to serve in U.S. House and, later, Senate.

U.S. Senator Daniel K. Akaka. First U.S. Senator of Hawaiian ancestry.

U.S. Representative Neil Abercrombie, who was elected to the House in 1990.

U.S. Representative Mazie Hirono. Born in Fukushima, Japan.

State Senator Colleen Hanabusa, member of the National Rules Committee, first woman elected President of the State Senate.

Mayor Mufi Hannemann, a Harvard grad who coached Iolani’s basketball team that played against Barack Obama’s Punahou team (Punahou lost).

State Senator Donna Mercado Kim. In her first run for public office, Kim was 29 years old, ran for the 29th House district, and won by 29 votes.

State Senator Gary Hooser, member of the National Credentials Committee. Once worked as a Waikiki rickshaw driver, now serves as Senate Majority Leader.

Brian Schatz, Chair, Democratic Party of Hawaii. Youngest state chair in the country at age 35.

Kari Luna, vice chair, Hawaii Democratic Party. Was an All American Scholar Athlete tennis player at the University of Washington.

Richard Port, National Committeeman, and was the Hawaii chair for presidential campaigns of Ted Kennedy (1980), Jesse Jackson (1988), Tom Harkin (1992) and John Kerry (2004).

Marie “Dolly” Strazar, National Committeewoman, is director of the Lyman Museum in Hilo and has attended four previous conventions.

Jo-Ann Adams, an attorney and founding member of the GLBT Caucus, and the first openly GLBT delegate from Hawaii.

Edmond Arquero, is the Oahu delegate to the United Public Workers State Executive Board.

Jim Burns, retired chief judge of the Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals, played in the U.S. Junior Golf Championships in 1954.

Chuck Freedman. According to the blurb, Chuck was the monster in the cult horror classic, “The Horror of Party Beach”, rated the worst movie of 1964 by Esquire Magazine.

Michael Fox from Kapaa, Kauai.

Donna Hoshide, who served as special events coordinator for a prior Democratic governor.

Kallie Keith-Agaran, who spent four months volunteering for the Obama campaign in New Hampshire, Nevada, South Carolina and Texas. “The best weapon in her canvassing arsenal was telling New Hampshire voters that she came all the way from her home in Hawaii in Dec. & Jan. to tell the story of meeting the Obamas 10 years ago.”

Faye Kennedy is a long time civil rights activist and sister of Flo Kennedy, the first black woman graduate from Columbia Law School.

Al Lewis, who made the front page of USA Today during this year’s convention.

Dayton Nakanelua, state director of United Public Workers Local 646.

Jadine Nielsen has attended national conventions since 1976.

Stephanie Ohigashi is correspondent secretary for the Maui County Democratic Party.

Caroline Sinavaiana is a professor of English at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where she teaches creative writing and Oceanic literature and film.

Kate Stanley served ten years in the State House and was the first female majority floor leader and later served as House Judiciary Committee chair.

Jonathan Starr has lived “off the grid” near Kaupo, Maui, and is chairman of the Maui Planning Commission.

Jennifer Tsuji was a young Republican as a college freshman but recovered.

John Waihee served two terms as Hawaii’s governor.

Andy Winer, an attorney who has spearheaded the Obama campaign in Hawaii and managed Senator Dan Akaka’s successful re-election campaign in 2006.

Melodie Aduja is the daughter of Peter Aduja, who in 1954 became the first Filipino-American elected to public office in the US when he was elected to the Territorial House of Representatives (alternate)

Ann Freed, former co-chair of the Hawaii Women’s Coalition (alternate).

Gil Keith-Agaran, served as Land Board chairman 2000-2002, now an attorney in private practice on Maui (alternate).

Lono Lyman, who served as Hawaii County Planning Director back in the 1980s, met Barack Obama’s father decades ago when the senior Obama was a graduate student at UH and Lyman’s father was on the faculty of the College of Tropical Agriculture (alternate and member of the National Platform Committee).

2 responses to “Hawaii delegation to the Democratic National Convention

  1. Found this excellent link to an Alaskan blogger, Mudflats, re Sarah Palin http://mudflats.wordpress.com/2008/08/29/what-is-mccain-thinking-one-alaskans-perspective/

  2. Barbara Smith

    Does ANYONE know delegates to the 2004 DNC in Boston? I was the Hawaiian liaison, cornered Mr. Obama in the hall, and convinced him to address the Hawaiian delegation.

    I have no photos of those special moments, as my computer was stolen. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE I cherish those memories.

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