AUGUST 4, 2018


Walk in Early Voting Continues Up to August 9

Election officials want to remind the public that early walk in voting continues through August 9. Registered voters may visit any early walk in voting location within their county to cast their ballot.

Hawaii residents may still register to vote at any early walk in voting location in their county or at their assigned polling place on Election Day, August 11. To register and vote, you must be a U.S. Citizen, a Hawaii resident, and at least 18 years of age.

The following are walk in voting sites statewide: County of Hawaii: County of Hawaii Aupuni Center, Conference Room 101 Pauahi Street, Suite 1, Monday – Saturday: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

West Hawaii Civic Center: Community Room (Building G), 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Highway, Monday – Saturday: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Waimea Community Center: 65-1260 Kawaihae Road, Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, Saturday: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Pahala Community Center: 96-1149 Kamani Street, Monday – Friday: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, Closed 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Pahoa Community Center: 15-3022 Kauhale Street, Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, Saturday: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

County of Maui: Velma McWayne Santos Community Center: 395 Waena Place, Monday – Saturday: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Mitchell Pauole Center: Conference Room, 90 Ainoa Street, Monday – Saturday: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

County of Kauai: Historic County Annex Building, 4386 Rice Street, Monday – Saturday: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

City & County of Honolulu: Honolulu Hale, 530 South King Street, Monday – Saturday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Kapolei Hale: Conference Rooms A – C, 1000 Uluohia Street, Monday – Saturday: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

To check your voter registration status, find your polling place, or view a sample of your ballot, visit elections.hawaii.gov or call 453-VOTE (8683).


ACLU Demands Pahoa Voters Be Allowed to Register and Vote in Person on Election Day

The ACLU of Hawai‘i Foundation (ACLU of Hawai’i) issued a demand letter to the Hawai‘i Office of Elections. The letter, written by ACLU of Hawai’i Legal Director, Mateo Caballero, vows swift legal action if the “severe burden on the right to vote” imposed by the Office of Elections’ current voting plans for areas of Hawai‘i Island affected by the eruption of Kilauea Volcano are not fixed. As noted in the ACLU of Hawai’i demand letter, a “refusal to allow in-person registration and voting on election day would not only be arbitrary and unnecessary but would also not survive constitutional muster.”

Executive Director Joshua Wisch said: “Hundreds of families in Leilani Estates, Pahoa, Kapoho and surrounding areas have lost their homes. But the Office of Elections is only planning to let these people vote by absentee ballot – ballots that will likely be sent to the same homes that have either been destroyed by lava or are uninhabitable due to volcanic activity. The Office of Elections must provide a polling place for these folks to register and vote in person on election day, as provided by law.”

Legal Director Mateo Caballero said: “The right to vote is fundamental. We ask anyone who thinks their voting rights may be affected to contact our office and let us know.”


Attend the Small Business Fair and Other Small Business Events

Hawaii’s leading business organizations in the State will gather for the 2018 Annual Small Business Fair on Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on August 4 at the campus of Honolulu Community College on Dillingham Boulevard. The theme, “Launch Your Dreams into Reality,” will feature free workshops on the latest practices and developments impacting small business owners.

Exhibitors include the SBA, Dept. of Taxation, Hawaii Dept. of Agriculture, Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA), Dept. of Commerce & Consumer Affairs, U.S. Postal Service, Pacific Gateway Center, Ewa Beach CDBO, financial institutions and many more.

The event is sponsored by Honolulu Community College, the State of Hawaii Department of Business Development and Tourism (DBEDT) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

For more information, call 808-587-2757 or 808-945-1430.

Other events include:

Boots to Business – August 8 & 9, 2018, Wednesday & Thursday, Schofield Barracks, HI. Open to transitioning military. Registration required: https://sbavets/force.com/s/

8(a) Business Development Program & Small Business Certifications – August 14, 2018, Tuesday, 9:00am-11:00am, SBA Hawaii District Office, 500 Ala Moana Boulevard, Bldg. 1, Suite 306, Honolulu, HI 96813. Registration required.

2018 Federal Small Business Summit – August 16, 2018, Thursday, 7:00am-5:00pm, East-West Center, Imin Conference Center, Keoni Auditorium, 1777 East-West Road, Honolulu, HI 96822. To register, go to: Summit Registration.

Wahine Forum Network – August 16, 2018, Thursday, 11:30am-1:00pm, YWCA, 1040 Richards Street, Fuller Hall, Honolulu, HI. Register with the Patsy T. Mink Center for Business & Leadership (MCBL) at mcbl@ywcaoahu.org.


Hawaii Joins Coalition to Preserve DACA

Hawaii Attorney General Russell Suzuki joined a coalition of 20 Attorneys General to file an amicus brief seeking to protect Deferred Action for Early Childhood Arrivals (DACA) grantees.

The brief was filed in Texas v. United States, a case being heard in the District Court for the Southern District of Texas, in which certain states are challenging the lawfulness of the DACA program. The brief was led by the Attorneys General of New York and California, and was joined by the Attorneys General of Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Vermont, Washington, and the District of Columbia.

The brief filed by the Attorneys General argues that the Texas plaintiffs cannot make the legal showing required to obtain a preliminary injunction, and that the requested preliminary injunction should not be granted because it would conflict with the two existing preliminary injunctions issued by courts in the Northern District of California and the Eastern District of New York.

The brief argues that the Texas plaintiffs cannot show a likelihood of success on the merits or that they will be irreparably harmed if DACA is not enjoined; and that the balance of the equities and the public interest weigh against granting the Texas plaintiffs’ requested preliminary injunction.

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