Maile’s 2011 Staff

Senator Maile Shimabukuro, Senate District 21

I am proud to announce the following staff members who are serving the Wai`anae Coast during the 2011 legislative session:


Art Frank, Community Liaison

Art is a long-time Wai`anae Coast resident and community activist. Despite being a deaf quadriplegic who uses braces and crutches for mobility, Art has always been involved in politics and has a big heart for helping others. Art, who has a hearing implant, is able to communicate via reading lips, sign language, and other special services for the deaf. He was one of the pioneers who fought for the provision of sign language at important government sponsored public events, and continues to tirelessly advocate for the deaf and disabled community. With the support of his loving wife, Carolyn, and relatives such as the Pa`aoao-Ayala and Mickey families, Art transcends his “disabilities” and is an inspiration to disabled and abled-bodied people alike.

Chasid M. Sapolu, Esq., Community Liaison

Chasid is a proud Nänäkuli High and Intermediate School graduate,who earned both his undergraduate and law degrees from the Universityof Hawaii at Mänoa. He is also employed as a law clerk at Circuit Court, and previously worked for Representative Kahikina, the Boys and Girls Club, Hale Kipa and the Legal Aid Society of Hawai`i. Chasid is a Patsy Mink Fellowship recipient, who published an article on environmental justice in the Asian and Pacific Law Journal. Chasid stated: “For far too long the Wai`anae Coast has shouldered the disproportionate burden of O`ahu’s waste facilities. This fact has driven many residents to fight, on numerous occasions, in numerous venues, to achieve the relief that they so urgently need.” Chasid wrote the language for SB107, which sought to amend our constitution to provide Hawai`i residents with greater protection from environmental injustice and continues to passionately fight to improve the Wai`anae Coast.


Colleen (Young) Teramae, Legislative Office Manager

Colleen has a BA degree in Human Resources Management and a BBA in Management Information Systems. Prior to working at the Hawaii State Capitol, she had nine years of private sector experience in human resources (primarily in the areas of recruitment, training and employee development) and three years experience in office management. She has been my Legislative Office Manager since my election to the Legislature in 2003. Email address:

Wally Inglis, LegislativeAdvisor/Researcher

Wally retired from full-time government service after working eight years in the office of Governor Cayetano. He also serves as an officer of nonprofit corporations dedicated to providing affordable housing for low income O`ahu residents. He has been a member of my staff since my election to the Legislature eight years ago, and his work responsibilities focus on research in such areas as legislation (bills /resolutions) and capital improvement project (CIP) funding. Email address:

Geanine (Gomes) McIntosh, Legislative Assistant/District Relations

Geanine has a Masters in Education (M.Ed.) and has worked for the Department of Education for the past 16 years. She has also worked as a community counselor for a nonprofit organization. She is a long time Nänäkuli Hawaiian homestead resident and is currently attending the UH William S. Richardson School of Law. Geanine handles district, community and constituent concerns. She was featured in a UH ad in Nov. 2011. Email address: g.mcintosh@


We salute these dedicated volunteers and are extremely grateful for their service.

Sandra Morimoto-Ching, Senate Volunteer

Sandie holds a BA degree in Human Services with a concentration in nonprofit organization management and hopes to earn a master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling. She previously worked on our staff in the State House as a Committee Clerk and Community Liaison and has served as a volunteer since 2004. Sandie has worked at Wai`anae Coast Comprehensive Health Center, INPEACE-Ka Lama Education Academy, and currently serves as Registrar at the Wai`anae Health Academy.

Gerald M. Kita, Senate Volunteer

Gerald is a graduate of Hilo High School and Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, with a Bachelor of Music degree majoring in music composition and arranging. Gerald served as the Committee Clerk for Housing when I chaired the House Human Services & Housing Committee during the 2006-2007 Legislative Sessions, and has continued since then to serve our office as a volunteer. He is currently employed by the State of Hawai`i — Department of Human Services’

Hawaii Public Housing Authority, as the Manager for AMP 31 Kalihi Valley Homes.

Maria Knyazeva, Senate Volunteer

Maria is a Russian exchange student attending Wai`anae High who is active on the track team and yearbook committee. We first met on January 21 when the Hawai`i International Hospitality Center brought her and other exchange students of the FLEX and YES programs to the State Capitol and has served as my “student shadow.” Her host family is the Bushers of Mäkaha.

Kapua Keli`ikoa-Kama`i, Senate Volunteer

Kapua is a proud graduate of Wai`anae High and is a passionate advocate for culture- based education, natural resource preservation and Hawaiian rights. She is a devoted wife and mother to two daughters who attend Hawaiian language immersion schools and lives in the Wai`anae Valley Hawaiian Homestead.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: