Sen. Shimabukuro’s 2015 Staff

Senator Maile Shimabukuro, District 21

Senator Maile Shimabukuro, District 21

MAILE’S 2015 STAFF

Colleen Teramae, Legislative Office Manager

Colleen 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: young@capitol.hawaii.gov

Geanine (Gomes) Kahalewai, Legislative Assistant/District Relations

Geanine (Gomes) Kahalewai, Legislative Aide/District Relations

Geanine has a Masters in Education (M.Ed.) and worked for the Department of Education for 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@ capitol.hawaii.gov

Kapua Keli`ikoa-Kama`i, Senate Volunteer

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.

Lōpaka Baptiste

Lōpaka Baptiste, Committee Clerk/Senate Hawaiian Affairs Committee

Lōpaka Baptiste is from Nānākuli, lives in Mā‘ili, and is a graduate of the Kamehameha Schools and Iowa State University. For nearly seven years, Lōpaka worked in the Washington, D.C. office of U.S. Senator Daniel K. Akaka, advising Senator Akaka on a number of issues, including education and Native Hawaiian policy. Most notably, he worked to advance federal recognition for Native Hawaiians, among several federal initiatives for Hawai‘i and the Native Hawaiian people. Lopaka served as a legislative aide to Sen. Shimabukuro during the 2014 Legislative Session and returns for the 2015 Legislative Session as Committee Clerk for the Senate Hawaiian Affairs Committee as Sen. Shimabukuro enters her 2nd year as Committee Chair.

Stacy Garcia, Jr., Legislative Aide/General Legislation

Stacy Garcia, Jr., Legislative Aide/General Legislation

Stacy Garcia Jr. is a son of Hawai’i and hails from the Nanakuli Hawaiian Homestead. A graduate of Nanakuli High School, Stacy worked as a youth leader in various clubs and organizations to improve education and promote community safety. His sense of service continued as he served in the United States Air Force as Security Police for 4 ½ years; deploying twice to Iraq before being honorable discharged. His cultural background and focus on community collaboration has led him to a number of political leadership roles the supports sustainability and indigenous people’s rights. Stacy received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Sociology at the University of Hawai’i – West O’ahu in Kapolei. For the 2015 session Stacy will serve as my Legislative Aide and will be responsible for monitoring and tracking my legislation, as well as any legislation relevant to District 21.

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