HSTA members attend state Democratic Convention

We would like to give our wholehearted thanks to HSTA members from across the state who were delegates at the Hawaii Democratic Convention over the Memorial Day weekend. Raina Whiting from Hawaii Island was elected as a delegate to the national Democratic Convention, Juli Patten was elected as an alternate for the Presidential Electorate, and HSTA Vice President Justin Hughey of Maui, who attended as a super delegate, was re-elected to the Education Caucus as the male representative on the Democrats’ State Central Committee while also serving on the Resolutions Committee. Other teacher delegates included Mireille Ellsworth and Shannon Kaaa from the Big Island, Rebecca Wimmer from Maui and from Oahu, Laverne Moore, Marcus Nakama and Lisa Rodrigues.


Meeting at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel, the Democratic convention approved a resolution written by HSTA to urge state lawmakers to increase public school funding.


Thank you also to our HSTA Teacher Lobbyist Mitzie Higa and other HSTA members who staffed our convention table, including Jamie Stidger, Nanna Lindberg and Shirley Yamauchi, as well as HSTA President Corey Rosenlee’s wife, Lisa Rosenlee and their daughter, Vivian Rosenlee. They spoke to many members of the Democratic Party, such as Gov. David Ige, Hawaii’s two U.S. senators, state legislators, community members, teachers, and parents, to spread the word about HSTA’s Schools Our Keiki Deserve campaign.


HSTA-R members attended the convention as well, including Roger Takabayashi, the former HSTA president.


Earlier this year, the HSTA Board of Directors approved funding to send association members to the state Democratic and Republican conventions.
Hughey, who said he was the only HSTA member to attend the state Democratic convention two years ago, said he is “really happy to see HSTA take an active role in the Democratic Party.”


This year, a few other HSTA members may have attended the state Democratic Convention who we neglected to mention. Please let us know if we left you out and send your name, school and home island to us by emailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and we will be happy to add your name to this story.


No HSTA members applied for reimbursements to attend the state Republican Convention, which was held earlier in May.