HSTA President Wil Okabe comments on Mele Carroll


Hawaii State House of Representatives

“We are saddened by the passing of Mele Carroll.  Hawaii has lost a strong advocate for teachers, students, and public education.  Since 2002, HSTA has recommended Representative Mele Carroll to represent House district 13 (Kahoolawe, Molokini, Lanai, Molokai, Haiku, Kaupo, Kipahulu, Paia, Nahiku, Paia, Nahiku, Hana).  Through the years, Mele worked tirelessly for the schools in her district and always took the time to address the issues that were important to her constituents.  Our thoughts are with Mele’s family.”

~ Wil Okabe
HSTA President


HONOLULU STAR-ADVERTISER

Former House Rep. Mele Carroll dies

By Star-Advertiser staff

POSTED: 12:05 p.m. HST, Feb 18, 2015
LAST UPDATED: 05:37 p.m. HST, Feb 18, 2015


Former state House Representative Diana “Mele” Carroll, who was elected to six terms in the state House of Representatives and served as chairwoman of the Human Services Committee, died at 3:50 a.m. Wednesday. She was 50.

Carroll resigned from the House Feb. 1 due to complications arising from her cancer treatments.

Carroll was honored during emotional remarks on the Senate floor today by senators who have known her and her family for years. State Sen. Gil Kahele, a longtime friend of the family, described leaving a Valentine’s Day message for Carroll telling her he loved her.

“It was sad, but I also know that she’s with her Dad,” Kahele said, his voice breaking with emotion.

Carroll represented the 13th House District that includes East Maui, Molokai, Lanai, Kahoolawe and Molokini.

“It is a very sad day for the House,” said Speaker Joseph M. Souki. “Mele brought to the Legislature a vigorous desire to serve and deep love for Maui, Molokai and Lanai and Hawaii in general. She will be greatly missed by everyone here at the Capitol. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family.”

Gov. David Ige said in a news release, “Mele was an outstanding representative of her district, and we will remember the results she achieved and the Aloha spirit with which she conducted her work.”

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Representative Mele Carroll Passes Away

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of former state House Representative Diana “Mele” Carroll. She passed at 3:50am on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 with her family at her side. At this time services are pending and will be announced at a later date.

Representative Carroll was re-elected on November 4, 2014 to begin her sixth term, representing the 13th House district. The 13th District is a true canoe district that includes East Maui, Moloka’i, Lana’i, Kaho’olawe and Molokini.

“It is a very sad day for the House,” said Speaker Joseph M. Souki. “Mele brought to the Legislature a vigorous desire to serve and deep love for Maui, Molokai and Lanai and Hawaii in general. She will be greatly missed by everyone here at the Capitol. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family.”

In 2005 Representative Mele Carroll started her legislative career when she received a phone call from then Governor Linda Lingle in February to represent the 13th District in the state House of Representatives. At the time she was working as the chief legislative liaison for Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa.

Rep. Carroll served as the chair of the House Committee on Human Service (HUS) and as a member for the Committees on Health (HLT) and Housing (HSG). In her tenure as a state House Representative she has also been the chair of the Legislative Hawaiian Caucus, and a member of the Women’s Legislative Caucus, Keiki Caucus, Kupuna Caucus, as well as the Historical Preservation Caucus.


Prior to her appointment in 2005 by Governor Lingle, Rep. Carroll served as the executive assistant and the chief legislative liaison to Mayor Arakawa and was responsible for representing the County of Maui at the Legislature by providing oral and written testimony, researching and drafting bills, as well as providing community updates through public forums and meetings.

As Arakawa’s chief legislative liaison, she was also responsible for writing a federal grant proposal to the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for $2 million dollars that contributed to the purchase of Muolea Point (73 acres) in Hana, and worked with the community to develop a management plan to preserve Muolea Point, which was known as King David Kalakaua’s summer home for the Alii.

Rep. Carroll was a key leader and instrumental in helping secure funding for the new emergency medical helicopter service for Maui County, working with a bi-partisan coalition of community leaders.

She served as chief of staff to State Senator Kalani English for two years, in addition to serving four years as his chief of staff at the Maui County Council. She also served on the state’s Cable Television Advisory Committee and the Na Ala Hele Trails Council.

Rep. Carroll’s community service includes serving on the following boards of non-profit organizations: past president of the Waikikena Foundation; past president of the Maui AIDS Foundation; past vice president for the Friends of Maui County Health Organization; past board director of the `Aha Ali`i Kapuaiwa O Kamehameha V Royal Order of Kamehameha II; past board director for the Maui Adult Day Care Center; member of the Aloha Festivals Maui Steering Committee; past board director of the Na Po’e Kokua; and Paia Youth & Cultural Center. She also served as the head coach of the Lahainaluna High School’s Girls Varsity Basketball team.

The former representative stated many times that serving the people of Hawaii and the 13th District was a “tremendous honor” that she would never forget, and spoke of her position and the people she serve with great admiration. The love that she showed everyone epitomized the Aloha Spirit.
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