The Maui County Republican Committee hosted its 2014 county convention and "Conservative Candidate Rally" on Saturday, May 3, at the University of Hawai'i Maui College. The event was attended by an estimated 125 Mauians according to George Fontaine, Maui County Republican Party (MCRP) chair. Also on hand was Kayla Berube, executive director of the Hawai'i Republican Party.
Fontaine gave welcoming remarks and introduced featured speaker Pat Saiki, a former two-term member of Congress representing Hawai'i, who is the current state Republican Party chair. Saiki stressed the importance of supporting the Republican candidates.
"Winning," Saiki emphasized, was not to further personal ambition, but "for Hawai'i's people."
Pat Saiki, state chair of Hawai‘i’s Republican Party.
Former Lt. Gov. Duke Aiona, who is expected to soon announce his candidacy for governor, was another featured speaker.
Other Republican candidates who addressed the group included Elwin Ahu (lieutenant governor), Cam Cavasso (U.S. Senate), Marissa Capelouto (Congressional District 2), Joe Kamaka (State Senate District 5), Cranston Kapoi (State House District 8) and Keli'i Akina (statewide OHA Trustee-at-Large). Also speaking was Lee Aldridge of the Maui Tea Party. A question-and-answer session followed the regular session.
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