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A new way to approach and age-old problem. 

Local people have been vying for centuries for more local control to support the local people and environment. Maui Pono Network's process is revolutionary in its approach to this age-old concern. Using a direct and transparent approach to local governance, focused on educating local groups and individuals about issues, solutions and candidates.  Relying on volunteers and local donations, it is able to achieve much! This also provides a template for systemic change in any town, city, or county.

The Maui Pono Network is a grassroots organization of volunteers, so it is able to make donations and volunteer hours go a long way, dedicated to eliminating major blocks to resolving local issues such as: affordable housing, water rights,  raising the minimum wage, sustainable development, abundant nutritious food, managed tourism, and reclaiming and restoring the land. Rather than using its reputation and influence to out-compete other non-profits and political action committees, MPN seeks to collaborate and directly support progressive initiatives, issues, and candidates.

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With a resounding success in the  2018, and 2020 elections we are supporting the formation of similar grassroots local Standard PACs in other Hawai'i countries. The Maui Pono Network has the history, reputation, and capability to continue its important work in Maui County. Join us today!


Maui Pono Network is a Standard Political Action Committee filed with the Hawai'i Campaign Spending Commission. 

We are made up of a main governing board of ten local Maui County progressive activists and hundreds of election volunteers. All of our decisions are made publicly available, and we encourage public input and participation. Our board and election volunteers each donate dozens of hours per week without compensation or recognition. While we might differ on small issues or opinions, we all share the same goal of improving local participation in and local control of local governance, caring for the 'aina and kama'aina, and contributing our best to our community. 

The 'Ohana Candidates are selected every election year based on their civic engagement, voting records and recorded interviews, made available to the public via Akaku TV and this web site. The current MPN volunteer board and other invited progressive Maui County leaders consider and debate the interviews and voting records of all candidates before making the endorsement decisions.  Hundreds of hours are dedicated to vetting candidates so we can have representatives the support the residents and 'aina. After we select our slate of candidates we go into the campaign phase.

As a Standard Political Action Committee, MPN may work directly with candidates to help them with their campaigns as MPN sees fit and according to the volunteer and financial ability of MPN. Issues are decided by the MPN board and volunteers, and campaigned for or against accordingly. 

All Maui Pono Network donations are used directly for election campaigning, and there is a limit spent for each candidate. MPN donation and spending reports are publicly available via the Hawai'i Campaign Spending Commission website. 

For a recent list of the volunteer board or to access more of the public records, please email MPN directly using the contact information listed below. 



We are a grassroots volunteer organization and a little money can go very far with volunteer support.


As a PAC we can only receive per donor a maximum of $1,000 for primary and $1,000 for general election for this 2022 election cycle.


The Maui Pono Network's  activities go directly to supporting the election of Ohana Candidates and Charter Amendments. This includes education, support, social media, printing materials, staging events, and phone canvasing.


Reporting Policy


  1. Whenever a donation is received more than $25 we must document this on the Campaign Spending Report with the name and address of the donor. For donations more than $100 we need to report name, address, employer, profession, amount and when received and deposited. The aggregate collection of funds at an event needs to be reported within 10 days of the event. Reception of personal or business donations must be documented within 10 days.

  2. Donation of $25 or less are required to record the name of the donor. Fundraisers that involve a ticket price less than $25 is not required to report those individuals to the Elections Commission.

  3. Primary elections reports are due August 1 and a final on August 31, also the general election reports are due on October 1 and December 6. Until we terminate we need to file even if there are no contributions or expenditures.

  4. We need to report pending payments if billing is delayed after receiving the item.

  5. Bookkeeping to include ongoing updates on the Campaign Spending Commission website that includes donations and candidate expenditures.

  6. Maui Pono Network needs to keep records for 5 years.


Expenditures Policy

There are 2 types of spending:

  1. Expenditures to influence the vote that is coordinated with candidates must be reported as coordinated expenditures. These would include candidate meet and greets, events where candidates are invited to attend, advertising that includes candidate own materials, and any expense that is done with any coordination with candidates. Not included is any volunteer efforts or non-paid internet efforts. All coordinated expenditures must be reported as in-kind donations to candidates. If the coordinated expenditures is for the benefit of all 15 Ohana Candidates, then 1/15th of the expenditures is credited to each of the 15 candidates.  If the coordinated expenditure is for the benefit of only one candidate, then the full expenditure is credited to that one candidate. Pono is limited to donating a maximum of $2000 to 2 year seats, that is county council and state rep candidates, and a maximum of $4000 to 4 year seats, that is mayoral and state senate candidates for this election cycle.

  2. Expenditures to influence the vote that is not coordinated with candidates must be reported as non-coordinated expenditures. This includes any advertisement or postcard that does not include photos or materials used by any candidate and is not authorized by or coordinate in any way with any candidate, labor passing out these postcards, and other non-coordinated expenditures. Not included is any volunteer efforts or non-paid internet efforts.  There are no limits to these non-coordinated expenditures.

Donation Policy

Maui Pono Network 2020 Elections Report

Accomplishments & Goals


1. Maui State Rep and County Council Interviews: All County candidates were invited, and we conducted 32 interviews each one hour long from April to July. Each interview was aired and recorded on Facebook live, YouTube, and ongoing airing on AKAKU TV; they were on our web site that posted 52,000 visits to the primary.


2. Selection of the ‘Ohana Candidates: A panel of Progressive Leaders selected 5 State Representative and 7 County Council candidates who hold the vision and strategy for a bright future during this community reset. We also agreed to support 7 Charter Amendments. Our team spent a combined 3,000 hours for the interviews, selection, and production.


3. ‘Ohana Card Handouts: MPN designed, printed and distributed 20,000 Ohana Candidate cards for the Primary and 20,000 for the general election. Distribution included our progressive network, door hangers, mailing, grocery stores, and distribution centers. The social media ‘Ohana card reached 38,450 people on Facebook and was shared by 428.


4. Memes; These effective communication tools influence the community narrative. The MPN shared 282 posts and produced 58 original memes for the 2020 elections with up to 30,000 views per month on Facebook. Some stood out like the County Council Report Card reached 16,200, Water rights 15,000, the Super PAC coup attempt 14,800. Also, the MPN had a lot of activity on Instagram.


5. Social Media:  Some issues and memes generated a lot of discussion. Sylvia Litchfield monitored thousands of comments and questions starting back in March when we began. The feedback allowed us to continuously improve.


6. Video Production: Our producer, Daniel Smith made 42 videos that included the coup, 7 charter amendments, candidate differences and candidate interviews with a wide range of local distribution. The MPN web site alone had 128,198 visits through the 2020 elections.


7. Banners and Signs: The MPN had supported a total of 670 banners and large signs for the primary and general election. 150 were life size cut outsof Gabe Johnson, Shane Sinenci, Simon Russel, Walter Ritte, as well as smaller signs. This also includes 200, 18 sq. ft, Ohana Candidates banners set up throughout the county.


8. Candidate Teamwork: Non-incumbent Progressive Candidates have been receiving ongoing coaching, support and feedback since February. The MPN team acts as an extension to each of the candidate’s teams also developing a network of support for all progressive candidates. Incumbent OhanaCandidates did not have to work as hard for re-election because of the scope of MPN’s promotion.


9. Letters and Sign Waving: A constant stream of pro ‘Ohana “letters to the editor” in three papers was, in part, aided by our call to writers and providing a template and submission instructions on our site. Sign waving was weeklyproviding a way to connect with the campaign teams and candidates while sharing the enthusiasm felt with passing traffic.


10. Phone Canvasing: The automated dialing system and call tracking made this productive and engaging. Keani’s campaign team utilized the system the most. A total of 28 callers participated making close to 18,000 calls in October to Muai County Voters.


11. Mailings We mailed 8,000 mailers for Walter Ritte (District 13 Haiku-Paia-Hana-Lanai) and 13,000 mailers for Simon Russell (District 12 Kula-Pukalani-Makawao) with the Ohana slate on one side.  


12. Information Door Hangers: The MPN printed, and volunteers assembled, and deliverers distributed 16,000 information packets to the front doors of targeted areas in Maui County.

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