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Aloha Fellow Republicans,
As we say farewell to an eventful summer, it’s a wake up call for us that we are inside a year of the 2018 primary elections and it’s time to get organized to elect more Republicans to office! If there was one thing motivating us, it’s the disappointment of the special session that was held last week.  True to form, our legislators voted for more taxes and no accountability.  Our Republican caucus proposed some great initiatives, all shot down by the Democrat super-majority.  It’s time for us to give Hawaii a choice—we are looking for serious candidates who are looking to help put us back on the right track (pun intended!).   If you know of anyone, please reach out to your district and county leadership, we want to meet them!


Speaking of excitement and preparation, the Republican National Committee will be visiting us from Oct 5-11, 2017 and bringing experts from all over the country to train us in Data Management, Field Operations, Candidate Training, Campaign Manager Training, Finance, Communications, Coalitions…and so much more!  Basically, they are giving us the tools for us to succeed by empowering our grassroots and showing the science behind winning elections. I’ve challenged our County and District Chairs to finish organizing their areas, and I will ask you to sign up for training and help spread the word about this important event!  Details will follow, but save those dates, I look forward to seeing you there!

We have other exciting activities coming up in the Fall.  The Oahu League of Republican Women raised over $10K in their Statehood Dinner and all monies from their PAC is raised for Republican candidates.  They also just started their monthly lunches, and was excited to host Governor Linda Lingle and guest speaker Marilyn Moniz Kaho’ohanohano, the recently retired Associate Athletic Director for the University of Hawaii.  The next few months will prove to be just as amazing as they will have our RNC Regional Political Director, Alexis Valdez-Darnell as their October guest speaker and will have a Young Republicans panel in November.  The OLRW would love all of you to come!

The Republican Party of Hawaii will also be hosting a booth at the Hawaii Senior Fair at the Blaisdell Center on September 23-24, 2017.  This is a great opportunity for us to reach out to this major coalition and tell them our story and why they should consider voting Republican in 2018.  We are looking for volunteers to help us man the booth as well as any in-kind donations you might want to contribute for us as giveaways.  Please consider sharing your time and treasure with us and reach out to Mele Songsong at or Cheryl Sora at  We’d love to have you join us.

I did want to also give a shout out to our President.  Faced with the prospect of the potential immediate termination of the entire DACA program, the Trump Administration took the responsible and constitutional step: phasing out the program over the next two years. The DACA program was unlawful, its authors said as much, and ran the risk of leaving hundreds of thousands with no legal protection. The decision reaffirms this Administration’s long-stated and ongoing commitment to the rule of law, and gives Congress a six-month window to responsibly address federal immigration law.  Naturally, Hawaii’s initial reaction was to have Attorney General Chin immediately file a lawsuit against the President, joining 14 other blue states in blocking the President.

Lastly, Don’t forget to purchase your tickets for the Governor Huckabee event on Oct 24 at the Ko’olau Ballrooms!  We are getting so excited, many have already purchased their tickets and tables, don’t miss out!


As you can see, there is a lot going in the party and I’m so proud of the progress we are making as a team.  At the same time, we must realize that our work is just beginning.  I am looking forward to seeing all the great things we will do…together.

Shirlene Ostrov, Chairman

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