New Party Chair Kealiʻi Lopez & SCC Vacancy

Aloha e nā hoa,

I hope you’re having a wonderful Kamehameha holiday weekend! Here are a few updates from the Caucus:

New Party Chair Kealiʻi Lopez

Congratulations to Kealiʻi Lopez on her election to the position of Party Chair! Chair Lopez ran on a platform of creating a place of collaboration, building a strong organization, honoring diversity. She said she looks forward to having more of Hawaii’s residents seeing the Democratic Party as a broad spectrum of people united in fostering a better future. We wish her the best and we will be there every step of the way to see you and our Party succeed.

Vacant HAC SCC Position
With the elevation of Kealiʻi Lopez to Party Chair, the HAC State Central Committee Representative (non-male) became vacant. Nominations are being solicited now to fill the vacant position for the term July 2018 to March 2020 (see HAC bylaws, Article VI, Section 6B(3), Vacancies). Members are encouraged to apply.

A complete description of the duties and qualifications for this position can be found in the HAC bylaws posted on its website, In summary, the HAC SCC representative attends HAC and SCC meetings, prepares necessary reports to the SCC and the Caucus, and carries out the responsibilities outlined in the Democratic Party of Hawai’i Constitution and Bylaws. To apply:

  1. Provide a brief written statement certifying that you meet the qualifications as described on the nomination form and required by the HAC bylaws.
  2. Complete the Nomination Form (downloadable at and email it along with the written statement to Rhonda Roldan, Chair of the Nominations Committee, at,, or mail to the Hawaiian Affairs Caucus, c/o Democratic Party of Hawaii,  P.O. Box 2041, Honolulu, Hawaii 96805To be considered, the form must be received by not later than July  9, 2018.

Per the Hawaiian Affairs Caucus bylaws, the Executive Committee will select a replacement from among the nominations received to fill the remainder of the term. This will be done at its meeting scheduled for July 17, 2018, 6:00 p.m. at the Democratic Party of Hawai‘i headquarters.

Future Meeting Dates/Times
The HAC Executive Committee has set the Executive Committee and General Membership meeting dates and times for CY 2018:

Executive: Jul 17Aug 1Sep 5Oct 3Nov 7Dec 5
General: Jul 25Oct 24Dec 12

All meetings will be held at the Party headquarters at 6:00 p.m. Agenda will be posted to the DPH and HAC websites. Meetings are open to Democratic Party of Hawaii members, though voting is limited to actual members of the Hawaiian Affairs Caucus. To join the caucus, go to:, click on “About – Membership” to access the membership application form. 

Leimomi Khan
Chair, Hawaiian Affairs Caucus