SHOPO Elections 2022-2025 term - candidate bios

Aloha SHOPO,

Attached is contested races candidate biographies.


Candidate Bios - 2021 SHOPO Elections

HLEFCU New location/Address

Aloha SHOPO Ohana,

The HLEFCU is moving, see attached.

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Aloha Everyone,

It is my honor to represent Hawaii’s Police Officers as the President of the State of Hawaii Organization of Police Officers (SHOPO).   Since 2001, I have been involved with the Union, first as a Director at Large, then as Vice President, under now retired President Tenari Ma’afala.

We have made great strides as a union under the direction of President Ma’afala and through his leadership he has made SHOPO, i.e. Police, the highest paid group of county employees in the State of Hawaii, indirectly affecting all public employees’ pay raises.  As union officials, we have learned how to be humble with our administrators, but firm when we need to, and negotiate with a win-win mindset. With this, we are grateful for our past five (5) contracts.

Our jobs are always evolving with each passing year and technology plays a big part of it.  Computers, body cameras, and science have all been introduced into our careers.  Like it or not, these tools are here to stay.

We shall continue on the path that has been set for us.  As we move forward, my vision includes additional legal protections for its members, such as representation at critical incident scenes.  As mentioned, law enforcement has changed and safeguards are necessary in defense of unjustified litigations brought on by doing one’s job.  It’s on the mainland and it’s just a matter of time when frivolous accusations will cost Hawaii’s members undue discipline, or overzealous politicians will play a part in forcing a member into unnecessary litigation.

Renovating the Union’s Honolulu headquarters and updating its computer and communication systems is ongoing to better serve the membership.  In today’s data-hungry age, accessibility and dissemination of critical and useful information to union members needs to be instantaneous.  This is accomplished with technology, union officials, and your support all working in concert together.

It is up to us as a union to keep up with change, make sure that our members are safe, know their rights, are well-trained, policies are well-written, and there is fairness for all.  Your State Board, the Honolulu, Hawaii, Maui, and Kauai Chapter Boards of Directors, Shop Stewards, and staff are working proactively, having open communication with our administrations and politicians across our state, to protect your hard-earned rights, wages, and benefits, and to improve working conditions.

Board of Directors

Vice President
Director At Large
Director At Large
Honolulu Chapter Chair
Hawaii Chapter Chair
Kauai Chapter Chair
Maui Chapter Chair


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