Today, the Hawaii Republican Assembly (HIRA) organized to provide Hawaii conservatives with a home and a voice in Hawaii politics. Conducting elections, adopting by-laws, and announcing the strategy for the organization were key items for the meeting. Setting the tone for increased conservative political action is their goal. New officers were unanimously elected at the organizing meeting of the Hawaii Republican Assembly (HIRA). Incoming president Tito Montes, who has been leading the rebirth of the HIRA organization for the past three months, declared that HIRA will become an influential organization in the Hawaii political landscape.
Referring to Hawaii’s Democratic Party, Montes said: “With a single party so dominant in the islands for more than five decades, we’re here to make sure that conservative Republican reforms and solutions come to be understood and ultimately demanded by a majority of Hawaii voters from the Big Island to Kauai.” “We will partner with conservatives and all organizations that have similar values.”
All HIRA officers and many of the conservative organization’s members are past or present leaders in the Hawaii Republican Party, as well as past Republican candidates for office and political activists on a range of local, state and national issues.
Newly elected HIRA vice president and Kapolei businesswoman Marissa Capelouto explained that HIRA’s mission is to keep elected officials honest, all elected officials including Republican officeholders. Capelouto: “The Democrats have already had their chance to be in the majority and they’ve blown it.”
The Hawaii State Senate’s lone Republican, East Honolulu Senator Sam Slom, delivered the keynote address in which Slom provided highlights and lowlights of the just-completed session of the State Legislature, as well as insights about the future of the Republican Party in Hawaii.
In addition, former Windward state representative Colleen Meyer provided the perspective of a longtime legislator concerning the rise and fall of Hawaii’s elected Republicans, which are just one-third of the number of GOP legislators of only ten years ago.
The full roster of officers, elected to one-year terms, is listed here:
- President Tito Montes
- National Director Willes K.Lee
- National Director Colleen Meyer
- 1st Vice President Marissa Capelouto
- 2nd Vice President Carol White
- Treasurer Mike Palcic
- Secretary Brett Kulbis
In addition to elections and other HIRA business, members passed a resolution condemning President Obama for failures including the recent government scandals.
The Republican Assembly was founded in 1932 in California, gaining prominence under Ronald Reagan in 1964. The Hawaii Republican Assembly (HIRA) was originally founded in 2009. All HIRA members are card-carrying members of the Hawaii Republican Party. For more information, please visit the HIRA and NFRA websites below..
The Hawaii Republican Assembly(HIRA), an affiliated chapter of the National Federation of Republican Assemblies is the conservative standard-bearer of the Republican Party of Hawaii and the leading advocate for conservative solutions in the islands. Please visit us at www.HawaiiRepublicanAssembly.com