Sen. Maile Shimabukuro’s Staff


Colleen Teramae, Legislative Office Manager

Colleen Teramae, Legislative Office Manager

Colleen has a BA degree in Human Resources Management and a BBA in Management Information Systems. Prior to working at the Hawaii State Capitol, she had nine years of private sector experience in human resources (primarily in the areas of recruitment, training and employee development) and three years experience in office management. She has been my Legislative Office Manager since my election to the Legislature in 2003. Email address:

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Geanine (Gomes) Kahalewai, Legislative Aide/District Relations

Geanine has a Masters in Education (M.Ed.) and worked for the Department of Education for 16 years. She has also worked as a community counselor for a nonprofit organization. She is a long time Nänäkuli Hawaiian homestead resident and is currently attending the UH William S. Richardson School of Law. Geanine handles district, community and constituent concerns. She was featured in a UH ad in Nov. 2011. Email address: g.mcintosh@

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Kapua Keli`ikoa-Kama`i, Senate Volunteer

Kapua is a proud graduate of Wai`anae High and is a passionate advocate for culture-based education, natural resource preservation, and Hawaiian rights. She is a devoted wife and mother to two daughters who attend Hawaiian language immersion schools, and lives in the Wai`anae Valley Hawaiian Homestead.


Stacy Garcia, Jr., Legislative Aide

Stacy Garcia Jr. is a son of Hawai’i and hails from the Nanakuli Hawaiian Homestead. A graduate of Nanakuli High School, Stacy worked as a youth leader in various clubs and organizations to improve education and promote community safety. His sense of service continued as he served in the United States Air Force as Security Police for 4 ½ years; deploying twice to Iraq before being honorable discharged. His cultural background and focus on community collaboration has led him to a number of political leadership roles the supports sustainability and indigenous people’s rights. Stacy received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Sociology at the University of Hawai’i – West O’ahu in Kapolei. For the 2015 session Stacy will serve as my Legislative Aide and will be responsible for monitoring  and tracking my legislation, as well as any legislation relevant to District 21.



Christine West, Legislative Aide


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Sara Perry, former Committee Clerk

Sara graduated UHWO in May 2015 with BA degrees in Political Science and Criminal Justice. She also has a Culinary Degree earned from LCC in 2005. Sara was born and raised in Waianae, Hawaii, and hopes to attend Richardson Law School at UH Manoa in Fall 2016. For Session 2016, Sara will serve as Committee Clerk for the Senate Hawaiian Affairs Committee (HWN), which is chaired by Sen. Shimabukuro.

Tori McCann Legislative Intern, West Oahu

Tori McCann, Legislative Intern, UHWO

Ed Burke

Ed Burke, Community Liaison, Volunteer

Ed and his wife Carol moved into their new home in Makaha Oceanview Estates three and a half years ago and have been active  in the community. Both Ed and Carol are members of AARP; Carol is an active member of Women of Waianae and Ed has been in regular attendance at the monthly Waianae Neighborhood Board meetings. Ed has been elected Vice President of District 44 of the Hawaii State Democratic Party and attended the Oahu Democratic County Convention and the State Convention. He is a retired history, government and economics teacher. As a teacher, Ed was faculty chair and served as a teachers’ union officer. After retiring from teaching, Ed became involved in starting a program to help low-performing teachers, serving as its first director. Later, he became Chief of Staff to a Los Angeles Board of Education member with responsibilities for policy and budget issues, overseeing a budget of $6 billion+. After serving two different LA BOE members, Ed retired again to move to Hawaii. Ed has always been active in his communities and in politics. He was a founder of the Santa Susana Mountain Park Association and served on its board of directors as an officer. Ed was a County Committee chairman, a state director and a member of the Democratic National Committee. He also attended five national party conventions serving in leadership roles. In all of Ed’s activities, he has been an active participating member who has tried to work toward consensus. He believes transparency is necessary for arriving at decisions that can be agreed upon or accepted in a harmonious matter. For more on Ed, see Amy E. Hamaker, Cary Osborne and Bilal Zantout’s “Alumnus Ed Burke: Charity Begins at Home” (CSUN Today, 12/3/15).

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Kahunui Foster, Summer Intern/Legislative Aide

Kahunui is currently a junior at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she studies Computer Science. Kahunui grew up in Waianae and graduated from Waianae High School in 2014 where she was involved in Searider Productions during her four years there. Currently, she has an interest in public policy and legislation – because of her strong ties to the area she grew up in. Kahunui hopes to learn as much as she can while interning for Sen. Shimabukuro this summer.

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Keri Teramae, Summer Intern/Legislative Aide

Keri grew up in Pearl City, Hawaii, and graduated from Iolani High School in 2014. She is currently a junior and a Political Science major at the University of San Francisco and hopes to add a Media Studies minor. While home for the summer she hopes to gain knowledge and experience by working as a legislative intern for Sen. Shimabukuro.


2015 Staff
2014 Staff
2013 Staff
2012 Staff
2011 Staff (Including former community liaisons, Art Frank and Chasid Sapolu; and former volunteers Gerald Kita and Maria Knyazeva)

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  1. […] victims are so very thankful to Senator Maile Shimabukuro, one of the co-authors and co-sponsors of SB2588, the bill that expanded the statute of limitations […]


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