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David “Dave” Ward is currently a key stakeholder in F&W Land LLC, a comprehensive real estate firm specializing in development, project management, and consulting. He has had various leadership roles in Maui non-profit Organizations, including Founding Member, past President, and current Treasurer of the Board of Directors for Na Hale O Maui and his current role as President of the Board of Directors at Hawaiian Canoe Club. Dave’s recreational interests center around water sports, particularly canoe paddling and fishing. He has one son, Moana, who currently attends the University of Oregon. Dave is originally from New Bern, North Carolina.

Dave’s educational background is rooted in the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, where he initially graduated and later received an MBA from Keanan Flagler Business School in 1997. His professional trajectory started at NationsBank in Corporate Lending, which he left in 1991 to move to Maui and launch a small fiberglass manufacturing business. Dave then expanded his financial expertise with a stint at Bank of Hawaii in Corporate Lending, after which he returned to Maui and joined Goodfellow Bros./Pacific Rim Land.

In 2002, Dave co-founded Frampton & Ward, marking a pivotal moment in his career. His rich experience in real estate development spans projects such as Kāʻanapali Coffee Farms, Consolidated Baseyards on Waiko Road, and various agricultural subdivisions in Olowalu, Mākila, and Kauaʻula on the West Side. He’s also been a managing partner in developments like Papaʻanui in Makena, the redevelopment of the Kahului Cannery, the Olowalu Town Master Plan Development, Pauwela Homes Workforce Housing, The Heritage at Maui Lani Workforce Housing, Omaʻopio ʻEhiku Subdivision, and Waiʻolu Estates at Kehalani

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Leilani Pulmano, a longtime resident of Lahaina, has made West Maui her cherished home for over two decades. Deeply rooted in the community, she has dedicated her career to making a positive impact in Maui County. Currently employed at Pacific Rim Land, Leilani brings her expertise and passion to contribute to building smart and balanced communities.

Leilani’s commitment to public service is evident through her involvement in various organizations. She serves as the Vice-Chair on the board of the Hawaii Housing Public Authority and Chair of Ka Ipu Kukui. Previously, she held the role of Board Chair for the Hawaii Housing Finance Development Corporation from 2012 to 2020, overseeing significant progress in promoting affordable housing solutions and expanding access to affordable housing opportunities.

Beyond her professional pursuits, Leilani finds joy in riding the waves of West Maui as a surfer. Her love for Maui and its oceanic beauty fuels her desire to create broad policy and structural changes in government, ensuring that every child of Maui can choose to remain and thrive in their beloved home.

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Born and raised in Honolulu, Oʻahu, Bev Kurokawa moved to Maui several years after graduating from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa with a B.B.A. As can be expected, life on Maui was very different from life in Honolulu, and it took a while to adapt. But soon, Maui became home, and Bev immersed herself in the island’s culture, economics and way of life, never looking back. Most of her professional life on Maui has been in public accounting but after certification as a Certified Financial Planner, she ventured out as an independent contractor. Along with serving on the Maui Nui Empowered board, she is involved in other boards ~ medical, financial, hālau, and community oriented. This is Bev’s way of giving back to the people of Maui County.

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Raised in Upcountry Maui, Dean K. Frampton is a seasoned land use professional with over two decades of experience in consulting and development. His passion lies in promoting home ownership as he views it as the most impactful method of retaining the residents of Maui County. This is also evident in his decades of volunteerism, most recently serving as the Chair for the Countyʻs Board of Water Supply. A graduate of Seabury High School and Humboldt State, Deanʻs personal life is centered around his family – his wife, Carol, and their two teenage sons, Alex and Cody, with whom he resides in Pukalani.

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Cal Chipcase is a recognized expert on land use law and advises clients in land and project due diligence, permitting, agency proceedings, and land use violations. A second-generation Hawai‘i lawyer, Cal earned his law degree from the University of Hawai‘i, William S. Richardson School of Law. Before joining Cades Schutte, Cal clerked for the Honorable Richard R. Clifton, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the Honorable Alan C. Kay, United States District Court for the District of Hawai‘i. He is a partner at Cades Schutte LLP and works on housing projects in Maui County and throughout Hawaiʻi. For the past 20 years, he has taught real property, land use, and legal writing courses at the Richardson School of Law. As a brother and a father, giving our families the opportunity to stay in Hawaiʻi is profoundly personal to Cal.

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Sterling Higa is a Kū‘au resident with his wife and four children. He is a committed advocate for the public interest in Hawai‘i, drawing on skills he has developed over twelve years as a community organizer, teacher and writer. A graduate of Hawai‘i’s public school system, Sterling received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and later attended Harvard University, where he earned a master’s degree in education– studying civic education, nonprofit management, and leadership. After earning his master’s, Sterling returned to Hawai‘i and taught performing arts for two years at SEEQS: The School for Examining Essential Questions of Sustainability. While teaching, he enrolled in a doctoral program at the University of Hawai‘i and served as a coach for its collegiate debate team. Sterling viewed debate as a vehicle to educate students on the importance of listening, critical thinking, and advocacy. Currently, he serves as executive director of Housing Hawai‘i’s Future, a nonprofit movement he co-founded that creates opportunities for Hawai‘i’s next generation by ending the workforce housing shortage. He is also a columnist for Honolulu Civil Beat and a contributing writer for Hawaii Business Magazine.

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Dr. Lui K. Hokoana serves as the Chancellor and CEO of the University of Hawaiʻi Maui College. He began his career at Maui Community College in 1991 as a counselor, served as the Vice Chancellor at Windward Community College, UH West Oʻahu, and the Associate VP for students at the University of Hawaiʻi System. During his tenure at the University of Hawaiʻi, he secured more than 100 million dollars in extramural grants from Federal, State, County, and private organizations. He is the President of the Central Maui Hawaiian Civic Club and the Post Secondary International Network, a consortium of international College Presidents.

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Shane “Ala” Awai is a dedicated multi-channel development specialist for  District Council 50. With deep involvement in the Maui community, Shane holds the esteemed position of President at Maui Pop Warner, showcasing his commitment to youth development. Previously, he served as President of the Maui Bronco League, further demonstrating his passion for sports and community engagement. Shane takes immense pride in being a loving father, grandfather, and husband. Motivated by a desire to leave a positive impact on his beloved home, Maui, he is driven to contribute towards making it a better place for his family and all Maui County residents.

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Dwight Burns is the Maui Island representative of Local 3, Hawaii Operating Engineers Industry Stabilization Fund and has worked in the construction industry for over 25 years.  He is an advocate for good-paying jobs, employment stability, and labor laws that protect the working men and women throughout the building industry.  Dwight also works to help protect the public from bad actors in the industry who cheat workers and skirt rules and regulations.  He serves on various boards and commission, including the Maui Fire and Public Safety Commission.