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Monday, May 13, 2019
Hawaii Republican Convention Reelects Ostrov Chair
By Brett Kulbis @ 5:56 PM :: 3802 Views :: Republican Party

Hawaii GOP unites to overwhelmingly reelect Shirlene Ostrov as State Party Chair, accompanied by a new executive leadership team.

News Release from Hawaii Republican Party, May 15, 2019

HONOLULU – The Hawaii Republican Party met Saturday on Maui to conduct its annual State convention and elect party leadership to bring the Hawaii GOP into the 2020 election cycle with new direction and pedigree not seen before.   The convention was well attended with over 200 voting delegates that were steeped in unity of vision and voted decisively, reelecting Shirlene DelaCruz Ostrov to a second two-year term as party chair.   The results not only solidified overwhelming support for Ostrov, but in a refreshing display of cohesiveness, the lopsided win for Ostrov’s hand selected leadership team also ushered in a new day for the Hawaii GOP.

During the past few years and leading up to the 2018 mid-term elections, Ostrov worked tirelessly to thwart repeated attacks and dissention from opposition factions within the party.    As the results from Saturday’s convention confirm, Ostrov’s leadership and the unwavering confidence State delegates demonstrated for her agenda resulted in an unprecedented back to back election win, and placement of an executive leadership team that is united, strong, and will take the GOP’s new day message into the next two years leading up to 2020. Elected alongside her was her handpicked slate:  Vice Chairman of Coordinated Campaigns Al Frenzel, Vice Chairman of Candidate Recruitment and Training Jane Tatibouet, Vice Chairman of Communications Ray L’Heureux, Vice Chairman of Community Service Steve Lipscomb, Vice Chairman of Coalitions Rojo Herrera, Secretary Ka’eo Kealoha-Lindsey, and Treasurer Marilyn Moniz.

Most refreshingly, and perhaps more importantly, Ostrov and her newly elected executive leadership team nullified the sometimes vocal and disruptive opposition and leveled their overt attempts of party takeover into a decisive victory for her and her slate and reduced the opposition’s dissenting message into one of irrelevancy.  

Attendees of the convention at the historic Marilyn Monroe House on the grounds of the King Kamehameha Golf Club referred to the event as highly energetic, electrifying, and patriotic.  Attendees further shared how important it is to remain positive and welcome all to join the Hawaii GOP’s shared vision for the future, one of a renewed sense of hope, excitement and the coalescing of one unified party that will deliver much needed change in the political landscape in Hawaii, and provide sound leadership that will give voters in Hawaii a choice other than politics as usual.   

A jubilant and empowered Ostrov stated at the end of the conference:  “Delegates from across the islands gathered in Maui, elected a unified slate of strong Conservative leaders and voted overwhelmingly for a change to “politics as usual”. And change is just what the Hawaii Republican Party is going to deliver!”

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News Release from Rep Gene Ward, May 14, 2019

HONOLULU, HI – Representative Gene Ward (R-17 Hawaii Kai to Kalama Valley) commends the newly elected leaders of the Hawaii Republican Party. Party delegates overwhelmingly re-elected Shirlene Ostrov as Chairman, Al Frenzel as Vice Chair of Coordinated Campaigns, Jane Tatibouet as Vice Chair of Candidate Recruitment and Training, Ray L'Heureux as Vice Chair of Communications, Steve Lipscomb as Vice Chair of Community Service, Rojo Hererra as Vice Chair of Coalitions, Ka'eo Kealoha-Lindsey as Secretary, and Marilyn Moniz as Treasurer.

"I look forward to working closely with all party officers as we labor together to grow the Hawaii Republican Party and elect more Republicans to serve our hardworking families in the Hawaii State Legislature."

Officers were elected on May 11, 2019 in Wailuku, Maui, to serve for a two-year term.  Click here to view the profiles of the Hawaii Republican Party officers.

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State Convention

Aloha Oahu Republicans,   May 13, 2019

On Saturday May 11, 2019 hundreds of Hawaii Republicans gathered for the convention of the Hawaii Republican Party at the beautiful King Kamehameha Golf Course on the "Valley Isle" of Maui. The purpose of this years convention was to elect State Leaders, amend our Party rules and approve resolutions.

With an overwhelming majority of the votes State Chair Shirlene Ostrov was re-elected to lead our Party for another two years. With the same overwhelming majority of votes or by acclimation her hand picked slate of candidates were also elected, congratulations!

  • State Chair Shirlene Ostrov
  • Vice Chair of Coordinated Campaigns Al Frenzel
  • Vice Chair of Candidate Recruitment and Training Jane Tatibouet
  • Vice Chair of Communications Ray L'Heureux
  • Vice Chair of Community Service Steve Lipscomb
  • Vice Chair of Coalitions Rojo Hererra
  • Secretary Ka'eo Kealoha-Lindsey
  • Treasurer Marilyn Moniz

The Honolulu County Republican Party looks forward to working closely with each of our re-elected and newly elected State leaders - to unify our party, change our political landscape by raising a banner of no pale pastels, but bold colors which make it unmistakably clear where we stand on all of the issues troubling the people of Hawaii, preparing for the 2020 State Elections and the 2020 Trump Re-election Campaign. LET'S MAKE HAWAII GREAT!

Keynote speaker Dave Huguenel, Regional Director, Delegates and Party Organization for the Trump 2020 Campaign provided some great insight of what to expect and what will be expected in the months to come as we gear up for President Trump's 2020 Re-election campaign. However, Dave's primary responsibility with the campaign is to ensure State delegates selected to attend the 2020 nominating convention in Charlotte, NC are staunch White House allies — not Never Trump Republicans.

Mahalo to Maui County & State Convention Committee Chair Greg Lussier and the Maui County Republican Party, our hosts, for their gracious hospitality and aloha. The Frank Lloyd Wright designed clubhouse and the absolutely breath taking views may have been the star of the convention. Please also extend our mahalo to the staff at King Kamehameha Golf Course for their outstanding support.

Mahalo to Credentials Chair Celyn Chong Kee and Elections Chair Mark White, and their respective team of volunteers, who's hard work and commitment were instrumental in ensuring the success of our convention.

Mahalo to Convention Chair Andria Tupola, we know it's not easy maintaining control of a room full of independent and vocal conservative Republicans, but you kept us on schedule while ensuring everyone that wanted was recognized and heard.


(Don't forget to vote in your Neighborhood Board elections! Voting closes this Friday May 17, 2019 at 11:59pm.)

Brett Kulbis
Honolulu County Chairman 

SA: Ostrov was opposed by Kauai Republican Dave Hamman but was reelected by a vote of 168 delegates to 37


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