Featured Members at Work

HGEA members make up a diverse group of workers from all walks of life. They have interesting jobs where they are providing vital services to the public that help to keep our state and counties safe and running efficiently — and they recognize the value of belonging to their union, HGEA. Outside of their jobs, they take care of their families, give back to their communities and have fun living in Hawaii. They could be your neighbor, sister or friend. Read about some of them here.

Managing Kauai County’s Information Highway

Information technology specialist Amanda Swanson manages the County of Kauai's website and information systems and is actively involved in HGEA and our many union activities and events. She's also a tough roller derby player.

APRIL 2017

Life-changing Experience for School Security Attendant

Kawika Chung enjoys his job as a school security attendant at Kaimuki High School — and he understands the value of having a contract and a union to represent him and negotiate on his behalf.

APRIL 2017

HGEA Members on Molokai: Small Community, Big Challenges

It's not called the Friendly Island for nothing. Members like registered nurse Louise "Lulu" Linker and tax clerk Arlene Keanini find that living and working on Molokai has its challenges, but residents come together to help each other and the community with limited resources and services.

APRIL 2017

Maui’s New Bookmobile Brings the Library to the Community

As the librarian for Maui's only Bookmobile, Jessica Gleason has her dream job, bringing library resources to places without library access, including community centers, nursing homes, correctional facilities and schools.

APRIL 2017

Union Member Wears Many Hats

  Duke Nakamatsu, a commission support clerk for County of Kauai's Department of Planning, is a very active HGEA member and longtime steward. He values the benefits of his county job, such as 40-hour work weeks, weekends off and vacation leave, that allow him to pursue his many other interests and endeavors.

APRIL 2017

Keeping Hawaii Safe in War Against Invasive Species

  As part of the Plant Quarantine Branch with the state Department of Agriculture, Catherine Davenport, a plant quarantine inspector on Maui, is in the first line of defense to keep invasive pests out of our islands. But she says it's a collaborative effort and that the public is our most valuable resource for protecting the islands.

DECEMBER 2016

Forty Years of Dedicated Public Service

  Thank you to Carol Ann Kaneshiro, who retired in August 2016 after 40 years of working in the Hawaii State Public Library System. We appreciate your dedicated service and wish you a well-deserved retirement.

JULY 2016

Deputy Sheriffs: Enforcing the Law, Protecting the Public

  Collectively, Gary Macarayan, Colin Kalama-Malani and Winston Chun have more than 90 years of diverse experience as deputy sheriffs in Hawaii's Department of Public Safety. They have been part of the challenges and achievements of the state's law enforcement organization and want people to understand the meaningful service they provide as law enforcement officers.

FEBRUARY 2016

Principal Ignites Passion in Middle School Students

  Principal Michael Harano is making a positive impact and encouraging many young minds at Washington Middle School. With the support and guidance of his faculty and staff through academics and extracurricular activities, he has helped students become passionate about learning and led the award-winning school to achieve academic success.

SEPTEMBER 2015

Community Partnernships Support Lanai’s Sole Public Health Nurse

  Linda Mau is well-known among residents as the only full-time public health nurse on Lanai. She keeps a full schedule caring for individuals from every demographic on the island, from prenatal and well-baby care and student immunizations to TB testing, home health care and elder case management.

SEPTEMBER 2015