Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is remembered as a great civil rights leader, but he was also a crusader for the rights of labor. Here in Honolulu Dr. King will be remembered with a parade that begins at Mag-ic Island and follows Kalakaua Ave. through Waikiki to Kapi’olani Park.

This year Local 665 will join the Hawaii State AFL-CIO in the Martin Luther King Day Parade.

Please join your brothers and sisters at Magic Island near the canoes on the mauka side of the park on Monday, January 21st at 8:30 a.m. Remember to wear the black Hula Girl IATSE shirt (if you have one), comfortable shoes and bring a water bottle & sunscreen. Please email Irish and let her know if you are coming (


The New Year brings us another opportunity for new beginnings. And (as many of you have noticed) it’s yet another chance for me to remind you about your annual dues. For those who have already paid – please feel free to ignore me!! For those of you who have not – please do so before January 31st to avoid those pesky late fines. For those of you who aren’t sure – please call the office and check your account. We are always happy to hear from you.


The start of a new year is a time of renewal but it’s also a time to reflect on what has changed and those who have passed on. In 2018 we bid aloha to the following members:

Archie Ahuna, Sr.
Allan Brady (Retired/Gold Card Member)
Thomas Vance Gage
Kelly B. Faulkner
Mark Shiraishi
Zeph Salis
Fujie Kajikawa (Retired/Gold Card Member)

Each one of these members brought their energy and skills to Local 665 and worked to make our local stronger. In mourning their passing, we remember them with gratitude for the time we spent with them and the lessons they taught us. We are all better for having known them.


I want to add a personal note of appreciation to my union brothers and sisters. I often write about supporting one another in our local; over the past weeks I’ve needed some additional assistance and I’ve been overwhelmed by the support I’ve received. We truly are an ohana. Many many thanks to the officers, staff and members who have helped me through a difficult time.

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