Born and raised on Maui, Troy Hashimoto is deeply rooted in the community and is a fifth generation Mauian.  The middle child of Noel and Kathy, he learned the value of hard work through days of working on his family’s persimmon farm.

He went away for college and earned a bachelor’s and Master of Business Administration from the University of Denver.

During his time away for school, Troy quickly realized how special Maui truly is and made sure to make it back home.

For nearly eight years he has served as Maui County Council Chair Mike White’s executive assistant, focusing on policy and budgetary matters.  He also served as the chair of the Maui County Democratic Party for four years, on the State Central Committee of the Democratic party and served as a member of the Hawaii State Board of Education from 2004-2005.

He also serves on the Ka Ipu Kukui Fellows Board, a year-long program designed to train community-identified future leaders. A Decisions Maui and Focus Maui Nui initiative, the Ka Ipu Kukui Fellows program was conceived to promote and develop future leaders through a community-based program designed to address planning for Maui Nui’s future.

On April 17, 2018, Troy was appointed by Governor David Ige to fill the remainder of the term for the seat left vacant by Joseph M. Souki.  During his time at the Legislature, he focused on securing funding for the Maui Memorial Medical Center and also Capital Improvement Project funding for Baldwin High School and Iao Intermediate School.

Troy believes that Central Maui has been fortunate to have wise advocates such as Robert Nakasone, Shan Tsutsui, and now Gil Keith-Agaran, who delivered incredible services and projects to our community.  Being able to continue this legacy by securing strategic committee assignments and establishing key relationships is crucial for advocating for District 8.