Senator Tsutsui currently serves as the 12th Senate President of the State of Hawai‘i. He is the first Senate President from Maui as well as the youngest. Elected to the Senate in 2002 to represent Hawaii's 4th senatorial district, his previous leadership positions included the Vice Chair of Ways and Means and Majority Caucus Leader.

Born on August 9, 1971, Senator Tsutsui graduated from Maui High School in 1989 and received a B.A. from the University of Hawaiʻi in Economics in 1994. Outside of the Legislature, Senator Tsutsui is a Business Consultant for Atlas Insurance Agency, Inc. and has three daughters (Mikayla, Kaylee and Kenna) with his wife, the former Lyndelle Lee.

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• Maui High School - 1989
• University of Hawaii at Manoa, Bachelor of Arts in Economics - 1994

• Business Consultant, Atlas Insurance Agency, Inc. - 2008 to present
• Director of Marketing, Hawaii Investment Securities, LLC, a subsidiary of Wachovia Securities Financial Network - 2005 to 2009
• Owner/Operator, Keiki Time - 2001 to 2008
• Financial Advisor, UBS Paine Webber - 1998 to 2004
• Financial Advisor, Prudential Securities - 1996 to 1998
• Financial Advisor, Manulife Financial - 1994 to 1996

• Elected to the Hawaii State Senate in 2002
• 4th Senatorial District, Maui - Kahului, Wailuku, Paia and Lower Paia

• Ways and Means, Vice-Chair
• Health, Member
• Education, Member
• Human Services, Member

• Ways and Means, Vice-Chair
• Education and Military Affairs, Member
• Health, Member
• Tourism, Member
• Senate Leadership - Majority Caucus Leader

• Ways and Means, Vice-Chair
• Intergovernmental and Military Affairs, Vice-Chair
• Tourism and Government Operations, Member
• Transportation and International Affairs, Member
• Senate Leadership - Majority Caucus Leader

• Ways and Means, Vice-Chair
• Education and Housing, Member
• Tourism, Member
• Senate Leadership - Majority Caucus Leader

• Member, Board of Directors, Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc. (2002-2007)
• Member, Maui Young Business Round Table (2001-present)
• 2011 HSAC Legislator of the Year
• 2011 HMA award for Legislative Leadership
• 2010 MDBD Tutor Sponsor




Monday, September 19, 2011

$2,224.00 Raised to Benefit Aloha United Way

From August 1st -September 11th, Senate President Shan S. Tsutsui teamed up with Aloha United Way to help raise funds toward building healthier and stronger communities. For over 90 years Aloha United Way has acted as a safety net to our most vulnerable populations across the State of Hawaii. Because of your kindness and generosity, our keiki, kupuna and neighbors in need can continue to count on vital support and services. Mahalo for helping make a difference and changing lives!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Maui Public Listening Sessions
Saturday, September 17, 2011

Lahaina Listening Session
10:00am - 12:00pm
Lahaina Intermediate School Cafeteria
871 Lahainaluna Road, Lahaina, Hawai‘i 96761

Kahului Listening Session
2:30pm - 4:30pm
Maui Waena Intermediate School Cafeteria
795 Onehee Street, Kahului, Hawai‘i 96732

The DLNR Administration Team, including Chairperson William J. Aila, Jr., First Deputy Guy H. Kaulukukui, Ph.D. and Water Deputy Bill M. Tam from Honolulu, is visiting Maui to hear community comments, questions, and concerns regarding topics under the Department's jurisdiction. This meeting is hosted by Senate President Shan S. Tsutsui as part of a series of DLNR Listening Sessions to be conducted statewide.

If you are unable to attend but would like to send your comments, questions, and concerns to the DLNR, please e-mail:

Individuals requiring assistance or accommodations are asked to contact Senate President Tsutsui's Office at least four days in advance of the meeting.
If calling from Maui, please dial this toll free number: 984-2400. After the message and at the dial tone, enter 6-7344 for Senate President Tsutsui's office. If calling from Oahu, please dial

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Pu‘u Kukui Groundbreaking Photos and Plans

Pu‘u Kukui Campus Aerial View

Pu‘u Kukui Fact Sheet

Wailuku II Master Plan

All photos and documents courtesy of State of Hawaii Department of Education

Monday, September 12, 2011

Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce 5th Annual Business Fest

On September 2, 2011, Senate President Tsutsui attended the 5th Annual Business Fest, Hui Holomua, hosted by the Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce. Holomua, or progress in Hawaiian, reflects the collective goal shared by conference participants' toward growth and development in our Hawaiian business community.

The conference was held at the Grand Wailea Resort in Kihei, Maui and featured lectures relating to issues on: Culture and Rights, Governance, Economic Development, Education, Housing, Land and Natural Resources, Human Services and Health.

Senate President Tsutsui was invited to talk story on these matters along with a number of recognizable community members including Mayor Alan Arakawa, Nainoa Thompson and OHA trustees Colette Y. Machado and Judge Boyd P. Mossman. Other highlights of the conference included cultural opening and closing ceremonies as well as the 3rd Annual Koi Awards to recognize leaders who have contributed to the well-being of our communities and State.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Special Session

On September 1, 2011, Senate President Tsutsui and his colleagues held a special session to confirm gubernatorial nominee Karen Tooko Nakasone to the Circuit Court of the First Circuit.

Karen Nakasone has been a public defender in Honolulu since 1996 and will be filling the vacancy created by Judge Sabrina McKenna's appointment early this year to the Supreme Court.

Monday, August 29, 2011

State of Hawaii Boards and Commissions

On August 24, 2011, Senate President Shan S. Tsutsui along with Governor Neil Abercrombie, Lieutenant Governor Brian Schatz and Justice of the Supreme Court Sabrina McKenna, swore in 93 members of various State of Hawaii Boards and Commissions in the House of Representatives Chamber.

Senate President Tsutsui, Governor Abercrombie, Lieutenant Governor Schatz and Judge McKenna welcome DHRD Director Sunshine P.W. Topping as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Employer-Union Health Benefits Fund.  (Photo by Ricky Li)

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Ground Breaking to Begin on Pu‘u Kukui Elementary

On September 7, 2011, the groundbreaking ceremony for a much needed second elementary school in Wailuku Maui will commence with Senate President Shan S. Tsutsui, Governor Neil Abercrombie and the State of Hawaii Board of Education in attendance.

In response to Central Maui's rapidly growing population, the Senate President along with Representatives Kyle Yamashita and the late Bob Nakasone successfully lobbied their colleagues during the 2007 Legislative Session for an appropriation of $41 million to plan, design and construct a new elementary school in Wailuku. Set to be built in the 2,000 home subdivision of Kehalani, the school will accommodate approximately 550 students and is expected to be completed in two years.

Referred to as Wailuku II Elementary since its inception, the school was awarded the official name of Pu‘u Kukui earlier this year as the result of a naming contest held at Wailuku Elementary. Meaning "hill of enlightenment," not only is the translation appropriate, it also reflects the summit name of the West Maui Mountains on which the school is to be built.

The groundbreaking ceremony will be held from 10am-11am at 3700 Kehalani Parkway in Wailuku Maui.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Pu‘u Kukui Elementary School Groundbreaking (video by Maui Now)

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