Welcome to the official site of Friends of Hannibal Starbuck. Now, more than ever, Maui needs leadership from capable people who have the best intentions for Maui nui in mind. Hannibal is ready.
Preservation not Degradation
Conservation not Exploitation
Restoration not Desecration
With a lifelong dedication to Maui and a background rooted in Hawaiian culture, values, and language, stewardship of the land, education, and science, I will listen to the community to facilitate the interaction between the governing bodies and the entire community to be an integral part of improving the decision making for Maui County.
Hannibal Starbuck is a science teacher at H.P. Baldwin High
School. He holds a Bachelor of Science in physics and a Master
of Science in geoscience.
Hannibal Starbuck is a keiki o ka 'āina. He has had the privilege of being a part of special communities all over Maui, from Haleakalā to the West Maui Mountains. He has lived in Makawao, Ha'ikū, Huelo, Waihe'e, Kahakuloa, Paukūkalo, Wai'ehu, Kīhei, and Pukalani. Each place is unique and has contributed to his growth and love for Maui and Hawai'i nei. Hannibal's 'ohana is maka'āinana and have always been valued members of the community.
Hannibal went to Ha'ikū School, Makawao School, Waihe'e School, and H.P. Baldwin High School. Some highlights of his younger years were playing MYSO Soccer with Makawao and Paukukalo teams and paddling canoe for Hawaiian Canoe Club. The ocean was always his favorite playground and he would surf waves from Ho'okipa to Paukūkalo, from Hāna to Honolua, and from Mā'alaea to Mākena.
After graduating high school he spent 2 years on Kaua'i surfing
and working as a ranch hand. His duties on Papa'a Ranch in
Anahola, Kaua'i included farming, landscaping, and maintainence.
Upon return to Maui he worked in construction as a roofer and
carpenter and in the restaurant business. He then went to MCC
(now UHMC) and UH Manoa and completed his bachelor's degree and
"'A'ohe pau ka 'ike i ka hālau ho'okahi." --Not all knowledge is learned in a single classroom.
Hannibal has a deep appreciation of the culture of both the
Hawai'i of old and the Hawai'i of these times. Embedded in his
life are traditions, language, perspectives, and motivations for
his intentions as they relate to his place here in Hawai'i nei.
He is versed in 'olelo Hawai'i and has a deep appreciation for
Hawaiian music and chant. Along with knowledge of things
Hawaiian comes a kuleana to address the wrongs of the past and
present and to fight for the best interests of the people and
the land of Hawai'i. Hannibal believes that we are just
caretakers of the land and that we must mālama 'āina and aloha
Hannibal's parents, Peter and Dinah Starbuck, were members of
the Protect Kaho'olawe 'Ohana since the early 80's. They visited
the island countless times, participating in the movement to
stop the bombing and facilitating for visiting groups as well.
Dinah's hālau, Pā'ū o Hi'iaka, ran the kitchen at Hakioawa for
monthly accesses for a long time. Buckstar, Hannibal, and Una
made the journey to Kaho'olawe many times each to continue the
tradition and fight for the island.
Hannibal has been teaching science at his Alma mater, H.P.
Baldwin High School, for 12 years. He regularly teaches Physics,
Physical Science, Earth Systems Science, and Electricity and
Electronics. He takes on responsibilities beyond the classroom
and supports students as they grow into contributing members of
Some extra curricular duties include:
Maui County Commission on Children and Youth.
Commissioner since April 2017.
Member of Hawaiian Canoe Club (on and off) since 1983.
Parent duties at Hula Hālau Kekuaokalā'au'ala'iliahi.
Volunteer at Kahului Hongwanji Preschool.
Volunteer at Ko'ie'ie fishpond in Kīhei.
Parent duties at Kamehameha Schools Maui annual Ho'olaule'a.
Science allows Hannibal a fantastic perspective to understand
the world around us. He is passionate about science and values
the special geology, oceanography, meteorology, botany,
hydrology, and astronomy that can be studied in Hawai'i.
Hannibal believes that science is for everybody's benefit and
does not have to be pitted against cultural priorities.
Cheyenne Kehauonapualani (Bal) Starbuck, Hannibal's wife, was raised a Kihei girl. She also spent many years living in Ha'ikū and Wailuku before marrying Hannibal. When they were married in 2009, the Starbucks lived in Wai'ehu, where Hi'ipoi was born. Cheyenne has mainly worked in food and beverage, which enabled her to raise her older children, "the twins", Kamāhoe and Lilinoe Bal. Cheyenne is also the birth mother of Amber Bal, who was hānai by Cheyenne's aunty as a baby. Cheyenne is a longtime runner and also a canoe paddler.
Hi'ipoiikealaula Sophia Starbuck, age 8, attends Kamehameha Schools Maui Campus where she excels in all subjects. She dances hula with Hālau Kekua'okalā'au'ala'iliahi and is learning to play piano. She loves to draw, read, and play video games.
Kamāhoe and Lilinoe Bal
Cheyenne's twins, Kamāhoe and Lilinoe Bal, graduated from Kamehameha Schools Maui in 2012. Kamāhoe is a diesel mechanic and Lilinoe works in food and beverage. Lilinoe has twins herself and lives on the Big Island. Amongst other sports, both twins paddled with Kamehameha High School and Hawaiian Canoe Club in their teenage years.
Una Starbuck, younger sister of Hannibal, lives with her husband in Upcountry Maui. She has a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology and works for a non-profit on Maui.
Peter Starbuck (1994)
Peter Starbuck, Hannibal's father, worked as an English instructor at Maui Community College (now UH Maui College) for 15 years. He was a beloved teacher who inspired countless Maui students. Among his accomplishments at the college was creating Hawaiian Literature classes which are still around today. He was an avid gardener and instilled a love for plants and literature in his children. Peter was practicing organic farming before it was a "thing". He paddled canoe with Na Kai 'Ewalu.
Dinah Starbuck (2006)
Dinah Starbuck, Hannibal's mother, worked as a nurse for Maui Medical Group in Wailuku and Upcountry. Previously, she had worked for Hale Makua and Hāna Medical Center. Through Maui Medical Dinah was a diabetes educator for the community. She danced hula with Hālau Pā'ū o Hi'iaka and paddled canoe with Na Kai 'Ewalu Canoe Club. She also spent a couple seasons with Kīhei and Hawaiian Canoe Club. Dinah was raised on O'ahu and in California.
Buckstar Starbuck (1996)
Buckstar Starbuck, Hannibal's older brother, worked as a boat captain out of Ma'alaea Harbor. He was never far from his 'ukulele and was another great canoe paddler in his day.