: "I was raised in a family with kupuna values. My parents encouraged a strong work ethic, always choosing service over self. This is the guiding principle that continues to drive me today. I am always striving toward the greater good for my family, neighbors, community and nation.
If I am elected, my governing style can be summed up with three words: Heard: I will always listen to your voice - especially if it is an opposing viewpoint. Seen: No person or group will be made to feel invisible or marginalized. Valued: I may be old-fashioned but the current state of discourse in our country has become mean, rude and counterproductive. Courtesy and respect make finding common ground much easier and I will always show the proper respect as an example of what can be done through respect.
I have decades of experience in both government and corporate settings. I know how to build strong relationships, find solutions to difficult issues, and smoothly navigate a complicated sea of governmental red tape. I know how to get things done."
JUST SOME OF OUR ISSUES
Excessive Windward Development
Our district is special to us and has been for hundreds of years. While modernization and improvements can certainly improve our quality of life, development plans created in a vacuum only strengthen a community's anger against them.
I support a cooperative approach to business development - Hear the community, develop ideas, consult and share, adjust if necessary, then develop plans. When all parties understand the process is win-win, projects will have a much better chance of sustainable success because of appreciative participation.
Our biggest demographic affected by diversity is women and we, as a community, are not as enlightened as we want to believe. The recent hashtag - "me too" campaign (#MeToo) proved that.
It's Adults -typically men, who are doing the discriminating, harassing and assaulting and it's about time to put an end to this kind of behavior. How? Think about the following:
Children have a sense of fairness born into them and it's their environment and teachings that shape their perceptions and perspectives to be fair and just or mean and manipulative. I would continue support to elementary education programs along with ethical decision-making training in secondary schools as it relates to acceptable behavior and diversity. I would support a keiki-based and delivered media campaign to remind those on the edge where pono behavior resides. I don't have the ultimate answer to this but what I do have is an endless flow of ideas and an absolute resolve to move EVERYONE forward with respect and basic human dignity.
The homeless are still there and they are still visible. It's always been a surprise to me that there are so many compassionate people trying to do the right things and yet it still seems as if we're treading water. What would happen if we could track which local service providers are having great successes and then incrementally increase their manning and funding to establish measurable benchmarks for others to follow? The exact answer is elusive but the present scenario is pretty average. I will support a results-based initiative as it relates to both government agency's and non-profits.
Our isolation in the Pacific Ocean is a curse during disaster. Our isolation on the Windward side of Oahu adds even more difficulty. 2017's Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico is a good example of that. I support the efforts of our Emergency Management teams at the city and state level and will support enhancements to citizen training, shelter improvements and emergency equipment.
I come from a family of entertainers and know how import live entertainment is to round out a well-lived life. Community theater, dance programs, music programs are all necessary elements for our enjoyment as viewers and provide livelihoods for practitioners. I will support public school music, dance and theater programs along with cultural recognition and training and ensure our keiki have access to all their dreams of possibilities.
While completing my MBA at Hawaii Pacific University, it didn't take a professors lecture to understand supply and demand. That simple equation is what forces our ohana apart when faced with the high cost of a mortgage or rent in Hawaii and better options elsewhere. I believe developers should not be saddled with the duty of civic planning. County and State government should use their vast land holdings and resources and contract developers to build sustainable communities. I also believe that local residents should receive preference over overseas cash sales of real estate to ensure a larger property inventory for those families wishing to stay.
Public & Personal Safety
We should feel safe in our homes and in our communities. This includes safe walkways, bikeways and roads. Also, Hawaii State Hospital Security, Haiku Stairs access and homeless encampments and individuals that seem to gravitate throughout our district. I will work closely with other elected city, state and federal officials and with state and city department directors to ensure that our safety and security is funded properly and will provide the necessary oversight to ensure we have the safety and security we deserve.
Our free U.S. education system is already one of the finest in the world. We can be even better! Building on the successes of the Castle complex redesign and adding in the inspired involvement of parents, teachers, keiki and experienced design-think facilitators, we can make sure the things we and our communities think are important, can be combined with other educational standards to create the most versatile and resilient learners. Additionally, I will introduce legislation to increase teacher salaries by a minimum of $25,000 per year.
Our isolation magnifies the absolute requirement of taking care of the land and protecting our resources. I support continued water conservation education in our schools along with an advertising campaign for adults. I also support rainwater capture technology as one means to reduce our water use footprint.
Being energy self-sufficient is a fantastic goal and I support continued efforts that recognize the most effective and innovative ideas and programs.
Food sustainability- I support government tuition assistance to students who complete a Farming Certificate. Additional incentives and support can be offered to help small business development for these students to start their own small farm businesses and help Hawaii become less dependent on outside food sources.