Candidate: Dale Kobayashi
Phone: (808) 348-0389
Office sought: State House of Representatives, District: 23
I am not an incumbent
Campaign Contact: Friends of Dale Kobayashi (808) 348-0389 firstname.lastname@example.org
1. Why are you running for office?
I believe we deserve better, more honest representation in government. The people of Hawaii have lost confidence in the system, there’s a consensus that ordinary citizens have no voice, no say in how our future unfolds. That moneyed interests dictate our future. I’ll work to return a sense of empowerment to the people of our state. That they will be heard. That their voice can make a difference. We need public policy which takes into consideration the needs of all, particularly the most vulnerable among us. Policy which respects the legacy of our forebears and creates promise for future generations.
2. What are your views about Hawaiian self-governance? In your capacity as a legislator, what action, if any, would you advocate in support of Hawaiian self- governance?
I am a strong supporter of Hawaiian self-governance. Neither the Federal government of the United States nor the government of the state of Hawaii has come close to adequately addressing remedies for the illegal overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom. I will work with the different self governance groups to support a solution which will provide a basis for Hawaiian self-governance as a first small step within the larger imperative of addressing this unconscionable historical wrong perpetrated on the Hawaiian people.
3. When it comes to Native Hawaiian issues, what do you perceive your role as a legislator to be? What ways can you, if elected, support Native Hawaiian concerns through your legislative abilities? If elected, describe specific Native Hawaiian bill ideas that you would be willing to propose or support for the advancement of Native Hawaiians.
The issues important to me, Income equality, Rights for the homeless, increased minimum wage, rehabilitation over incarceration, are key issues for the Native Hawaiian population in particular, given the disproportionate poverty, homeless and incarceration rates within the ethnic group. I’m particularly concerned about legal challenges brought by the majority against efforts to address this disproportionate suffering in the context of righting historical wrongs. Chief among these is protecting the admissions policies of Kamehameha Schools and retaining Native Hawaiian leadership in the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.
My policy considerations are driven by Progressive Ideals and Old School Local Values. You’ll find the combination of my Ideals and Values are most consistent with traditional Hawaiian sensibilities.