1. Why are you running for office?
I am running because I believe in the power of the people and our ability to shape our own future. I care deeply about the future of Hawai`i. I see things that we need to change and things we need to preserve and I have ideas for both. I know that if elected I can bring a strong voice for integrity based decision making to the state capitol and help create positive changes in our community. I am committed to bringing transparency to our government. I feel a strong kuleana to help be part of the change and serve Hawai`i. Being born and raised, graduating school and working in my district, I connect strongly to the core issues facing my community, our environment, and future.
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 understand the history of the illegal overthrow of The Kingdom of Hawai`i. I know that grave injustices were brought against the Kingdom and the Hawaiian people and I feel that these injustices need to be acknowledged and made right, wherever possible. I will support the conversation around Hawaiian self-governance and independence and work to help advance the conversation. I also have a great deal of respect for and understanding that the decision on how to move forward from here must be decided by Native Hawaiians leaders and kupuna educated and involved in this process.
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 / support for the advancement of Native Hawaiians.
When it comes to Hawaiian issues, I perceive my roll as one of support wherever possible. I see it as a roll of service for the needs of the traditional landowners of Hawai`i. I also see it as a way to help enact changes and bring solutions forward for the issues impacting Native Hawaiians and our native ecosystems and resources. Supporting traditional customary gathering rights and access and the preservation and restoration of important and sacred places is something I strongly support. Basing legislation and our planning around Hawaiian values, systems and traditional knowledge is something I feel is very important. I will support legislation to strengthen and improve Hawaiian rights across the board. I will work on improving access to education, work and other opportunities for Native Hawaiian youth and families. Improving access to quality health care, providing affordable housing and supporting Hawaiians in obtaining Hawaiian Homelands is also something I take seriously. I also strongly understand and appreciate the need for us to respect the principles of environmental stewardship and connection. I will ensure that my decisions are based in the Hawaiian values of Ua Mau Ke Ea O Ka `Aina I Ka Pono and aligns with our kuleana to preserve Hawai`i for the seventh generation.