Political Office/Positon Sought: State Representative, District: 13
Are you an incumbent? Yes
Campaign Contact info:
Friends of Lynn DeCoite · PO Box 1032 · Kaunakakai, HI 96748
Phone: (808)658-9004 E-mail: friendsofLynnDeCoite@gmail.com
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1. Why are you running for office?
Being appointed to represent District 13 (East Maui, Molokai and Lanai) in the Hawaii State House of Representatives last February was a tremendous honor. It was not something I had ever planned on or set out to do, yet this experience has been the most rewarding and humbling job I have ever had. That is why I am now running to the 2016 election to continue to represent District 13, so I can further serve the residents of East Maui, Moloka’i, Lana’i along with the entire state of Hawai’i. My priorities for continuing in office are:
- Outreach and Inclusion of all islands and residents when it comes to services, resources, programs and jobs:
— District 13 is the only “canoe district” in the State House of Representatives. The areas (and Islands) in the district are considered “rural” and do not always get the attention that urban areas of the state receive.
- Agriculture: — Food Safety, sustainability and promoting local products.
- Education: — Facility improvement and support services for students and teachers.
- Healthon: — Health Care and Access to health services for all residents.
- Housingon: — Affordable/ Quality Housing and addressing the “Hidden Homeless”.
- DHHL: — Adequate funding for operations and administration.
Please know that I am committed to keeping my ears open, an open mind and am willing to listen and work with everyone to make the State of Hawai’i a better place for all of its people.
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 feel that we all need to work together, listen to each other and look at realistic approaches for the betterment of the Hawaiian people. As a legislator, my role is that of an educator and if necessary a mediator, to make sure that everyone is heard, respected and has the opportunity to make informed decisions.
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.
As a legislator that is also Native Hawaiian, I see my role to be an educator to my colleagues about who we are as Hawaiians and what we have gone through so we can work together for the betterment of the Hawaiian people. This past session I introduced 2 measures regarding Native Hawaiian issues:
- HB 1931 — Relating to the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act. This measure would have reduced the minimum blood quantum requirement of certain successors to lessees of Hawaiian home lands from one-quarter to one thirty-second.
- HB 1932 — Relating to the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands. This measure appropriated general funds for reimbursement of administrators and operating expenses of the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands for fiscal year 2016.
I was able to work with my colleagues to get the funding from HB 1932 added as a line item in the State Budget HB1700— in total an unprecedented $23,925,340.00 was allocated to DHHL so they can work on filling open positions and work on getting beneficiaries off of the waitlist and get them onto the homesteads.
I introduced both of these measures to get Native Beneficiaries on the homesteads and to make sure that our families can stay on the land. I will continue to introduce measures like these to work towards the betterment of the Native Hawaiian people.
Representative Lynn DeCoite
On February 20, 2015 Lynn Pualani DeCoite was sworn in to represent the 13th District in the Hawaii State House of Representatives. She was appointed by Governor David Ige to fill the remainder of the two year term.
Lynn DeCoite was born in Honolulu and has lived on Moloka’i since she was four years old. She is a third generation homestead farmer, where she and her three siblings were raised to work hard and live off the land. Lynn went to Moloka’i High School and then attended Moloka’i Community College. She is a devoted wife and proud mother of three children; Carrie (21), Russell (20) and Dillon (16).
Lynn and her husband own and operate L&R Farms Enterprises, LLC where they raise the famous Moloka’i purple sweet potato.
Along with being a small business owner Lynn has been very involved in her community. She has been involved with the Annual Moloka’i Christmas Parade, the Moloka’i Ag Festival, the Annual Prince Kuhio Day Event and the Moloka’i Annual Charity Walk. Lynn also served as the Parent Teacher Student Organization President for Molokai Middle School.
Lynn DeCoite has also served on the Boards for organizations like Lokahi Pacific (from 2004-2012 ) – a housing and small business loan agency, Hikiola Cooperative (2008-2011)- a feed and fertilizer Co-op, Molokai Irrigation Advisory Board (2008-2012), the Molokai Chamber Foundation (2006-2012), The Molokai Planning Commission from (2006-2009). Up until her appointment to the State House of Representatives Lynn served on the Molokai Homestead Farmers Alliance (2006-2015), Farm Service Agency (2007-2015) and the Hawaii State Board of Agriculture (2012-2015).
Lynn has engaged in issues and been involved at both the Maui County Council and the State Legislature and advocated for the people of Hawaii. She has participated in various working groups including the Maui Water Community Working Group and the Molokai Workforce Development Agricultural Working Group. Lynn was instrumental in having Molokai Irrigation System audited and lobbying for it to have the necessary funds to fix the system for so that farmers can continue to farm.
Lynn is committed to keep her ears open, keep an open mind and is willing to listen and work with everyone to make the State of Hawai’i a better place for all of its people.