Phone: (808) 937-8196
Address: PO Box 4148, Kailua-Kona, HI 96745
Political Office/Position Sought: State House
District: District 6
Are you an incumbent? Yes
1. Why are you running for office?
I am running for re-election so that I can continue the work I have done in my first two terms. I have proven to be an effective leader for my community, and if re-elected I will continue to work hard for positive change for West Hawaii and the State.
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 believe in the right of the Hawaiian community to determine for itself what is the best path forward for self-governance. If a consensus or a majority decision can be reached within the community on this, then I will support that in my capacity as a legislator.
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.
Most of the issues that are important to all citizens of Hawaii are also important to Hawaiians—affordable housing, homeless, education, job creation, etc. I will continue to work on these pressing issues that affect the Hawaiian community. More specifically, we must work with DHHL to ensure that they have the funding and the leadership needed to get more Hawaiians onto homesteads and off of the waiting list. Our affordable housing crisis disproportionately affects Hawaiians, and ensuring that the DHHL can accomplish its mission is crucial. Similarly, any improvements we can make in education, and in expanding early childhood education will particularly benefit lower-income and working families. These are issues I have and will continue to work on in the future.