State House, district 22
1. Why are you running for office?
Our community’s future is very important to me.
As a 33 year district resident, born at Kapiolani Medical Center who lived in Waikiki as a child, my roots are here. I am committed to preserving what is special about our way of life and correcting what needs to be changed. I experience many of the same community and government challenges faced by area residents.
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 we are only as strong as our weakest link. Studies show that Native Hawaiians face greater socio-economic and health challenges than other racial demographics in Hawaii. [For example, 39% of the state’s incarcerated population are Native Hawaiian and they are 30% more likely to be diagnosed with cancer.] Efforts should not only include more funding for programs to empower them, but also to mobilize support for their self-governance, as determined by the community.
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.