Duties: The Hawaii State House of Representatives is the lower chamber of the Hawaii State Legislature. The Hawaii House of Representatives is a part-time body.Areas Represented: Hāmākua, North and South HiloHow Elected: The House consists of 51 members elected from an equal number of respective representative districts. A Representative must be a Hawaii resident not less than three years, is at least 18 years old, and is a qualified voter of the representative district from which the person seeks to be elected. Candidates for state legislative offices who are nominated in the primary election and are unopposed in the general election will be deemed elected to the office sought after the primary election regardless of the number of votes received by that candidate (Hawaii State Constitution, Article III, Section 4). Term: Two years, not subject to term limits.Base Salary (2020): $62,604 plus $225/day if living outside Oahu, $10/day for members living on Oahu; Speaker of the House - $70,104
Bachelor of Education, University of Hawaii at Manoa
As an educator, union representative and congressional staffer, I bring a wealth of knowledge and experiences to the position of State Representative. For the past 12 years, I have assumed progressively more challenging positions having served as Higher Education Vice Chair, Labor Chair, Economic Development Chair, and currently serve as Vice Speaker of the House. I am constantly educating myself, and am open to new ideas and finding better ways to achieve our goals.
My top priority is creating a employee training program to educate and improve our state workforce to accomplish their jobs to the best of their ability. My second goal is to refocus and rebalance our tax system to more equitably assess taxes to address Hawaii's high cost of living.
As a legislator I have supported Hawaii's First in the Nation commitment to be fossil fuel free by 2040. I have also supported legislation to adhere to the Paris Climate accords. I have personally supported moving Hawaii toward a fossil fuel free "hydrogen" economy, by supporting Hawaii's research and investment into hydrogen fuel infrastructure.
Through electrolysis, we have an unlimited potential for the creation of hydrogen with an abundance of water as well as access to renewable energy resources to make clean hydrogen. It is the one fuel we can make ourselves and not rely on import from other parts of the world.
I myself was an original owner of one of the first of Toyota's hydrogen fuel cell Mirai in Hawaii.
Bachelor's Business Administration
I have owned and operated several business in Hawaii. I was also the prior Hawaii State Director for USDA Rural Development overseeing offices and staff in Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Saipan, and Palau which provide federal funding and grants for housing, community facilities, rural utilities, and guarantee programs. I live on the island of Hawaii that has been devastated by the covid 19 Pandemic. I'm a candidate for House District 1 because I have the experience to bring in funding to help get our economy revive. My other priorities is helping farmers to have sustainable agriculture on the Hamakua area.
My two top goals are the economy and sustainable agriculture. Small businesses are the backbone to the success of providing jobs. As a State Representative, I will be focused on options and alternatives to help small businesses who may qualify for low interest loans or business guarantee loans to get them back on their feet. As for Agriculture, we need to focus on sustainable food such as dairies, chickens, piggery, and crops. Again, we can assist in the loan programs above to help them get back on their feet.
We are very fortunate to live where our weather is nice all year round. Warmer oceans are leading to increased coral bleaching and disease outbreaks and changing distribution of tuna fisheries. Coastal flooding and erosion will increase. Threats to our food and water supply. I understand that the office of Planning and its partners recognized the need to address climate change adaptation and the desires of the governor and state legislature to address the issues. A coordination by the Office of Planning to take the lead in the adaptation policy for the State of Hawaii.