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Hawaii State Representative District 13

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: Haiku, Hāna, Kaupo, Kīpahulu, Nahiku, Pā`ia, Kaho`olawe, Lāna`i, Moloka`i, MolokiniHow 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; Senate President - $70,104

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    Theresa KAPAKU

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Biographical Information

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Age 50
Education • Molokai High School, Class of 1988 • UHMC, Molokai Education Center, 1988 - 1990
Serving District 13 in the Hawaii State House of Representative is a tremendous honor. It has been the most rewarding and humbling job I have ever had, and a job that I hope to keep for many years to come. I am running in the 2020 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 this upcoming campaign and for District 13 remain the same; to ensure outreach and inclusion of all islands and residents when it comes to state services, resources, programs and jobs. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the toll it has taken on our economy ensuring that our communities are adequately funded will be a top priority.

While there are many issues to focus on and changing priorities depending on what is going on any given day, week or month – my main focus is to do what I can to help connect my constituents with the services they need – my priority is to serve the people.
I will continue to work to fund the protection of our watersheds along with our natural and cultural resources. I will also continue to address set back requirements due to sea level rise.
Age 38
Education Self taught business woman
Campaign Phone (808) 495-3244
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My name is Theresa Kapaku, your Aloha ‘Aina Candidate for the House of Representatives Dist.13. I am a mother, farmer, small businesswoman, and community advocate living off grid in East Maui. My experience is versatile and dynamic. An advocate for grassroots community action, I volunteer, organize and take action on matters that threaten the safety of our residents and our beloved Hawai’i nei. In addition to homestead farming, I also co-founded a successful company that helped cities and school districts save millions of dollars in wasted resources, reduce their carbon footprints, and implement renewable energy.
We must transition from RE ACTIVE to PRO ACTIVE governance and make executable plans which heed the voice of the community and that address health, safety, and economy in preparation for ANY major catastrophe, including this COVID-19 pandemic.
Oh my goodness where do I start? This is one of my favorite topics. I would immediately get to supporting and creating policy to move to 100% renewable energy (using only approved energy sources), require planning departments to drastically increase setbacks for development from the shoreline, create tax incentives for renewable energy, tax incentives and rebates for energy/water/gas efficiency, support the creation and purchase of locally grown organic, chemical free produce, and support community based infrastructure for small scale agriculture producers.
Age 66
Education San Joaquin Delta College, University of the Pacific, IBM Tech Center SF, School of Life.
Military/Community Service US Coast Guard veteran
Campaign Phone 572-3626
I am running for State House Representative of Maui District 13, It is my hope to better serve my district's needs than the incumbent representative. The people of my district, county and the State of Hawaii deserve a change for the better . For too long our district and county have suffered with teacher shortages, traffic problems, homelessness and overregulation that makes it difficult for new farmers to acquire lands for food production. As a legislator I will take a practical approach to fair government, fund appropriation and job creation.. My campaign serves all residents of Hawaii. It is important to me that races be treated as equals in this state.
1. Work with senior legislators to put forth bills and create farm legislation farm worker programs that can provide housing for farm workers and transitional (homeless) individuals.

2. See to it that Maui taxes return to our island to meet the needs of our people.
Recent peer reviewed studies have proven earlier climate models to be grossly inaccurate and that the Earth's atmosphere is in thermodynamic equilibrium. I have a practical ten year plan that moves important infrastructure (power plants, community developments and new roads ) to higher altitudes in the unlikely event that oceans rise dramatically in the next decade. Maui's pollution index a minuscule.