Duties: The County Council is the legislative and policy-making body of the Maui County government. Council is responsible for passing the laws that govern the county, as enacted by ordinance and written in the Maui County Code.How Elected: The County Council consists of nine members elected from geographical districts. Members are elected on a nonpartisan basis. A Councilmember must be a resident of the district from which the person is to be elected for at least one year before filing and a qualified voter of the County of Maui.If there are 1 or 2 candidates for a seat, they will appear only on the general election ballot. If there are 3 or more candidates for a seat, they will appear on the primary election ballot and the 2 candidates receiving the most votes will appear on the general election ballot. The candidate who receives the most votes at the general election is deemed elected (Maui County Charter, Article 3, Section 3-2).Term: Two years, limited to a maximum of four consecutive full terms.Base Salary (2019): Councilmember - $76,475; Chairperson - $82,225
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Molokai Land Trust, past Board of Director, a Founding Member; Molokai Community Health Center, past board member and a founding member; Kalamaula Homesteaders Association, past board member
"Maui County needs steady leadership to get us through these times." We must work decisively to not only address the health and economic crisis in the short term, but to support a resilient economy in the long term.
Fulfill our county's basic needs. Work towards meeting a balance with our revenues and expenses. The impacts of COVID 19 will leave economics downturns and as a result our social and health challenges will need to be addressed; and with these challenges we will need to ensure government's efforts to support and kickstart the economy. As policy makers, we will need to address the high cost of living and this may include reductions of taxes as well as rates and fees.
Water is our resource of life. Watersheds are of value to renew our streams and bring life back to our our ecosystem. Rainfalls will increase with Watersheds. I will support funding to support Watershed projects. Sea level rise is another threat. Address coastal erosion and utilize science as well as traditional approaches to care for the lands - mauna and makai.
*Juris Doctor with Certificates in Environmental Law and Native Hawaiian Law
*Master’s Degree in Business Administration
*Bachelor's Degree in Public Relations
I'm running for re-election because I love my home, where I was born and raised. My desire to protect our home led me to earning both a degree in law and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. It has been an honor to serve as the Council Vice-Chair and Budget Committee Chair in my first term in office. As the youngest sitting Councilmember, my perspective has helped bring forward innovative solutions. I believe all generations must auamo kuleana that our kupuna have prepared us for. Community empowerment is important to me, and it drives my advocacy for strengthening transparency and participation in government.
Our community deserves a voice they can trust and rely on in all decision making. I have proven to be that voice.
Housing: This term, I chaired a Temporary Investigative Group (TIG) on Tax Reform, where we implemented a progressive tiered tax rate structure tax. This year, I plan to complete the legislation to create a long-term rental exemption which will incentivize owners of multiple homes to rent their units to residents of Maui County, rather than using them as transient accommodations.
Economy: This Budget Session, we invested more funding in diversified economic industries and into local agriculture to meet our needs and keep our dollars circulating here at home. I plan to continue exploring ways for us to manage the tourism industry, to protect our environment, natural resources, and quality of life.
Climate change, sea level rise, flood inundation, sedimentation, and erosion is a major issue now and will become exponentially worse moving into the future. To address this issue, the Council invested more funding into regenerative agriculture, which is known to be the most effective way to mitigate climate change. I allocated funding in this year’s budget for a Countywide Master Plan on Climate Change and Resiliency, starting with Molokai, because planning will be key. Our Council created a Committee on Climate Action and Resiliency, and just invested funding to establish an Office of Climate Action and Resiliency. I look forward to working with the Administration on tackling the issues under that office.