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Hawaii State Representative District 9

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: Kahului, Pu`unēnē, Old Sand Hills, Maui LaniHow 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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  • Justin H. WOODSON
    (Dem)

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    Kahala Jen CHRUPALYK
    (AA)

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Age 43
Education Formally: spring 2021 AA Hawaiian Studies Informally/Experience: a very long, diversified list Certifications: fill a 2" binder and also diversified
Military/Community Service n/a
Campaign Address PO Box 1793
Wailuku, HI 96793
Campaign Phone (808) 856-6315
Born a Hawaiian of the diaspora, I was raised to learn how to restore and live off the land, but during school times, in the city. When circumstances involving political corruption shattered every low-income neighborhood and family when I was young, my grandmother taught me how to practice democracy. She couldnʻt read or write, but she sure knew how to politically negotiate. She told me every day that I had to know these things to return home. She told me that when I grew up, I was going to restore her fatherʻs home. In 2013 I became the first and only to return. What I saw here, was what I witnessed as a child there. I quickly dove into integration and restoration. Today, I need a bigger voice to restore before nothing is left.
1. Restore the environment 2. Restore people [in general]

Two broad topics can either be dissected into many exaggerated smaller parts or can be dealt with hand in hand, which is easier. Citing that disparities within the economy create at-risk situations at home, in our community and unto the environment brings an even wider range of issues to one circular head: economic infrastructure. All of the human/people goals can be reached through the usage and restoration of nature. Using ethnographic information as relevance, economy is diversified by the use of nature to support health, environmental concerns, is completely recyclable, and by far the most sustainable method of economic and human restoration.
Whether or not elected, I will continue to farm sustainably and host mobile land/water restoration events where help is needed [a usual weekend activity]. However, I do expect the events to grow a bit, as more people learn about this. Hopefully, I will be able to introduce a new program for people with struggling backgrounds to find sustainable reintegration into society as future environmental experts. Studies show that gardening reduces stress. People with addiction or behavioral issues often have real root causes for those issues and are also struggling with disenfranchisement, coping mechanisms and disconnect with society. They shouldnʻt be taking medication or incarcerated. They should be redirected. Restore land & people as one.