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Hawaii State House, District 49

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: Kaneohe, Maunawili, OlomanaHow 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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    Kilomana DANNER
    (Rep)

  • Scot MATAYOSHI
    (Dem)

Biographical Information

Please provide a brief Candidate Statement describing your qualifications and why you are running for this office.

What are your top two goals and how will you achieve them if elected?

What do you think about the state of women in Hawaii's elected and appointed public offices? What have you done to support women in government? What will you do?

How would you address concerns about a lack of transparency at all levels of government?

Do you support automatically registering people to vote when they apply for a driver’s license or state identification card, provided they can voluntarily opt out of registering. (Senate Bill 2005 passed the senate and is currently in the Hawaii House Judiciary.)

What, if any, actions would you work towards in your first 100 days to address the threats facing Hawaii due to climate change?

Do you believe the response to the COVID-19 crisis could have been improved, and if so, how?

One of the main issues I am running is because of the failure of the state of Hawai’i to make good on the promise of land for the original people of these islands, the Kanaka Maole. The Hawaiian Homes Commision Act was created in 1920 to deliver to and put the kanaka on his land. 100 years later there are 28,000 landless kanaka waiting on the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands wait list. All of my kupuna, 12 aunties and uncles and my mother died qualified on the list. I myself have been on this list for 43 years. The state motto is “The life so the land is perpetuated in righteousness.” No righteousness can be perpetuated when the original inhabitants of the land are treated unrighteously. This is the core issue that must be addressed.
1) I will see to it that Kanaka Maole that are on the DHHL waiting listing are given tax/exempt status for fee simple properties that they already live in, have raised their families in. This is a solution for removing thousands of kanaka from the wait list.

2). I will introduce legislation to eliminate the single school board system, that this state is the only that I know of that has such a top heavy bureaucracy. We have principals in the schools that hold PhD. We have multiple teaching professionals that hold masters degrees. Local control of schools is the best system for educating our youth. The members of the community that the school is in, work closely with teachers and administrators to provide the best for their students.
In this current election cycle there are I believe more or at least equal numbers of women seeking political office. I do not believe there is anything that needs to be done other than encouraging more women to run. And then supporting them in every way so that they may win the offices that they seek. Woman are stronger than men in many ways. Woman often are more compassionate and wiser men on many issues. More women need to run! More women need to win! And they will when they run.
I would propose stronger ‘sun shine” laws. Light is the best disinfectant for what goes on in dark back rooms. I would support penalties for government officials that participate and benefit from actions they take that are hidden from the public. As these requirements and penalties are implemented, the light itself will do the work of keeping politicians honest.
I do not support such a measure. I would support an “opt in” measure. The vote is such an important and powerful right that I believe each individual must make that decision and commitment to vote as a conscious decision that they have made for themselves. I believe educating potential voters as to the importance of the right to vote begins in the home and then into the churches and the schools.
There is a wide range of scientific opinion on what causes and what constitutes “climate change”. I would support things like alternate days that cars may be used on the highways. Odd numbered license plates would travel the roads on Monday and Wednesday. Even numbered on Tuesday and Thursday. All plates allowed on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This would encourage car pooling and have obvious benefits less tragic on our roads.
I believe the handling of the covid19 crisis in Hawai’i was handled very poorly. I believe the Covid19 crisis in Hawai’i continues to be handled poorly. I believe that fear was the vehicle that drove the poor decisions that were made and continue to be made. I believe that the $1.6 billion that was provided by the federal government to the state should have been distributed directly to the citizens of the state of Hawai’i. $1.6 billion should have been divided by 1.4 million citizens with each receiving a dividend check in the amount of $1143.00 for every man, woman and child. It would go directly to those that need it and no where it is needed most. It would be the driver of a restored economy immediately.
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