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Hawaii State House, District 51

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: Kailua, WaimanaloHow 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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    Erik K. HO

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    Kukana K.K. KAMA-TOTH

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    Lisa MARTEN

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?

Phone (808) 666-3993
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Twitter @erikhohawaii
This is my first campaign for public office. I decided to run this year because I feel that my vote no longer can be what helps to decide our destiny, but it will be my actions as an elected representative. Our government officials have strayed from their oaths of office. They play politics rather than govern. I want to be the elected representative that brings back integrity to public service.
My two top goals are food sovereignty and water resource protection. If elected, I will achieve these measures by appealing to representatives of districts who have vested interests in the success of these ambitions to join me in seeing these ventures through.
The state of women in elected and appointed public offices of Hawaii is reflective of the people voters put into office. I have voted for candidates who I felt were qualified for the office based on their merits, experience and what they would bring to office. This regularly included women candidates if they were running for an office I was eligible to vote for. If elected to office, I will continue to support the most qualified individual for a particular office.
The only way that we could address a lack of transparency at all levels of government would be to hold a Convention of the States. There has been talks about having a Convention for some time. If we want meaningful change, a Convention of the Sates is the remedy we need. I will be a staunch advocate for this.
I do not support automatically registering people when they apply for a drivers license or state ID card. There are people who choose not to vote for one reason or another. Automatically signing everyone up to vote violates first amendment rights to free speech. In addition, there is a check box that asks if you would like to be registered to vote when you apply or renew your license. We should leave it to individuals to decide for themselves.
In my first 100 days, I would look towards creating carbon sinks in Hawaii. This would include planting large amounts of native trees and other plants. These carbon capture methods would help to reduce atmospheric CO2 levels as well as provide food and medicinal plants.
Yes I do. Pandemic responses should be standardized throughout the world. We should partner with nations who have had success in containing the virus, find out what would work best here, and implement those changes while tweaking it along the way so that life can continue as normal as possible until the pandemic is declared finished. In addition, we could stock up on medical supplies so that there are no shortages should there be a large outbreak once we reopen the state.
Aloha Mai, my name is Kukana Kama-Toth current Vice Chair of the Waimānalo Neighborhood Board and current chair of the Residentially Challenged Committee. I’ve spent the last 7 years of my life as a community advocate and community organizer raising awareness and problem solving issues that affect our ocean, illegal and over fishing of our marine life, community accessibility to our beaches, protection of our coastal forests, protection of Kaiwi Mauka lands from privatize purchase, communal rights, fair treatment and housing solution for our homeless/houseless and I have also collaborated with DOI (federal), DLNR/State Legislature, and the city and county for the betterment of community. I am Running for office because I love my community.
My top two goals are transparency and communication. For far too long communities have had lack of communication and lack of awareness to important issues that directly affected them. I hope to be the bridge between government and community, between opposition and support, between state and city, and between the kanaka lens and the westernize lens. My love for learning encourages my ability to be open minded as well as a fluid thinker and my foundation of truth enables be to stand steadfast while facing hard decisions.
Hawaii has had women in powerful positions from the highest elected office (Governor) all the way to city representation. There is no doubt that women can hold their own in places of decision making and power. As an educator investing into the hearts and minds of our young people encourages development and strength and that’s where true support for our future women in government begins.
First of all you have to lend an ear to hear the concerns of your community and it’s members. Developing relationships in each area of government is key to transparency. As a representative we cannot go forward thinking that we alone are the solution to bridging the gap. It takes building rapport and having an understanding of different perspectives to be able to keep the lines of communication clear. We need to remember that we are all working for the people we represent and we must not forget that it’s about our PEOPLE FIRST. It’s about HAWAII FIRST.
I am all for everyone voting but I believe they should want to vote. I believe we are forgetting that government is suppose to govern us not rule us. I know individuals who believe voting is treason. I wouldn’t want to force their ability to vote upon them simply because they are applying for a drivers license. It’s their choice and a right given to them in the name of democracy.
First I would want to better understand the movement of currents and the flow of waters on our shores. To know this I’d have to be enlightened through review of current studies for our coastal regions specifically in my district. I would meet with the experts in this area and also meet with constituents whose property are most likely being affected. Only then could I better understand the best avenues to traverse to find/create solution.
Yes of course. There is always room for improvement no matter what the issue. We could start from the beginning but instead let’s look at the most recent. Currently we are experiencing the highest levels of the virus that Hawaii has seen. We had our opportunity to restart our local economy following our two month resident quarantine but was unsuccessful due to the lack of tracing and monitoring of our incoming travelers. This lack of consistency has aided our spike in virus. We need to start a new and allow our local businesses to thrive while maintaining Social distancing while maintaining a stronger border safety implementation.
Phone (808) 230-2004
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I’m a proud grad of Kailua Intermediate and Kalaheo High School. After college in California and Japan, I earned a Master in Public Policy at Harvard and a Doctorate in Public Health at Columbia. Public Health is the science of gathering and evaluating evidence to make good decisions, whether it’s an epidemic like COVID-19 or for the health of our community in regular times. A thriving community depends on healthy and productive land and water, access to medical care, and mix of other key ingredients like affordable housing, good education and a fair working wage. After 15 years in health care and research, I started a non-profit to address environmental threats to our health in collaboration with schools and DLNR.
Diversify our economy into local energy and food production which will create jobs, keep more of our money in state, make our people and the environment healthier.

Fund our public school teachers, including for pre-school, to give our youth the best start in life and the skills to solve the complex problems that we are leaving them with.I’ve spent my career in Public Health and Environmental Health and now want to continue my service to the community as your State House Representative.
Women are under-represented. I have supported women in government by donating to their campaigns, by voting for them, and by supporting their efforts on womenʻs issues. The office of my Senator, Laura Thielen, was especially good at communicating with interested constituents about legislation important to women so that we could testify on it. As a legislator I will support qualified women for appointed public offices.
I will share the reasoning behind my support or opposition to key Bills with my consituents, as was done by one of my legislators whom I admire.
Yes. This, combined with all mail-in voting may increase voter participation which will in turn make elected officials more accountable to their constituents.
I founded a non-profit 5 years ago to educate and act on Climate Change. We secured commitments to 100% local renewable power and transportation. However, additional legislation is needed to close loopholes for Gas, update our building codes, invest in infrastructure for clean transportation, lead the way with government contracts and fleets, and implement a carbon tax that will change incentives without burdening the poor.

We need more trees to sequester carbon, absorb storm water, and keep us cool. I have planted thousands of native trees with school groups, and promoted an increase in tree canopy.

New building and renovations must be resilient to sea level rise, storm surges, and rising water tables along the coastal areas.
Kudos to our leadership for avoiding loss of life and health care worker trauma. Still, it is always possible to improve. I have a Doctorate in Public Health and believe we could have used our excellent local and global COVID-19 data even better to make timely, evidence-based decisions. Closing our State to tourism before community spread started could kept more of our local economy open, kept kids in school, maintained preventive and elective medical care, and avoided social isolation. We should have promoted universal mask wearing from the start. By May, we had “flattened the curve,” increased our testing capacity and hospital readiness, and learned more about transmission and treatment. Yet re-opening local business was delayed.