Duties: U.S. Senators share the responsibility with U.S. Representatives for enactment of the nation’s laws as provided for in the U.S. Constitution. They may also conduct investigations on issues of national importance. The Senate is charged with ratifying treaties established by the President and confirms Presidential appointments of Cabinet members, federal judges and foreign ambassadors.Qualifications: Must be a U.S. citizen for at least 9 years; an inhabitant of Hawaii when elected; and at least 30 years of age.How Elected: The Senate consists of 100 members, two from each state. They are elected by a state at large and serve for 6 years. One-third of the Senate is up for election every two years. A Senator from Hawaii must be at least 30 years of age, must be an inhabitant of Hawaii when elected, and must have been a citizen of the United States for at least 9 years.Term: Six years, not subject to term limitsBase Salary: $174,000
Hawaii has unique needs, and my job is to help to meet them. I have used my position in the Senate, including as Chair of the Indian Affairs Committee and on the Appropriations Committee, to provide resources to reduce the cost of living and build a more just, sustainable, prosperous society. We have delivered billions in federal funding including millions for Native Hawaiian programs and more than $240 million in earmarks. I continue to work on issues that will support local families like making college more affordable, expanding health care, and developing solutions to fight climate change.
The rising cost of living is the biggest issue facing families in Hawaii. That’s why I work to deliver federal funds and enact policies to reduce utility costs, improve transportation infrastructure, make health care more affordable, and support homegrown industries.
Climate change is the top issue globally. We’ve taken important steps, including delivering the largest investment in clean energy, phasing down harmful HFCs, and rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement. While we’ve made progress, we still have more to do.
The climate crisis threatens our planet and Hawaii in particular. We can face this challenge through bold action, investing in clean energy, and cutting carbon pollution. As Chair of the Special Committee on the Climate Crisis, I have helped organize our efforts and will continue to press for climate solutions. One of our tools is federal funding which I’m committed to protecting and increasing. In addition to clean energy development, these funds have helped support various programs in Hawaii, such as infrastructure repairs, COVID-19 relief, affordable housing, and health care.
BA in Political Science, BA in Math, Heavy Equipment Engineer, Multi Linguist, Ex Olympic Boxer & Trainer, Author of 3 Books.
Extensive participation in native Hawaiian issues particularly help in promoting "mother language" to revive 'Olelo Hawai'i leading to "Puna Naleo" immersion schools studies from 1977 - 2002, Vocational Specialist advisor at Wai a awa Correctional on site's class students, Neighborhood meetings, Candidate for State House in 88, 90, and US House in 1992, and again in 2002 (technical Winner from Sept -Nov 2002), US House Candidate in 2008 (lost to Abercrombie due to his refusal to debate), and Finally, I was considered favorable to finish US Senator term in June 1st 2012 meeting by late Senator Akaka (rip) witnessed by two of his family members in Nu'uano though later I was not able to finish my candidacy filing on June 5th 2012 as requirement, and did not get the honor to serve in his position for the next 8 months.
Participations in native Hawaiian issues particularly help in promoting "mother language" to revive 'Olelo Hawai'i leading to "Puna Na Leo" immersion schools studies from 1977 - 2002, Vocational Specialist advisor at Wai a 'awa Correctional to site's class students, Neighborhood meetings, Candidate for State House in 88, 90 & US House in 1992 & again in 02 (technical Winner Sept -Nov 02), US House Candidate in 2008 (lost to Abercrombie due to his refusal to debate) & Finally, I was considered favorable to finish US Senator term in June 1st 2012 meeting by late Senator Akaka(rip) till Jan 2013!
My 2002 Candidacy for US House was a multi task activity along with following the news on Iraq War primarily in North(South Kurdistan) as Pres George W Bush preemptive war against Saddam the Tyrant began. My readings in 4 regional languages authoring 3 books by 2006 was an invaluable experience, which has continued on to Syrian war along the North & East, home to 4 mil Kurds up to this day & continuing. The Kurdish Fighters have defeated ISIS international terrorists by giving over 12,000 sacrifices. I intend to strengthen that teaching to Senators to help stop terrorist emergence into US.
We in Hawaii have been very lucky not to feel the impact of the Climate Change though the studies may have shown some changes, but I would keep following this issue once occupying this Seat in the US Senate, and as a Conflict Resolution Consultant, spend some time with Climate Change experts in the Pacific & around the globe to find ways in preparing for any possible existing scenarios.
While this and other issues are to look at; my Primary concern is to lower our high cost of living, become more self-sufficient in Hawaii through Diversified Agriculture and produce more than we import.