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Hawaii State Representative, Dist 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: Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (Nihia, Necker, 12 islands at French Frigate Shoals, 2 islads at Gardner Pinnacles, Laysan, Lisianski, 8 islands at Pearl and Hermes Atoll, 3 islads at Kure Atoll), the islands of Moku Nui, Moku Iki, Manana, Kaohipaipu, and Kailua, Lanikai, Keolu Hills, 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 (FY2022): $62,604 plus $225/day if living outside Oahu, $10/day for members living on Oahu; Speaker of the House - $70,104

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    Kukana K.K. KAMA-TOTH
    (Rep)

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    Kaleo KWAN
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    Lisa MARTEN
    (Dem)

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Campaign Email lisa@lisamarten.com
Campaign Phone (808) 230-2004
Campaign Mailing Address 1006 Mokulua Drive
Kailua, HI 96734
I have had a very productive first term. I introduced and passed numerous pieces of legislation important to my community. 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. 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.
As a current State Legislator I follow all the rules that are in place and I have encouraged and voted for new rules to reduce conflicts of interest such as having fundraisers during session. To be honest, I support much stricter regulations than those proposed.
In my first session I introduced a Resolution declaring a climate emergency which passed as a joint resolution. As Vice Chair of Energy and Environmental Protection I supported many Bills focused on reducing our carbon emissions. I introduced a Bill this session which passed to support a local company that will capture refinery emissions and use the carbon for agriculture. I also introduced a low carbon concrete Bill.

I founded (and still run) a non-profit 7 years ago to educate and act on Climate Change. We secured commitments to 100% local renewable power and transportation. I have planted thousands of native trees with school groups, and promoted an increase in tree canopy.
I worked hard to help boost vaccination rates in my community which includes a large Native Hawaiian population with low vaccination rates. I organized and held numerous pop-up free vaccine and test events at convenient locations with music, food, etc. Personally, I participated in the Pfizer trial and booster trial. I used to do clinical research but this is the first time I was a patient. Finally, I actively made video with health care workers from my community to share those videos with my communities to impress on everyone the seriousness of our local epidemic.