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Hawaii State Representative, Dist 29

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: Kamehameha Heights, a portion of KalihiHow 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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    Carole Kauhiwai KAAPU
    (Rep)

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    John M. MIZUNO
    (Dem)

Biographical Information

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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?

Twitter @@CaroleKaapu
Campaign Email carole.kaapu@gmail.com
Campaign Phone (805)628-2822
Campaign Mailing Address PO Box 30283
Honolulu, HI 96820
I’m a concerned citizen with decades of public service experience. I know how hard our families are working and not making ends meet, something must be done. I am a fiscal and social conservative, and want to see the people of Hawaii put first in the decisions being made. I’ve worked at the State House for 7 sessions, and am now a Sr Legislative Analyst. I’ve worked in non-profits (Hawaii Red Cross), in education (Kamehameha), broadcasting (K38), and faith based organizations (New Hope Oahu). I’ve volunteered on NB#14 for a decade, and with the Lanakila Senior Center. I went to Maemae & Kamehameha. I’ve lived and worked here for over 30 years. I know my neighbors and our community’s needs.
First and foremost, require the Legislature to follow the sunshine law. I would change the culture of the Legislature so that decisions are not made behind closed doors.
Right now a bigger and more immediate threat to the people of Hawai’i is the skyrocketing cost of living. That is the first issue we must address. People can’t even buy the basic necessities of food, pay for gas to get to work, or pay the rent. Dealing with the cost of living must be prioritized over all else.
Any organization that doesn’t review and evaluate their performance will not be effective. I feel that the State didn’t move fast enough to address the people unemployed due to the lock downs. I have friends still trying to navigate that system 3 years later. Also, many children have been left behind without the tools and support for distance learning. The DOE is so large they are not equipped to navigate such a fast changing situation. In these situations, a more decisive response was needed. I work in Emergency Response, if it took 9 months after the hurricane to get our systems running that would be an utter failure, people would needlessly suffer. Which is exactly what we saw here.
Campaign Email mizuno@capitol.hawaii.gov
Campaign Phone (808) 741-4503
Campaign Mailing Address PO BOX 215
Honolulu, HI 96810
I currently serve as the Vice Speaker for the House, which is the second highest ranking member of 51. I have served as the Chair of the Health & Human Services Committees for years drafting and passing landmark legislation to benefit and support Hawaii's economy, homeless, disabled, health and human services, housing, education, public safety, civil rights, and the environment. I have been recognized as Legislator of the Year in 2007, 2009, 2010, 2018, and 2019. I pledge to work with you to make our state a better & safer place where all people will have the ability to excel in life. I believe in listening to many voices with respect and cultural sensitivity to craft good policy.

This session we passed SB555 to prohibit any fundraisers during regular or special session, which stops any appearance of "pay to play" passing of bills. We also passed HB1475 to require all government employees to complete mandatory ethics training, which will educate all government employees of the ethics laws. We passed HB2416 to disclose "dark money" from donors of $10,000 or greater from 501(c)(4) organization to candidates. My thoughts are that any donation should be reported with the donors' name and address and placed in a public data base for the public to view. Finally the House formed the Commission to Improve Standards of Conduct recommendations for policy due Dec. 1, 2022.
Draft a bill to establish a Hawaii Blue Ribbon Panel on Climate Change, selecting experts on climate change and enlisting the help of U.S. Senator Schatz who is at the forefront of Climate Change at the Federal Level. Because Hawaii is a relatively small state, which already has the most progressive policy on renewable energy, clean water, and protecting the environment; the Legislature should be able to implement good recommendations to address climate change by the Panel, along with recommendations from the Federal climate change organization. I believe funding would be available with state and federal funds. If successful the panel could be the blueprint to address climate change.
Yes, absolutely. At the onset of the pandemic Lt. Gov. Green and I were the only elected officials fighting the administration to immediately start COVID testing, followed by isolation of positive cases to improve survival rate and robust contact tracing to provide a protective barrier around positive cases from the public. (Google Star Advertiser article Mizuno and Green call for immediate COVID testing) In the end both the Health Director & the Disease Outbreak Administrator were forced to leave the Health Department, due to their failure to properly address the pandemic. I was the first elected official to hold a Legislative briefing on the COVID-19 outbreak with an outline to address it.