I’ve been humbled to serve in the Hawai’i State legislature. In an economically challenging time, I had the opportunity to work on a State Budget that was balanced but protects the most vulnerable among our residents as a member of the Finance Committee. My other assignments–Labor & Public Employment, Public Safety, and Transportation– also allowed me to work on issues important to the 9th District (Paia- Spreckelsville- Puunene- Kahului- Wailuku) where Maui’s college, hospital, commercial harbor and airport are located.
Growing up in Paia and Kahului, I learned from my grandparents and parents three simple rules: work hard, stay in school and respect others. They stressed the importance of shared connections with others within our family, our neighborhood and our home island. We all have a stake in what happens as members of this one community.
I believe in the common values that flow from mutual obligations we owe to each other: honesty, integrity and respect. While we as a State and a people face challenging times, I would welcome the opportunity and challenge to continue serving Maui and the State of Hawaii in the legislature. For that reason, I’m humbly asking for your help.
Mahalo to all who have offered your support.
With warmest Aloha,