Honolulu City Council
Executive Director, Hawaii Construction Alliance
Member, Liliha Neighborhood Board; Chair, Neighborhood Commission
Having been born and raised in District 6, this my home, and a place that I care passionately about. I deeply believe it’s time for new energy, new vision, and a new voice to build upon what’s come before and make our island home the very best that it can be.
Like so many local residents, I have been frustrated by the issues which continue to vex this special place that we all call home. Whether it’s our growing homeless population, the proliferation of crime, or families struggling to make ends meet with our high cost of living -- there is no doubt that we need 21st-century leadership to tackle these challenges moving forward
As a member of the Liliha Neighborhood Board for six years, I took on many community issues facing our residents, including advocating for safer streets after a neighbor was struck by an SUV in a dilapidated City crosswalk and taking on the proliferation of monster homes in our communities. As Executive Director of the Hawaiʻi Construction Alliance, I have worked tirelessly on issues like affordable housing, stricter labor standards, quality wages, and holding contractors accountable on both public and private projects.
I would like to offer my experience as a community advocate and as a labor and business leader to make a difference on behalf of the people of the City & County of Honolulu. With my energy, vision, and aloha, I know we can make a positive change on homelessness, affordable housing, infrastructure and roads, and crime in our neighborhoods.
Walking door-to-door over the past several months, I constantly hear from voters about three issues: homelessness, the cost of housing, and property crime.
Homelessness is the most pressing issue in the district – whether on the streets of Chinatown, underneath bridges in ʻAiea, or in the wooded areas off of Pacific Heights. As homelessness has gotten worse and more visible in the past several years, it’s clear that more action is needed to solve this issue. If elected, I will roll up my sleeves on Day 1 to tackle this issue first and foremost, along the entire spectrum of homelessness: from those who are on the edge of losing their home to those who have been living on the streets for years. I’d like to push for an “all-of-the-above” approach to solving homelessness that includes staffed hygiene facilities, safe zones and navigation centers, family-based repatriation programs, mental and healthcare services, and more housing-first options.
I would like to offer my extensive experience as a community advocate and as a labor and business leader to make a difference on behalf of the people of the City & County of Honolulu. With my energy, vision, and aloha, I know we can make a positive change on homelessness, affordable housing, infrastructure and roads, and crime in our neighborhoods.
Bring born and raised in the district, some of my best memories took place here - whether it was playing AYSO soccer at Makiki Park, riding my bike through Kalihi with my calabash cousins, or going to lunch every Sunday with my father in Chinatown. My brothers and I enjoyed a good quality of life growing up in District 6, and as a Councilmember, I will work hard each and every day to make sure the next generation and those who come after can continue to enjoy all the unique and wonderful things which make our island home a special place.