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Kauai Mayor

Dustin Barca

Age: 32
Job: Hawaii Surf Team manager/Oakley Inc., RVCA advocate/RVCA
Background: Professional surfer; professional MMA fighter; Hawaii team manager, Oakley

What is the most pressing quality of life issue, and what would you do about it?

On Kauai we have a reef disease on the north shore and off Kamakani Coast there has been a major die-off of sea urchins. These are signs of a ecosystem collapse. We need to better manage what goes on, on the land, it all flows into the ocean.

What is the most important issue facing Kauai County, and how would you address it?

We import 90 percent of our food, have desecrated our cultural sites, mismanaged and privatized our water, have serious meth and pharmaceutical drug problems and no affordable housing. We need to create small family farms, restore our cultural sites and waterways, heal our addicts and prevent waste in government for housing.