Job: State representative
Background: Former UH-Manoa director of community affairs, John A. Burns School of Medicine director of public affairs, KHON-TV news reporter
Do you support the constitutional amendment to allow public money to be spent on private preschool? Why?
I support early education but we should first successfully implement early education programs in our public schools before considering spreading our limited funds to private preschools. The amendment asks voters to approve a preschool program with no details on how much it will cost and how the program will work.
What is your one big idea?
Let’s view our rapidly growing senior population as a resource instead of a burden. Retirees are living longer and healthier than ever, and the wisdom of these kupuna should be utilized by our schools, social service programs, and health providers as a source of knowledge and skills.