Job: State representative
Background: Miss Hawaii 2011; American Heart Association Jump Rope for Heart ambassador
Do you support the constitutional amendment to allow public money to be spent on private preschool? Why?
I am in favor of all children attending preschool. However, approximately 60 percent of the preschools in my district would unlikely to qualify for public funding due to their religious affiliation. This eliminates many options for families, which is why I cannot support the current constitutional amendment as proposed.
What is your one big idea?
Currently, Hawaii imports 90 percent of our food. We need to cultivate a new generation of farmers through programs like Future Farmers of America and 4H. We also need out-of-the-box solutions like a working farm for a school district to teach our children and bring our state closer to self-sustainability.