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House District 48 - Kahaluu | Ahuimanu | Kaneohe

Eldean L. Kukahiko (R)

Age: 61
Job: Hope Chapel Kahaluu senior pastor; city part-time recreational summer aide
Background: Families Against Drugs coordinator; Kahaluu Community Policing organizer

Do you support the constitutional amendment to allow public money to be spent on private preschool? Why?

No. I agree with the intent of the Early Childhood Education Program, but the state is moving too fast. I have concerns about faith-based preschools that make up 50 percent of all preschools. I would consider a preschool voucher system that would allow parents to choose, eliminating constitutional issues.

What is your one big idea?

I would propose a plan that would bring small farmers together, to be able to sell their produce to our schools. I would start by lobbying for authorization from the federal government and approval from our state to include “poi” as an approved starch for all Hawaii school lunches.