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Senate District 1 - Hilo

Gilbert Kahele (D)*

Age: 72
Job: State senator
Background: Community organizer in Milolii, South Kona; World War II Pacific battle historian

Should there be additional restrictions on development in Kakaako? Why?

It would depend on the type of restrictions being suggested. I support job growth and support our local construction industry and small businesses that are vital to the success and development of Kakaako. Developing the urban core and preserving agricultural are a priority of mine.

What is your one big idea?

Promoting tourism throughout the Asia Pacific and expanding our relationships with our Asian partners (China/Taiwan) to promote Hawaiʻi as a focal point between east and west.