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House District 48 - Kahaluu | Ahuimanu | Kaneohe

Jarrett Keohokalole (D)

Age: 30
Job: CGAPS legal fellow; assistant faculty specialist, William S. Richardson School of Law
Background: Former Kaneohe Neighborhood Board member

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

The consensus on this issue is clear — expanding access to preschool is vital to improving our entire public education system. Currently, the public school system does not have the infrastructure to support a school readiness program. A child’s brain is 90 percent developed by age 5. Our children cannot wait.

What is your one big idea?

I would streamline the regulatory process for restoration of Native Hawaiian farming and aquacultural areas and develop incentives for the creation and expansion of community garden programs. These may seem like small steps if done individually, but they are community-driven solutions to our significant food security and sustainability issues.