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House District 43 - Kalaeloa | Ko Olina | Maili

Karen Leinani Awana (D)*

Age: 45
Job: State representative
Background: Waianae Coast Neighborhood Board; Waianae Coast Weed and Seed Steering Committee

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

Yes. Our children need to arrive in the classroom ready to learn. Private preschools have the facilities and skilled educators. The public sector does not have adequate facilities and educators to meet the capacity needed to meet the demand. We must not deny immediate action for our preschoolers.

What is your one big idea?

Update the State Plan which was established in 1978 by then Gov. Ariyoshi. The plan provided for good land use planning. The environment, economy, development, education, housing, and diversified agriculture were areas considered. This plan forces collaboration as resources are limited in an island state.