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Kauai County Council

KipuKai L.P. Kuali‘i

Age: 52
Job: Director of operations, YWCA of Kauai
Background: Former Kauai County Councilman; former project director, AKAMAI Mahi‘ai, Kauai Community College

What is the most pressing quality of life issue, and what would you do about it?

Protecting Agricultural Lands, Natural Resources & Public Access. I’ll work on measures like the ones I got passed protecting overnight fishing & reef ecosystems, increasing planning violation fines and pushing the legislative repeal of the Public Land Development Corp. I’ll work on beach access (inventory update; monitoring & maintenance system).

What is the most important issue facing Kauai County, and how would you address it?

County’s financial stability and accountability. I’ll continue to ask the tough questions; vote against spending and tax increases; and, even vote down the budget if necessary. I’ll use the stronger budget provisos I introduced to convince a Council majority to hold the administration accountable to improving efficiencies and eliminating waste.