Job: State senator; attorney at public-interest law firm
Background: Former state representative; E Ala voyaging canoe fundraising and advocacy committee
Should there be additional restrictions on development in Kakaako? Why?
I supported the Office of Hawaiian Affairs’ push to allow residential development on 3 of its parcels in Kakaako, but otherwise maintain the existing restrictions in the area. I believe we owe the Hawaiians a chance to capitalize on the settlement lands we gave them.
What is your one big idea?
Several years ago the Leeward Housing Coalition took a position in support of mobile homes as a way to help address our homeless situation. At the time, most people rejected the idea. Now that the homeless have spread to other parts of the island, maybe people will be more receptive.