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House District 3 - South Hilo | Keaau-Honuapo

Richard H.K. Onishi (D)*

Age: 60
Job: Hawaii County computer analyst; state representative
Background: Hawai`i Island Adult Care vice president of external affairs

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

No, through personal experience, having two late born daughters, there are children under 5 that are ready for kindergarten who can be successful. Preschool should be provided in our public school system, it has the infrastructure to provide an equal education to all of our children and support their families.

What is your one big idea?

We need to develop a regular source of funding to address the invasive species issues that plagues our state. The problems have wide ranging impacts on our ecosystem, our state’s economy and tourist industry. Greater discussion is needed on how we fund this problem in the next legislative session.