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Kauai County Council

Tiana K. Laranio

Age: 29
Job: Student
Background: Board, Kukulu Kumuhana o Anahola; volunteer facilitator, The Leadership Challenge Program

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

Due to importation, cost of living is highly unsustainable. We need to improve and create a more sustainable infrastructure, utilize fertile agriculture lands for food security and textile exportation, which create more jobs that increase the economy, and quality of life. We need alternative energy sources to bring down costs.

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

Drugs have increased the rate of burglaries and crime. We need to strengthen existing programs and collaborate solutions within the community and create rehabilitation opportunities that work. We need to develop a stronger sense of community, responsibility, and purpose through education opportunities and programs. Collaboration, dialogue and transparency is necessary.