Aloha mai kākou!
As a dedicated public servant and lifelong resident of Windward Oahu, I am humbly asking for your vote for Honolulu City Council District 3.
I am currently serving the residents of Windward Oahu as the Deputy Director for the Honolulu City Council’s 3rd district. As a public servant, I am entirely dedicated to improving various issues affecting the residents of the City and County of Honolulu. As the lawmaking body of the City, Honolulu City Council members and staff are responsible for serving and advancing the general welfare, health, happiness, and safety of the people of Oahu.
In addition to these responsibilities, I continue to assist and support various city departments and businesses in all areas of legislative interest including: appropriations, government revenue, regulatory affairs, energy, transportation, environment, Hawaiian affairs, agriculture, tax credits and government bonds authorizations.
Over the years, I have helped countless Hawaiʻi State and Honolulu City & County residents with information on government programs and policies as well as guidance on the legislative process and operations. As an active contributor to our society who believes in “grass roots” community service, I participate in various volunteer community service activities like beach clean ups and point in time homeless census counts. I also assist various community councils and committees like the Civilian/Military Council and the Kailua, Kahaluu, Kaneohe and Waimanalo Neighborhood Boards to help in improving the health and happiness of our residents.
As a life long Windward resident, I have always had a desire to help and improve our community. I realized early on the importance of political participation and representation and dedicated my education and volunteer time to public service. I served on class leadership and Student Board of Affairs while graduating from Kailua High School. Represented Kapiolani Community College at the Hawaii State Student Council as a member of the Student Caucus while earning my Associates Degree in Liberal Arts. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and was elected by the undergraduate student body to represent Arts and Science student majors in the Associated Students of the University of Hawaii (ASUH), an organization that brings issues of the student body to the attention of university administration, faculty, staff, community groups and government officials to implement change and improvements for the student body. ASUH also utilizes the student government fees to fund diversified student programs and events on-campus. Of Portuguese, Filipino, Hawaiian, Chinese and Native American heritage, I have many strong island ties with friends, family and both professional and casual acquaintances.
As a public servant your everyday job is to help your community address daily issues and set appropriate policy to improve life for the generations yet to come. I do not see this as a job, but as an opportunity to live my dreams of helping to improve our communities and giving back to the area that raised me.
Let us help one another to improve our communities.
E mālama kekahi i kekahi. Let us take care of one another as we work towards providing more affordable housing, improving our infrastructure and the efficiency, service, and spending of our county government operations to provide better services for our residents like licensing and permitting. I seek to invest in creative, sustainable solutions to our lingering county homelessness, recycling and waste disposal issues, but more importantly, become better stewards of our ‘āina, our parks and our beaches.