Waimanalo, Kailua, Kaneohe and all of the windwardside is more than just the suburbs of urban Honolulu.
As a candidate I want to represent Council District 3 as an advocate for Windward Oahu issues.
This means looking at Windward Oahu in the manner needed to support community innovation that builds and helps sustain prosperity.
In mainland states, towns the size of Kaneohe and Kailua would most likely be either separate or a combined city (incorporated municipality).
This means they would have the contractual benefit of a city to support their own unique differences and serve their citizens directly
The only reason this hasn’t already happened is because Hawaii is the only state in the US with a universally combined City & County system established on all islands in 1905.
Bringing greater political innovation to enhance the life of a community should be a goal for all public servants.
The Covid-19 shut down and its aftermath has helped to highlight the need for a serious look at Hawaii long term economic outlook.
Doing no-harm to the economy must be the watchword for all public servants. Building has to replace banning as the economy takes the forefront with the goal of creating greater prosperity and innovation.
Business, agriculture, and tourism can all benefit from a city government with clear goals and direction to achieve long term high quality growth.
As well, so much of what impacts prosperity and our quality of life, such as a clean and safe environment, begins with giving local people the ability to clean their communities and the support needed to help keep things that way.
If there is a Hawaiian phrase that prepares us for the task ahead it would be the call of Ho‘omakaukau, to get ready.
For the canoe paddler its the call before their combined efforts pulls the canoe from standing still to racing forward.
There is much to be done which will require the combined strength of all of us.