Q&A What in your background/experience qualifies you for this office?
I bought our first home in the district in 1978 and have watched it develop.
I have been on the Makakilo-Kapolei-Honokai Hale Neighborhood Board for the last eighteen years, gaining recognition as “the voice of the people” and usually getting the highest number of votes in elections.
I organized and have acted as president of the Friends of Makakilo, which over the last decade, has been very active in promoting or opposing things that affect the people of West O’ahu. We have a mailing list of about a thousand.
I also organized and am chairman of the Save O’ahu Farmlands Alliance, which has a separate mailing list of more than a thousand. We have been active in numerous efforts to save farmland and promote farming in the state. I communicate with all of these people, and receive feedback, every few weeks.
As the president of the Friends of Makakilo, I was an Intervenor before the Land Use Commission in the case for Ho’opili, and was the principal spokesperson for the opposition before the city council.
There are more native Hawaiians in District One than anywhere else in the world. I have been active in the Hawaiian community since 1975, teaching and writing about (and writing my doctoral dissertation on) ancient Hawaiian religion and philosophy, and working on Hawaiian issues. Even though non-Hawaiian myself, I am widely respected and accepted. Last year, I hosted a monthly television program, “The Sovereignty Conversation,” interviewing leaders in the native Hawaiian community.
My wife and I are retired DOE teachers, who are very interested in the problems in the schools.
We are also both deeply interested in promoting the development of the fine arts in the Second City. Doris founded and has directed the Kapolei Chorale for years, and also each year organizes the very successful Leeward Music Festival. I assist her in both, sing in both, and serve as the announcer.
Over the years, I have written numerous op-ed articles for the Honolulu Advertiser and its predecessors expressing my views on many issues.
In 2009, the Honolulu Star-Bulletin recognized my efforts by naming me as one of “Ten Who Made a Difference.”