PAU, Louis

Ka Wai Ola
1 What are the top three issues facing the Native Hawaiian community today?
2 OHA’s mission is to improve conditions for Native Hawaiians. What skills do you offer to help OHA fulfill its mission?
3 How can OHA better ensure that Maunakea and its cultural and environmental integrity are appropriately protected?
Photo: Louis Pau

Nonpartisan Special
AGE: 59
Medical Doctor
Website: none

    • We have poor access to stable affordable housing, meaningful employment, health issues, and food security.
    • Waiting for others to do something for us instead of making and taking it upon ourselves making the opportunity to improve the situation for us.
    • We need to ensure the improvement of useful education and job skills to become productive in society and to help others.
    • Like most of the local people here, I grew up in a scarce resource environment. I used this experience to help the community in community service occupations. I have been a Hawaii County Police Officer, Hawaii County Firefighter and paramedic, a registered nurse, and now a physician. These experiences have allowed me the opportunity to provide essential helpful services to the community and in turn, learn from the community.
    • As a successful small business owner, I learned to manage, develop resources, and provide vital services to others in need. I have learned about accounting, budgeting, thinking “outside of the box”, problem-solving, and leadership.
  1. TMT and Mauna Kea have been a volatile issue.  Prior to 2020, the Hawaii island poverty rate was 17.4%. This recent Covid-19 crisis has crippled the tourist-dependent Hawaii economy and there has been a huge job loss, business closings, increased stress, and life uncertainty.
    • I support the creation of higher-paying jobs and employment stability with a diversified economic base. What I don’t support is the mismanagement by the state in the management of Mauna Kea.
    • Let’s look at feasible ways to improve income generation (ie: lease negotiation) from the entities that use Mauna Kea and utilize a portion of the funds to protect Mauna Kea for everyone.

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