- 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.
- 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.