I was born and raised in Windward Oʻahu, and I recently graduated from UH Mānoa with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. Like many of us, I saw a lack of communication between scientists and lawmakers, so I decided to take a position as a Legislative Aide at the Hawaiʻi State Capitol to see how I could help bridge the gap. I became intimately involved in the local legislative process, and I saw from an insider perspective the need for more transparency and accountability to the public.
This was not my first venture into the realm of politics- I have been an active member of the Democratic Party of Hawaiʻi since 2011, and I currently hold a handful of elected positions in the Democratic Party of Hawaiʻi (see "experience" tab for details).
Over the last ten years, I have served my community by volunteering in many capacities. I represent children in foster care as a Volunteer Guardian Ad Litem; I tutor elementary school kids, and I partner with multiple environmental and social justice organizations to work toward equality and justice for all.
For years, I’ve been advocating for issues like kūpuna care, improving our public education system, and basic environmental protections. We need our elected officials to prioritize the needs of their communities over the demands of the richest corporations. Things like essential funding for Hawaiʻi’s public schools, and responsible natural resource management should be common sense priorities over tax cuts for foreign multi-billion dollar companies.
Through my experience working at the Legislature, I learned that it is essential to build relationships between groups that have been historically opposed. As Environmental Caucus Secretary, I reached out to leaders in the Labor community to overcome our differences and stand united on legislation that simultaneously benefits workers while preserving and protecting the environment. Our issues are all connected, so we must strive toward comprehensive solutions that address the root cause of the problems instead of narrowly focusing on the symptoms. I am dedicated to working together with my colleagues to find common ground on divisive issues for the overall good of our community.
I have been working hard for our community for many years, and I look forward to transitioning from advocacy to action with your vote for State House Representative for District 49. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about the legislative process or want to talk about issues.
Mahalo nui loa for your support,