For the past ten years, I've been working with multiple coalitions and organizations to try to alleviate some of the issues that our communities are struggling with here in Hawai'i.
I once resigned from my job to care for my 99-year old Grandmother. I know how important it is to have paid family leave so working people don’t have to sacrifice their job to care for beloved Kūpuna & other family members.
For years, I tutored underprivileged elementary school students. We must explore additional sources of funding to provide adequate resources and qualified educators to help each student succeed.
We need to manage our natural resources more responsibly, ensuring reliable access to clean water, embracing the future of local sustainable energy and food production, and finding workable solutions to mitigate the effects of climate change which threatens to severely impact our delicate island ecosystem.
I support unions. In fact, many of my friends and family work for unions. I firmly believe that it will be my generation's kuleana to develop a sensible green-job transition plan so we don't lose jobs while moving toward sustainability.
Many of my friends and family have also served in the military, and I'm committed to serving our veterans with honor and dedication as they have served us. It is absolutely unacceptable to have veterans sleeping on the streets, or suffering because they don't have proper access to medical care. Nobody should have to struggle with healthcare in one of the wealthiest countries in the world.
Homelessness is a growing concern for Hawai'i, and it is critical to not only provide services and housing for those in need, but to simultaneously solve the systemic inequities that lead to such a high population of homelessness in the first place.
This is by no means an exhaustive list. I see injustice everywhere through my work with women's groups, Kanaka Maoli, Environmental and Social Justice organizations, and members of the LGBT community.
Over the last decade that I've been volunteering in our community, I see firsthand how these issues are all interconnected. There is no single solution that can fix everything, but if we work together to improve what we can, we will see ripples of positive improvements across all issue areas.