Issues

Priorities

  • Affordable Housing
  • Traffic
  • Economic Development


Accomplishments

Public Safety

  • Introduced and passed a bill to ban the use of electronic devices while driving.
  • Introduced and passed HB 587 (2013) to amend the penal code to include persons in a dating relationship as family or household members for purposes of prohibiting physical abuse of family or household members. Also, increases the “cooling off” period of separation from 24 to 48 hours that a police officer is required to order a person to stay away if the officers has reasonable grounds to believe that a family or household member is in probable danger of further physical abuse.
    Introduced and passed HB1993 which increases the penalty for committing the act of physical abuse in the presence of a minor 14 years old and younger to a Class C Felony.
  • Introduced and Passed HB2626 Safe Routes to School which imposes a $10 surcharge and establishes a Safe Routes to School special fund. Created the Safe Routes to School program under the Department of Transportation. Establishes protocol to fund County Safe Routes to School programs.
  • HB1024 Lifeguard liability protection bill.
  • Introduced legislation that created bargaining unit 14 under HGEA ensuring fair representation for State Law enforcement officers and ocean safety and water safety officers
  • Appropriated funds to upgrade our public safety infrastructure for the Phase III Motorola 800 MHZ upgrade. ($2.1 million)
  • Was able to secure emergency funding for the Bypass of Kuhio Highway in Kilauea due to the heavy rains of 2012 that caused the collapse of a culvert.

Economic Development

  • Previously served on the Food & Agriculture Committee
  • Chairman of the House Committee on Economic Development & Business.
  • Chairman of the Kauai County Council Committee on Economic Development and Intergovernmental Affairs.
  • Introduced and Passed HB1069 which funds HTDC grant program for Small Business Innovation Research program phase II and Phase III awardees. This ensures support as innovators take their concept through the prototyping and manufacturing phase.
  • Collaborated with Senator Wakai to create the HTDC MAP (Manufacturing Assistance Program) to boost our state’s manufacturing industry by providing up to 20% or $100,000 for manufacturers to purchase equipment, train employees, or become more energy efficient.
  • Honored by the NFIB (National Federation of Independent Business) with their Small Business Leadership award. Each year NFIB honors a legislator who is an active advocate for small business and who understands small business concerns and the role small business plays in promoting a sound economy.
  • Introduced and passed HB775 appropriating funding to market Hawaii’s institutions of higher education to international students. This helps to further diversify our economy by attracting and promoting educational travel. In 2015 International students contributed $35.8 billion to our U.S. economy.
  • Introduced resolution and appropriations to create a master plan community for HHSC hospitals which include Mahelona and KVMH hospitals. Would create a master plan community that would include assisted living facilities, workforce housing, and commercial retail space to increase revenue stream for HHSC hospitals while providing needed services on our island.
  • Appointed by the Speaker of the House to serve on Hawaii’s Broadband Assistance Advisory Council
  • Appropriated funds for Moloaa Well and Post-harvest facilities. (3.05 million)
  • Appropriated funds to support the efforts of the East Kauai Water users cooperative. ($75,000)
  • Appropriated funds to support Kapaa High Schools career pathways program. ($1.9 million)
  • Appropriated funds for Ho’opulapula Haraguchi Rice Mill ($247,000)
  • Appropriated funds for Waipa Foundation kitchen, poi mill, and hale imu ($200,000)
  • Appropriated funds to support the Kilauea Ag Park ($120,000)
  • Chaired the KIUC Strategic plan that set renewable energy goals of 50% by 2023.

Infrastructure

  • Highways and Transportation
    • Lumahai slope stabilization
      • FY 2011-2012 $550,000
      • FY2012-2013 $2,000,000
      • FY 2014-2015 $2,000,000
      • FY 2016-2017 $150,000
    • Wainiha Bridges 1,2,3
      • FY 2011-2012 $10,000,000
      • FY 2013-2014 $500,000
      • FY 2014-2015 $170,000
      • FY 2016-2017 $15,000,000
    • Guardrails and shoulders
      • FY 2015-2016 $300,000
      • FY 2016-2017 $4,000,000
    • Mailihuna Road Intersection and Kapaa Stream Bridge
      • FY 2016-2017 $121,000
    • Hanalei River Breach-Repair, reinforce, and upgrade
      • FY 2011-2012 $1,000,000
      • FY 2012-2013 $1,100,000
      • FY 2013-2014 $1,000,000
      • FY 2014-2015 $1,500,000
    • Dams & Reservoirs Anahola
      • FY 2014-2015 $3,000,000
    • East Kauai Water Users Cooperative
      • FY 2012-2013 $75,000
    • Hanalei School-installation of waterlines to provide fire protection
      • FY 2012-2013
    • Lihue/Kapaa Water systems-homesteads no.4
      • FY 2016-2017 $750,000
    • Kilauea Elementary School-construction and renovation of cafeteria and administration offices
      • FY2013-2014 $1,520,000
      • FY 2016-2017 $514,000
    • Kapaa Elementary School- construction of a new library and replacement of the chain link fence
      • FY 2011-2012 $6,000,000
      • FY 2016-2017 $95,000
    • Hanalei Elementary School-Renovation of walkway, replace A/C units and repairs
      • FY 2016-2017 $514,000
    • Kilauea School-Installation of waterlines for fire protection
      • FY2013-2014 $1.3 million
    • Sheltered Bus Stops-construction along County highways
      • FY 2014-2015 $600,000
      • FY 2015-2016 $1,500,000

Public-Private Partnerships

  • As the Operations Manager of Menehune Food Mart, we partnered with the County of Kauai to serve as satellite locations for the sale of bus passes. Prior to this bus riders had to travel to Lihue to purchase bus passes.
  • As the Operations Manager of Menehune Food Marts, we partnered with the County of Kauai’s Life Choices program, the State of Hawaii Department of Education, Kapaa High School Athletics, Kapaa Middle School Arts program, and other local businesses to do the Menehune Food Mart makeover. This program removed all alcohol advertisements from the store and replaced them with family friendly advertisements focused on Kapaa High Warrior Athletics. We also beautified the outside by allowing the Kapaa Middle School Art class to do a mural with anti-drinking and driving messages. The result was a decrease in loitering and vandalism and increased public awareness of underage drinking.
  • Partnered with the Department of Education, Westside wrestling’s Ray “Coach Mac” Pigott, K.I.F. and the Hawaii High School Athletic Association to bring High School Wrestling to all four of Kauai’s High Schools. We were the last county to have wrestling as an HHSAA sanctioned sport.
  • Kawakami Furugen Fund partnered with Kauai Community College to support the Waialeale Project.
  • Introduced and appropriated funding for a community masterplan for Mahelona Hospital.