The decisions we make today will have a life-changing impact for not only us, but our children and the generations to come.
We cannot continue with the status quo to solve problems. We must create new approaches to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic which strains our healthcare system and disrupts our economy; the lack of affordable housing and the high cost of living; the challenges of our public education system; crime and homelessness; unresolved Native Hawaiian issues; and climate change. The list goes on and on.
The pandemic has taken center stage and exacerbated deep, systemic problems. We need new strategies to proactively plan for the “new normal” and provide clarity instead of simply reacting to the constant changes brought about by COVID-19. This has to be done if we are to even begin addressing other issues.
We need out-of-the-box thinking, resourcefulness, and collaborative, humble, thoughtful and decisive leadership. Those who know me and have worked with me will say that this has been my leadership style for the past 34 years. I am known as being someone who is a problem solver who gets the job done. If I’m elected to office, I will listen to diverse viewpoints and collaborate with subject experts to formulate plans to move Hawai‘i forward.