Yoneo Ono Award; Meritorious Achievement Award, Democratic Party; Legislator of the Year Award, Hawaii Psychological Association, 2012
I see Hawai'i Island, East Hawai'i and in particular Hilo as leading the State in education, tourism, agriculture, sustainability and clean natural energy and power. As Oahu's population continues to increase, overcrowding, traffic, real estate costs and the high cost of living in general will drive more people to Hawai'i Island. The laid back, small town atmosphere of Hilo, stable real estate prices and potential job opportunities will cause more families to move here to make a home and a living. Basic services will need to be increased, our schools need to be modernized, thus it is important that we plan for that population increase today rather than tomorrow. In order to do this quickly we need a Senator who can work collaboratively with the executive, legislative and county government to make State Government work for East Hawai'i and its current and future residents.