My Grandparents lived in our district for 30 years, In part, I cared for them and worked to help others like them. My Mom was a resident of 1350 Ala Moana, in our district, before she passed away in May 2006. I am a 25 year resident of 469 Ena Road in Waikiki, eight year Neighborhood Board member, past president of the Waikiki Residents Association and Citizens Watch member.
My Uncle's family is a second generation Kakaako auto body shop owner. His shop was on Kamakee Street for decades, due to the state, it had to move to its current Queen Street location near Coral Street. As a child I often visited and played in Kakaako. My experience with small business and my relatives has given me a proper understanding of the challenges, (at times injustices), that Hawaii family businesses face.