I grew up right here in Pacific Palisades. We played hide and seek in the mountain, slid into Waiawa stream, and all our uncles and aunties lived a block away. I graduated from St. Louis in 1987 and went off to college. After playing two years of college football at Cal State Fullerton, I started my family, learned a lot of lessons, and ended up living in Utah for 10 years.
I always wanted to come home and in 2007 my dream came true, and I returned to Palisades. Because of my extensive work at the copper mine in Utah, I was offered a job at the refinery here in Hawaii. I started coaching pop warner football as my son played for the Highlands Colts and Pearl City Chargers. After seeing the high quality of schools and park facilities in Utah, I was shocked to see my kids grow up in a State that does not prioritize our children. We couldn’t get simple things done like getting the grass mowed on our football field and our teachers were sorely underpaid.
Running for office has been on my heart and mind for many years. It is so hard for local families to afford to live in Hawaii. I always thought “when is someone going to stand up and do the right thing?” I saw crime rising, families hurting, and businesses closing. In November 2019, I decided it was time for someone to stand up and fight for the people in our community. I filed my papers to run for office and had no idea that 2020 was going to be one of the craziest, unpredictable, and heart breaking years for Hawaii.
The people of our district deserve a Councilman that understands the struggle, works to improve the quality of life for all families and fights to keep our Ohana & Keiki safe. I can’t create change without your help, and I humbly ask for your vote.