But it ain’t gonna happen without your help. That’s the bottom line my friends. We have a genuine opportunity to fundamentally change the very nature of our government, but to close the deal and make this happen requires you and many others to step up and help.
Across the islands, there are many qualified and credible individuals running for election to the State House. ThePono Hawaii Initiative has endorsed 13so far and we continue to review another 5 very promising House candidates.
The 2020 Primary Election of August 8th has the potential to be a game-changer for policy and politics in Hawaii.
The election ofKim Coco Iwamotoalone would remove the culture of fear and shake the very foundations of the State House. With Kim Coco Iwamoto serving in the State House, issues of economic justice would no longer be shunted to the back of the line. She is experienced in business, is a former legal aid attorney, and has served as a member of the Hawaii Civil Rights Commission, and on the Hawaii Board of Education. Her commitment to environmental protection is unequivocal.
Currently, no person of Hawaiian ancestry sits on the House Water, Land & Hawaiian Affairs Committee. How does anyone in House Leadership think this is acceptable? No Hawaiians on the Hawaiian Affairs Committee? Clearly, there are Representatives in the House now who are of native Hawaiian descent, so either they have chosen not to sit on this committee or leadership does not allow them to. Both options are untenable. The election ofWalter Ritteto the State House of Representatives would ensure this would not be the case in the future, of that you can be absolutely sure. Likewise,his election would mean that the House would no longer pass in relatively muted silence measures that attempt to sell our public trust resources to the highest bidder.
I know Kim Coco Iwamoto and Walter Ritte personally and do not exaggerate the huge positive impact either or both of them would have on the Hawaii legislature. Both need your active support - please contact their campaigns directly to volunteer and or make a financial contribution.
Today I write especially to help and support the following three remarkable women:Kau'i Pratt-Aquino, Becky Gardner, and Shannon Matson. Each is without question highly qualified to serve in the State House, each share our core world view of putting people and the planet above corporate profits, and each can win.
But they need today an extra push that I am hoping you can help with. Like every candidate, they need people to help with phone calling and putting up yard signs - butmost of all they need today your financial contributions.
While the official date of the Primary is August 8th, because of the “all mail-in voting” nature of this particular election - ballots will begin arriving on or about July 20.
It’s crunch time. People startvoting in less than 30 days from now.
Printing and mailing a single postcard to registered voters cost each candidate approximately $4,000 to $5,000.None of these three candidates are wealthy and all have young families.They have put their personal lives on hold in the hopes of serving in public office, in order to make the world we live in a better place. Of this core motivation, I am certain.
Campaigns cost money to run and the candidates must have help to pay these expenses. This is the home stretch. They cannot let up, and neither can we.
Please give what you can today if possible, be it $20, $200, or up to $2,000. Contributions made prior to Monday, June 29th are especially important.
Kau'i Pratt-Aquino- House District 48 (Kaneohe, Kahaluu, Waiahole) Kau’i Pratt-Aquino goes to sleep every night and wakes up every morning thinking about how to help and support her community. She is a mother, a lawyer, and an extraordinarily effective community advocate. Raised in Koʻolaupoko, she is a seventh-generation Native Hawaiian who brings over seventeen years of experience in community advocacy and development to the legislative arena. All Hawaii will benefit from the election of Kau’i Pratt-Aquino.Donate online to Kau’i Pratt-Aquino’s campaign here.
Becky Gardner, House District 20 (St. Louis Heights, Palolo, Maunalani Heights, Wilhelmina Rise, Kaimuki) Becky Gardner is an attorney with extensive experience working at the state legislature. She is an elected member of the Kaimuki Neighborhood Board and a founding board member of Envision Kaimuki. As the child of a Filipina mother and an English-German father, Becky learned the value of diversity and honoring culture early on. She is driven by a passion to help create a better world for her two daughters and to share with the community her vision for a just, equitable and sustainable future. We need Becky Gardner serving all of us in the Hawaii House of Representatives.Donate online to Becky Gardner’s campaign here.
Shannon Matson, House District 3 (Hilo, Keaau, Kurtistown, Volcano) Born in Honoka’a and raised on Hawaii Island, Shannon Lopeka Matson, is a graduate of U.H. Hilo and has been an active community leader in the Hilo and Puna area for over 15 years. Kealoha Pisciotta says it best, “I support Shannon Matson in her run for the House Of Representative for my District. She embodies a new kind of leadership that is needed in this time of great change. As a Mother, Business Owner, Environmental, and Social Justice Advocate, I believe she has what it takes to be a champion for the people and the land.”Donate online to Shannon Matson’s campaign here.
Please if at all possible, focus your help and attention today on these three women.As individuals and certainly as a group, they have the capacity to change our world here locally. Whether you live in their particular district or not, please offer them your help and support, as their election will help all Hawaii.
I cannot over-emphasize the urgency of this request. Please help each of them today if you can.
For our children, for our grandchildren, and for the planet - let's do this.
Lydgate Park isn't the Jewel in the piko (bellybutton) of Kauai anymore.
The homeless population problems in Hawaii have impacted all the islands and Kauai is one of the hardest hit. It has been complicated by the coronavirus pandemic on all islands also. On Kauai, the largest group of homeless folks have been relocated from beneath a nearby bridge with all their belongings, old cars and trash to the campgrounds in Lydgate Park with bathroom and shower facilities. This is better shelter and cleaner conditions for this group of folks but it closes the use of the park for others.
You see, this particular group of people contains some individuals with mental problems. These issues can be dangerous or benign depending upon who they are and how they act. Some of them yell, gesture menacingly and present as psychotic while others seem harmless.
The county needs to deal with this situation before someone gets hurt or the county gets sued for maintaining a dangerous nuisance. It is definitely a liability the citizens of Kauai don't need.
Where to house these folks is of course the main issue. They are not going away or getting smaller as a population. Mayor Kawakami should put this problem on the top of the list of problems to deal with as if he doesn't have enough. Perhaps a police substation could be located nearby in the park, or another less intrusive spot could be chosen. Otherwise, this is just a lawsuit waiting to happen. That is the old way Kauai used to do things. Let's be proactive and work on this before the issues around it get bigger.
Those suing Ige are foolish
Here is a good one. TGI 6/14/20 “IGE NAMED IN COVID SUIT.” What? It
stated that 12 of the 13 people filing the suit are from Kaua‘i. The
suit stated, and I’ll quote, “The 170-page complaint alleges the
emergency order, including the self-quarantine and social-distancing
requirements, violate citizens’ fundamental right to movement and
fundamental right to liberty, and fundamental right to due process”
under state and federal laws.
Why? Don’t you all want to be saved? The whole world is doing it and,
really, do you all feel you are all exceptional and are entitled to
different priorities and laws? Really, who the hell are you people? Why
didn’t you guys just forget what the governor said and did what you felt
you needed to do, not stick to the rules, and see what happened and
then become statistics?
You folks are no better than me, and if I and others like me
did what the governor said for the safety and protections for all of
us, don’t you think and believe it was a good thing? Or would you have
rather disregarded what the governor said and increased the number of
coronavirus and deaths on Kaua‘i? Truthfully, again I say, are you guys
for real? It’s people like you who could screw up good things. Are you
the problems or the solutions?
To sue the governor and those with him because of your selfishness
(wanted to say something nasty, but really holding back) for all our
safety, protection and for the good of the people, is ridiculous and
uncalled for. You’re no better than me. Ray Domingo, Lihu‘e
Ige named in COVID suit. LIHU'E — A civil lawsuit against Gov. David Ige alleges his COVID-19-related
orders violate state and federal constitutions, and requests the courts
declare those rules unconstitutional and void.4 days ago
Let's not elect anymore strange creatures to lead us. Trump got us in this mess and it is up to us to vote him out. Joseph Biden and Stacey Abrams is a team with integrity and brains interested in the American People. Trump doesn't care about anybody but himself it is clear now. Don't let him get away with another scam on the American People.
"Don't let him get away, put him where he belongs!"