Our district of Waimanalo and Kailua is socioeconomically diverse, but we are uniformly rich in that we live in a place of rare beauty, strong communities and deep cultural roots. Our good fortune has been threatened by aggressive marketing of our home for tourism. Our beaches, parks and trails are overrun. Traffic and parking are problems. Vacation rentals compete with residents for housing. Developers seek to change and push the boundaries on zoning protections. We also suffer from State-wide problems such as lack of affordable housing, substance abuse, and homelessness.
Fortunately, District 51 also has a wealth of talented and caring community members that lead the way to solving our problems through our neighborhood boards and associations, sports leagues, cultural organizations, non-profits and local businesses. I worked with many as a resident and now seek to support and collaborate with them as their Representative.
For the 2022 session, I introduced 11 bills that deal with a variety of issues such as theft, tree planting, agriculture, noise and more.
- Extend Child Welfare Service ability to investigate homes of adopted children whose parents receive State payments.
- Create a DOH Crisis Mobile Outreach pilot project to provide 24/7 crisis mental health services and continued stabilization services in-home to youth and their care providers.
- Establishes HPD public database for stolen bikes and prohibits resale of listed bikes.
- Requires resell stores to electronically report goods sold/pawned to them for a new HPD database to be used to investigate theft.