I'm running for Kauai County Council and I need your support!
I moved to Kauai a little more than thirty years ago to help my aunt and uncle build their house and start a small organic farm in Kilauea. My uncle and I learned how to build a timber framed house by just doing it for the first time. That led me to become a fairly good carpenter, and eventually a licensed contractor working on the north and east shore specializing in residential remodeling projects, cabinetry, and custom furniture.
Then, back in 2008, my extended family in Wainiha had the flow of water to their auwai cut off by a wealthy upstream neighbor who had built a decorative fish pond on his property to provide ambiance for his vacation rental. I wanted to help, but knew little about water rights, the legal process, or how to deal with with state and county government agencies. I did my best to figure it out and tried to help with phone calls and letters to state agencies. Doing research I started to learn about the state water code, kuleana rights, and the forced partition of Wainiha by McBryde Sugar some sixty years ago. But what I think I really learned was that successfully maneuvering through the legal system and dealing with the governmental agencies charged with implementing the law is a daunting task for the untrained. If I were going to be able to help folks with issues like this I would need to better arm myself with the skills to do so effectively.
"I decided that I had amassed the credentials and skill to come home to Kauai and hopefully play a role in preserving the essence of Kauai we all love, while helping to guide a sustainable and culturally appropriate future."
So in 2009, I hung up my tool belt, closed my construction company, and moved from Kilauea to Honolulu to attend the University of Hawaii law school. After three years I graduated with specialty certificates in Native Hawaiian Law and in Environmental Law. After two more years in Honolulu clerking at the Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeal, in U.S. District Court, and eventually for the Chief Justice of the Hawaii Supreme Court, I decided that I had amassed the credentials and skill to come home to Kauai and hopefully play a role in preserving the essence of Kauai we all love, while helping to guide a sustainable and culturally appropriate future.
In 2014, I moved back to Kilauea and joined the County Attorney's Office ready to save the world, or at least Kauai. For the past four years I have been a Deputy County Attorney conducting civil litigation on behalf of the County and its various departments. Although I cannot claim to have saved Kauai, I can honestly say that I have done my best to make positive changes where I could. My four years as a Deputy County Attorney has given me an intimate inside look at how our County government operates and how it can be improved. I hope to earn your vote and the opportunity to put my knowledge and experience to work for you on the Kauai County Council!