“Coming together is the beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is a success.”
Creating a Shared Vision
The public health crisis from the COVID-19 pandemic has tested the leadership of our government in unprecedented ways. We need to create actionable steps and clear timelines to help struggling families, decrease unemployment, save small businesses, and ultimately revitalize the economy.
The Honolulu City Council is advancing the quality of life, health, happiness, and safety of the people in Honolulu county through exercising its legislative power. There are many city services available to service the needs of individuals and their families.
We have a responsibility to care for our people and no one should go without a safe place to live. Homelessness is a multifaceted problem with no one-size-fits-all solution. As Hawaii ranks amongst the highest per-capita in homelessness, it is a problem that requires a new more effective approach.
West Oʻahu is growing quickly but we must be mindful to include the appropriate infrastructure and public works to handle the needs of the workforce, commuters, families, students, and an aging population. We need good roads, reliable public transit, high-speed internet access, and well-maintained parks, and recreation facilities.
Hawai’i has changed. It is not the place we know and love. Many live with the fear that it has become more difficult than ever to protect our homes, families, and children. Without trusting the goodwill of others we retreat into bureaucracy, rules and demands for more order.
Restoring public trust in government is vital for civic engagement. Often, people do not feel that their voices are heard. When necessary, we change laws, and when necessary, we change people. Laws should be practical and written to improve our lives, not just the interests of a few.