Island Issues

PARKS AND RECREATION

As a former Park’s Director, my biggest honor was overseeing how our county takes care of our seniors.  Our Senior/Elderly activities department is the BEST in the state and one of the best in the country.  WE will keep these priorities well-funded for our beloved kupunas, from meals on wheels to senior softball to the wonderful senior centers that give to OUR kupuna a pride of ownership and belonging.  Let’s keep the check book open for our seniors and make certain they NEVER have to ask for the same community standards we ALL deserve.

HAWAIIAIN CULTURAL COMMITTEE

Puna, I hear you.  WE will expedite the use the federal funding for new housing, day 1.
Captain Cook, I hear you…
Hakalau, I hear you…
Hawi, I hear you…
Mountain View, I hear you…
Kealakekua, I hear you…

SAFE COMMUNITIES

Safety must be restored to our island communities. Achieving this goal will require a renewed focus on combating property crime, violence and drug addiction that have lowered our quality of life. Police must be given the resources necessary to carry out their mission. This will involve a combination of additional personnel, equipment and training. Also needed are increased treatment and housing options to help more people return to living productive lives. My administration will make this a priority so we all can again feel safe at home, work and at play.

EFFECTIVE TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS

Hawaii Island’s road network has not kept pace with our rapidly growing population. New roadways are needed in Lower Puna, South Kona and elsewhere to ease traffic congestion and improve motorists’ safety. Road taxes will be allocated fairly and efficiently to improve maintenance of existing roads. As your next mayor, I’ll look forward to lobbying the State to add additional lanes to its highways along with center-lane dividers to reduce head-on collisions that result in needless deaths. A related priority will be stopping the hemorrhaging of taxpayer dollars that has gone on for too long with our Hele-On bus system. I will work to obtain professional leadership, a modern fleet of buses and reliable service so residents and visitors can rely on this system to meet their transportation needs. Together, these improvements will boost Hele-On ridership and move toward making the system financially self-sufficient.

SOLID WASTE

We must respect our aina by diverting more of our growing waste stream from the landfill. While other communities recycle more than ever, Hawaii County has been cutting back. Way back. This trend will change. As your next mayor, I will support aggressive recycling and reuse strategies that work. Developing local industries to process and repurpose materials on island will protect us from relying on fluctuating foreign prices that have virtually killed local recycling. Also needed are modern transfer stations that make separating items easy, clean and convenient. Longer hours, too, so transfer stations are open when working people need them. Effective management of our solid waste operations is long overdue. The situation has become critical with the Big Island now having only one landfill for more than 200,000 people. Let’s prolong its life by better managing garbage. Our aina deserves it.