Putting People First
Office of the County Council
County of Kauaʻi
Public Safety & Human Services
Public Works & Veterans Services
I make house calls
I work hard every day to deal with our challenges and to improve our lives. Your families and friends are my highest priority. I show up for you; to listen, learn, and make the right decisions.
The county council, mayor, various departments and agencies all need to work well together to serve the people, and it takes understanding and communication for it to happen. I make that my full time job.
2018-2020 Kauaʻi County Council
Housing for our People
Access to Affordable Housing for Local Residents
Cultural Perpetuation, Local Business Development,
Support for Veterans, Drug Rehabilitation,
Watershed Management from Mauka to Makai, Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation, Locally Grown Food
Reduce County Debt and Build Partnerships
Modernized Roads, Utilities, and Waste Management
Chamber of Commerce Interview 2018
Hanalei Surf Company, Intel, Akamai Learning, Kauaʻi Community Radio and Regenerations Botanical Garden
2018 Surveys and Articles
HAWAI`I LODGING & TOURISM ASSOCIATION
PONO HAWAI`I INITIATIVE
"Resilient, Respectful, Resourceful, and Ready."
- Bernie Sakoda seconded by Jean Iida
Building Solutions for Kaua`i
Aloha Kaua`i Ohana,
We are in a critical period of time when many competing and challenging issues face our island community. My experiences over the past 35 years working with the government in a range of roles from an engineer, to a small business owner, educator, community advocate, non-profit board member and media programmer have given me a broad foundation to understand policy as it affects our people and environment. Ten years as a public affairs/talk show programmer on KKCR has had me fielding community concerns, coupled with my direct participation in the public process to assist in creating solutions. This role has taught me that we need to work to solve problems without having to make anybody wrong. We each win, when we all win.
Hawaii has long been in the slow crisis of the global economy pressuring our people out of their homes and off of the islands. We need to out-create this problem. Helping with the 2018 storm recovery in Wainiha and Haʻena underscored how competent our citizenry is and where our public policy has weak points; particularly when it intersects with nature. This was my compelling motivation to run a second time for council. With no competing job interest and with my sons now grown into independent young men, I have the capacity for the full-time commitment the county council deserves to ensure the well-being and health of the peoples and the islands of Kauaʻi and Niʻihau. Thank you for your support with one of your seven votes for Kauai County Council.