The Covid-19 shut down and its aftermath has helped to highlight the need for a serious look at Hawaii long term economic outlook.
Doing no-harm to the economy must be the watchword for all public servants. Building has to replace banning as the economy takes the forefront with the goal of creating greater prosperity and innovation.
Business, agriculture, and tourism can all benefit from a state government with clear goals and direction to achieve long term high quality growth.
As well, so much of what impacts prosperity and our quality of life, such as a clean and safe environment, begins with giving local people the ability to clean their communities and the support needed to help keep things that way.
If there is a Hawaiian phrase that prepares us for the task ahead it would be the call of Ho‘omakaukau, to get ready.
For the canoe paddler its the call before their combined efforts pulls the canoe from standing still to racing forward.
There is much to be done which will require the combined strength of all of us.
Hawaii citizens already carry a heavy tax burden and can’t afford any new taxes.
We need to rollback excessive regulations that negatively effect business and inhibit builders from building truly affordable housing.
I believe the citizens of Hawaii know best how to spend the money they work so hard for and will always put the interest of the people of our communities first.