Aloha Friends and Neighbors!
Happy New Year! I’m hoping 2020 will bring happiness and good health to you and your family.

2019 was a difficult year for my family with my husband’s battle with cancer and his passing in September. I’m so grateful for our time together and the memories of camping at Waipa, fishing at Anini, and hiking in Koke'e. He truly loved Kaua'i and shared that love with me and our children.

Over the past few years, the legislature has established laws and provided funding to address the high cost of living in Hawai'i. We are addressing important needs in our community from increasing funding for homelessness and affordable housing, establishing a rental car fee to improve and expand our State highways, to providing free tuition to our community colleges for residents with financial need, and expanding pre-schools in public and charter schools throughout the State.

I’m pleased to have facilitated discussions with Kaua'i County, State agencies, the visitor industry, and community leaders to address the issue of safety and overcrowding at Ha'ena State Park. We believe this is a model for the rest of the State to address the negative impacts of too many visitors on our precious natural and recreational resources. Mahalo to all who have been working for many years on this solution, that continues to be a work in progress.
But we have much more to do. I look forward to the upcoming legislative session that convenes on Wednesday, January 15, 2019. Please join me for light refreshments in my office at the State Capitol, Room 314, from noon to 2:00 p.m. 

My office is available throughout the year to address your questions and concerns. Please contact my office by phone at (808) 586-8435, or by email at 

Thank you for the opportunity to serve you at the State Capitol. I plan to continue to listen to your concerns and work collaboratively to find solutions.  

Mahalo Piha,
A few highlights from the past year...
Ha'ena State Park
During the blessing and reopening of Kuhio Highway after the April 2018 floods, Governor Ige signed a bill I introduced that gives Kaua'i County another year to expend funds on flood-related improvements and mitigation measures.
Raising Parking Fines in Ha'ena
At the conference of Hawai'i Congress of Planning Officials, I spoke about the passage of HB333 which increased parking fines in Ha'ena from $35 to $235. The bill was in response to the parking problem along Kuhio Highway where cars were blocking residents' driveways and impeding traffic.
Mahelona Medical Center Master Plan
Reviewing the Mahelona Medical Center Conceptual Master Plan with Kaua'i District Health Director Janet Berreman and CEO Lance Segawa.
Lihi/Mo'ikeha Canal
Observing improvements to the Lihi/Mo'ikeha canal (dredging and navigational upgrades) with funds secured in 2017.
With the Mahelona auxiliary "elves" at the tree lighting ceremony.

Happy Holidays!
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