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.