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On the Issues:


We must respect the Native Hawaiian culture that provides us the manaʻo to lead and make decisions for the betterment of our communities, counties and state. As Mayor, I have emphasized the importance of focusing on the cultural impact of actions and taking steps to address them before those actions are taken.

  • Kauaʻi Nui Kuapapa:
    • Initiative to identify Kauaʻi's 54 ahupuaʻa and six moku including Niʻihau
      • Part of Holo Holo 2020 plan
      • Researched and identified each moku
      • Installing signage to mark each ahupua‘a and moku
    • Substantial benefits to learning about our rich Native Hawaiian culture and availability of natural resources within each region
    • Make intelligent, well-informed decisions on agriculture/farming (what grows well in each region based on historical references)
    • Plans to incorporate moku identification into school curriculum
  • Beached pilot whales at Kalapaki Beach:
    • Seven pilot whales beached themselves on October 13, 2017
    • Public outcry because of overwhelming emotion/some blamed Navy sonar
    • Five whales eventually died
    • Before allowing officials to remove dead whales, Native Hawaiian cultural practitioners called upon as part of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) standard protocol
    • Oli (blessing) was done for the importance of cultural connection and respect
    • Mayor's office participated and helped ensure events were respectful to Native Hawaiian families/culture
  • Watershed Council:
    • Opened dialog about establishing Watershed Council in every moku
    • Group of people focused on protecting the water in all six moku—Napali, Halēlēa, Koʻolau, Puna, Kona and Niʻihau
    • Watersheds vital to people, flora and fauna of Kauaʻi, as well as economy
  • Kūpuna Council:
    • Share manaʻo and identify placement of iwi (ancestral bones) before development and construction
    • Mayor's office routinely calls upon kūpuna to assess areas ahead of any work being done
    • Honors ancestors and shows respect for Native Hawaiian culture
    • Saves time and money because projects are aware of iwi placement
    • Councils should be created for each county and for the state
  • Sister Cities/Cultural Exchanges:
    • Currently creating international bonds through sister city partnerships and exchanges for our keiki
    • Japan—Ishigaki, Okinawa; Moriyama, Shiga; and Suō-Ōshima, Yamaguchi
    • Philippines—Urdaneta, Pangasinan; Bangued, Abra; and Davao City
    • Taiwan—Hualien
    • Tahiti—Papaenoo
    • Australia—Cooktown
    • United Kingdom—Whitby, England
    • Plans to expand to other cities

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