Dr. Greg Smith of Kapa’a is running for the Kaua’i County Council and has filed his nomination papers.
Smith, 37, was born in New York and has lived on Kaua’i for 24 years. He moved here in 1978 with his parents Rosemary and Norbert Smith of Wailua Homesteads and his four brothers: Christopher, Shawn, Ryan and Shannon. His sister Colleen was born on Kaua’i.
Smith lives in Kapa’a with his wife Melissa and daughters, Ashley and Makenzie.
He is a graduate of Island School, and attended the University of Hawai’i. He later enrolled at Palmer Chiropractic College in Davenport, Iowa where he received his B.S. and Doctor of Chiropractic degree.
Upon graduation, Smith worked with a chiropractor in Delaware for several years. However, he said he missed Kaua’i and decided to move his family back and open a local practice.
His clinic is located on the ocean in Kapa’a, next to the Kapa’a Neighborhood Center.
“I am running for the County Council because I am concerned about the future of Kaua’i,” Smith said. “The decisions that the new administration will make in the next four years will set the course for our island. If the people of Kaua’i choose wisely then we will protect this jewel of an island for our children. If we choose poorly then we will be heading down the path of Maui and O’ahu’s future. This is a path of short term gain for a few people. A wise Hawaiian of yesteryear once said that when making a decision, always think on how it will affect your great-grandchildren. I have tried to follow that great piece of advice. I want to be there to make the right choice for our children’s children.”
Smith said among his goals in seeking a seat on the County Council are:
– To restore honesty, respect, and integrity in government on Kaua’i.
– Get things done quickly and efficiently.
– Work closely with the new administration to lead Kaua’i to a promising future for our children.
– To keep Kaua’i-Kaua’i. It needs protection and intelligent direction.
Smith is a member of the Kapa’a Rotary Club. As a Kapa’a businessman, he hears the concerns and needs of people and small business owners from all parts of the island.
His brother Shawn Smith, who is a member of the Kaua’i Police Department, he helped develop the “Adopt A Cop” program. This program teamed businesses and individuals with a police officer, helping to creating a better relationship. The program also succeeded in placing a personal mobile Motorola radio into every patrolman’s possession. Previously, the officers had to share radios.
Smith has also organized the Police Officers Ball, which was held at the Radisson Hotel. This event was done to recognize the Officers of the Month and Year, plus the officers who had passed away. This was the first time this event had been held inyears.
He also organized community members to donate their time, labor and materials to beautify the Kaua’i Police Station in the town of Kapa’a. This was successfully done over a weekend.
Smith is on the board of Kaua’i United Way and has been a motivational speaker for Winners’ Camp – a leadership camp for teens. He also has personally sponsored teen scholarships so they could attend the camp. His office participates annually in the Bowling Tournament for the Shannon Shea Smith Scholarship fund, which raised money for Winners’ Camp. This was done to honor his brother.
He has also worked with the Kaua’i Police Depart on the “Drug Free Kauai” program.