Moon backs senior initiatives

At the largest gathering of senior citizens with Kaua’i candidates for the 2002 election campaign held this week, Kaua’i County Council candidate Erick T.S. Moon said he wants to increase funding for improved services for Kaua’i’s elderly.

Speaking at a “coffee-hour” session Tuesday at the Lihu’e Neighborhood Center, Moon, a Kaua’i attorney specializing in criminal law and a former government attorney, said more funds are needed for programs hundreds of Kaua’i senior citizens participate in at the county’s neighborhood centers each week.

The availability of funds would enrich their lives, said Moon, who joined a slew of candidates at the meeting, which was attended by about 120 senior citizens.

Moon also said he favors construction of more affordable housing for residents, saying he would work with the federal government to provide qualified buyers, young and old, with low-interest loans. He also opposes construction of more luxury developments.

Moon also said that while the federal and state governments are primarily responsible for making prescription drugs affordable for seniors, he, as a councilman, would work with those agencies to continue the trend.

Moon, originally from O’ahu, got married to his wife, Donna, at the old Waiohai Hotel in Po’ipu 1986.

Both saying they liked Kaua’i’s rural lifestyle, they moved to the island in 1996, when Moon was hired by the Kaua’i County Prosecutor’s Office as a deputy prosecutor.

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