LIHUE — Juno-Ann A. Apalla filed for candidacy seeking a seat on the Kauai County Council on Friday.
“I want to serve the community,” Apalla said. “I want to be a model to inspire my peers to step up and represent.”
Apalla is the public relations coordinator for Malama Pono Health Services and the event organizer for the upcoming Walk America fundraiser for the March of Dimes. She said she hopes to bridge the gap between inequalities in Kauai County.
Apalla plans to accomplish this by focusing on improving communication systems and resolving disconnects between the public and government, and generational gaps in leadership. She envisions a community of leaders from all generations, inspired to work together, create solutions, and engage a diversified range of perspectives on issues.
“After I was hit by a car in Oregon, I contemplated life and death,” Apalla said. “I learned much about life through the process in life. I have faith and put more trust in the process.”
Apalla was born in the Philippines and raised on Kauai when her family moved here when she was 7 years old.
Currently, she serves the community through the Zonta Club of Kauai where she is the treasurer-elect. She is a director with the Kauai Filipino Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Scholarship Review Committee for the Hawaii Community Foundation, and contributes her talent as a musician for numerous events in the state.
The deadline to file for candidacy is June 7. All seven council seats are up for election.
The General Election will take place on Nov. 8.