Kaneshiro seeks to keep council seat

LIHUE — Arryl Kaneshiro, elected to the Kauai County Council in 2014, filed his nomination papers for re-election.

“I want to thank the residents of Kauai and Niihau for allowing me to serve you on the Kauai County Council,” said Kaneshiro who was surrounded by family and friends during his filing. “I am humbled by the privilege to serve as a council member this past year and a half. If elected, I will continue to bring homegrown values in the decisions I make to maintain the local way of life we all cherish.”

Kaneshiro, in his first term on the county council, chaired the Budget and Finance Committee, which is a reflection on his background in fiscal operations and management.

As chair, the committee twice passed county budgets, while real property tax rates for local residents did not increase. He has also worked toward developing a better financial plan.

“This island has taught me that respecting those around you, caring about others before one’s self, and putting in the necessary work is truly a marker for success,” he said.

Kaneshiro said if re-elected, he will continue prioritizing a balanced solutions-based approach toward governance and focus on creating more housing, protecting and promoting agriculture, increasing job opportunities, and maintaining a healthy and balanced budget.

“People have asked why I think I’m a worthy county council candidate,” he said. “It’s not for any special reason. I believe I can represent the regular, everyday Kauai resident who works hard to make the best life for their family because I am a regular, everyday Kauai resident. I understand the ins and outs of daily life here, and I want to help make it better for all of us.”

Kaneshiro is a fourth-generation Kauaian who enjoys spending his time working with his father, Darryl, on the family’s sheep ranch in Omao.

He is a graduate of Kauai High School and the Pacific University. A certified public accountant, Kaneshiro is employed by the Grove Farm Company as a project manager.

“I owe a huge debt of gratitude to my family and friends who continue to support my desire to serve the public,” he said. “I would be honored to serve again, and hope my fellow residents believe that my record warrants another term.”

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