Ana Mo Des runs for mayor

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    Kalaheo resident Ana Mo Des, 36, is running for mayor.

LIHUE — Ensuring the government is in compliance with the ideal of capitalism is why Ana Mo Des is running for mayor.

“In order to move forward in any direction, we must first be in compliance with the ethical practice of capitalism, where exploitation is prohibited,” the Kalaheo woman said. “There’s a deep wound that must be healed starting now.”

“This (exploitation) has caused the economic disparity we are experiencing, that I will label as economic oppression. Our freedoms aren’t guaranteed by the size of our bank accounts, they are our birthright,” Mo Des said.

The symptoms of this ailment are drug and alcohol abuse, domestic violence, crime, homelessness and suicide, she said.

“Section 22.2 of our County Charter limits my ability to establish what I feel would be the solution, to bringing economic balance by providing avenues for success to those that have been imposed on and not offered equal opportunities, hence exploitation,” the 36-year-old said.

To alleviate these symptoms, Mo Des said, there should be bath houses in each moku, because every child deserves a hot bath before bed or a hot shower before school, whether they live in a house or not.

“Since there is a child within us all, this extends to everyone. Treat others as you wish to be treated, the Golden Rule. This human exchange to see others as ourselves will heal the damage and ripple outward from our small island and cover the world,” Mo Des said.

Kauai can serve as a blueprint for how it ought to be, she said: Paradise for everyone, not just those visiting.

The homeschooling mother of two said the normal route to the mayor’s seat would be to start out as a councilmember, but she prefers to go in, even everything out and then continue on with her life.

“I never thought a political aspiration would be something I would be inclined to my purpose on the planet. I am inspired and passionate about all of humanity and that’s not nothing that’s new to me, but I do see that the only way to accomplish what is necessary, is this route,” Mo Des said.

Born and raised in Miami, Mo Des, who is of Cuban and Lebanese descent, moved to Kauai 11 years ago.

For 12 years, her father was a political prisoner in Cuba. Her mother was a nun for 10 years who worked on establishing orphanages in Spain.

“I’m very careful in how we navigate into the future. There are wrongs that have been committed, but it’s invaluable, this government that we have. Communism and socialism may look good on paper, but in practice, it’s not true freedom. We’re in compliance with the ethical concept of capitalism that allows everyone to truly live free, because there’s no exploitation permitted,” she said.


Bethany Freudenthal, Courts, Crime and County reporter, can be reached at 652-7891 or

  1. Palani July 2, 2018 2:30 am Reply

    “The ideal of Capitalism?” What she describes as her ideal is not Capitalism, but Socialism, with elements of Communism. This is perhaps not surprising, considering her roots in communist Cuba. Perhaps she should address the plague of cronyism, a real source of the disparity of opportunity and wealth on the island.

    1. Cristina July 2, 2018 5:25 pm Reply

      Obviously, you know NOTHING about what the Cuban people have endured under a communist regime. Ana was raised in Miami, which means her family FLED communist Cuba.

  2. harry oyama July 2, 2018 4:53 am Reply

    At least she is not corrupted by the “old boy Democrat” network.

    1. Steve Martin July 2, 2018 12:52 pm Reply

      You got that right Harry

  3. manawai July 2, 2018 7:38 am Reply

    “To alleviate these symptoms, Mo Des said, there should be bath houses in each moku, because every child deserves a hot bath before bed or a hot shower before school, whether they live in a house or not.”

    What? WHAT?!! I need this on a bumper sticker!! LOL!
    With how our public restrooms are treated now, imagine how a public bath would go. What would people do in that water? Hmmm…. I should vote for her just for the entertainment value. Socialism! The cure for everything!
    Funny how she home schools her own children showing she doesn’t even support government services at it is. Yet she wants to expand them? Hypocrisy anyone? And what an affront on our teachers!

  4. Uncleaina July 2, 2018 10:08 am Reply

    Bath houses in every moku? Huh? Is hot water hard to find here or something? How totally random. And the way she talks is bizarre. Which is too bad – we could use a couple fresh faces in our government- but they’ve got to be intelligent and articulate- based on this Ana, you’re not it.

  5. LMat July 2, 2018 10:59 am Reply

    Bath houses…? Really?
    This is reminds me of when Bu La’ia ran for governor.
    Dustin Barca can give her pointers on how to run her campaign.

  6. Rick Sanchez July 2, 2018 3:06 pm Reply

    By the way, the candidate’s name is Ana-Lucia Des Marais.

  7. Ikudias July 2, 2018 8:51 pm Reply

    Mo Des? If she’s handing out bath towels, Mos Def!!!!!
    Mos def means Most definitely (for the 82.76 “local” population that has just moved here)

  8. LYNN July 3, 2018 12:48 pm Reply


  9. debra kekaualua July 3, 2018 3:19 pm Reply

    Palani is the winner, cronyism. Harry and steve 2nd and 3rd

  10. Connie Dopazo July 4, 2018 9:36 am Reply

    What you get if you elect Ana, is honesty and a person that throughout her life, (I known Ana since she was born!) has concerned herself with the welfare of people, nature, animals. When I heard she was running for Mayor I thought to myself, what an opportunity for the people in the island to have some one quite different from a politician. And besides that, she is a fighter for the causes that concern her and she would be a strong advocate for the people. Next time you see her, approach and talk to her! She will listen.

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