Red flags, code and words that matter

There were several times during my service in the Hawaii State Senate, where I came very close to supporting proposed legislative measures (bills), that were in direct opposition to my core values.

Allowing for proper due diligence is time well spent

In Hawaii, water is a public trust resource. As with all of our natural resources, it must be protected, and its use must be responsibly managed. We have a robust water-management system in the state, under the guidance of the state Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR) and the Commission on Water Resource Management (CWRM).

HB1326 from crossover to conference

With the legislative session at its midway point it is time for “crossover” when bills that have been heard and passed in one legislative body cross over to go through the same identical process, in the countervailing body.

Mahalo to Wilcox’s fabulous ‘Chemo Queens’

Very informative article (2/27/19) about Wilcox’s Infusion Center. Unfortunately, missing was a shout-out to the folks who run the place daily — “The Chemo Queens.” That’s what they call themselves when they volunteer at American Cancer Society fundraising rallies. As a cancer survivor who utilized that room (My chair was in the center of the front-page photo), I’d like to share my personal experience with them about six years ago.

Hawaii is alive and well at the DNC

I recently had the honor and privilege of traveling to Washington, D.C., to represent the Democratic Party of Hawaii at a meeting of the Democratic National Committee.