WHY I’M RUNNING

  • 2015 I made a decision not to run
  • Growing up with an unsupportive family with dependency issues
  • Homeless at 15 years old
  • Homeless again, after graduating from law school because I left a violent relationship

SINCE THEN,

  • The current administration has retaliated and discriminated against the current employees
  • I can no longer stand by and do nothing
  • I am here to fight for Honolulu

1. RESTORE INTEGRITY AND CONFIDENCE IN THE PROSECUTOR’S OFFICE

Other candidates will claim that they are going to clean out corruption

  • I’m already cleaning out corruption
    • I have met with the federal attorney and assisted in prosecuting the Kealohas and others
    • In State v. Albert Lee, I brought to light Katherine Kealoha’s abuse of power and showed the court how the Honolulu Prosecutor’s office was hiding evidence
  • Other candidates will claim that they are going to practice with transparency
  • I already practice with transparency
    • As a deputy prosecuting attorney, anytime the media had question, I answered it
    • Anytime a victim or witness had a question, I answered it
  • I continue to practice with transparency
  • Facebook live sessions: since my announcement I have held one Facebook live session per month and I answer every question that is asked

2) LEAD BY EXAMPLE

  • The Prosecutor’s office needs a leader who is a trial attorney
  • I will fight for those who cannot fight for themselves
  • 43 jury trials to verdict

3) WORK WITH COMMUNITY LEADERS TO EFFECTIVELY TREAT DRUG ADDICTION AND MENTAL HEALTH

  • Many people do not understand treatment
  • In my life, I have dealt with family members, clients, and client’s families to get treatment
  • Some people respond well to treatment, others do not
  • Difficult for people who have never dealt with treatment because ups and downs
  • Ups and downs go on forever
  • Everyday is a fighting battle for the treated person
  • Families deal with frustration
    • Want to use logic to treat mentally ill
    • Difficult time comprehending that mentally ill person doesn’t always understand the consequences of his/her actions
    • Treatment to stable his/her thoughts out
    • Once stable, they don’t think they have to keep staying on medications
    • Go off medications
    • Frustrates loved ones
    • Difficult
  • Because some people are open to treatment, we can treat them voluntarily
  • Others, however, are not open, and we have to use the full extent of the law to charge them, treat them, and monitor them
  • Cannot do this without case workers, judiciary, defense lawyers
  • I have rapport with all of these people
  • Will work with them to effectively treat those that need it