Age: 54

Place of resident: Kailua

Campaign Website: www.donichong.com


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30 years of working in Hawaiʻi for Hawaiʻi


Office seeking:

State House Representative District 51 Kailua, Lanikai and Waimānalo



Occupation:

Former STEAM Grant Manager KOKA, Executive Customer Care Offices and Customer Solutions Analyst, Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc.
, Program Evaluation and Planning Kamehameha Schools Bishop Estate, Small Business Owner Fermentation and Microbe Specialist


Community organizations/prior offices held:

Aloha Animal Sanctuary, Aloha United Way, ʻAhahui Kaʻahumanu, Compassion Ministries Mentoring, Habitat Hawaiʻi, IBEW Local 1260, Kamehameha Schools Parent-Teacher, Keiki O Ka ʻĀina Family Learning Center (KOKA), KCC/UCC Lunalilo Home Kūpuna Music Ministry, The Pu`ā Foundation, and WNA School Board Member


Temporary Initiatives:

The Queenʻs Health Systems and The Queenʻs Medical Center

ʻAha Pūnana Leo Immersion School

Economic Impact


Nearly 900 businesses in Honolulu have shut down either temporarily or permanently since the beginning of March as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic

Four out of 10 businesses said they can’t open until tourism reopens. Now that the (tourism) deadline is extended, many businesses are running out of funds. It’s anticipated there will be more closures.

By 2022, roughly 30,000 residents will likely relocate to the mainland as a result of the economic fallout from the pandemic



Unemployment


The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for June was 13.9 percent compared to the revised rate of 23.5 percent in May. Statewide, 527,600 were employed and 85,200 unemployed in June for a total seasonally adjusted labor force of 612,800. Nationally, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 11.1 percent in June, down from 13.3 percent in May.

Diversify our Revenue Drivers


We cannot depend on tourism as our main economic revenue churn.  We saw a 98% decrease in travel which has left many in the tourism industry unemployed.  

We need diversification and expansion of a Hawaii-Led  Infastructure. 



Letʻs balance it out


Letʻs have a balanced government perspective and take all ideas into consideration, not just the fully controlled 25-seat state democrat senate and five republican members in the 51-seat state house

It takes collaboration to achieve a greater good for all people

Homelessness



Hawaiʻi is ranked #2 as having the highest homeless population in the nation.  Of those affected, 45.4% of adults with a serious mental or behavioral health condition does not receive the needed treatment or counseling


Responsible Tourism


Responsible tourism is tourism which minimizes negative social, economic and environmental impacts. generates greater economic benefits for local people and enhances the well-being of host communities

Culture vs. Commercialization?


Kailuans want to keep Kailua in tact.  All they ask is if they can a part of the discussion about their community. 


The Hamakua Marsh is on the list of "Wetlands of International Importance" and is being reviewed in a Master Plan which has divided a community and has triggered the concern of how to balance culture vs. commercialization





Cost of Living


Already a third of people here have either missed a rent or mortgage payment or don’t know how they will make the next one. That’s the fifth highest in the country


Before COVID-19, 48% of households did not meet the Survival Budget and struggle to afford living in Hawaiʻi

56.1% of renters and 40.3% of homeowners are burdened by housing costs.  With post COVID-19 impacts, livability looks dismal at best

Desecration of Registered Historic Landmarks 

The city has unilaterally decided to desecrate a registered historic landmark in Waimānalo amidst established public outcry.   To make matters worse construction occurred during a state mandated lockdown of COVID-19 "home quarantine" 

Community Presence

Communities are being transformed in response to population growth, urbanization, and building development. Local government and community leaders must become more aware of residents' concerns and attitudes to balance economic development with  maintaining community presence. 

Sustainability

Hawaiʻi is generating only 27.6% renewable energy in the electricity sector 


Only 11.6% of Hawaii's food supply is from local sources with the remaining 88.4% from imported sources


At any one time, Hawaiʻi can only stock food for three weeks 


Traditional Voice and Presence District 51 

For over 40 years  a conservative traditional governance held the seat from 1959 to 2002 


7 men and 2 women served 41 years in Waimānalo, Kailua and Lanikai as Republicans


I would be the 3rd and only woman of Hawaiian ancestry to hold the office as a Republican




It`s about serving the people

He Inoa no Kūhiō Kalanianaʻole


On September 1, 1902, Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalanianaʻole decided to join the Republican Party, was nominated as their candidate for Congress, and dramatically altered the political landscape. Kūhiō was elected delegate to the U.S. Congress as a Republican. His 19 year term ran from March 4, 1903 to January 7, 1922.


Kūhiō's letter circulated to Senators in 1920 is descriptive of his thinking. "After extensive investigation and survey on the part of various organizations organized for the purpose of rehabilitating the race, it was found that the only method in which to rehabilitate the race was to place them back upon the soil." 


He served from March 4, 1903 until his death, winning a total of ten elections. During this time he instituted local government at the county level, creating the county system still used today in Hawaiʻi. He staffed the civil service positions that resulted with Hawaiian appointees. This move combined the political patronage system of 19th century American politics with the traditional Hawaiian chiefly role of beneficently delegating authority to trusted retainers.

In 1903, Kūhiō reorganized the Royal Order of Kamehameha I, which held the first observance of the Kamehameha Day holiday in 1904. He was a founder of the first Hawaiian Civic Club on December 7, 1918.  He helped organize a centenary celebration of the death of Kamehameha I in 1919.


In 1919, Kūhiō introduced in Congress the first-ever Hawaii Statehood Act. It would be another 40 years before seeing fruition.


During this period, the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act of 1921 was signed by President Warren G. Harding.  He served on the first Hawaiian Homes Commission starting on September 16, 1921.  Kūhiō died on January 7, 1922. His body was interred near his royal family at the Royal Mausoleum known as Mauna ʻAla in Nuʻuanu on the island of Oʻahu.


Source:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonah_K%C5%ABhi%C5%8D_Kalaniana%CA%BBole