Patrick's Priorities

Economy
Economic Growth
  • Create new economic avenues, such as the legalization of industrial hemp, to establish new opportunities for our community to prosper
  • Propose, collaborate and advocate for legislation creating an environment that encourages launching, improving, and maintaining businesses of all sizes in our community  
  • Foster the environmental technology industry by utilizing Hawaiʻi’s abundant renewable energy sources through lowering barriers to entry and providing incentives such as recycling of glass and plastics for alternative uses 
  • Propose and promote initiatives that help diversify Hawaiʻi’s economy and spur economic growth that is not heavily driven by tourism and visitor spending for the benefit of all residents
Living Cost and Infrastructure Renovation
  • Advocate for living wage and cost-saving, efficiency measures as our small businesses and working families are the backbone of Kailua 
  • Support legislation alleviating the tax burden on working families and retirees by eliminating the general excise tax on over-the-counter medicines and groceries 
  • Improve our infrastructure by collaborating with the private sector to meet the needs of our modern, global economy
Affordable Housing and HoUSELESSNESS
  • Support the Kauhale Initiative which promotes developing communities of permanent, supportive housing units for the chronically houseless
  • Collaboratively develop and propose legislation to improve rental assistance programs and invest in initiatives that help our community members find affordable housing, and keep them on pathways to self-sufficiency
  • Propose and support policies that designates and repurposes facilities and land to build and support Kūpuna housing developments
  • Advocate for “true” affordable housing units in the proposed transit-orientated development communities and the Aloha Stadium Entertainment District
  • Support the completion and closure of the 1995 Act 14 land claim settlement to make the Hawaiian Home Lands trust whole again
Education
Empower Our Students
  • Fight for capital improvements to Kailua’s schools that have been long overdue, and support 21st century schools and learners
  • Recognizing education research that shows the importance of early childhood education and its relation to future learning success, support legislation for universal pre-kindergarten for all Hawai’i’s students – Research shows early childhood education is critical for brain development and children’s early years set the stage for how well they learn for the rest of their lives. 
  • Increase access for college-based job training and technical education, and promote public-private partnerships with local education agencies
  • Promote curriculum that includes civics, financial literacy, and second language acquisition to prepare our students for the global market and to be informed, engaged contributing citizens
Support Our TEACHERS
  • Support teacher retention through realistic competitive pay increases that recognizes the important and expected contribution they make in our community  
  • Develop and support funding for a Teacher’s Pathway Program that covers appropriate college education costs for local high school students willing to commit to an “extended time” in teaching in our public schools 
  • Collaborate with DOE and HSTA to propose legislation that will institute and support teacher training and workforce development programs in schools, that will focus on student growth and student achievement to relative teacher’s skills 
Environment
Climate Change
  • Support the State banning the purchase of single-use plastics (Lead by Example)
  • Work collaboratively with business and environmental groups to develop and advocate for the further deployment of ocean-renewable energy technology that converts waves into energy off our shorelines that recognizes Native Hawaiian cultural considerations
  • Propose legislation that Hawai’i adopts appliance efficiency standards with potential $537 million net costs savings for consumers over the next 15 years
  • Support further Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPC), which provide upfront federal financing for energy efficiency projects, for all State properties
  • Diversify our energy supply and define our renewable energy goals by advocating for viable and/or accessible alternative sources that protect our environment and community
  • Support further legislation that prepares Hawaii for changing sea level and the impacts that will have on private property, business activity, and public infrastructure. 
Preservation and Restoration of Ecosystem
  • In our district, support the restoration and conservation of Kawainui Marsh with the sole focus on providing access and control to our community 
  • Work with all aspects of our community to advocate for the preservation of our lands, native ecosystems, and endangered species, and prioritize initiatives promoting sustainable development
  • Increase the effectiveness of voluntary opportunities and government partnerships that support native forests and wetland restoration and conservation
Environment Education and Outreach
  • Support State grants and aids for local nonprofits that collaborate with the DOE to supplement STEM education needs and equip our youth to be prepared for the green workforce to work in our vision of a 21st century Hawaiʻi economy
  • Implement an initiative to require every graduating high school student to plant 30 trees before graduation as an effort to tackle climate change with our youth 
  • Raise awareness of environmental issues from an early age by implementing environmental classes in local schools

Patrick's Priorities

Economy
Economic Growth
  • Create new economic avenues, such as the legalization of industrial hemp, to establish new opportunities for our community to prosper
  • Propose, collaborate and advocate for legislation creating an environment that encourages launching, improving, and maintaining businesses of all sizes in our community  
  • Foster the environmental technology industry by utilizing Hawaiʻi’s abundant renewable energy sources through lowering barriers to entry and providing incentives such as recycling of glass and plastics for alternative uses 
  • Propose and promote initiatives that help diversify Hawaiʻi’s economy and spur economic growth that is not heavily driven by tourism and visitor spending for the benefit of all residents
Living Cost and Infrastructure Renovation
  • Advocate for living wage and cost-saving, efficiency measures as our small businesses and working families are the backbone of Kailua 
  • Support legislation alleviating the tax burden on working families and retirees by eliminating the general excise tax on over-the-counter medicines and groceries 
  • Improve our infrastructure by collaborating with the private sector to meet the needs of our modern, global economy
Affordable Housing and HoUSELESSNESS
  • Support the Kauhale Initiative which promotes developing communities of permanent, supportive housing units for the chronically houseless
  • Collaboratively develop and propose legislation to improve rental assistance programs and invest in initiatives that help our community members find affordable housing, and keep them on pathways to self-sufficiency
  • Propose and support policies that designates and repurposes facilities and land to build and support Kūpuna housing developments
  • Advocate for “true” affordable housing units in the proposed transit-orientated development communities and the Aloha Stadium Entertainment District
  • Support the completion and closure of the 1995 Act 14 land claim settlement to make the Hawaiian Home Lands trust whole again
Education
Empower Our Students
  • Fight for capital improvements to Kailua’s schools that have been long overdue, and support 21st century schools and learners
  • Recognizing education research that shows the importance of early childhood education and its relation to future learning success, support legislation for universal pre-kindergarten for all Hawai’i’s students – Research shows early childhood education is critical for brain development and children’s early years set the stage for how well they learn for the rest of their lives. 
  • Increase access for college-based job training and technical education, and promote public-private partnerships with local education agencies
  • Promote curriculum that includes civics, financial literacy, and second language acquisition to prepare our students for the global market and to be informed, engaged contributing citizens
Support Our TEACHERS
  • Support teacher retention through realistic competitive pay increases that recognizes the important and expected contribution they make in our community  
  • Develop and support funding for a Teacher’s Pathway Program that covers appropriate college education costs for local high school students willing to commit to an “extended time” in teaching in our public schools 
  • Collaborate with DOE and HSTA to propose legislation that will institute and support teacher training and workforce development programs in schools, that will focus on student growth and student achievement to relative teacher’s skills 
Environment
Climate Change
  • Support the State banning the purchase of single-use plastics (Lead by Example)
  • Work collaboratively with business and environmental groups to develop and advocate for the further deployment of ocean-renewable energy technology that converts waves into energy off our shorelines that recognizes Native Hawaiian cultural considerations
  • Propose legislation that Hawai’i adopts appliance efficiency standards with potential $537 million net costs savings for consumers over the next 15 years
  • Support further Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPC), which provide upfront federal financing for energy efficiency projects, for all State properties
  • Diversify our energy supply and define our renewable energy goals by advocating for viable and/or accessible alternative sources that protect our environment and community
  • Support further legislation that prepares Hawaii for changing sea level and the impacts that will have on private property, business activity, and public infrastructure. 
Preservation and Restoration of Ecosystem
  • In our district, support the restoration and conservation of Kawainui Marsh with the sole focus on providing access and control to our community 
  • Work with all aspects of our community to advocate for the preservation of our lands, native ecosystems, and endangered species, and prioritize initiatives promoting sustainable development
  • Increase the effectiveness of voluntary opportunities and government partnerships that support native forests and wetland restoration and conservation
Environment Education and Outreach
  • Support State grants and aids for local nonprofits that collaborate with the DOE to supplement STEM education needs and equip our youth to be prepared for the green workforce to work in our vision of a 21st century Hawaiʻi economy
  • Implement an initiative to require every graduating high school student to plant 30 trees before graduation as an effort to tackle climate change with our youth 
  • Raise awareness of environmental issues from an early age by implementing environmental classes in local schools