Council Vice Chair
City and County of Honolulu, Hawaii
Number of years involved in NACo: 8
Years in public service: 20
Occupation: Small businessman
Education: B.A. in political science, University of Hawaii-Manoa; B.A. in journalism and public relations, University of Hawaii-Manoa
The hardest thing I’ve ever done is: Become a parent, which teaches me something new every day.
I dream I have is: Healthcare for every man, woman and child in America.
You’d be surprised to learn that: When I graduated from high school, I wanted to be a lifeguard for a living.
The most adventurous thing I’ve ever done is: Travel to Samoa at age 16 to compete in outrigger canoe racing.
A person I’d invite to dinner: King David Kalakaua (Hawaii’s last king).
My favorite way to relax is to: Travel with my wife Lisa and our children.
I’m most proud of: My four children.
Every morning I read: The Honolulu Star-Advertiser and my office emails.
My favorite meal is: Ahi Poke (Hawaiian-style raw tuna) and poi (Hawaiian starch staple made of taro).
My pet peeve is: Clutter — it drives me crazy!
My motto is: “Always under-promise and over-deliver.”
The last book I read was: One Voice by Sen. Daniel K. Akaka.
My favorite movie is: Rocky.
My favorite music is: Contemporary and traditional Hawaiian.
My favorite U.S. presidents are: Lincoln and Obama.
My county is a NACo member because: Honolulu’s membership in NACo provides our city valuable opportunities to network with other county elected officials and executives to share experiences and learn from each other; opportunities we may not otherwise have due to our exceptional geographical situation. Honolulu also faces infrastructure issues, homelessness and ever-rising employee benefit costs. We benefit from collaboration opportunities with our sister NACo counties as we work to meet these challenges.