INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAI‘I: Maui Mayor | Kaua‘i Mayor

INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAI‘I:  Maui Mayor | Kaua‘i Mayor


VOTERS IN MAUI COUNTY WILL
ELECT A NEW MAYOR FOR THE FIRST TIME IN EIGHT YEARS. CURRENT COUNTY COUNCIL
MEMBERS DON GUZMAN AND ELLE COCHRAN AND FORMER COUNTY
COUNCIL MEMBER MIKE VICTORINO WANT THE JOB. IN KAUAʻI COUNTY, VOTERS WILL
ELECT A NEW MAYOR FOR THE FIRST TIME IN TEN YEARS. CURRENT COUNTY COUNCIL
MEMBERS DEREK KAWAKAMI, MEL RAPOZO AND JOANNE YUKIMURA
AND COUNTY PARKS DIRECTOR LEONARD RAPOZO WANT THAT JOB. TONIGHT’S LIVE BROADCAST AND
LIVESTREAM OF INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAIʻI START NOW. [INTRO MUSIC] DARYL: ALOHA AND WELCOME TO
INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAIʻI…I’M DARYL HUFF. WITH THE CURRENT MAYORS ON
BOTH MAUI AND KAUAʻI COUNTIES INELIGIBLE TO RUN AGAIN
BECAUSE OF TERM LIMITS, IT IS A CERTAINTY THAT EACH COUNTY
WILL HAVE A NEW MAYOR AFTER THE NEXT ELECTION. TONIGHT,
INSIGHTS IS DEDICATING A FULL HOUR TO EACH OF THE TWO
NONPARTISAN MAYORAL RACES. DURING THE FIRST HOUR WE WILL
MEET AND TALK WITH THREE OF THE CANDIDATES RUNNING FOR
MAYOR OF MAUI COUNTY. AFTER A
QUICK CHANGE, LARA YAMADA WILL STEP IN AND MODERATE A
DISCUSSION AMONG FOUR OF THE CANDIDATES RUNNING FOR KAUAʻI
COUNTY MAYOR. WE LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR
PARTICIPATION IN TONIGHT’S SHOW. YOU CAN EMAIL, CALL OR
TWEET YOUR QUESTIONS. AND
YOU’LL FIND A LIVE STREAM OF THIS PROGRAM AT PBSHAWAII.ORG
AND THE PBS HAWAII FACEBOOK PAGE. WE WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE OUR
PHONE BANK VOLUNTEERS TONIGHT…FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF
PBS HAWAII WHO WILL BE TAKING YOUR QUESTIONS. THERE YOU SEE
A LIVE SHOT OF THEM EAGERLY AWAITING YOUR INPUT TO
TONIGHT’S SHOW. NOW TO OUR GUESTS…. OUR FIRST GUEST IS ELLE
COCHRAN. SHE IS FROM LAHAINA
AND REPRESENTS WEST MAUI ON THE MAUI COUNTY COUNCIL, A
SEAT SHE HAS HELD SINCE 2010. OUR NEXT GUEST IS MIKE
VICTORINO, A FORMER MEMBER OF THE MAUI COUNTY COUNCIL WHO
HELD THE WAILUKU RESIDENCY SEAT FROM 2007 TO 2016, WHEN
HE TERMED OUT. HE IS THE
FATHER OF BASEBALL STAR SHANE VICTORINO. OUR THIRD GUEST IS DON GUZMAN,
THE CURRENT KAHULUI RESIDENT SEATED ON THE MAUI COUNTY
COUNCIL SINCE 2012. HE IS A
FORMER DEPUTY PROSECUTOR AND CIVIL ATTORNEY. BEFORE GOING FURTHER WE WANT
TO SAY THAT THERE ARE FOUR OTHER CANDIDATES RUNNING FOR
MAUI MAYOR THIS YEAR. THEY
ARE BEAU HAWKES, ALEX HAWLEY, ORION KOPELMAN AND LAURENT
ZAHND, WHO GOES BY MR. L.
KOPELMAN AND ZAHND ACCEPTED OUR INVITATION TO SEND US
THEIR STANCE ON THE ISSUES. YOU CAN SEE THOSE ON
PBSHAWAII.ORG ONCE THIS PROGRAM IS POSTED. DARYL: MAHALO TO YOU FOR
LET’S START WITH GENERAL QUESTION. DO YOU FEEL, WHOLE START WITH
YOU. DO YOU FEEL THAT COUNTY
RESIDENTS ARE SERVED WELL BY THE MAUI COUNTY GOVERNMENT
RIGHT NOW?>>WELL, THAT’S KIND OF A
TRICK QUESTION. I THINK AS A CURRENTLY IS, IF
WE LOOK AT THE PAST, I DON’T BELIEVE THEY’VE DESERVED OR
RECEIVED ADEQUATE RESPONSES FROM THE GOVERNMENT. I MEAN, I THINK IT’S REALLY A
TIME FOR CHANGE. WE NEED TO BE MORE OF A
RESPONSIVE GOVERNMENT TO THE PEOPLE AND LISTEN ALL VOICES
AN WITH MY ADMINISTRATION COMING IN AND MY TRACK RECORD,
HAS PROVEN, I’M ONE OF THOSE INDIVIDUALS THAT CAN ACTUALLY
WORK WITH BOTH SIDES OF THE SPECTRUM AND REALLY LISTEN TO
THE PEOPLE OUT THERE.>>AND SO I THINK THERE WAS A
LOOK OF COMMUNICATION BETWEEN ADMINISTRATION AND COUNCIL
AND THERE NEEDS TO BE A REBUILD OF TRUST AND I BELIEVE
THAT THERE NEED TO BE THIS TYPE OF LEADERSHIP THAT CAN
BRIDGE THOSE GAPS AND MAKE SURE THERE’S STREAMLINED
COMMUNICATION BETWEEN THE ADMINISTRATION AND THE
COUNCIL.>>WHAT DO YOU THINK? WHAT HAS TO CHANGE OPEN
TRANSPARENCY IS VERY OPEN. I HAVE AN OPEN DOOR POLICY. ALL YEARS I WAS ON THE
COUNCIL, EVERYBODY WAS INVITED INTO MY OFFICE? WHATEVER YOUR POINT OF VIEW OR
TAKE ON WHATEVER THE SITUATION WAS, I ALWAYS
LISTENED. NOT THAT I AGREED. TIMES I AGREE TO DISAGREE WITH
WHAT THEY SAID. IT WAS IMPORTANT TO BRING ALL
PARTIES TO GO. IS IT IS REALLY CRUCIAL THAT
WHEN GOVERNMENT HAS THE TRUST OF THE PEOPLE, WE CAN
EFFECTIVE IN GOVERNING. WE NEED TO MAKE A SUBSTANTIAL
CHANGE IN THE WAY WE WORK WITH THE PEOPLE. COUNCIL, I I’VE BEEN ON THE
COUNCIL TEN YEARS, KNOW MANY OF THE COUNCILMEMBERS WHO ARE
THERE OR BEEN THERE. ONE OF THE THINGS I CAN WORK
WITH THEM. GREAT RELATIONSHIPS WITH
PEOPLE. STATE AND FEDERAL LEVEL. AND SO WORKING BRINGING
PEOPLE TOGETHER IS MY FORTE. COLLABORATION.>>Daryl: AS I COUNCILWOMAN,
YOU WERE ACTUALLY VERY OFTEN ON THE OTHER SIDE FROM THE
MAYOR ON ISSUES. WHAT DO YOU THINK HAS GOT
CHANGE AND WHAT WOULD YOU DO DIFFERENTLY? THE MAYOR NEEDS TO CHANGE. OPENNESS, I MEAN, WITH IT IS
THE MENTION, WORKING WITH. I’M LOOKING AT THE CHANGING
SORT OF THE GUARD ON THE COUNCIL LEVEL. SO MAYOR, MYSELF AND THE NEWLY
ELECTED COUNCILMEMBERS WILL BE WORKING TOGETHER WHICH WE
ALL ARE ALREADY ON A LOT COMMUNITY ISSUES. IT’S BRINGING THAT
COMMUNITY VOICE AND HAVING REPRESENTED. A LOT OF PEOPLE WITHIN
DEPARTMENTS ARE CIVIL SERVICE WORKERS ARE NOT GIVEN
OPPORTUNITIES TO WORK TO THEIR FULL POTENTIAL WHICH IN
TURN, THE COMMUNITY SUFFERS. SO I DEFINITELY LOOK FORWARD
TO EMPOWERING THEM, TO BE ABLE TO WORK FULLY TO THEIR
POTENTIAL AND TO SUPPLY THEM WITH ALL OF THE TOOLS AND WHAT
THEY NEEDED TO BE PROACTIVE RATHER THAN REACTIVE. TO A LOT OF ISSUES THAT GO ON.>>Daryl: WHAT I’M HEARING
FROM ALL THREE OF YOU IS THE SENSE THAT CURRENT
ADMINISTRATION SOME SORT OF SEPARATION. FROM THE PUBLIC. IS THAT YOUR PERCEPTION.>>I BELIEVE THAT’S THE REAL
PERCEPTION EXISTED OUT THERE WITH THE PUBLIC AND WITH THE
COUNCIL. MORE ADVERSARIAL ROLE RATHER
THAN COLLABORATIVE. MY ADMINISTRATION WOULD WORK
DILIGENTLY TO CHANGE. WHEN PEOPLE CAN TRUST
GOVERNMENT. WHEN HE KNOW THEY COME AND
TALK TO YOU, WHETHER THEY SOLVE THE PROBLEM OR NOT, IS
NOT QUESTION. THE QUESTION BECOMES HOW DO
YOU RESPOND TO THEM, LOOK, YOU SAID, PROACTIVE, NOT
REACTIVE.>>Daryl: LET ME ASK THE
QUESTION AGAIN TO ALL OF YOU. YOU’RE ALL MAUI ISLAND
RESIDENTS. BUT YOUR COUNTY IS UNIQUE. YOU’VE GOT PEOPLE LIVING ON
THREE DIFFERENT ISLANDS WITH VERY DIFFERENT NEEDS. HOW DO YOU AVOID HAVING SORT
OF A ONE SIZE FITS ALL POLICY? HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH SUCH
DIFFERENT ISLAND? ARE THEY REALLY DIFFERENT OR
ALL ONE COUNTY TRULY?>>DIFFERENT. I BELIEVE THEY’RE DIFFERENT. I’M SORRY. GO AHEAD. GO AHEAD. I THINK WE’RE BACK ON THE
COUNCIL FLOOR HERE.>>I’LL CHIME IN. I THINK THAT WE DO LIVE IN
DIVERSE COUNTY. EACH DISTRICT IS UNIQUE. TO HAVE OUR REPRESENTATIVES
THAT REPRESENT EACH THE DISTRIBUTE BUT ARE ELECTED AS
AT LARGE REPRESENTATIVE, ALWAYS KEEPS IN MIND THAT WHEN
WE’RE DEALING WITH ISSUES, WE HAVE TO DEAL WITH THE HOLISTIC
POINT OF VIEW OF HOW IT AFFECTS EVERYONE. THROUGHOUT THE COUNTY. SO I THINK OF THE SYSTEM THIS
WE HAVE CURRENTLY, IT PRODUCTIVE. THIS THAT WE DON’T HORSE
TRADE. IN TERMS OF TRYING TO, HEY
EX-YOUR DISTRICT WILL GET THIS. MY DISTRICT GETS THAT. IT’S ALWAYS ABOUT, WHAT IS
BEST FOR EVERYONE? WHO WHAT IS GOING TO WORK FOR
THE ENTIRETY FOR ALL OF OUR PEOPLE?>>Daryl: INTERESTING. HONOLULU, YOU HAVE PEOPLE ARE
ELECTED IN THEIR DISTRICTS THAT’S THE CONSTITUENTS. DO YOU AGREE THAT’S A BETTERS
IS SYSTEM ON MAUI? MUST BE DIFFICULT RUNNING
ISLANDWIDE. THREE ISLANDS, YOU JUST GET A
COUNCIL SEAT.>>EXTREMELY CHALLENGING. A LOT OF THE COMMUNITY THAT
WOULD WANT DISTRICT VOTING. POSITIVE SIDE THAT I SEE
RUNNING AT LARGE IS IT FORCES YOU GO EVERY CORNER OF THIS
COUNTY, TO EVERY ISLAND, TO EVERY PERSON AND YES, THEY’RE
EXTREMELY DIFFERENT FROM ONE ANOTHER. MOLOKAI, EVEN ON THAT ISLAND
FROM EAST END TO WEST END, HO’OLEHUA, LANAI CITY, AND
YOU HAVE HANA ON MAUI, TO PEOPLE HULU THEN JUMP UP. SO REALLY SUPER DIVERSE AND IT
MAKES YOU IF YOU WANTS TO DO YOUR JOB PROPERLY AND BE
REPRESENTATIVE OF THE BROADEST MAJORITY, YOU’RE
GOING TO GO OUT AN VISIT AND HEAR ALL OF THE ISSUES AND
CONCERNS. I’VE BEEN IN POLITICS A LONG
TIME. DESIGN A PATH FOR VICTORY
RUNNING A RACE LIKE MAUI MAYOR. HOW DO YOU AVOID NOT PITTING
ONE CONSTITUENTS AGAINST ANOTHER. WHO DO YOU SAY YOUR STRENGTHS? DO YOU GO FOR CERTAIN OF THE
ISLAND? THESE ARE MY PEOPLE.>>THINK THE ENTIRE COUNTY IS
OUR PEOPLE. MY PEOPLE. I WOULD SAY AT THIS POINT, I
GO AFTER A CERTAIN GROUP OF PEOPLE, I HAVE, TEN YEARS THAT
I RUN FOR COUNTY COUNCIL, WE HAVE OUR CONSTITUENCY BASE. ALL OF US HAVE THAT. WE ALL KNOW WHAT OUR
CONSTITUENTS BASE IS. HOWEVER, WE REPRESENT
EVERYBODY. AS I SAID BEFORE, WE NEED TO
DEAL WITH EVERYONE’S UNIQUE PROBLEMS, UNIQUE SITUATION,
UNIQUE DESIRES AND NEEDS. SO WE’RE ALL OF THAT BEING
SAID, I TRULY BELIEVE COLLABORATING BRINGING
EVERYONE TO THE TABLE, HAVING OPPORTUNITY TO MEET SMALLER
GROUP AND IN LARGER CONSTITUENCY GROUPS, IS SO
IMPORTANT. SO OVERALL, THE ENTIRE COUNTY
IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY THAT’S WHY I ENJOY THE SYSTEM AS A
COUNCILMEMBER EVEN THOUGH I WAS FROM THE WAILUKU, WAIKAPU
DISTRICT, I WAS ACCOUNTABLE TO ALL THE COUNTY.>>Daryl: I’VE GOT TO MOVE ON
TO SOME ISSUES NOW. ISSUE THAT IS COMMON TO EVERY
ISLAND. AFFORDABLE HOUSING. WE DID A SERIES OF SHOWS HERE,
INSIGHTS INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAII, ABOUT THE QUALITY OF
LIFE ON EVERY ISLAND. WE TALK ABOUT HOUSING, THIS IS
SOMETHING THAT WAS REALLY IMPORTANT TO PEOPLE WE TALKED
TO ON THE SHOW. LISTEN TO A LITTLE BIT OF WHAT
THEY HAD TO A ABOUT HOUSING. THERE’S A SHORTAGE OF
RENTALS. THERE’S PEOPLE THAT LIVING IN
THEIR CARS, BECAUSE THEY CAN’T FIND A RENTAL. THEY HAD MONEY TO PAY, BUT
NONE AVAILABLE.>>WHAT WE SAW WERE OUTSIDERS
BUYING UP PROPERTY AND THEN OWNING AND PUTTING OUT THESE
PLACES TO STAY, WHICH THEN TOOK HOMES OFF THE MARKET FOR
LOCAL FAMILIES. START WITH YOU. WHAT DO YOU THINK HAS TO
HAPPEN, IS THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING ADEQUATE ANYWHERE IN
MAUI COUNTY AND WHAT NEEDS TO CHANGE IN ORDER FOR THERE TO
BE ENOUGH HOUSING FOR PEOPLE? NO THERE ISN’T ADEQUATE
ENOUGH. IN A HOUSING CRISIS. ONE OF THE THINGS IS ILLEGAL
SHORT TERM RENTALS THAT ARE RAMPANT EVERYWHERE. SO DID GET FUNDING IN TO START
FIGURING OUT WHERE ALL OF THOSE ARE.
AND START CRACKING DOWN ON THEM AND PUTTING THEM BACK
INTO LONGTERM RENTALS. THERE’S COUPLE OF
DEVELOPMENTS ON THE HORIZON COMING UP AND THEY WANT TO
INCLUDE AFFORDABLE RENTAL RENTALS AND ACTUAL
HOMEOWNERSHIP. NICE MIXED VARIETY. WE THE COUNTY HAVE QUITE A FEW
ACREAGES OF LANDS THAT WE OWN. WE DON’T HAVE TO BE BEHOLDEN
FOR A PRIVATE LANDOWNER FOR THEM TO DECIDE WHAT THEY’RE
BUILDING OR NOT BUILDING, WHETHER IT’S MARKET OR
AFFORDABLE. I WOULD DEFINITELY BE JUMPING
ON BOARD TO PUT OUR OWN COUNTY LAND INTO THIS TYPE OF HOUSING
FOR THE COMMUNITY.>>SHE BROUGHT UP THIS VIDEO
ABOUT THE SHORT-TERM RENTALS. VACATION RENTALS. IS MAUI IN A BETTER PLACE THAN
OTHER ISLANDS ON THAT, OR ARE YOU STILL IN THE SITUATION
WHERE NOBODY KNOWS WHERE THEY ARE OR WHO’S DOING IT AND HOW
MANY THERE ARE? WHAT WOULD YOU DO TO START
CRACKING DOWN ON THAT? AS YOUR MAYOR, IT’S REALLY
IMPERATIVE THAT THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION DIDN’T START
ENFORCING OR LOOKING AT THE PROCEDURES OF TRYING TO FIND
ILLEGALS. TURN A BLIND EYE. NOW YOU HAVE INFLUX OF ALL OF
THESE ILLEGALS.>>Daryl: DO YOU THINK THAT WAS
THE POLICY? WHY WOULD THAT BE THE DAYS?>>IF I CAN SPEAK FRANKLY. I THINK IT WAS A CAMPAIGN
POSITION THAT MR. ARAKAWA
TOOK WHEN HE RAN AGAINST CHARMAINE. SHE TOOK A LOT OF HEAT FOR
TRYING TO ENFORCE THESE ILLEGALS. THAT WAS ON HIS CAMPAIGN
PLATFORM TO NOT REALLY, GO AFTER THESE, ALMOST TO GIVE
THEM A LEEWAY, AND SO WHEN HE GOT IN, PLANNING DEPARTMENT
DIDN’T REALLY DO THE EFFECTIVE JOB OF ENFORCE,
DIDN’T EVEN HAVE THE PUT INTO THE MAYOR’S BUDGET
APPROPRIATE MONIES TO HIRE MANPOWER FOR THESE
ENFORCEMENTS. IT WAS ONLY UNTIL THE LAST
RECENT 3 YEARS, I BELIEVE, THAT COUNCIL STARTED
APPROPRIATING MONDAY.>>AND STARRING REALLY COMING
DOWN ON THE DEPARTMENT TO REALLY WILL HANDLE IT. THIS IS ‘SITUATION WHERE WE
HAVE TO LOOK AT ALL OF OUR PEOPLE HERE. INCLUDING THE YOUNG
GENERATION. WHO JOB SITUATION IS LESS THAN
2% UNEMPLOYMENT. BUT YET, WE CAN’T FIND
EMPLOYEES BECAUSE THEY ARE LEAVING THE ISLAND BECAUSE
THE COST OF LIVING IS TOO EXPENSIVE.>>Daryl: DO YOU AGREE WITH
THAT ASSESSMENT WHEN IT COMES TO ILLEGAL VACATION RENTALS? YOU HAVE THE LAWS BUT NOT
ENFORCING THE LAW. I AGREE WITH THE ILLEGAL
RENTALS. WE ALL AGREE ON WE’RE GOING TO
CRACK DOWN ON AND MAKE SURE THAT IS TAKE CARE OF. ONE OF OUR COUNCILMEMBERS
RECENTLY INTRODUCED A CHARTER AMENDMENT THAT WOULD ADD
$20,000 FINE IF $10,000 A DAY FOR ILLEGAL SHORT TERM
RENTALS. I BELIEVE THAT WILL GONE ON
THE BALLET. IF THAT GOES ON THE BALLOT,
THE PEOPLE HAVE A OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK FORTH AND BRING THAT
UP.>>Daryl: WHY WOULD IT HAVE TO
GO BALLOT. IT BECOMES A CHARTER
AMENDMENT.>>Daryl: WE JUST GOT IN A
QUESTION FROM A VIEWER. YOUR POSITION? WOULD YOU ENFORCE IT IS? MONEY FOR ENFORCESMENT ALL
SAYING YES. WHAT CONSEQUENCES WOULD YOU
LEVY ON ILLEGAL BED & BREAKFAST? WHAT ABOUT GOING SO FAR AS YOU
GUYS WOULD HAVE CHANGE THE CHARTER IN ORDER TO HAVE A
SIGNIFICANT — I CAN ANSWER THAT? CURRENTLY, OUR MAXIMUM FINES
THAT WE CAN EVER IMPOSE IS THOUSAND DOLLARS LESS.>>Daryl: A DAY, RIGHT?>>YES. I BELIEVE SO. A DAY. SO LAST TERM, WE DID TRY TO
INCREASE THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF FINES THAT WE COULD LEVY UPON
ANY VIOLATION. BUT IT WASN’T PAST. THE MAXIMUM FINE THAT WAS SET
IN THE CHARTER IS SET THERE IN ORDER FOR US TO CHANGE IT, WE
HAVE TO GO THROUGH A CHARTER AMENDMENT. SO THIS SPECIFICALLY NARROWED
TAILORED CHARTER AMENDMENT IS ONLY GEARED TOWARDS ILLEGAL
VACATION RENTALS. THE FINE IS MAXIMUM OF
$20,000.>>Daryl: DO YOU THINK 20,000,
IF YOU HAVE THAT IN A CHARTER, WOULD DO THE TRICK OR DO YOU
NEED CRIMINAL PENALTIES.>>GREAT START. I THINK WHEN YOU’RE LOOK AT
VACATION RENTALS, SOMEBODY REPRESENT RENTING OUT THEIR
HOUSE FOR 6 OR $8,000 A MONTH OR RENTING OUT ROOMS AND
MAKING 6, 8, 10,000, 15 IT THOUSAND DOLLARS A MONTH, YOU
GOT A $20,000 DAY ONE FINE AND $10,000 PER DAY THEREAFTER. I THAT REALLY MAKES PEOPLE
THINK TWICE. IF THAT DOESN’T DO THE TRICK,
NEXT THING WOULD BE CRIMINAL ACTION. I THINK THAT WILL DO THE TRICK
AND THINK PEOPLE ARE READY FOR THAT. YOU THINK IT WILL PASS
OVERWHELMINGLY. ONE TOWN JUST SHUT ALL OF
THEIR UTILITIES OFF. NOT GOING TO RENT A PLACE WITH
NO WATER.>>IF YOU FIND THEM.>>ANYHOW.>>Daryl: HOW MANY PEOPLE
WOULD YOU NEED IN THE STREET INSPECTORS TO ACTUALLY BE
EFFECTIVE IN THIS?>>HOW MANY? HOW MANY PEOPLE DO YOU NEED OR
DO YOU USE TECHNOLOGY? CAME FROM OUR GIRL FRIEND LAST
NIGHT. TOLD ME, SHE’S A REALTOR. HERE’S A REAL, ONE PRONG
APPROACH. THE COUNTY LISTS ALL THE LEGAL
PERMITTED PEOPLE. HAVE THAT ON THE WEBSITE. ALL THE NUMBERS, NAMES,
ADDRESSINGS WHATEVER. SO WHO AGENTS, PEOPLE OR
BOOKING TO COME HERE, THEY CAN JUST CROSS-REFERENCE AND
CROSS-CHECK. AND MY BOOKING ILLEGAL ONE,
AND IF THE NUMBER IS NOT ON THERE, THEY’RE ILLEGAL. CALL US. AND LET US KNOW. THAT THESE PEOPLE ARE TRYING
TO BOOK YOU AT THEIR PLACE. WHAT’S HAPPENING, PEOPLE ARE
COMING HERE AND PAYING AND IT DOESN’T EVEN EXIST. SO PEOPLE ARE GETTING RIPPED
OFF. I DIDN’T REALIZE THAT ASPECT
OF THIS. AND THAT’S SAD. THERE’S SOME REAL HUGE, YEAH,
REPERCUSSIONS.>>Daryl: LAST ANSWER. I AGREE WITH BOTH MY
COLLEAGUES. AT THE TABLE. THAT YEAH, ILLEGAL TVRS AND
VACATION RENTALS IS AN ISSUE. BUT IF WE WERE TO GO AHEAD AND
START ENFORCING, DOES IT GUARANTEE MORE AVAILABLE
RENTALS? DOES IT GUARANTEE? IT’S UNKNOWN WHETHER OR NOT
THOSE VACATION RENTALS WILL TURN INTO LONGTERM RENTALS. SO OR AFFORDABLE. MY IDEA IF I WERE TO BE MAYOR,
I WOULD FOCUS ON THE COUNTY TRYING TO BUILD AFFORDABLE
RENTAL UNITS AND PARTNERSHIP, PUBLIC/PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP.>>Daryl: I’M GOING TO MOVE ON
TO TRAFFIC NOW. GOT A QUESTION. SOME OF THE QUESTIONS ARE
REALLY LONG. WAITING IN THE QUESTION BANK. BUT IT’S DIRECTED TO YOU. COUNCILWOMAN COCHRAN. WHY WAS THE LOWER HONE
PI’OLANI ROAD, PROJECT REMOVED FROM THE COUNTY
BUDGET IN YOUR DISTRICT AND UNDER YOUR PREVIEW. PERSON WAS KILLED. HOT BUTTON QUESTION? I’M IT’S NOT SURE SOMEONE’S
BEEN KILLED ON THE HIGHWAY?>>Daryl: TRAFFIC AN MAUI, HOW
BIG AN ISSUE, WHEN YOU ARE OUT AND ABOUT, WHAT ARE YOUR
CONSTITUENTS TELLING YOU ABOUT TRAFFIC? NEEDS TO BE DONE THERE?>>GO AHEAD. I WASN’T SURE. WHAT TIME YOU JUMP IN. I’M TRYING TO RESPECTFUL.>>Daryl: YOU’RE FINE. MOST OF OUR ROADWAYS HAVE NOT
DONE ENOUGH IMPROVEMENTS TO MAKE TRAFFIC CONSISTENTLY
FLOW. WE’VE DONE A GREAT JOB IN
UPCOUNTRY WITH THE HALEAKALA HIGHWAY AND HANA HIGHWAY,
ESPECIALLY OUTSIDE OF PAIA. WE NEED TO LOOK AT THE BYPASS
IN PA’IA. THAT’S SOMETHING MY
ADMINISTRATION WOULD BE DILIGENT OF ACCOMPLISHING. WEST MAUI, HONOAPIILANI
HIGHWAY. ANY TIME THERE’S A FIRE OR
ACCIDENT, THAT ROAD IS PRETTY MUCH SHUTDOWN. THE NEW EXTENSION HAS HELPED. BYPASS HAS HELPED A LITTLE. I’VE GONE OUT THERE, OVER 2
DOZEN TIMES IN THE LAST 2-AND-A-HALF MONTHS AND
AVERAGED ABOUT 35 MINUTES GETTING IN, 35 MINUTES
GETTING OUT. BEEN VERY FORTUNATE. MAYBE DIDN’T HEAVY TRAFFIC. 4:30, 5:00, 6:30, 7:00 A.M. DONE BUSY TIMES WHAT I CALL
REGULAR TRAFFIC. I THAT’S HELPED A LOT. NOT STAYED UP. WE NEED TO EXTEND BYPASS
HIGHWAY FOR HONOPIILANI AND GET TO POMIHANI AND PALI. ONCE WE GET THERE AND
EXTENDING IT BACK TO KAANAPALI, THAT WILL TAKE YOU
OUT KA’ANAPALI. TAKE A BIG CHUNK OF IT. WHAT DO WE DO IN THE PALI? BRIDGE, TUNNELING?>>Daryl: PALI, WHAT ARE YOU
TALKING ABOUT?>>HEADING TOWARDS MALAE. I DRIVE THAT ROAD EVERY DAY. THE BYPASS HAS HELPED. WHEN IT’S THE PEAK TIME OF
DAY, TRAFFIC STILL, BECAUSE IT JUST BOTTLENECKSES ON TO
THE 2 LANE HIGHWAY ON THE PALI. SO THAT IS THE ISSUE THIS
NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED. BACK IN 2009, THERE WAS A TASK
FORCE. WHEN THE $800 MILLION PRICE
TAG HIT THE TABLE, THE CONVERSATION STOPPED. IT’S NOT LIKE IT GOT ANY
CHEAPER TODAY. AND THAT IS ONE OF MY MAIN
THINGS TO LOOK INTO, WHEN I GET INTO THE MAYOR OFFICE. I KNOW IT’S A STATE ISSUE
CONSISTENT SIT AROUND TWIRLING MY THUMB AND HOLDING
MY BROUGHT. THERE IS A PLAN. BEAUTIFUL PLAN. I’VE SEEN IT DRAWN OUT. IT CAN BE DONE IN PHASE. I WANT TO GET THE BALL
ROLLING, FEASIBILITY, EIS. HOPEFULLY THE STATE CAN KICK
IN FUNDS TO HELP WITH THAT.>>Daryl: DO YOU AGREE THAT’S
THE PRIMARY TRAFFIC PROBLEM ON THE ISLAND?>>I BELIEVE THAT IT IS ONE OF
THE ISSUES THAT THE STATE NEEDS TO GET ON THE BALL WITH. WITH HE SHALL BEEN PRESSURING
IN TERMS OF THE COUNCIL AN ADMINISTRATION. I THINK THAT OUR JURISDICTION
LIES IN OUR COUNTY ROADS. AND IF YOU GO UPCOUNTRY, AND
PAIA, HAIKU, MAKAWAO, ROADS DEFINITELY NEED IMPROVEMENT. AND TO ALLEVIATE THE PAIA
BYPASS, THERE WAYS PROPERTY THAT WE COULD HAVE PURCHASED,
THAT COULD HAVE ACTUALLY, CAN HE COULD HAVE BUILT A BYPASS
FROM. BUT IT WAS SNATCHED UNDER OUR
NOSE BECAUSE OF THE FACT THAT A AND B SOLD IT TO A PRIVATE
PERSON AND WE WEREN’T AT THE TABLE. SO IN MY ADMINISTRATION, I
DEFINITELY WOULD HAVE BEEN AT THE TABLE. NEGOTIATING THOSE LANDS WITH
A AND B. SAYING WE NEED THIS AREA SO WE
CAN COMPLETE THE BYPASS. IN PAIA. THERE IS A HUGE PROBLEM GOING
ON BOTTLENECKED THROUGH THAT AREA. EAST MAUI GETS BOTTLENECKED
ALL THE TIME.>>Daryl: WHAT IS THE STATUS OF
THE HALF PERCENT EXCISE TAX WHEN IT COMES TO MAUI? YOU FOLKS ARE, HAVE NOT PASSED
IT, RIGHT?>>NO.>>Daryl: IS THAT SOMETHING
YOU MIGHT CONSIDER OR MIGHT SUPPORT AS MAYOR IN ORDER TO
GET ENOUGH MONEY TO DEAL WITH SOME OF THESE PROBLEMS?>>WE DON’T HAVE A MONEY
PROBLEM. OUR POPULATION IS 150,000. I MEAN, EVERYBODY SAYS
WHERE’S THE MONEY? FOR ME, THE MONEY IS THERE. IT’S THE REPRIORITIZING OF
THE FUNDS WE ALREADY HAVE. A SEE A LOT OF WASTEFUL
SPENDING AND MISAPPROPRIATION. BALANCING BILLION DOLLARS. ROADS, INFRASTRUCTURE, THAT
SHOULD NOT BE AN ISSUE. WE HAVE HI-BOR OWING BOND
RATING. WE’RE AT THE TOP OF OUR GAME
AS A COUNTY. GRATEFUL TO THE PREDECESSOR
WHO’S KEPT US THERE DO AGREE WITH THAT?>>YES. REPRIORITIZING MONEY IS
IMPORTANT. FUNDING HAS BEEN, WE’VE HAD A
AA RATING FOR MANY, MANY YEARS. COUNTY IS ONE OF THE STRONGEST
FISCAL COUNTY, THE STRONGEST FISCAL COUNTY IN THE ENTIRE
STATE. MONIES ARE AVAILABLE. WHEN YOU BORROW TOO MUCH
MONEY, YOUR BOND RATING DROPS. THERE IS THAT ASPECT THAT TOO
MUCH MONEY BORROWED, JUST LIKE YOUR CREDIT SCORE, IT
WILL DROP. YOU GOT TO KNOW HOW TO BALANCE
THAT. WE HAVE TO BE ABLE TO BE MORE
INTERACTIVE WITH THE FEDS AND STATE. I THINK THAT’S WHERE SOME OF
THE LACK OF RAPPORT AND SOME OF THE ATTITUDE OF SOME OF THE
PREFER ADMINISTRATION LIKE WE CAN DO THINGS WITHOUT YOUR
HELP. NO. WE’VE GOT TO COLLABORATE WITH
THEM. BRING IN THE MONEY. IT’S THERE. THE STATE PUTS MONEY IN THE
STIP. FEDS PUT MONEY IN EVERY YEAR. AND WE NOT TAKING ADVANTAGE OF
IT. IF WE DON’T USE IT, WE LOSE IT. IT GOES SOMEWHERE ELSE.>>I WOULD AGREE WITH BOTH
ALLEY AND MIKE. WE DO HAVE THE ECONOMIC
RESOURCES. BUT WE NEED A FINANCIAL ARM
THAT IS MORE AGGRESSIVE LOOK AT OUR NEEDS AND PRIORITIES IN
OUR COUNTY AND GOING AFTER SOME OF THE GRANT AND FEDERAL
MONIES. ONE OF THE REASONS WHY I
OPPOSE THE TAKING THE 1% OF THE G.E. TAX, IS BECAUSE
THERE’S CONDITIONS ON THAT. THERE’S A CONDITION THAT
SAYS, LOOK, WE’LL GIVE YOU THE TAXING POWER. HOWEVER, YOU CAN ONLY USE THE
MONEY FOR STATE ROADS IMPROVEMENTS. WHAT THAT? GIVE US THE TAXING POWER AND
CAN ONLY USE THE MONIES TO IMPROVE YOUR STATE ROAD? KIND OF RIDICULOUS. FOR ME, THAT’S NOT A DEAL. WHAT WE NEED DO REALLY GET
MORE AGGRESSIVE, HIRE SOMEONE IN THE ADMINISTRATION AND MY
ADMINISTRATION WOULD BE LOOKING AT THE FINANCES IN
TERMS OF LOOKING AT BEING PROACTIVE, LOOK AT WHERE WE
CAN FIND THOSE POCKETS OF LEVERAGE TO USE IT FOR OUR
NEEDS AND BUILD SOME OF OUR PROJECTS THAT ARE REALLY
SUPPORTIVE FOR OUR COMMUNITY.>>Daryl: I WANT TO START, WITH
ANOTHER QUESTION FROM A VIEWER. GUESSING THIS IS SOMEONE FROM
MOLOKAI OR LANAI. MOLOKAI AND LANAI OFTEN FEEL
NEGLECTED BY THE COUNTY. HOW CAN THE RESIDENTS OF THESE
ISLANDS PEOPLE LIKE THEIR VOICES ARE HEARD WHEN THEY
DON’T SPEND MUCH TIME PHYSICALLY HERE. WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT HAVING
ENOUGH FINANCIAL RESOURCES, DOES THAT EXTEND OUT TO THOSE
ISLANDS?>>YES. BY ALL MEANS. IN FACT, WHEN I DO VISIT, AND
I SPEND QUITE A BIT AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE, AND THEY DON’T ASK
FOR A WHOLE LOT. IN COMPARISON TO MAUI ISLAND,
AND SO, OKAY, THEY DON’T HAVE THE ECONOMIC DRIVERS AS WE DO. BUT THAT’S OKAY. SO WE’RE ALL ONE OHANA. WE TALK ABOUT THAT. ALL IN THAT SAME CANOE. AND WITH WE NEED TO HELP ONE
ANOTHER. SO HE THIS BENEFIT. HANA BENEFITS. MOLOKAI. LANAI. THOSE ARE OUR REMOTE AREAS,
RURAL AREAS, THAT DON’T HAVE THE ECONOMIC DRIVERS AS SOUTH
MAUI AND WEST MAUI. BUT IN MY MIND, THEY’RE NO
LESS THAN AT ALL. THEY STILL PART OF OUR COUNTY. STILL OUR CONSTITUENCY AND
VOTERS. AND PEOPLE OF THIS COMMUNITY
AND THEY NEED TO BE TAKEN CARE OF. JUST AS GOOD AS EVERYONE ELSE.>>Daryl: DO YOU FEEL THE SAME
WAY?>>SAME WAY. I SPEND A GOOD AMOUNT OF TIME,
I’VE BEEN OUT OF COUNCIL FOR THE LAST 2 YEARS. I’VE GONE THERE. DIFFERENT ISSUES. DIFFERENT EVENTS. AND I FIND THE PEOPLE VERY
ACCOMMODATING. THEY JUST WANT THEIR FAIR
SHARE FOR THEIR, NOT ONLY ROADWAYS BUT THEIR PARKS,
FACILITY, SENIOR FACILITIES AN ONE OF THE THINGS I PICKED
UP FROM ANOTHER CANDIDATE AND I BELIEVE WE NEED TO DO. HAVE LIAISONS ON MUCH EACH OF
THE ISLANDS SO THEY CAN ALSO DERIVE WHAT’S GOING ON AND
LETTING US KNOW. WE NEED TO SPEND MORE TIME
WITH THEM BUT ALSO HAVE SOMEONE THEY CAN GO TO
DIRECTLY INSTEAD OF PICK UP THE PHONE AND CALLING MAUI ALL
THE TIME. SO SOMETHING LIKE THAT WOULD
BE ONE OF MY PRIORITIES TO MAKE SURE THAT THIS RE NOT
LEFT OUT ENCOMPASSED.>>Daryl: IS THERE SOMETHING
YOU NEED TO DO TO MAKE SURE THEY’RE HEARD? I GET COUPLE THEY DON’T FEEL
HEARD. ONE OF THE ISSUES IS THE
COMMUNICATION BETWEEN DURING PUBLIC TESTIMONY. WE STILL HAVEN’T GOTTEN IT
RIGHT. WE TRIED DO THE ELECTRONIC
VIDEO, THAT DIDN’T, WE DIDN’T HAVE THE CAPACITY FOR THE
WI-FI EVERYTHING ELSE. IS WE WENT BACK TO PHONE,
TELEPHONE. SO THE PERSONAL TOUCH THAT
NEIGHBOR ISLANDS LANAI, AND MOLOKAI, NEED IS, I BELIEVE,
INEFFECTIVE. IN MY ADMINISTRATION,
DEFINITELY, HAVE SOMEONE THERE THIS WOULD BE LIAISON
BETWEEN ADMINISTRATION, AND THE COUNCIL, AS WELL AS HAVING
A MOBILE DEPARTMENT WHERE ALL OF THE DEPARTMENTS GO THERE,
FREQUENTLY, LIKE WHAT THEY DO DURING BUDGET TIME, VISIT
ISLAND WITH ALL THE DEPARTMENT HEADS SO WE CAN
HEAR WHAT THEIR CONCERNS ARE SO THEY FEEL PART OF IT WE NEED
A PHYSICAL PRESENCE. THEY
DON’T HAVE A FERRY ANY MORE. MOLOKAI. SO IT’S GOING TO COST THEM
$400 ROUND TRIP FROM MOLOKAI TO MAUI TO EVEN GET TO COME
TESTIFY OR EVEN FILE A DOCUMENT.>>Daryl: ANOTHER QUESTION
FROM A VIEWER THAT I HADN’T THOUGHT OF. THESE SMALL ISLANDS THAT
OCCURRED TO ME. PUBLIC TRANSIT. WHAT IS THE STATUS OF PUBLIC
TRANSIT ON MAUI AND WHERE DO YOU FEEL LIKE IT NEEDS TO GO,
I GUESS, YOU FEEL THERE’S PLENTY OF MONEY. DO YOU HAVE ADEQUATE PUBLIC
TRANSPORTATION ON MAUI COUNTY?>>YES. I’VE BEEN HEARING GREAT
POSITIVE COMMENTS FROM THE BUS, MAUI BUS USERS. ACTUALLY, I GUESS THE KULA
ROUTE GOT EXTENDED. AND SO THEY’RE REALLY EXCITED
ABOUT THAT. ONE OF CHURCH MEMBER, THAT’S
ALL HE DOES. HE COMES INTO TOWN FROM OUT IN
THE NAPILI AREA. GOES ALL THE WAY TO CENTRAL,
AND YOU KNOW, IT’S A GREAT SERVICE. PEOPLE USE IT TO GET TO AND
FROM WORK. AND HELPING ALLEVIATE
TRAFFIC.>>Daryl: ON OAHU, IF YOU LIVE
OUT IN THE WAIANAE COAST OR THE RURAL AREAS OF OAHU, IT
TAKES A LONG TIME FOR A BUS TO COME. THEY COME INFREQUENTLY TAKES
A LONG TIME TO GET SOME PLACE. NOT TO BE SO CRITICAL OF OUR
SYSTEM, BUT I MEAN, HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE, FOR EXAMPLE TO
GET FROM LAHAINA TO WAILUKU ON A BUS?>>I THINK THERE’S TWO
TRANSFERS. ALL DEPENDS WHERE YOU’RE
STARTING FROM. UPCOUNTRY, YOU GO FROM THERE
TO QUEEN KAAHUMANU CENTER, BUS HOP. FROM THERE, TAKE A TRANSFER
INTO LAHAINA. WE’RE RECENTLY ARE GOING TO BE
BUILDING OUR OWN BUS STATION BUS HUB GOING TO BE ACROSS
FROM THE QUEEN KAAHUMANU CENTER. SO HOPEFULLY, THAT WILL
REDUCE SOME OF OUR COSTS FOR RENTALS. AND THINGS LIKE THAT. THE WITH US BUS SYSTEM
NATIONWIDE, SUBSIDY. IT WILL NEVER MAKE MONEY. SO WHAT WE HAVE DO, AND BE
HONEST WITH OURSELVES, ASK THAT LOOK, WE HAVE TO PROVIDE
TRANSPORTATION FOR THOSE WHO ARE IN NEED. AND TO PROMOTE LESS
GREENHOUSE EMISSIONS. REDUCING OUR FOSSIL FUEL. LET’S GET ON THE BUS. LET’S START BUILDING SOME
BICYCLE PATHWAYS AND CONNECTIVITY WITH PEDESTRIAN
ROUTES AND GET MOVING TOWARDS THAT ROUTE.>>Daryl: DO YOU FEEL LIKE
THERE’S RIVALRY GOING ON BETWEEN CARS, BUS AND BIKES?>>I THINK THERE IS SOME
BECAUSE THERE IS A POPULATION THAT IS SO DEPENDENT ON THE
VEHICLE BECAUSE NERVE DONE IT ALL THEIR LIVES AND NOW, IT’S
CHANGING THEM. BUT MILLENIALS. THEY’RE CHANGING. WE NEED TO BUILD HOUSING IN
CLOSE PROXIMITY TO DIFFERENT CENTERS. SHOPPING CENTER, WORK
CENTERS. RUNS IN THE AREA. DON’T EVER LEAVE THE AREA. TALKING BUSSES THAT COME FROM
LAHAINA TO KIHEI, CENTRAL OR UP COUNTRY. MAKAWAO RUNS WITHIN THE
UPCOUNTRY AREA. SO WE TRY TO DO ACCOMMODATE
THAT TYPE OF TRAFFIC ALSO. THAT TYPE OF BUS RIDER.>>Daryl: LET ME ASK. YOU GUYS REMIND ME OF
SOMETHING CONTENTIOUS ISSUE ON OAHU. I DON’T KNOW IF IT’S
CONTENTIOUS THERE. UBER LYFT ISSUES. THAT SOMETHING THAT’S ON
MAUI?>>YEAH. I HAVEN’T HEARD MUCH LAHAINA
NO. AT ALL. SORRY. WHEN I COME HERE, I USE IT. EASY.>>IT’S GOING TO BE SOMETHING
COME UP. HASN’T BEEN TALKED ABOUT
MUCHMENT LAST YEAR, THERE WAS MAJOR ACCIDENT ON
HONOAPIILANI HIGHWAY UBER DRIVER AND CAR CROSSED OVER
AND SLAMMED KILL 3 PEOPLE. WE’RE GOING TO SEE NOW THE
RESIDUAL EFFECT IF THE STATE AND COUNTY ARE GOING TO BE
SUED ALONG WITH EVERYBODY ELSE. MANY OF THESE DRIVERS GOT
CARRY MUCH INSURANCE. UBER HAS THEIR, WHAT THEY CALL
UMBRELLA, BUT SOMETIMES THEY DON’T MATCH UP. I’M IN THE INSURANCE
BUSINESS. I KNOW WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT. THAT’S SOMETHING THAT IT’S GO
BRING A REAL CHANGE IN MY MIND HOW THIS ALL PLAYS OUT. MORE IMPORTANTLY, I LIKE A
LEVEL PLAYING FEEL. IF OUR TAXIS ARE REQUIRED TO
HAVE PERMITS AND PAY COUNTY CE’S AND HAVE TO HAVE CERTAIN
TYPES OF INSURANCE, UBER, I DON’T CARE WHAT, SHOULD HAVE
THE SAME THING. THEY GO AFTER A DIFFERENT
MARKET, IT SHOULD BE A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD. THAT’S THE WAY I LOOK AT IT. FUNERALLY AS FAR AS
TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM ON MAUI, WE HAVE MEO, BAR NONE,
HAS GREAT SYSTEM THAT TAKES CARE A LOT OF OUR SENIORS AND
OUR DISABLED. IN FACT, OUR TRANSIT FOR
DISABLED RUN BY MEO. GIVEN THEM THE CONTRACT. WE DO, THINK I, COMPARED TO
THE OTHER COUNTIES REAL YEOMAN’S JOB. BUT YET, WE’RE NOT THERE. PLACES LIKE WAIHEO,
WAIHEE, DON’T HAVE BUS SERVICE. NOW WE’RE MOVING INTO BUS
SERVICE FOR THEM. WE WANT TO
ENCOMPASS THE WHOLE ISLAND OR AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE.>>Daryl: CHANCE ON UBER LYFT.>>I WOULD AGREE WITH MIKE. THAT FAIR PLAYING FIELD. TAXI DRIVER, BUS DRIVER, HAVE
TO GO THROUGH THE PUC TO GET CERTIFY AND REGISTERED UNDER
COUNTY ORDINANCES WE HAVE REGISTRATION FOR TAXES AND
THERE’S A FEE FOR IT. THERE IS NO FEE FOR THE UBER
DRIVERS. I’M ALL ABOUT, YEAH, THE
FATHER, MOTHER, THAT NEEDS TO HAVE THAT SECOND JOB, THAT’S
GREAT. BUT THERE HAS TO BE A FAIR
PLAYING FIELD AS WWW.>>Daryl: THAT’S BEEN CODE IN
HONOLULU THAT FAIR PLAYING FIELD FOR BASICALLY TRYING TO
REGULAR UBER AND LYFT ALMOST OUT OF BUSINESS. HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT
REGULATION ON MAUI? DO YOU FEEL THE SAME WAY AS
THEM OR DO YOU FEEL LIKE THINGS WILL JUST DEVELOP THE
WAY THEY SHOULD DEVELOP?>>WELL, NO. I MEAN IT SHOULD BE FAIR
ACROSS THE BOARD. AND YEAH. THAT CALLS FOR REGULATING,
FOR SURE. BUT I NEVER USE UBER THERE
BECAUSE I HAVE MY OWN CAR. BUT I DO USE IT HERE AND THEY
PROVIDE GREAT SERVICE FOR ME. REASONABLE PRICE. SO I UTILIZE THEM HERE.>>Daryl: YOU WOULDN’T WANT TO
DO ANYTHING TO MAKE THEM GO AWAY ON MAUI.>>IF PEOPLE ARE HAVING GREAT
CONVENIENCES AS I DO HERE, THEN BY ALL MEAN, I THINK IT’S
A FREE WORLD AND FREE COUNTRY.>>WE’RE JUST SAYING LET’S
EQUAL THE PLAYING FIELD.>>Daryl: SOUNDS ISSUE THAT’S
COME GOING TO COME UP. MOVE ON NOW. I THINK THIS IS A ISSUE,
ANOTHER ISSUE THAT AFFECTS MAUI AND ALL THE OTHER
ISLANDS. TOURISM CONTINUES TO BREAK
RECORDS WHICH BECOME A BREAKING POINT FOR A LOT OF
PEOPLE. A LOT OF RESIDENTS FEEL
THEY’RE PRICED OUT, PUSHED OUT. HALEAKALA, HOW DO YOU
EXPERIENCE OF HAVING LIMIT PEOPLE DRIVE UP THERE FOR THE
SUNRISE. THAT SORT OF THING. CAME UP IN QUALITY OF LIFE ON
MAUI SHOW.>>WE PUT A REPORT RECENTLY AS
WELL TODAY, ABOUT HOW WAILEA SAW A 56% INCREASE IN INTEREST
FOR SUMMER TRAVEL. THAT’S OVER ONE YEAR PERIOD. EVERY YEAR, GETTING MORE AND
MORE TOURISM AND FLIGHTS COMING TO THE ISLAND. IT’S A MATTER OF IF WE’RE ABLE
TO KEEP PACE WITH THAT. I HEARD TOURISM AUTHORITY
OFFICIAL SAY THAT PERHAPS IT’S TIME TO KIND OF LIKE
TRANSITION FROM PURE MARKETING STRATEGY TO
MANAGEMENT STRATEGY. I REALLY, REALLY, IF ANY OF
THEM ARE LISTENING TODAY, I WOULD LIKE TO SAY, PLEASE,
LET’S DO THAT. LET’S THINK ABOUT HOW WE
MANAGE THIS GOOSE, THAT GOLDEN EGG GOOSE.>>Daryl: DO YOU FEEL THAT
TOURISM HAS GOTTEN OUT OF HAND ON MAUI, THAT TOURISTS HAVE
DISPLACED RESIDENTS TOO MUCH OR DO YOU FEEL LIKE THERE’S A
BALANCE? DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU THERE
SHOULD BE MORE TOURISM?>>NO NEED TO FOCUS ON THE
MARKETING ANY MORE BECAUSE THEY ARE COMING. AND WE NEED TO FOCUS ON THE
MANAGEMENT ASPECT. FOR SURE. SO I’VE BEEN SAYING THAT A
LOT. I HAVE ITEM IN MY COMMITTEE,
WHICH IS COMING UP, I’M TRYING TO GET THE TOURISM INDUSTRY TO
THE TABLE FOR ALL OF US TO DISCUSS THIS. AND TO GET ALL SIDES OF IT. SO THE PEOPLE ARE COMING. AND THE BEACH THAT I LEARNED
TO SNORKEL AT IS JUST OVERRUN, I HEARD, JUST PACKED LIKE
MANHATTAN BEACH, WHATEVER YOU SEE ON THE MAINLAND, WALL TO
WALL PEOPLE. AND YEAH, REEFS ARE DYING. SUNSCREENS. PASSED THAT BAN JUST PASSED. AND WE NEED TO MANAGE THE
PEOPLE WHO COME TO ADVICE.>>THEY’RE GOING TO COME. LET’S MAKE SURE THAT THEY’RE
RESPECTFUL, COURTEOUS, AND GOOD STEWARDS AS VISITORS AND
ALSO, DOING THINGS THAT ARE GOING TO KEEP THEMSELVES
SAFE. THAT AREN’T GOING TO ATTACK
OUR PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICIALS, THAT HAVE TO GO AND RESCUE
THEM OR PULL THEM OFF A CLIFF FROM GET WASHED OUT FROM FLOOD
FLOODS OR LOOKING INTO THE BOWL. HUSBAND HAS A SURF SHOP. GIVE EVERYONE A BLURB DON’T
STEP ON THE REEF, HARASS THE TURTLES. SIMPLE THINGS BUT THERE’S
DETRIMENTAL NEGATIVE IMPACTS WHEN MILLION PEOPLE DO THAT
EVERY DAY.>>Daryl: WHEN YOU SAY WE DON’T
NEED TO MARKET ANY MORE. INTERESTING POINTS. DO YOU FEEL THAT THE NATURAL
GROWING OF TOURISM WITH OR WITHOUT MARKETING IS OKAY OR
DO YOU HAVE A LIMIT ON IT?>>IN OUR CURRENT MAUI ISLAND
PLAN, IT STATES THAT TOURISM, THE RATIO SHOULD NOT GO UP 33%
OF THE POPULATION AND WE ARE WELL ABOVE THAT PERCENTAGE
RIGHT NOW.>>Daryl: HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT
THE LEVEL OF TOURISM ON MAUI? DO YOU FEEL LIKE PEOPLE ARE
FRUSTRATED BY THAT?>>I THINK, YOU KNOW, WE’VE
GOT TO PROTECT OUR RESOURCES. I AGREE WITH THAT. I BELIEVE THAT MANAGEMENT
PLAN HAS TO BE PUT TOGETHER TO PROTECT NOT ONLY THE
RESOURCES BUT PROTECT OUR GOLDEN GOOSE LIKE YOUNG LADY
SAID ON THE TV EARLIER. I BELIEVE THAT TOURISM IS OUR
ECONOMIC DRIVER. AND I THINK NO ONE WILL
DISAGREE WITH THAT. LARGEST ECONOMIC DRIVER IN
THE STATE. MILITARY BEING NUMBER 2. WE HAVE MILITARY PRESENCE ON
MAUI IN MAUI COUNTY. WHATEVER WE HAVE IS VERY
LITTLE. IT IS A ECONOMIC DRIVER THAT
NEEDS TO BE LOOKED AT IN ITS ENTIRETY. THE OTHER PART ABOUT WHEN
PEOPLE SAY, OH, WE DON’T NEED TO PROMOTE OURSELVES. REMEMBER, THERE ARE MANY
PLACES IN THIS WORLD THAT ARE NOW COMING OUT, MEXICO,
CARIBBEAN, FAR EAST, DOING A LOT OF MARKETING. SO OUT OF SIGHT, OUT OF MIND. I CAN TELL YOU, AS A PERSON
BEEN INVOLVED IN SALES AND BUSINESS, NEVER WANT TO BE
COMPLETELY OFF THE RADAR. FINDING THAT BALANCE IS GOING
TO BE IMPORTANT. COLLABORATION BRINGING IN THE
STATE, COUNTY, AS WELL AS THE STAKEHOLDERS AND ALL ASPECT,
ENVIRONMENTALIST AS WELL AS OUR HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY, AND
LOOKING TO PUT A PLAN THAT WE CAN ALL WORK TOGETHER TO MAKE
SURE WE PRESERVE. THEN OUR BEACHES WILL BE THERE
FOR NOT ONLY VISITORS BUT OUR LOCAL RESIDENCE.>>Daryl: ON THIS ISSUE?>>EVERY DAY, WE PULL IN
$24 MILLION A DAY. WE’RE ACTUALLY DOWN FROM
2,017 BY SLIGHT MARGIN. MAUI COUNTY. I WOULD AGREE THAT WE DO NEED
TO BALANCE OUR ENVIRONMENT WITH THE AMOUNT OF TOURISM
THAT WE HAVE. BECAUSE WITHOUT PROTECT OUR
ENVIRONMENT, THERE IS NO TOURISM. WE ARE THE MOST PRISTINE
ISLAND. OUR CHILDREN DESERVE OPEN
SPACE. CHILDREN DESERVE CLEAN
ENVIRONMENT. SO THERE IS A BALANCE. WE’VE GOT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE
HAVE PROVISIONS OR AT LEAST LOOKING FORWARD AND HAVING A
PLAN HOW DO WE THEN COMPROMISE OR AT LEAST WORK WITH BOTH
ECONOMIC ENGINE AND PROTECTING OUR ENVIRONMENT.>>Daryl: YEARS AGO, YOUNG
REPORTER, WENT TO MOLOKAI OVER RESORT DISPUTE. IT INCREDIBLY VIGOROUS AND
DIFFICULT AND PAINFUL FOR THE FOLKS THERE. DO YOU STILL, ON MAUI, THIS
TENSION BETWEEN ADDITIONAL DEVELOPMENT, DO WE WANT MORE
TOURISM, FOR EXAMPLE, DO YOU THINK TOURISM DEVELOPMENT
TAKES AWAY FROM YOUR ABILITY TO GROW HOUSING OR GROW SOME
OTHER FIELD OF JOBS?>>WELL, NUMBER ONE, WE WANT
THAT AFFORDABLE TRULY AFFORDABLE HOUSING. THAT’S WHAT WE WANT TO BUILD. IF WE’RE GOING TO DEVELOP
ANYTHING. SO NO MORE.>>Daryl: HOTEL VERSUS
AFFORDABLE HOUSING? IS THERE A TRADEOFF THERE?>>NOT AS FAR ACE CAN SEE. NOT GOING TO BE A TRADEOFF. BUT OUR HOTELS ALWAYS, THIS IS
WHERE WE I THINK LOST GRIP ON THE HOUSE BEING, VERSUS THE
HOTELS. BACK IN THE DAY, THEY HAD
PHYSICALLY BUILD STRUCTURES FOR THE WORKFORCE, TO LIVE OF,
SUCH AS MAUI SURF, WHERE I LIVE. HALE OHANA. NOW THEY CAN PAY IN LIEU WITH
CASH. THAT CASH NEVER, A LOT OF IT
HAS NOT MATERIALIZED INTO THIS WORKFORCE HOUSING. HERE LIES THE HOUSING CRISIS. AND IT HAS NOT KNOW ONE
TACKLED IT.>>Daryl: DO YOU AGREE WITH
THAT?>>TOTALLY AGREE WITH THAT. THAT’S WHAT I WAS GOING TO
SAY. IF WE’RE GOING TO ALLOW MORE
DEVELOPMENTS INTO THE RESORT, GO BACK TO THE GOOD OLD DAYS. IF YOU’RE GOING TO BUILD
RESORTS, BUILD WORKFORCE HOUSING. THAT WAS A CONDITION.>>Daryl: FOR THE PEOPLE WHO
WORK THERE. FOR THE PEOPLE
THAT WORK AT THE RESORT. THAT IN A SENSE, WOULD ALLOW
THE CHALLENGE, AVOID THE CHALLENGE OF THE COMMERCE
CAUSED WHERE YOU CAN’T HAVE PEOPLE OF NONRESIDENTS LIVING
IN FEE SIMPLE HOUSING OR RENTAL BECAUSE IT’S GOING TO
BE DEVELOPED BY THE RESORT FOR THEIR EMPLOYEES. WHO ARE RESIDENTS OF OUR
COUNTY. THAT DO YOU FEEL LIKES HOTELS
ARE DOING ENOUGH.>>WE NEED A BETTER BALANCE. FOCUS ON TRUE AFFORDABLE
HOUSING. WHEN I SAY AFFORDABLE
HOUSING, I’M SETTING THE BAR AT 400,000 FOR HOMES. AND WE SHOULD BE WITH CONDOS
AN TOWNHOUSES FOR OUR PEOPLE, MULTIFAMILY UNITS. 200 TO $300,000. WE’VE GOT TO MAKE IT SO THEY
CAN AFFORD TO LIVE THERE AND WORK THERE. AND THE HOTELS AND LANDOWNERS
HAVE TO CONTRIBUTE. MULTIFACETED APPROACH YOU
NEED TO TAKE. AS I SAID EARLIER, BRINGING
PEOPLE TO THE TABLE, COLLABORATING AND SAY, HEY,
YOU HELP US. WE CAN HELP YOU. IF YOU’RE NOT, THEN YOU’RE NOT
GOING TO BE ABLE TO BUILD. VERY SIMPLE.>>Daryl: I’VE GOT, SORE POINT
I GOT A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS. FROM TWO DIFFERENT ISLANDS. I DON’T THINK IT’S THE SAME
PERSON ASKING THE SAME QUESTION. BOTH OF THEM ASKING, HAVE ANY
OF THE CANDIDATES TAKEN MONEY FROM DEVELOPERS ON OAHU, HOW
MUCH? IS THERE INFLUENCE OFF ISLAND
SPECIAL INFLUENCE IN THIS MAYOR’S RACE? NOT ME. I RECEIVED MONEY FROM ALL
OVER. I’M VERY PROUD TO SAY THAT
MOST OF THE PEOPLE THAT HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO ME,
DEVELOPERS, MOM AND POP, UNIONS, SMALL BUSINESSES, ALL
BELIEVE IN MY MESSAGE OF WORK TOEGETHER TO BRING EVERYBODY
TO THE TABLE. ONCE YOU START EXCLUDING ONE
GROUP, THEY’RE GOING TO HURT. ANYBODY CAN SAY THEY HAVEN’T
TAKEN ANY MONEY. NOT ME. BUT CAN I TELL YOU HONESTLY,
EVERYONE HAS TAKEN SOMETHING FROM SOMEBODY.>>Daryl: DID MENTION YOU HAVE
ALL THE MONEY. YEAH. YOU MENTIONED OAHU. NO OAHU MONEY. FROM DEVELOPERS. I THINK MIGHT HAVE —
>>I HAVE TWO ATTORNEYS.>>MORE THAN HALF COMES FROM
OAHU. THAT’S THE MONEY GUY. IT’S NOT TRUE ABOUT THE MONEY
COMING OAHU. A LOT OF THE MONEY I RECEIVED
FROM THE WORKING PEOPLE. UNIONS .
>>I’M THE ONLY CANDIDATE THAT APPLIED FOR THE MATCH
PROGRAM. WHICH I HAVE A SPENDING
MAXIMUM LIMIT, $160. BETWEEN MY TWO COLLEAGUES
HERE, I’M THE ONLY ONE THAT WENT THROUGH THE MATCH
PROGRAM THAT PUTS A LIMIT ON MY CAMPAIGN.>>Daryl: HOW MUCH DOES THAT
DISADVANTAGE YOU?>>MEANS THAT I GOT A
GRASSROOTS FUNDRAISE. FOR EVERY $100 THAT I RAISE,
$100 AND LESS THAT I RAISE, STATE GETS THE MATCH. BUT THE LIMIT, I’M ON CAMPAIGN
SPENDING LIMITS.>>Daryl: BECAUSE WE’RE GOT,
PROBABLY SHOULDN’T DWELL TOO MUCH ON THIS, A LOT OF
QUESTIONS. JUST, I MEAN, HOW BIG A FACTOR
IS MONEY ON AN ISLAND. RUNNING ON CAMPAIGN. ISLAND LIKE MAUI. ALREADY BEEN RUNNING FOR MANY
YEARS. ISLANDWIDE. AS OPPOSED TO OAHU. IF YOU MOVE FROM COUNCIL TO
ISLANDWIDE, YOU NEED A LOT OF MONEY TO GET NAME
RECOGNITION.>>I WISH IT WASN’T ABOUT
MONEY. I WISH HAD HE A CAP OF $10,000. LET’S SEE WHO MAKES THE BEST.>>I WOULD LOVE THAT. BECAUSE I WOULD TAKE THEM NO
PROBLEM. I’M ALREADY AND CAMPAIGN
SPENDING LIMITS.>>I HAVE HIGHER HOPES THAT MY
GRASSROOTS ARE BIGGER ROOTS.>>YOU KNOW SOMETHING,
CERTAIN PEOPLE IN HERE OPPOSE SUPERPACS BACK 2014, AND
TODAY, FUNDED THROUGH A SUPERPAC.>>Daryl: SINCE YOU DIDN’T
NAME ANYBODY LET’S MOVE ON. OKAY. MOVE ON. GOT A
LOT OF QUESTIONS. I WOULD LIKE TO KEEP OUR
ANSWERS PRETTY SHORT FOR A WHILE. SO THE WORD WATER IS THE FIRST
WORD ON THIS THING. SO MAUI HAS HAD SUCH A HISTORY
OF BATTLES OVER WATER. DO YOU HAVE DIFFERENT
POSITIONS ON THE WATER USE ISSUE BETWEEN THE THREE OF
YOU?>>SPECIFICALLY?>>THE DIVERSION OF WATER. I MEAN, I DON’T KNOW IF
IT’S — I KNOW THAT THERE’S A REASON WATER COMMISSION
RULING THAT ACTUALLY DID RESTORE A LOT OF THE STREAMS. ARE WE DONE WITH THIS ISSUE
NOW? DEMANDS FOR BIG AG FOR
THAT WATER, BIG AG GET YOUR HELP FOR THAT?>>PUBLIC TRUST DOCTRINE IS
KEY. KULEANA LAND WATER USERS ARE
FIRST PRIORITY. THAT HAS NOT BEEN THE CASE IN
HUNDREDS OF YEARS. SO YAY FOR THOSE RESTORATION
OF THOSE STREAMS. THAT IS JUST THE TIP OF THE
ICEBERG AS FAR AS I’M CONCERNED. I LIVE IN HONOLUA. I HAVE NO WATER. THERE’S DIVERSION. THERE’S DIVERSIONS ALL OVER
ISLAND. SO WE NEED TO GET TO TO WHERE
IT NEEDS TO GO. NUMBER ONE, WE CANNOT TAKE
AWAY FROM OUR KULEANA AND KANAKA MAOLI WHO ARE THE KEY
TOP PEOPLE THAT NEED TO UTILIZE IT.
AND THE BIG AG, THAT’S WHY THEY GOT THE WATER. WAS TO DO AG. IF YOU’RE NOT DOING AG, THEN
THE WATER NEEDS TO GO BACK.>>Daryl: HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT
THIS? I KNOW THERE’S A LOT OF
PRESSURE TO KEEP WATER GOING TO THE A AND B PROPERTIES IN
CENTRAL MAUI. HE VERY LEAST. BEYOND THAT, I’M NOT AN EXPERT
ON YOUR GUYS’ WATER SITUATION. APOLOGIZE. DO YOU FEEL THAT THERE IS A
WRESTLING BALANCE THAT HAS TO COME AND DO YOU FEEL LIKE
LARGE AGRICULTURAL INTERESTS, LARGE LANDOWNERS
SHOULD HAVE A FAIR AMOUNT OF WATER?>>I THINK YOU HAVE TO LOOK AS
HAS BEEN MENTION THE, WHAT’S BEING GROWN. IF IT’S SUSTAINABLE AG,
ORGANIC TRADITIONAL AG, THINGS THAT TAKE WATER THAT
PRODUCE EDIBLE CROP AND THAT PRODUCE BIOCROPS, THAT WE CAN
USE TO REDUCE FOSSIL FUEL, I’M ALL FOR WORKING TO. AGAIN, COLLABORATION.>>Daryl: HAVE THE CROPS FIRST
THEN THE GET THE WATER?>>HAVE A PLAN OF THE WATER
THAT’S BEEN, ONE OF MY PLANS IS TO START BUILDING A MODULAR
PLANT IN CENTRAL MAUI, UP BY WAIKAP UP, WHERE MY DISTRICT
IS. HAVE DEVELOPMENT THAT WANTS
GO. TAKE THE DEVELOPMENT ALONG
WITH WHAT’S UP THERE, HAVE IT INTERCONNECTED. USING THAT TREATED WATER FOR
AG THAT’S ALL ADJACENT TO THAT AREA. THIS IS A RELIABLE DEPENDABLE
SOURCE OF WATER. TREATED WEATHER.>>TREATED WASTEWATER
NUTRIENTS CAN BE DONE VERY CORRECTLY. SOME OF THE GUYS WOULD WANT
SOMETHING LIKE THAT THE BECAUSE TWO THINGS THEY NEED. LAND AND RELIABLE WATER
SOURCE.>>Daryl: ON THE WATER YOU
SHALL.>>FIRST AND FOREMOST, WE’VE
BEEN WAITING FOR THE LAST SIX YEARS SINCE I’VE BEEN IN
OFFICE FOR WATER RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT PLAN. FROM THE CURRENT
ADMINISTRATION. WE HAVE STILL YET TO SEE ONE.>>WITHOUT A PLAN, HOW ARE WE
GOING TO LOOK FOR RESOURCES? WE’VE GOT TO HAVE THE PLAN SET
IN STONE. WHEN I BECOME MAYOR, IF I
WOULD TO BECOME MAYOR, I WOULD DEFINITELY BE MAKING SURE
THAT THAT IS ONE OF THE PRIORITIES. IS GETTING THE RESOURCES
DEVELOPMENT PLAN ON ITS WAY. AND.>>Daryl: OKAY. SO HOMELESSNESS. HOW BIG AN ISSUE IS
HOMELESSNESS ON MAUI? WHERE DO WE STAND? WHAT THE SOLUTIONS AHEAD? ARE YOU GETTING ENOUGH HELP
FROM THE STATE? WHAT’S GOING ON? WHY DON’T YOU GO FIRST.>>WELL, HOMELESSNESS LIKE
HERE ON OAHU, ON MAUI, IS EXTREMELY BAD. WE’VE DONE A JOB OF TRYING TO
BUILD MORE RESOURCE CENTERS, BUILD HOUSING, MAUI FAMILY
LIFE SERVICES, WE BUILT UNITS FOR THEM TO MOVE INTO AN OUR
CAPACITY. THERE’S A WAITING LIST AND ALL
AROUND. LAHAINA, WE HAVE IN THE
VILLAGE AREA, HOUSING. TRANSITIONAL HOUSING. TRYING TO KEEP UP. NOT KEEPING UP WITH IT. SECONDLY, THE STATE ALLOCATED
A LARGE CHUNK OF MONEY. AS MAYOR, I WOULD BE GOING
AFTER THAT MONEY TO MAKE SURE WE COULD BUILD DINING HOMES. OR LIKE WHAT DOREEN HAS BUILT
OUT THERE BY THE AIRPORT VIADUCT, THAT TYPE OF VILLAGE
CONCEPT OF THE WE HAVE SERVICES AND WE HAVE ALL THE
NECESSARY AMENITIES FOR THEM TO MOVE IN WITH THEIR
FAMILIES.>>Daryl: THERE’S A COUPLE OF
TERMS USED TO DESCRIBE SOMETHING LIKE THAT. SAFE ZONE HE IS. OHANA ZONES.>>YES. I WOULD BE ALL FOR THAT. I THINK FINALLY, I WOULD LIKE
TO SET UP SOMEWHERE THAT THEY CAN THOSE WHO ARE WHAT I CALL
REALLY NOT WANTING TO BE STRUCTURED, DON’T WANT TO BE
HELPED, MAYBE AREA WHERE THEY COULD LIVE IN PEACE AND HAVE
THE NECESSARY SERVICES TO THEM CHANGE THEIR TAKE ON
LIFE.>>HOMELESSNESS IS A HUGE
ISSUE. AND WE KEEP JUST KIND OF
CLEARING THEM OUT OF THIS FIELD AND THEY JUST GOING TO
MOVE TO ANOTHER FIELD AND THERE IS NO, I THINK THAT’S
WRONG. THERE’S NO PLACE FOR THEM TO
GO. YES, WE HAVE A FEW SHELTERS
AND WHAT HAVE YOU, BUT NOT ENOUGH AS MIKE JUST
MENTIONED. AND SO YES, THE TINY HOME
CONCEPT. I ALWAYS, EVERY SINCE I’VE
BEEN COUNCIL, TALKING ABOUT DIGNITY VILLAGES. LEARNED OF THIS. GO ON LINE, BEEN NOW EXISTENCE
AT LEAST TEN YEARS PLUS. THEY HAVE BEEN VERY
SUCCESSFUL. PEOPLE, ONCE THEY HAVE A PLACE
TO CALL HOME, WHETHER IT’S JUST A 10X10 SQUARE ROOM, BUT
THEY HAVE, THEY CAN HAVE OWNERSHIP, HAVE A PLACE OF
SECURITY, LOCK UP THEIR BELONGINGS, WHAT HAVE YOU,
THEN YOU HAVE THOSE AMENITIES SERVICE THEY MAY NEED. MENTAL HEALTH, SUBSTANCE
ABUSE THINGS, OR GETTING BACK ON THEIR FEET. WITH A JOB.
AND EDUCATION AND WHAT HAVE YOU. THOSE THINGS I THINK ARE VERY
DOABLE. AND AGAIN, COUNTY HAS SOME
LAND AND PERHAPS COUNTY CAN MOVE FORWARD IN MOVING THESE
EFFORTS FORWARD.>>I’M NOT NECESSARILY
CONVINCED ON THE OHANA ZONES, ENCAMPMENTS. THE REASON BEING IS THAT WE’VE
SEEN, THERE’S BEEN STUDIES OUT THERE THAT SAID, LOOK,
THESE ARE NOT AS EFFECTIVE AS WHAT WE CURRENTLY HAVE UNDER
OUR FEDERAL HUD PROVISIONS CALLED THE HOUSING FIRST. SO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS
DONE A LOT OF STUDIES AND THEY BASICALLY SAY, LOOK, THIS
HOUSING, WHAT THEY IDENTIFY AS CHRONICICALLY HOMELESS
PEOPLE, AND THESE ARE THE 10% OF THE HOMELESS POPULATION
THAT ACTUALLY USES 50% OF THE RESOURCES. SO THEY’VE DONE STUDIES ON
THAT. 80% SUCCESSFUL. WHAT THEY DO IS HUD, HUD WILL
ACTUALLY HOUSE THEM, PAY FOR THEIR RENT. WRAP AROUND RESOURCES. WE HAVE THAT CURRENTLY RIGHT
NOW IN THE COUNTY. INTO I THINK MOST PEOPLE GET
THE HOUSING FIRST CONCEPT. GET THE PHYSICAL STRUCTURE.>>WE STARTED OURS LAST YEAR. THAT DO YOU HAVE THE HOUSING
STOCK? THAT’S WHERE I WAS GOING TO
GET TO. IF WE COULD HAVE THE HOUSING
INVENTOR, TO PROVIDE FOR THE HUD, PROTECTION AND WE HAVE,
WHAT IS CALLED IN OUR COUNCIL COUNTY, JUST DEVELOPED LAST
JUNE, LAST YEAR, IT’S CALLED THE PRIORITIZED DATA ENTRY OF
THE CHRONICALLY HOMELESS. ANYWAY, IDENTIFY TOP 10% OF
CHRONICALLY HOMELESS AND HUD HOUSES AND DOING WRAP-AROUND
SERVICES AND THEY SHALL DONE STUDIES THAT IT DOES HELP THEM
GET EVENTUALLY STABILIZED. BUT THEREIN LIES THE PROBLEM
E WITH DON’T HAVE ENOUGH INVENTORY IN THE HUD HOUSING
PORTION. SO IF WE CAN, INVEST IN TERMS
OF GETTING MORE OF THESE HUD TYPE OF HOUSING, THAT MATE
EVEN COME FROM THE INVENTORY. I HAVE TO STOP YOU. I WANT TO GIVE EVERYBODY A
CHANCE. ONE LAST QUESTION. MAY NOT GET IN ONE LAST
QUESTION. ARE YOU GUYS ALWAYS LIKE THIS?>>WE’RE COLLEAGUES BEFORE. WHICH WORK TOGETHER FOR MANY
YEARS. WE HAVE AN ADMIRATION FOR EACH
OTHER. WHETHER WE AGREE OR DISAGREE,
ALWAYS HAD A RESPECT LEVEL FOR MY COLLEAGUES. SOMETIMES WHEN WE GET ANGRY AT
EACH OTHER, WITH BUT WE MOVE ON. SOME DAYS LESS THAN OTHERS.>>Daryl: GIVE ME A SENSE, IS
IT A DIFFERENT SPIRIT THERE?>>OF WHAT? IT’S LIKE GOLF. YOU’RE PLAYING AGAINST THE
COURSE. FOR ME, I’M PLAYING AGAINST
THE COURSE. THESE GUYS, WE’RE A THREESOME
AND GOING AT IT.>>THAT WAY WAS YOURS. YOU BETTER NOT DROP IN ON ME.>>I PLAY BASEBALL. I STRIKE THEM OUT, THEN MOVE
ON.>>Daryl: WE HAD TO GET THAT. THERE YOU GO. WE’RE GOING TO BE MOVING ALONG
VERY SHORTLY. AND I’VE ONLY GOT 20 SECONDS
LEFT. I CAN’T LET ALL THREE OF YOU
TALK IN 20 SECONDS. JAN KEN PO. THANK YOU ALL. AUDIENCE FOR JOINING US W HE
THANK OUR GUESTS MAUI COUNTY COUNCILWOMAN ELLE
COCHRAN FORMER COUNTY COUNCILMAN MIKE
VICTORINO AND
COUNTY COUNCILMAN DON GUZMAN. WE ARE GOING TO DO A QUICK
CHANGE AND WILL RETURN IN A FEW MINUTES TO HEAR FROM THE
CANDIDATES FOR MAYOR OF KAUA’I. PLEASE ENJOY THIS
HIKI NO STORY FROM KAUAI MIDDLE SCHOOL AND WE’LL BE
RIGHT BACK.FIREFIGHTERS RISK LIVES TO PROTECT COMMUNITY
AND FAMILIES OFTEN MAKE SACRIFICES TO SUPPORT THEM. CAPTAIN OF THE HANALEI FIRE
STATION ONE OF THEM. I’M AWAY FROM HOME AT LEAST
ONE-THIRD OF THE YEAR. I LIVE AT THE FIRE STATION. I HAVE A FAMILY THERE WITH MY
BROTHERS THAT I WORK WITH. OF I TIME WE FIGHT A FIRE,
GOING SOME PLACES THAT NOT ORDINARY, WE PUT OURSELVES AT
RISK. IT’S A RISK VERSUS REWARD FOR
US. WE TRY OUR BEST NOT TO PUT
OURSELVES AT TOTAL RISK. BUT BY THE NATURE OF THE JOB,
PUT YOU AT RISK.>>LONG AND POTENTIALLY
DANGEROUS HOURS AT WORK, CAN MAKE HIS LIFE AT HOME SEEM
MORE PURPOSEFUL. WHEN HE’S NOT ON DUTY, SPENTS
AS MUCH TIME AS HE CAN RELAXING AT THE BEACH. OR GRILLING.>>WHEN I’M HOME, ALWAYS TRY
TO HAVE FAMILY DINNER AROUND THE TABLE. THAT’S WONDERFUL. THEN YOU TALK ABOUT THE DAY. SEE HOW THEIR DAY WENT. I LIKE THAT. MY WIFE, WE BALANCE IT WELL. TRY TO TALK TO EACH AND EVERY
ONE OF THEM EVERY DAY AND MAKE SURE THAT EVERYONE KNOWS THAT
THEY ARE SPECIAL IN OUR LIVES AND WE LIKE TO HOPE THAT THEY
THINK WE ARE SPECIAL IN THEIRS TOO.>>PROVIDES KIDS WITH
GUIDANCE AND TEACHES THEM TO BE STRONG. EVEN WHEN HE’S NOT THERE TO
HELP. SELF-SUFFICIENCY. BE ABLE TO FIGURE OUT THINGS
ON YOUR OWN. NOBODY IS GOING TO BE AROUND
ALL THE TIME. TO HELP YOU. FIGURE OUT SOME OF THE HARDER
THINGS THIS IN LIFE. YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE TO DO THE
LITTLE DEDUCTIVE REASONING.>>NEED TO BE INDEPENDENT BY
MAKING ME DO THINGS ON MY OWN. I HAVE TO FIGURE IT OUT. PASSION TO PROTECTS OTHERS
STARTEDS WITH HIS CHILDREN THE CAN’T COMPETELY SHIELD
THEM FROM THE HARSH REALITIES OF HIS JOB. TRIES TO KEEP
HIS HOME LIFE AS SEPARATE AS POSSIBLE TRY NOT TO INVOLVE MY
FAMILY TOO MUCH THINGS THAT GO ON AT THE FIRE HOUSE I DON’T
FEEL MY CHILDREN ARE READY FOR THAT TYPE OF ENVIRONMENT. SOMETIMES I’M SCARED WHEN HE
GOES TO WORK AND I DON’T KNOW WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN TO
HIM. I’M SCARED OF LOSING HIM. WHEN HE’S ON A CALL.>>DOUBLING HIS DUTIES AS A
FIRE CAPTAIN WITH RESPONSIBILITIES AS A FATHER
IS FAR FROM EASY. CAPTAIN IS COMMITTED BECAUSE
HE BELIEVED BOTH JOBS ARE VITAL.>>IT’S ALWAYS BEEN IN MY
BLOODLINE. MY DAD WAS A FIREFIGHTER. I WATCHED WHEN HE DID FOR A
LIVING. REALLY ENCOURAGED ME TO GIVE
OTHERS BEFORE YOURSELF. THAT’S WHAT I KIND OF DO.>>MY DAD’S JOB IMPACTS THE
COMMUNITY. BECAUSE IT’S A REALLY HARD
JOB. THAT YOU’RE RISKING LIFE FOR. HE’S SUCH A STRONG ROLE MODEL
FOR OTHER PEOPLE. AND FOR ME AS WELL. CAPTAIN FAMILY SEES HIM AS
BOTH A HERO IN THE COMMUNITY AND MORE IMPORTANTLY, A
LOVING PARENT WHO IS ALWAYS THE FIRST TO RESPOND TO THEIR
NEEDS. THIS IS JULIANNE FROM KAPAA
MIDDLE SCHOOL, FOR HIKI NO.>>Daryl: LARA: ALOHA AND WELCOME BACK
TO INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAII…I’M LARA YAMADA. FOR THE NEXT HOUR, WE ARE
FEATURING FOUR OF THE CANDIDATES RUNNING FOR KAUA’I
COUNTY MAYOR. REMEMBER, YOU CAN EMAIL, CALL
OR TWEET YOUR QUESTIONS. AND
YOU’LL FIND A LIVE STREAM OF THIS PROGRAM AT PBSHAWAII.ORG
AND THE PBS HAWAII FACEBOOK PAGE. WE WANT TO AGAIN ACKNOWLEDGE
OUR PHONE-BANK VOLUNTEERS, FRIENDS AND FAMILY OF PBS
HAWAII WHO WILL BE TAKING YOUR QUESTIONS TONIGHT. THERE YOU
SEE ANOTHER LIVE SHOT OF THEM EAGERLY AWAITING YOUR CALLS. NOW TO OUR GUESTS. JOANNE YUKIMURA WAS THE FIRST
JAPANESE-AMERICAN WOMAN MAYOR IN THE U.S. WHEN SHE WAS
MAYOR OF KAUA’I FROM 1988 TO 1994. SHE IS CURRENTLY A
KAUA’I COUNCIL MEMBER, A FULL TIME POSITION SHE HAS HELD NOW
FOR 22 YEARS. OUR NEXT GUEST IS MEL RAPOZO. HE IS CURRENTLY THE COUNCIL
CHAIR OF THE KAUA’I COUNTY COUNCIL. HE WAS ON THE
COUNTY COUNCIL FOR 6 YEARS BEFORE RETURNING IN 2010. OUR THIRD GUEST IS LEONARD,
BETTER KNOWN AS LENNY RAPOZO. HE IS CURRENTLY THE DIRECTOR
OF KAUA’I COUNTY’S DEPARTMENT OF PARKS AND RECREATION. OUR FOURTH GUEST IS DEREK
KAWAKAMI, ALSO A KAUA’I COUNTY COUNCIL MEMBER. HE
SERVED ON THE COUNCIL FOR 3 YEARS BEFORE SERVING A 4 YEAR
TERM IN THE HAWAI’I STATE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. HE RETURNED TO THE COUNCIL IN
2016. BEFORE GOING FURTHER WE WANT
TO SAY THAT THERE ARE THREE OTHER CANDIDATES RUNNING FOR
KAUA’I MAYOR THIS YEAR. THEY ARE DEBRA KEKAUALA, ANA
MO DES, AND CLINT YAGO. MAHALO TO YOU FOR JOINING US
LET’S START WITH ONE OF THE BIG ISSUES. ISSUE FOR NOT ONLY THE COUNTY
BUT FOR THE STATE. TOURISM. HOW TO DEAL WITH TOURISM. A LOT OF PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT
MORE RESEN YEARS, WHETHER WE’VE GOTTEN TO THE POINT
WHERE WE’VE REACHED SOME SORT OF THRESHOLD. WHERE WE NEED TO CONSIDER SOME
TYPE OF MANAGEMENT OR LOOKING AT SOME TYPE OF WAY OF
BALANCING IT OUT BETWEEN HOW IT MIGHT BE AFFECTING LOCAL
RESIDENTS. DO YOU THINK THERE IS A WAY TO
BALANCE THAT BETTER? DO YOU THINK THAT THERE IS TOO
MUCH RELIANCE ON TOURISM? HOW MUCH THEN POSSIBLY
DIVERSIFY KAUAI’S ECONOMY AND IS THAT EVEN POSSIBLE?>>YOU KNOW, YOU HIT THE NAIL
ON HEAD. WE ARE AT A POINT WE ARE
OVERCAPACITY. I CAN TELL YOU KAUAI VISITORS
BUREAU. DID A STRATEGIC PLAN. BASICALLY INFRASTRUCTURE
PLAN ON HOW WE CAN BALANCE THAT ISLAND LIFESTYLE AND
WHAT WE CHERISH AS AN ISLAND AND STILL HAVE THIS INFLUX OF
VISITORS BECAUSE SO MANY PEOPLE ARE DEPENDENT ON THOSE
JOBS THAT THE VISITOR INDUSTRY PROVIDES. I CAN TELL YOU OUR COUNTY HAS
MOVED FORWARD WITH ACTUALLY MANAGING THE VISITORS
INDUSTRY. AND CASE IN POINT, AFTER THE
RECENT FLOODS, YOU KNOW, THE PEOPLE OF HAENA AND WAINIHA,
THEY REALLY REACHED OUT AND THEY SHOWED US FIRSTHAND AS TO
THE EROSION OF QUALITY OF LIFE THAT THEY’VE BEEN THROUGH. SO YOU KNOW, THE HAENA STATE
MASTER PLAN HAS BEEN ON THE TABLE FOR YEARS NOW. TOOK THE RESET BUTTON THAT’S
FLOOD CAUSED FOR EVERYBODY TO TALK A STEP BACK, REALIZE
WHAT’S IMPORTANT. AND WE MOVE THAT MASTER PLAN
TO THE DLNR LIKE THAT BECAUSE IT TOOK POLITICAL WILL, IT WAS
THE COMMUNITY GROUPS OUT THERE THAT GOT EVERYBODY
TOGETHER AND SAID, LOOK, THIS IS WHAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN. WE NEED TO TAKE THAT MODEL AND
APPLY IT TO DIFFERENT PLACES. YOU GUYS HAD THE QUALITY OF
LIFE. YOU HAD A YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR
FROM KAUAI, YOU HAD A CULTURAL PRACTITIONER, HAD YOU A
LANGUAGE, HAWAIIAN LANGUAGE EXPERT, AND YOU HAD A
RELATIVELY NEWCOMER WHO IS A FURNITURE MAKER. BOILED DOWN TO IT CAN QUALITY
OF LIFE. HOW WE CAN BALANCE THAT ISLAND
LIFESTYLE AND COST OF ISLAND LIFESTYLE. WONDERFUL THING IS THAT THE
VISITOR INDUSTRY THEMSELVES ARE LOOKING AT THE NEED FOR A
PLAN. STRATEGIC PLAN SAYS WHEN WE
GET OVER 25,000 AVERAGE DAILY VISITORS, THE ISLAND BEGINS
TO GO INTO OVERDRIVE. AND THAT IS TOO MUCH. THEY THEY’VE ALREADY
DETERMINED THAT. AND ONE OF OUR CONCERNS IS THE
NUMBER OF ADDITIONAL ARRIVALS THAT ARE COMING IN TO THE
ISLAND AND HOW IT HANDLE IT. SO THE NORTH SHORE IS AT A
BREAKING POINT AND THEY’RE HELPING US REALLY ADDRESS
THAT. BUT THAT MODEL HASN’T BEEN
FIGURED OUT. JUST FOR THE NORTH SHORE. HOW ARE WE GOING TO LIMIT THE
NUMBER OF VISITORS THAT COME TO THE HAENA PARK AND WHAT
KIND OF TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM WILL WE NEED TO DEVELOP IT? IF YOU EXPAND IT TO THE
ISLAND, HOW DO WE FIND THAT BALANCE? IT’S DEFINITELY DIVERSIFYING
THE INDUSTRY BUT ALSO, I THINK LOOKING AT OUR LAND USE PLAN,
WE CANNOT HANDLE MORE HOTEL ROOMINGS RIGHT NOW. I MEAN, IF WE HAVE VISITORS
COMING AND OUR HOTELS ARE FULL, THAT’S A HUGE PROBLEM
TOO.>>ONE OF THE ISSUES IS
WHETHER OR NOT TO ALLOW MORE PERMITS TO ALLOW SOME OF THE
DEVELOPMENT TO COME IN, IN OTHER AREAS.>>THERE’S OR ZONING THAT’S
BEEN GIVEN. ONE OF THE THINGS WE CAN DO I
THINK IS MAKE SURE THAT THE NEW DEVELOPMENT PAYS FOR ITS
WAY. IF DEVELOPMENT HAS TO PAY REAL
COSTS, THEY’LL COME TO TERMS WITH THAT TOO.>>IMPORTANT THAT WE DO HAVE
THAT BALANCE. MARKET WILL DETERMINE HOW
MANY VISITORS ARE GOING TO COME HERE. WITHOUT HAVING ANY KIND OF
HOTELS TO COME TO, IT’S GOING TO DETERMINE HOW MANY
VISITORS ARE GOING TO BE PUT ON OUR AND. STILL YET — OUR ISLAND. INFRASTRUCTURE IS NOT READY
TO HANDLE WHAT WE ALREADY CURRENTLY HAVE. WHETHER IT’S PARK OR ROADS,
AFFECTS THE QUALITY OF LIFE AS WE HAD SEEN OUT IN HAENA. WHAT IS LIKE. SO WE NEED TO CONTINUE TO
NURTURE THAT EGG, BUT YET FIND THAT BALANCE WITH EVERYONE SO
WE CAN BOTH ENJOY WHAT HE NEEDS TO ENJOY BY LIVING ON
THIS ISLAND AS WE GREW UP IN AND MAINTAIN OUR QUALITY OF
LIFE IN OUR LIFESTYLE.>>I THINK WE’VE REACHED
CAPACITY. DONE THAT A WHILE AGO. I THINK THERE’S A HUGE
DISCONNECT BETWEEN THE STATE AND COUNTIES AND I THINK FOR
ALL THE COUNTY, OUTER ISLANDS, BETWEEN THE TOURISM
AUTHORITY AND VISITORS BUREAU. THEY ALL DO THEIR JOB SO WELL. WE’RE GETTING ALL BENEFITS. IT’S A BLESSING AND A CURSE. AS WE LOOK AROUND
INFRASTRUCTURE ON KAUAI, WE’RE IN NEED OF RESOURCES. THE PROBLEM IS THAT TOURISM
AUTHORITY AND VISITOR BUREAU CONTINUE TO MARKET OUR ISLAND
VERY WELL AND CELEBRATE WHEN THEY GET A NEW ROUTE NEW
AIRLINE, NEW ROUTE TO KAUAI AND CELEBRATE IT AND
EVERYBODY IS SO HAPPY. BUT WE ON KAUAI ARE LOOKING AT
70,000 MORE PEOPLE IN THAT YEAR WITH ONE NEW ROUTE THAT’S
NOT GOING TO BENEFIT THE QUALITY OF LIFE. NOT ONLY THE VISITORS BUT FOR
THE RESIDENTS. WE’VE GOT TO GET BACK, STATE
AND COUNTY HAS TO WORK TOGETHER TAKE MORE OF A
30,000-FOOT VIEW RATHER THAN THE SHORT RANGE, SHORT TERM
WHAT THEY’RE CONSIDERING SUCCESS. FOR US, DETRIMENTAL.>>ONE. THINGS THAT NEEDS
TO HAPPEN IS THAT OUR COUNTY NEEDS TO GET THE TOOLS FROM
THE LEGISLATURE TO GO OUT AND ENFORCE ON THESE ILLEGAL
TRANSIENT VACATION RENTALS. NEIGHBORHOODS HAVE BEEN LOST.>>ISSUE WITH ALL OF THE
COUNTY. SENSE OF PLACE
ERODED, THERE CONTINUES TO BE THIS BLATANT ILLEGAL VACATION
RENTAL MARKET THAT EXIST. THERE’S A COUPLE OF
COMPONENTS THAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN. ONE, NEED TO HAVE AT THAT
AMORTIZATION LANGUAGE FROM THE LEGISLATURE. WHICH MEANS WHEN YOU HAVE A
VACATION RENTAL AND USE PERMIT, A AND YOU’RE OUTSIDE
OF THE VDA OR VISITOR DESIGNATED AREAS, WHEN YOU
SELL THAT PROPERTY, THAT USE EVAPORATES GOES BACK INTO OUR
INVENTORY. ONE IN EIGHT HOMES ON KAUAI IS
A VACATION RENTAL. YOU TALK ABOUT AFFORDABLE
HOUSING ISSUES. YOU TALK ABOUT OVERCAPACITY. THAT’S THE ONE COMPONENT THAT
HAS TO BE GIVEN TO US FROM THE LEGISLATURE.>>ONE OF THE QUESTIONS THAT
WE HAVE. TALKING ABOUT AFFORDABLE
HOUSING. WHAT IS BEING DONE AND WHAT
ARE YOU CONSIDERING TO BE ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE THAT BECAUSE
OBVIOUSLY, THAT’S A HUGE PROBLEM. I THINK THE WORD CRISIS HAS
BEEN THROWN AROUND BY PEOPLE ON KAUAI AS WELL AS OTHER
COUNTIES. AT THAT POINT.>>I MEAN, OUR EMPLOYERS ARE
SHUTTING DOWN THEIR BUSINESSES CERTAIN DAYS OF
THE WEEK. BECAUSE THEY CAN’T FIND
ENOUGH PEOPLE. AND EMPLOYEES ARE LIVING IN
THEIR CARS. FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN DON’T
HAVE HOMES TO GO TO. PEOPLE ARE HAVING HOMES
RENTERS THAT ARE HOMES THAT ARE BEING SOLD RIGHT FROM
UNDER RENTERS. IT’S ABSOLUTELY A CRISIS. MANY THINGS THAT WE CAN DO. IN FACT, I JUST INTRODUCED A
3% CHARTER EARMARK PROPOSAL WHICH UNFORTUNATELY, FAILED. BUT THAT WOULD HAVE BROUGHT US
BIG STEP FORWARD IN ADDRESSING THE PROBLEM.>>I THINK, YOU KNOW, LARGE
PART OF IT IS THE VACATION RENTALS. ILLEGAL VACATION RENTALS. ALTHOUGH I WOULD AGREE WE
SHOULD OFFER SOME RESOURCES, REALITY IS THAT WE HAVE THE
RESOURCES RIGHT NOW TO DO IT. IT’S REALLY THE POLITICAL
WILL TO GO OUT AND ENFORCE. AGGRESSIVELY ENFORCE. I HAVE BEEN A VERY STRONG
ADVOCATE OF THAT FOR THE LAST TEN YEARS. 12 YEARS. HASN’T GOTTEN TRACTION FROM
THE ADMINISTRATION. MY PROPOSAL, I HAVE
AFFORDABLE HOUSING PLAN THAT WE HAVE ON MY WEBSITE. IT TALKS ABOUT THE AGGRESSIVE
ENFORCEMENT. TALKS ABOUT GOING AFTER
ILLEGAL VACATION RENTALS WITH A VENGEANCE, CHARGING $10,000
A DAY FINE. USING THE FINES TO FUND THE
SPECIAL UNIT TO GO AFTER THESE. IT’S JUST ONE COMPONENT ON
AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROBLEM. WILL JUST HIGH COST OF
CONSTRUCTION ON KAUAI. LACK OF LAND ON OUR PART. ON THE COUNTY’S PART. DON’T HAVE LAND AVAILABLE
LIKE SOME OF THE OTHER ISLANDS. THE RENTS ARE OUT OF CONTROL. MY PLAN ALSO TALKS ABOUT RENT
CONTROL LOOKING AT RENT CONTROL POLICY. AND THE DISPLACE THAT WILL
ACTUALLY LIMIT THE NUMBER OF GOUGING RENT.>>SUPPLY AND DEMAND, WE JUST
DO NOT HAVE A SUPPLY. TO HAVE THE AFFORDABLE
AVAILABLE AND QUALITY HOME, IT’S A MULTIFACETED PROBLEM. IT’S NOT JUST ONE THAT, IT’S
A NUMBER PROBLEM. WE CAN DO SAY WHAT THE NUMBER
IS. CONSIDER AFFORDABLE. BUT IF WE AREN’T ABLE TO PAY
THE MORTGAGE ON IT, IN HAWAI’I, TO HAVE AFFORDABLE
HOUSE, PERSON HAS TO WORK 56 HOURS TO EVEN GET AFFORDABLE
HOUSING. IN THE NATION, IT’S ABOUT 43
HOURS. THERE’S A BIG DISPARITY HERE. WE CAN PROVIDE THE SUPPLY. WE NEED TO ALSO IMPROVE
PERMITTING SYSTEM WITHIN COUNTY. DEVELOPERS TAKE 20 YEARS, 15,
20 YEARS, DO A PROJECT. THAT’S 15, 20 YEARS,
DEVELOPER IS GOING TO MAINTAIN THE LAND. PAY THE TAX ON THE LAND. BUT YET, HOW CAN IT BE PUT OUT
TO MARKET AFTER 20, 30, 40 YEARS, FOR IT TO BE DEVELOPED? WE NEED TO IMPROVE ON OUR
PERMITTING SYSTEM FROM THE COUNTY SIDE. IMPROVED COUNTY GOVERNMENT. TO HELP TO GET MORE UNITS OUT
THERE. ALSO, LOOK AT MICROUNITS. LOOK AT RENT CONTROL. IT’S A MULTIFACETED THING TO
HELP WITH OUR HOUSING MARKET. IT HAS TO BE ALSO A PROGRAM. NOT A NUMBER. BECAUSE $100 FOR FAMILY OF TWO
AND $100 FOR A FAMILY OF FOUR. DIFFERENT IMPACTS TO THE
COUNTRY.>>Daryl: COUPLE OF QUESTIONS
FROM THE VIEWERS. ALONG THE SAME THREAD.>>AFFORDABLE HOUSING ISSUE
WE’RE DEALING WITH RIGHT NOW IS MULTIFACETED. ONE OF THEM IS WHEN YOU TAKE
A LOOK AT WHAT STATE AND COUNTY BIGGEST ASSET IS THAT
OFTEN GOES UNDERUTILIZE THE AMOUNT OF REAL ESTATE THAT’S
WITHIN OUR JURISDICTION. WE FAILED TO BE ABLE TO
UTILIZE OUR OWN COUNTY PROPERTY. TRIED TO PARTNER UP WITH THE
STATE. WHEN I WAS AT THE STATE LEVEL,
LOOK AT THE MAHELONA HOSPITAL, STONE’S THROW AWAY
FROM WHERE YOU GREW UP, IT HAS EXISTING INFRASTRUCTURE. HAVE A HOSPITAL. SCHOOLS IN THE URBAN CORE. WHY ARE WE NOT PUTTING AND
SAYING ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES OUT THERE WE HAVE
A LOOK OF? WHY ARE WE NOT PUTTING
WORKFORCE HOUSING OUT THERE AND GENERATING FOR HHFC
SYSTEM. THESE ARE THE TYPE OF
INNOVATIVE THINGS THAT NEED TO HAPPEN. WHEN WE PUT ALL OF THE BURDEN
ON THE DEVELOPER, AND IT’S BEEN PROVEN BY UHERO,
INCLUSIONARY ZONING HAS FAILED TO GET UNITS ON LINE. IT HAS DRIVEN THE MARKET PRICE
UP. THESE ARE EXPERTS. OUR CURRENT COUNTY ORDINANCE,
AFFORDABLE HOUSING, IS INCLUSIONARY ZONING. POPULAR THING TO TALK ABOUT. WHEN YOU TALK TO PEOPLE THAT
ARE EXPERTS IN GETTING HOUSING ON BOARD. DO YOUR JOB AND BRING IN THE
INFRASTRUCTURE. DO YOUR JOB. LEVERAGE SOME PROPERTIES. SO WE CAN CUT DOWN THE COST. SOMETHING THAT’S TRULY
AFFORDABLE.>>IF YOU LOOK AT THE HISTORY. ANYBODY CAN ANSWER THIS. DIRECTED TO YOU. IN THIS SAME CONTEXT. RECENT COUNTY COUNCIL
MEETING, PHYLLIS BROUGHT UP, VOTED AGAINST THE RESOLUTION
TO ADD CHARTER AMENDMENT TO THE NOVEMBER GENERAL ELECTION
ABOUT AFFORDABLE HOUSING. DURING YOUR 8 YEARS IN
SERVICE, DID YOU EVER PROPOSE AN ANNUAL FUND DEDICATED TO
AFFORDABLE HOUSING? IF NOT, WHY? HISTORICALLY, THE COUNCIL,
ALL THE COUNCILS THAT I SERVE HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO THE
AFFORDABLE HOUSING FUND. I WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE 3%. CHARTER IN OUR COUNTIES ARE
STRUCTURED AS TO GOVERN STRUCTURE THE GOVERNMENT. TERM LIMITS OF OFFICERS. DUTIES AN RESPONSIBILITIES OF
THE VARIOUS DEPARTMENT HEADS. ALL OF THE GOVERNMENT
STRUCTURES PLACED IN THE CHARTER. THAT WAS THE INTENT. AND THE CHARTER WAS NOT
INTENDED TO BE THE GOVERNING BODY FOR THE BUDGET. THAT IS THE LEGISLATIVE
BODY’S OBLIGATION. THAT’S THEIR JOB WITH THE
ADMINISTRATION. NOT THE CHARTER. I VOTED AGAINST IT. SIMPLY BECAUSE I DON’T
BELIEVE ANY KIND OF BUDGETARY MEASURE SHOULD BE PLACED IN A
CHARTER SIMPLY BECAUSE IT’S NOT FLEXIBLE. IN ORDER TO CHANGE A CHARTER
OR AMEND A CHART, YOU NEED TO WAIT TILL THE NEXT ELECTION. WITH THE WAY THINGS ARE IN
HAWAI’I NOW, INSTABILITY OF THE ECONOMY, WE DON’T KNOW
WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN. TO PUT A BUDGETARY
REQUIREMENT IN THE CHARTER, I BELIEVE IS IRRESPONSIBLE.>>WE ALREADY DONE THAT WITH
OUR OPEN SPACE FUND. AND NOT JUST US. MAUI COUNTY AND HONOLULU
COUNTY HAVE DONE A CHARTER EARMARK FOR OPEN SPACE AND
MAUI AND HONOLULU, HE IS EXCUSE ME MAUI AND HONOLULU
HAVE EARMARKS FOR OPEN SPACE AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING. NO WAY, ALL OF SUGGESTIONS
THAT ARE BEING MADE CAN’T HAPPEN WITHOUT CAPITAL. TO MAKE IT HAPPEN. IF YOU DON’T WANT TO PUT THE
BURDEN ON DEVELOPERS, IT’S IMPORTANT THAT THE COUNTY
HAVE CAPITAL. WE HAD A GIFT $41 MILLION
HOUSING MONEY AFTER INIKI. FEDERAL MONIES. BECAUSE WE HAD THAT MONEY, WE
WERE ABLE TO PROVIDE ALONG WITH OTHER SOURCES, 1500
AFFORDABLE HOMES IN THE LAST 20 YEARS. THAT’S BEEN OUR GREATEST
CONTRIBUTION AND 1500 FAMILIES WOULDN’T HAVE HOMES
IF WANT HAD DONE THAT NOW. WE’VE RUN OUT OF THAT MONEY. WHICH WAS CAREFULLY STEWARDED
AND LEVERAGED. WHAT DO WE HAVE NOW? WITHOUT CAPITAL, WE’RE NOT
GOING TO BE ABLE TO PROVIDE AFFORDABLE HOUSING. IT WAS DONE WITH SOME
DEVELOPER CONTRIBUTION AND SOME COUNTY. LIKE WE ARE DOING KAUAI
DEVELOPMENT RIGHT NOW IN POIPU. 134 UNITS. PARTLY DEVELOPER
CONTRIBUTION, AND PARTLY COUNTY MONIES. AND FEDERAL MONIES AND THAT’S
THE WAY WE’VE BEEN DOING MOST OF THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING
OVER THE LAST 25 YEARS. THE NEED IS SO GREAT. WE NEED 1400 HOMES RIGHT NOW
THAT WE DON’T HAVE. AND WE NEED ANOTHER 700.>>THANK YOU FOR BRINGING THAT
QUESTION. ANOTHER AREA NO DOUBT I HAVE
TO MOVE ON. GOING TO INVOLVE SOME
CAPITAL. NO DOUBT AS WELL AS POLITICAL
WILL. TALKING ABOUT THE TRAFFIC
SITUATION ON THE ISLAND. QUESTIONS ASKING ABOUT THE
ADDRESSING PARTICULAR AREA IN KAPAA AND WAIALUA. ANY OF THIS PARTICULAR FOR
THIS PARTICULAR REASON. I THINK IT’S FOR EVERYBODY. SAME THING ABOUT ADDRESSING
THE TRAFFIC PROBLEM IN KAPAA AND WAIALUA. POINT IS HERE, AT THIS POINT,
IT’S AFFECTING SOME OTHER AREAS. NOT JUST KAPAA. A NUMBER OF TOWNS. THAT ALL CONNECT IN SOME WAY. THAT’S DEFINITELY ONE OF THE
TOPICS THAT WE TALKED ABOUT DURING OUR QUALITY OF LIFE
SHOW. TRAFFIC CAME UP. NUMBER OF TIMES. AS GROWING PROBLEM LET’S TAKE
A LISTEN TO THAT FIRST.>>PEOPLE COMPLAIN ABOUT
CONGESTION. WHICH IS THE TRAFFIC
CONGESTION IS SEVERE, LARGELY HOME-GROWN. NOT ALL THE TOURIST’S FAULT. KALAHEO ON THE WEST SIDE NOW
IS STARTING TO GIVE KAPAA A RUN FOR ITS MONEY IN TERMS OF
TRAFFIC. THOSE PEOPLE ARE PRIMARILY
LOCALS. IF IT’S DIFFICULT FOR PEOPLE
IN KEKAHA HANAPEPE TO CONTINUE TO GO TO LIHUE,
PROVIDE THEM JOBS CLOSER TO HOME.>>WHAT MIGHT YOU DO TO
ADDRESS THIS ISSUE?>>TRAFFIC ISLANDWIDE IS A BIG
PROBLEM. RECENTLY, WE HAVE THE FOUR
LANES ADDED OUT THROUGH PUI, ALLEVIATED. ONCE AGAIN, BOTTLENECKED. CURRENTLY, EVEN FOR MY SON, WE
HAVE A BASKETBALL GAME OUT IN KALAHEO. I GOT TO LEAVE NO LATER THAN
4:15 IN ORDER TO GET THERE BY 5:15 TO PLAY A 6:00 GAME. WORKING WITH THE GOVERNOR AND
THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, I WOULD HOPE
WE CAN EXPAND THAT FOUR LANE HIGHWAY AT LEAST TO THE TREE
TUNNEL. I THINK NOW, WE NEED TO LOOK
AT THE NORTHERN BYPASS. ONCE PROPOSED. OBVIOUS THAT DOING DURING
RECENT FLOOD, IF ANYTHING HAPPENED TO WAIALUA BRIDGE,
NUMBER ONE CUTOFF FROM LIHUE AND A LOT OF IMPORTANT
SERVICE. NORTHERN BYPASS WOULD HELP TO
ALLEVIATE TRAFFIC GOING FROM PUHI TO THE NORTH SHORE WITH
LEGS COMING TO DIFFERENT CITIES. HOW DO WE LOOK AT THIS? WHAT KIND OF NEW MONIES? A LOT OF TIME, WE TALK ABOUT
NEW PROGRAMS AND JUST TALKED ABOUT 3% HOUSING. YOU’RE TALKING THE SAME POT OF
MONEY. WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY WITH
THE RECENT PASTING OF THE LEGISLATURE COUPLE YEARS AGO,
MEL WAS THERE TESTIFYING, THAT THE T.A.T. THAT IS BEING
USED TO HELP RAIL, BECAUSE OF TRAFFIC ON OAHU, WE HAVE
TRAFFIC ON KAUAI. WHY CAN’T WE HAVE, WE COME TO
OAHU AND NEED TO TRAVEL AND OAHU NEEDS HELP WITH THEIR
TRAFFIC. GIVE US A SMALL PERCENTAGE. SO WE CAN START THAT
DISCUSSION OR LOOK AT THAT AND MAKING IT A VIABLE POTENTIAL,
VIABLE PROJECT FOR US.>>NO WAY THAT A SMALL
PERCENTAGE IS GOING TO PAY FOR IT. THE DEPARTMENT OF
TRANSPORTATION FOR YEARS, HAS PLANNED A MAUKA BYPASS FOR THE
KAPAA TRAFFIC. AND THEY RECENTLY ABANDONED
THAT IDEA BECAUSE IT’S GOING TO COST 600 MILLION TO A
BILLION DOLLARS TO BUILD. AND THERE’S NO FEDERAL FUNDS. THINK WE GET, THERE’S NO WAY
WE CAN BUILD ROADS WITHOUT FEDERAL FUNDS. WE’VE ALWAYS DEPENDED ON THE
80/20 MATCH. OPTION IS WHAT OUR COUNTY LAND
TRANSPORTATION PLAN SAYS, WE NEED TO DO MODE SHIFT. MOVING PEOPLE FROM SINGLE
OCCUPANCY VEHICLES TO TRANSIT BETWEEN TOWNS AND WALKING AND
BIKING WITHIN TOWNS. AND ALSO DOING OUR LAND USE
PROPERLY SO THAT WE HE PUT AFFORDABLE HOMES WHERE THE
JOBS ARE. OUR LAND TRANSPORTATION PLANS
DID A JOB HOMES COMPARISON TOWN BY TOWN, IN LIHUE, THE
JOBS FAR EXCEED THE HOMES. ON THE WEST SIDE, HOMES FAR
EXCEED THE JOBS. AND SO PUTTING THE JOB,
HOUSING WHERE THE JOBS ARE, IS ONE OF THE WAYS TO SOLVE OUR
TRAFFIC. CRAZY THING TO DO. SECOND CITY, IN TERMS OF
TRAFFIC.>>DISAGREE. IF YOU’RE GOING TO SAY YOU’RE
NEVER GOING TO GET IT BECAUSE, IF IT’S $800 MILLION, THAT’S
STILL LESS THAN THE 8 BILLION THAT THEY’RE SPENDING FOR
RAIL. EVERYONE 10. LESS THAN 10%. ISN’T KAUAI ENTITLED TO
SOMETHING LIKE THAT? OVER YEARS?>>NOT FOR 70,000 POPULATION. LET’S TALK ABOUT H-3. MILLION ON OAHU. AS A MAYOR, THAT’S YOUR JOB
AND MY JOB. LET’S ALL COLLABORATE
TOGETHER. PARTNERSHIP TOGETHER. LET’S GET THIS PROJECT DONE. IF THEY FELT THAT WAY, NEVER
LAND SOMEONE ON THE MOON. IF THEY FELT THAT WAY, RAIL
WOULD NEVER TAKE ON.>>NOT SURPRISING EVERYBODY
HAS AN OPINION ON THIS ONE. I HAVE A POINT TO MAKE. TRAFFIC IS A LAND USE ISSUE. MY GENERATION HAS INHERITED
THIS. WE’RE SOLVING IT. WE’RE DOING THAT BY BEING
REALISTIC ABOUT OUR EXPECTATIONS. THE KAPAA TRAFFIC SITUATION
HAS A PLAN. I WAS IN THE LEGISLATURE
REPRESENTING THAT DISTRICT. THE DISTRICT 14, TRAFFIC IS A
PROBLEM. YOU KNOW WHAT? IT’S ABOUT LOOKING AT THAT
FIVE-PHASE PLAN THAT’S ALREADY ON THE BOOKS. THE FIRST PHASE WAS THE
WIDENING OF THE HIGHWAY IN FRONT OF COCO PALMS INTO FOUR
LANES. THAT PROJECT GOT STOPPED
BECAUSE IT RAN INTO EZ. MOVE THE MONEY TO THE PROJECT
IN LIHUE. THE OTHER PHASE IS TWO WAY
THAT NORTHERN END OF THE BYPASS ROAD. THAT’S GOING TO COME WITH
ABOUT A $22 MILLION PRICE TAG. DOABLE. ALREADY ON THE STIP. STATE COMMITTED TO THAT
PRIORITY PROJECT. TAKING A LOOK AT SMART GROWTH
CREATING PLACE WE CAN LIVE WORK AND PLAY. WHEN I WAS GROWING UP, I GREW
UP IN A SUBDIVISION.>>MOST OF MY FRIENDS GREW UP
IN A SUBDIVISION. IT WORKED, BUT IT DOESN’T WORK
NOW. WE DECIDED TO PLAN THIS
ISLAND, PUT SUBDIVISIONS OUT THERE, CENTRALIZE MOST OF
YOUR SERVICES IN LIHUE WHERE 60% OF THE JOBS ARE, BUT ONLY
20% OF THE HOUSING. THAT HAS CAUSED EVERYBODY TO
NOW NEED TO DRIVE INTO TOWN AND THAT’S CAUSING TRAFFIC. I WENT TO BE REALISTIC BECAUSE
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION JUST CAME OUT
WITH A FEDERAL HIGHWAY PROPOSAL. STUDIED KAUAI’S PROJECT OVER
THE NEXT 20 YEARS. PUT A PRICE TAG ON IT.
AND THEN ALSO CONDUCTED A STUDY TO SEE HOW MUCH REVENUE
WE WERE GOING TO BE GETTING FROM ALL MEANS OF FUNDING. THAT MEANS FEDERAL, STATE AND
COUNTY. THE PRICE TAG ON THESE
PROJECTS IS $3.1 BILLION OVER THE NEXT 20 YEARS. AMOUNT OF REVENUE THAT KAUAI
COUNTY IS FORECASTED TO SEE, 600 MILLION OVER THE NEXT 20
YEARS. HOW ARE WE AS A COUNTY GOING
TO COME UP WITH THAT? TRAFFIC PROBLEM IS HERE
BECAUSE WE CONTINUE TO FOLLOW THESE IDEAS THAT IT’S JUST NOT
GOING TO HAPPEN. WHEN YOU TALK A LOOK AT USDOT,
STATE HIGHWAYS AND WHERE THEY SAID THEY’RE GOING TO EARMARK
APPROPRIATIONS, BULK OF IT IS JUST FOR REPAIRS AND
MAINTENANCE OF CURRENT INVENTORY. THAT IS THE TOP PRIORITY OF
FEDERAL AND STATE GOVERNMENT IS WE HAVE BRIDGES THAT ARE
BADLY DAMAGED THAT NEED TO BE FIXED. WE HAVE ROADS THAT HAVE
POTHOLES THAT HAVE NOT BEEN ADDRESSED. ALL OF THOSE MONIES ARE GOING
TO BE EARMARKED SPECIFICALLY FOR THAT. WE NEED SMALL CONNECTOR
ROADS. WE NEED PUBLIC
TRANSPORTATION. AND WE NEED TO PLAN OUR GROWTH
APPROPRIATELY.>>THANK YOU. I THINK THE PUBLIC, PEOPLE OF
KAUAI ESPECIALLY, THEY’VE HEARD THE STORIES, TALK ABOUT
WHAT THE FEDS ARE GOING TO DO AND WHAT THE STATE IS GOING TO
DO AND ALL OF THESE WONDERFUL PLANS. AT THE END OF THE DAY, THEY
WANT TO GET RID OF TRAFFIC. WE CREATED THIS KEEP KAUAI
TRAFFIC MOVING. ON MY WEBSITE. GOT TO DO SOMETHING NOW. WE’RE NOT GOING TO WAIT. WE CANNOT WAIT FOR THE STATE. WE CANNOT WAIT FOR THE FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT. IN MY PLAN, WE TALK ABOUT
USING CANE HALL ROAD RIGHT NOW. GETTING THE CARS OFF OF KUHIO
AND KAUMUALII HIGHWAY AND ON CANE ROAD. GET CAPITAL, MONEY TO GET THEM
UP TO SPEED. GET CARS OFF THE ROAD. OFF THE ROAD. HOTELS PRIVATE SECTOR, HOTELS
WILL FOLLOW. ANYTHING THAT DOESN’T REQUIRE
YOU TO BE AT THE OFFICE 7:45. COME IN LATER. THAT DON’T WORK FOR HOTELS. I WORK IN THE HOTEL BY THE WAY. I CAN TELL YOU THEY ARE
POSITIONS IN THE HOTEL THAT NOT HAVE TO BE THERE AT 7:45
IN THE MORNING. WE HAVE TO LOOK AT
ALTERNATIVES NOW THAT WE CAN IMPLEMENT NOW. TO WHEN THE STATE IS READY TO
RELEASE FUNDS OR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS READY TO
RELEASE FUNDS. TRAFFIC IS A PROBLEM RIGHT
NOW. WE HAVE A NETWORK OF CANE
ROADS THAT ARE SITTING THERE. I’M STUCK IN TRAFFIC EVERY
DAY. LIVE RIGHT ACROSS THE ROAD. WE USE IT FOR EMERGENCIES BUT
WE’RE NOT DOING IT FOR DAILY USE.>>YOU CAN CONTINUE AFTER
THIS. THIS IS RELATED. AS FAR AS WAYS TO RAISE FUNDS
POSSIBLY TO DEAL WITH THE TRAFFIC ISSUES. GENERAL EXCISE TAX. DEFINITELY MUCH TALKED ABOUT
ISSUE HERE. ONE QUESTION. WHY DID THEY SUPPORT THE
INCREASE FOR THE G.E.T. ON
KAUAI ROADS? HAVEN’T BEEN PAID IN OVER TWO
YEARS. WHAT MAYBES THEM THINK VOTING
FOR THIS INCREASE WILL MAKE HAPPEN? ONE MORE QUESTION. LONG ONE. DIRECTED TO YOU, DEREK. CERTAINLY AFTER THE COUNCIL
APPROVED HALF PERCENT EXCISE TAX SURCHARGE, THAT WILL HE
PRODUCE 25 MILLION ANNUAL TO TO ADDRESS LAND
TRANSPORTATION NEEDS KAUAI, OTHER WAYS TO USE THAT MONEY,
INTRODUCED A BILL TO REDUCE FUEL AND VEHICLE WEIGHT TAX. REDUCE FUND 42 MILLION OVER
TEN YEARS. EXPLAIN WHY YOU DID THAT SINCE
THE COUNTY HAS 100 MILLION BACKLOG. DIRECT THAT TO ALL OF YOU JUMP
IN. THOUGHTS ON THE GENERAL
EXCISE TAX.>>I LIKE TO TALK ABOUT THE
GENERAL EXCISE TAX SURCHARGE. KAUAI COUNTY DID THE RIGHT
THING BY APPROVING IT. BOLD MEASURE. WHEN YOU TAKE A LOOK AT ONE OF
THE BIGGEST COMPLAINTS WE HAVE, POTHOLE AND TRAFFIC. WE’RE GOING TO BE GENERATING
25 MILLION ADDITIONAL DOLLARS PER YEAR ON A
RELATIVELY SMALL BUDGET EARMARKED FOR PUBLIC
TRANSPORTATION, ROAD REPAIRS AND TRAFFIC ALLEVIATION. I CAN TELL YOU, I DID PROPOSE
A VEHICLE WEIGHT TAX REDUCTION AND FUEL TAX
REDUCTION. CAN I TELL YOU WHY. I COME FROM A BUSINESS FAMILY. PART OF MY JOB WAS TO OVERSEE
TWO GAS STATIONS. I KNOW EXACTLY WHO OUR
CUSTOMERS ARE AND WORKING CLASSMEN AND WOMEN. TRYING TO GET TO AND FROM
WORK. WE TAKE A LOOK AT THE AMOUNT
OF REVENUE GENERATION FROM THAT G.E. SURCHARGE. I WAS JUST THINKING OF WAYS TO
HELP LOWER THE COST OF LIVING FOR OUR LOCAL PEOPLE. BECAUSE OUR LOCAL PEOPLE ARE
PAYING INTO THAT VEHICLE WEIGHT TAX. OUR LOCAL PEOPLE ARE PAYING
INTO THE FUEL TAX. LISTEN TO THE COUNCIL AND
PEOPLE. THEY DIDN’T THINK IT WAS A
GOOD IDEA. I’M ONE THAT’S FLEXIBLE. BUT I TRULY BELIEVE THAT MY
HEART WAS TRYING TO PROVIDE SOME RELIEF TO THOSE PEOPLE
THAT ARE OUT THERE WORKING IT 2 OR 3 JOBS STUCK IN TRAFFIC. IF WE WANT TO TARGET TO RELIEF
TO LOCAL PEOPLE, THOSE ARE THE MECHANISMS TO DO IT. WE TALKED ABOUT ELECTRIC
VEHICLES PAYING FOR FAIR SHARE. THEY’RE ON THE ROADS. ALSO IMPACTING OUR ROAD
CONDITIONS. YET THEY PAY FOR NO FUEL TAX. EXCISE TAX IS A REGRESSIVE
TAX. TAXES EVERYBODY. ALL SALES. IT TAX THE KUPUNA AND THOSE
WHO DON’T HAVE MUCH MONEY. IT TAKES A BIGGER PERCENTAGE
OF THE POOR AND MODERATE INCOME PEOPLE’S FAMILIES
INCOME. AND SO TO SAY THAT WE’RE GOING
TO PAVE OR ROADS WITH EXCISE TAX, REGRESSIVE TAX, RATHER
THAN A FUEL TAX, WHICH IS A USER TAX, THE MORE YOU USE,
THE MORE YOU PAY, AND TO LET BIG HEAVY TRUCKS WHO CAUSE THE
MOST DAMAGE OFF THE HOOK, AND MAKE THOSE WHO CANNOT AFFORD
IT PAY AND EFFECT THE COST OF LIVING FOR THEM, THIS IS A
SOCIAL INJUSTICE AS FAR AS I’M CONCERNED. IT WAS VERY BAD POLICY. I WAS GOING TO SAY. I’M THE ODD MAN OUT BECAUSE
BOTH OF MY COLLEAGUES SAYING REASONS SUPPORTED IT. JOANNE SUPPORTED THAT TAX. SHE’S TALKING ABOUT HOW BAD IT
IS BUT SHE SUPPORTED IT AND MR. RAPOZO TESTIFIED IN
SUPPORT OF IT AS WELL AS CITIZEN PARKS DIRECTOR. I VOTED AGAINST IT FOR THE
EXACT REASON JOANNE JUST TALKED ABOUT. VERY REGRESSIVE TAX MANY THAT
AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARES THE POOR. AND AFFECTS THE POOR AND
ELDERLY ON FIXED INCOME. IT WAS NOT ABOUT TO SUPPORT
THAT. NUMBER 2, ON KAUAI, THE
COUNCIL HAS FUNDED THE ROAD DIVISION FOR YEARS AND YEARS
AND YEARS AND WE JUST HAVEN’T HAD THE PRODUCTION. IT’S NOT A MONEY ISSUE. IT’S A PERFORMANCE ISSUE IN MY
OPINION. I WASN’T ABOUT TO PUT MORE
MONEY ESPECIALLY THE G.E. MONEY, REGRESSIVE MONEY, AND
REGRESSIVE TAX. I WOULD LEAN TOWARDS
SUPPORTING A VEHICLE WEIGHT OR FUEL TAX BEFORE G.E. TAX. BECAUSE THEY’RE THE USERS OF
THE ROAD.>>I SUPPORT IT BECAUSE IT
HELPS EVERYBODY. WE ALWAYS TALK ABOUT TRYING
TO, ROADS ARE BIG ISSUE, BUT WE DON’T HAVE A NEW SOURCE OF
INCOME. WHEN YOU SOURCE OF REVENUE. TO PAY FOR WHAT THE PEOPLE ARE
SAYING. SO PEOPLE, IF YOU WANT BETTER
ROADS, AND YOU NEED BETTER ROADS, THEN WE NEED A NEW
SOURCE OF REVENUE TO DO IT. SO THAT’S WHAT THE CRUX BEHIND
IT. NOW, AS IT WAS, ALL THE MONIES
THAT CAME IN VIA REAL PROPERTY TAX AND WHATEVER, VEHICLE
WEIGHT TAX, THOSE ARE SUPPOSED TO FIX THE ROADS ANY
WAY. BUT WE NEEDED ADDITIONAL
BECAUSE I THINK THE ROADS WERE GETTING WORSE THAN WHAT WE ARE
BEING ABLE TO FUND. WITH THAT TAX. WE ARE ABLE TO FUND ROADS
BETTER AND HOPEFULLY, THAT WILL HELP OUR OTHER SERVICES
THAT PEOPLE ARE ASKING US TO PROVIDE. MORE SERVICES TO PROVIDE. THAT’S GOING TO — LET ME
FINISH. PLEASE. THAT’S GOING TO HELP PROVIDE
NOT OPEN ROADS BUT ALSO TRANSPORTATION. WHICH WILL HELP THE GENERAL
FUND OVERALL.>>MOVE ON HERE. HERE’S A QUESTION, JUDY FROM
LIHUE. SAID, WHAT ABOUT CANDIDATES
THINK ABOUT PROJECT BASED LOTTERY PROCEEDS? SHE SAID, WE NEED MONEY TO
IMPROVE LIFE ON KAUAI. THROWING THAT OUT THERE. WHAT
DO YOU THINK.>>TOTALLY AGAINST IT. DURING MY TIME AT THE
LEGISLATURE, I’M AGAINST LOTTERIES. I’M AGAINST GAMING IN
HAWAI’I. AND IT’S BEEN SHOWN INSTATE IN
STATES AN COUNTIES LOOK TO DO LOTTERIES WORKED CONTRARY. SOCIAL ILLS OF ADDICTION, OF
ALCOHOL ABUSE, OF DEPRESSION, FOLLOW WITH THIS TYPE OF
GAMING AND LOTTERY SYSTEM. IT SOUNDS GREAT. WHEN PEOPLE LOOK AT THE
REVENUE THAT’S GENERATED, THEY THINK, HEY, WHY DON’T WE
GO INTO A LOTTERY. WE DON’T HAVE THE POPULATION
BASE. TO MAKE IT EVEN ECONOMICALLY
FEASIBLE. THAT’S WHY REFUSE TO LOOK AT
GAMING AND LOTTERY. FACTS SHOW THOSE CONDITIONS
THEY OFTEN USED TO MARKET, IT’S NO BETTER THAN AND IN
FACT, THE WORSE.>>PRETTY STRONG OPINION
ABOUT THAT.>>I THINK WE’RE ALL AGAINST
IT. ANOTHER BIG ISSUE. THIS IS AGRICULTURE AND WHAT
TO DO ABOUT THAT DO YOU FEEL THAT, WE HAVE A LOT OF FALLOW
LANDS OUT THERE ON KAUAI BECAUSE OF ALL THE PLANTATION
FIELDS. BIG PART OF THE HISTORY OF
KAUAI. WHAT DO YOU THINK COULD
POSSIBLY HAPPEN WITH THAT LAND? WHAT DO YOU THINK COULD HAPPEN
WITH AGRICULTURE, POSSIBLY CREATING ANOTHER INDUSTRY,
MAYBE SMALL SCALE AGRICULTURE? DO YOU THINK THERE’S ENOUGH
PEOPLE WHO WOULD WANT TO WORK ON THESE FARMS OR DO WE NEED
TO LOOK AT ANOTHER WAY? AQUAPONICS AS A POSSIBLY. DO YOU THINK AN YOU’RE WE
SHOULD BE BUILDING?>>WE HAVE
LOST THE SUGAR CANE. I ENJOY DRIVING THE ISLAND AND
SEEING COWS ON THE ISLAND. I THINK WE HAVE NOT HELPED THE
CATTLE INDUSTRY. WITH THE RANCHERS TO FULLY
HAVE ITS POTENTIAL. BEEF BEING BROUGHT IN TO
KAUAI. I THINK IS A TRAVESTY. SINCE WE HAVE ALL OF THESE
RANCHES THERE. THREE SLAUGHTER HOUSES ON THE
ISLAND. WE NEED TO HELP THEM TO
PROMOTE THEIR PRODUCTS AND KEEP IT ON THE ISLAND. THAT IS JUST ONE. I THINK NEED TO HELP TO
CONTINUE TO DEVELOP AGRICULTURE AND SUPPORT
AGRICULTURE, BUT ALSO, GIVE THE PLUMBERS WHATEVER TOOLS
THEY NEED TO MAKE IT A VIABLE BUSINESS. WHETHER IT’S
ENTREPRENEURSHIP CLASSES, OR HELPING THEM TO MARKET THEIR
PRODUCT. STATEWIDE, NATIONALLY, OR
MAKE IT VIABLE SO THAT THEY CAN MAKE HONEST LIVING. YOU KNOW, ONE OF THE HOT
TOPICS IS THE DAIRY OUT IN KOLOA. KAUAI HAD A LOT OF DAIRIES. MALONA, DAIRIES OUT IN
MOLOWAA AND WAIMEA. THERE’S A PLUS FOR THE DAIRY
BUT NOT IN THE AREA THAT IT’S PROPOSING. WHETHER WE LIKE IT OR NOT,
TOURISM IS OUR ECONOMIC ENGINE. IT’S TOO CLOSE TO THE HOTEL
NEARBY. I BELIEVE THERE IS ANOTHER
PLACE ON THE ISLAND THAT WE COULD WORK WITH THE LANDOWNER
TO HAVE A VIABLE DAIRY FOR OUR LAND.>>GENERAL PLAN, AGRICULTURE
IN DIFFERENT WAYS.>>THERE WERE SOME
GENERALITIES ABOUT IT. I THINK AS FAR AS THE
INTEREST, HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAMS ARE JUST BOOMING. FOR FARMING AND AGRICULTURE. IN EACH HIGH SCHOOL. GREAT INTEREST, COUNTY HAS AN
INTERN PROGRAM, AND THEN WE’RE HAVING THESE SMALL
BUSINESSES LIKE KAUAI JUICE USE THE PRODUCTS, CREATE
VIABLE AND REGULAR CONSISTENT MARKET FOR OUR AGRICULTURE. SO THERE’S WONDERFUL
OPPORTUNITIES WITH GROWING AND VALUE ADDED TO HELP
DIVERSIFY THE ECONOMY. SO THIS IS DEFINITELY AN AREA
THAT WE NEED TO DEVELOP.>>YOUR HEARD FROM COLBY IN
THE QUALITY OF LIFE SERIES. RANCHING FAMILY. HE TOLD YOU THE CHALLENGES OF
AGRICULTURE. AGRICULTURE IS ONE OF THOSE
AREAS THAT WE CAN DIVERSIFY OUR ECONOMY. WE’RE SEEING TREMENDOUS
SUCCESS. ISLANDWIDE. IN AREAS LIKE MOLOA’A.
HE SAID, IT’S CHEAPER FOR THEM TO SHIP THEIR CATTLE OFFICER
TO THE MAINLAND, RATHER THAN TO HOUSE THEM ON KAUAI. THAT’S IDENTIFYING ECONOMIC
SCALE ISSUE. WE’VE GOT TO GIVE THESE
FARMERS THE TOOLS TO BE PROFITABLE. THAT’S NUMBER ONE. YOU KNOW, I HAVE A GREAT TRACK
RECORD AS FAR AS SUPPORTING AGRICULTURE. AT THE HAWAI’I STATE
LEGISLATURE EVERY SINGLE YEAR, DELEGATED FUNDS TO
ORGANIZATIONS LIKE THE MOLOA’A FARMERS TO CONSTRUCT
THE WELL AND POST HARVEST FACILITY. WE’VE APPROPRIATED FUNDS TO
WAIPA TO KILAUEA AG PARK. THESE TYPE OF THINGS,
INFRASTRUCTURE, PROVIDING SUPPORT, PROVIDING AVENUES
FOR THEM TO BE ABLE TO SUCCEED. WHEN I CAME INTO THE COUNCIL,
MY WIFE CAME AND SAID, THERE’S THIS LADY SITTING OUTSIDE OF
THE SUNSHINE MARKET SELLING HER GOAT CHEESE. WHAT’S THE PROBLEM? I FOUND OUT IS YOUR SUNSHINE
MARKETS WEREN’T EVEN ALLOWING THESE FARMERS TO BRING IN
VALUE A ADDED PRODUCT. GROCERY STANDPOINT, THAT’S
WHERE YOUR PROFIT MARGIN IS. TAKING THAT TOMATO AND
TURNING IT INTO SALSA. INTRODUCED BILLS AND PASSED
IT. WE’RE ALLOWING VALUE ADDED
PRODUCTS.>>I WOULD AGREE. WE DON’T DO GOOD ENOUGH JOB
INCENTIVIZING. YOU’RE NOT GOING TO CHANGE OR
IMPROVE ANYTHING WITHOUT INCENTIVIZING. I SAY THIS AS A KILAUEA BOARD. THREW SOME PEOPLE FOR A LOOP. HEMP IS A GROWING CROP RIGHT
NOW THAT PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT. I UNDERSTAND I READ TODAY THAT
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT MAY HAVE TAKEN IT OFF THE ILLEGAL LIST. I THINK KAUAI IS A PRIME
LOCATION TO TRY OUT AND THIS IS WHERE YOU WOULD
INCENTIVIZE FARMERS TO GO OUT AND TRY TO RAISE HEMP AND SEE
HOW THAT GOES. ONE OF THE THINGS, THIS VERY
IMPORTANT. BECAUSE WE TALK ABOUT
SUPPORTING AGRICULTURE. THIS CURRENT ADMINISTRATION,
IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OFFICE, REMOVED AGRICULTURE
GUIDE. REMOVED THAT POSITION. THAT POSITION, IF I’M ELECTED
WILL BE REPLACED SO WE CAN PURSUE THAT ECONOMIC
OPPORTUNITY FOR AGRICULTURE.>>THAT WAS ONE THE QUESTIONS. TALKING ABOUT HELM MANY
FARMING ON KAUAI. HEMP FARMING ON KAUAI. GET THROUGH A FEW OF THESE
QUESTIONS. RAPID FIRE.>>ENERGY. THINK WE SHOULD BE THE LEADER
IN THAT EFFORT RIGHT NOW. REPRESENTS A GREAT POTENTIAL. I DON’T THINK I LIKE HEMP. TALK ABOUT IMPACTS OF BIG AG,
HEMP PROVEN TO BE ABLE TO BIOREMEDIATE THAT LAND. WHEN I WAS AT THE LEGISLATURE,
INTRODUCED THAT RESOLUTION TO ALLOW HEMP TO BE GROWN.>>RAPID FIRE HERE. SOME OF THE JUMP AROUND. DO YOU SUPPORT THE KAUAI BUS? GUESSING MOST OF YOU DO. SO WHY DIDN’T YOU VOTE TO, WHY
DIDN’T YOU VOTE FOR THE BUDGET AMENDMENT THAT WOULD HAVE
ALLOCATED MONEY TO EXPAND WEEKEND BUS SERVICE IN THE
COMING FISCAL YEAR?>>I WANT TO GO FIRST. I VOTE AGAINST IT. COUNCILMEMBER FUKUNAGA
PROPOSED THE $475,000 BUDGET PROPOSAL APPROPRIATION FOR
THE BUS. GOING THROUGH SHORT-TERM
TRANSIT STUDY THAT WAS DONE AN IN FACT, TRANSIT STUDY CAME
OUT WITH SEVERAL PHASES OF RECOMMENDATIONS AND WIRE
STILL IN THE EARLY PHASES. IN FACT, THE FIRST PHASE WAS
TO WORK ON OUR INEFFICIENCY USING SAVINGS OF THE
INEFFICIENCIES ONCE WE CORRECT THEM. MOVE ON TO THE SECOND PHASE
AND THIRD PHASE. DIRECTOR OF TRANSPORTATION
TOLD THE COUNCIL NOT JUST ONCE, SEVERAL TIMES SHE WAS
NOT READY FOR FUNDS. WOULD NOT HELP HER AT THIS
TIME AND TO GIVE HER THE MONEY AT THIS TIME WOULD DO NO GOOD. I DIDN’T SUPPORT IT BASED ON
RECOMMENDATIONS AND THE POSITION OF THE
TRANSPORTATION DIRECTOR.>>MY POSITION ON IT, WAS THAT
IT SUCH A NEED AND THE COUNCIL NEEDS TO TAKE A STAND TO ASK
THE ADMINISTRATION TO MOVE QUICKLY ON IT.
AND IS THAT WE ACCOMMODATED ADMINISTRATION, MY PROPOSAL
WAS HALF YEAR. PROPOSAL, SO THAT IT WOULD
START JANUARY 1. WHEN THE EXCISE TAX STARTED. AND THE EXCISE TAX WAS IN MY
OPINION, SHOULD BE USED MAINLY FOR TRANSIT BECAUSE
THAT OFFSETS REGRESSIVITY. THAT’S WHY THE CITY AND COUNTY
IS USING THAT HALF PERCENT EXCISE TAX.
AND THE TRANSIT ALSO BENEFITS THE ECONOMY SO MUCH. IT GETS PEOPLE TO WORK. WE HAVE HAD REQUESTS FROM THE
VISITOR INDUSTRY, FROM HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY, FROM JUST
GENERALLY EMPLOYERS WHO SAY THEY CANNOT GET WEEKEND HELP
BECAUSE THE TRANSIT SYSTEM CAN’T GET, DOESN’T GET THEIR
PEOPLE TO WORK OR DOESN’T LAST LONGER OR THEY CAN GO HOME
FROM WORK.>>I THINK ALL OF THOSE POINTS
ARE VALID. TWO COLLEAGUES OVER HERE HAVE
MENTIONED, THEY’RE NOT READY FOR IT. WHY ARE WE GOING TO TIE UP
MONEY AT THIS AGENCY WHEN THEY’RE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE
TO USE IT? WE COULD USE IT. I DIDN’T VOTE FOR IT BECAUSE
I’M NOT ON THE COUNCIL. ADMINISTRATION SIDE,EN ON THE
EXECUTIVE LEVEL, IF YOU’RE NOT READY, WHY ARE WE TYING UP
MONEY? USE THE MONEY FOR SOMETHING
ELSE.>>WHICH I THINK IS BETTER USE
OF FUNDS. NO DOUBT PEOPLE NEED TO GET
AROUND. I USE THE BUS. PUT MY BIKE ON AND RIDE THE
PLASTIC BAG. THEY’RE NOT READY. ADMINISTRATOR SAID THAT
AND RIDE THE PATH. THEY’RE NOT READY. TO PUSH IT ONTO
ADMINISTRATION AND NOT BE ABLE TO USE IT, COME BACK
LATER, ASK THE QUESTION, HOW COME. GOOD THING WE DIDN’T GET
EARMARKED. ALWAYS CAN BE PREAPPROPRIATED
AT THE APPROPRIATE TIME.>>YOU DON’T FIX THINGS BY
THROWING MONEY AT IT. TWO PROPOSALS, 3 PERCENT
CHARTER AMENDMENT AND BUS PROPOSAL WAS VOTED DOWN BY ALL
COUNCILMEMBERS OF EXCEPT FOR THE INTRODUCER. BECAUSE SIMPLY DON’T FIX
THINGS BY THROWING MONEY AT IT. THE TRANSPORTATION LEAD
DIRECTOR SAID THAT, WE ARE LOOKING AT INEFFICIENCIES AND
WHEN WE MAKE OUR TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM
EFFICIENT, THAT COSTS SAVINGS WILL BE ABLE TO EXTEND HOURS
INTO THE WEEKENDS. WILL BE ABLE TO OFFER MORE
ROUTES. AND THAT’S THE RESPONSIBLE
THING TO DO. AS MAYOR, I’M GOING TO BRING
THAT BUSINESS MIND SET TO TAKE A LOOK AT OUR INEFFICIENCIES
AND NOT JUST THROW MONEY AT THE PROBLEM. IT’S NOT THE WAY TO FIX OUR
PROBLEM. HOUR, YOU CANNOT BUILD
AFFORDABLE HOUSING WITHOUT CAPITAL. AND WE HAVE NOT HEARD ANYBODY
SUGGEST ANOTHER WAY TO GET THAT CAPITAL. WE RAISED THE VACATION RENTAL
AND RESIDENTIAL TAX RATE SO WE DO HAVE THAT MONEY WITHOUT
BURDENING PEOPLE. WHERE IS THE CAPITAL?>>– TRANSPORTATION TO
FULFILL SOME OF OUR KUPUNA. DON’T HAVE ENOUGH STAFF. WHY WOULD WE PUT MORE MONEY
WHEN WE CAN’T DO WHAT WE WANT TO DO RIGHT NOW?>>NEED IT. THAT’S RIGHT. THEY THEY NEED IT. HAVING TROUBLES WITH STAFFING
TO GET OUR KUPUNA. AS THE DEPARTMENT HEAD, I’VE
SEEN IT.>>WE SHOULD HIRE MORE
STAFFING. FEW QUESTIONS HERE WE HAVE ON
THE SAME ISSUE PARKS. IN YOUR AREA. PEOPLE CALLING IN SAYING,
THEY’RE NOT HAPPY ABOUT THE PARKS SITUATION. DIRECTED TOWARDS YOU. I UNDERSTAND BECAUSE YOUR
JOB. ASKING YOU WHY ARE PARKS IN
SUCH DISREPAIR? CALLING IT EYESORE. WHY HASN’T, HAVEN’T BEEN ABLE
TO KEEP SPEED OF COMMUNITY VISITORS. ANAHOLA BEACH PARK, SALT
POND. LYDGATE. PEOPLE CALLING IN WONDERING
WHAT IS THE SITUATION, WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO POSSIBLY FIX
THAT SITUATION?>>THERE’S A LOT OF THINGS
GOING ON IN PARKS. I CAN TELL YOU I’M NOT A
FACEBOOK HERO. YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT PARKS,
I WAS BROUGHT UP IN, WE SIT DOWN AND SHOW YOU ALL THE
STUFF WE DID. I’M PROUD OF THE STUFF WE’VE
DONE WITH PARKS. 89 PARK PROPERTIES. WE TOUCHED OVER 60 OF THEM. CAN WE DO MORE? ABSOLUTELY. WE’RE NOT GOING TO FIX NEGLECT
OVER 50 YEARS IN THE LAST NINE. SOME OF THE CHALLENGES BEACH
PARKS IS NOT SO MUCH WHERE WE TALKED ABOUT INFRASTRUCTURE,
TOURISM, COMING IN, AND IT’S BEING OVERTAXED. SAME LIKE OVER HERE. I’VE BEEN TO THE BEACH PARK
HERE. THERE’S NO DIFFERENT THAN ON
KAUAI. COULD WE DO MORE? ABSOLUTELY. WITH THE MONIES THAT WE
APPROPRIATED, DONE A LOT OF PARKS. GO TO POIPU BEACH PARK. GO TO LYDGATE BEACH PARK. THOSE ARE THE TWO SUPER PARKS
THAT WE TALK ABOUT. THE OTHER PARKS, TALK ABOUT
RECENTLY SALT POND PARK. YES, WE COULD DO UPGRADES. WITH THE POOL OF MONEY, IF
THEY HAVE TO GIVE EVERYTHING TO PARKS,
DON’T WORRY ABOUT HOUSING. DON’T WORRY ABOUT TRAFFIC. DON’T WORRY ABOUT OTHER
SERVICE. WE COULD MAKE PARK A REALLY
GOOD PLACE. GIVE ME MORE STAFF TO DO IT. BIG PROCESS. BEACH PARKS
HAVE ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS OF WHICH I WASN’T PART OF IN
PASSING. ITSELF A LOT OF THINGS WHEN WE
NEED TO FIX THE PARKS, FOR INSTANCE. WE ALL KNOW ABOUT
BLACK POT BEACH PARK. WHERE ARE THE COMFORT STATION
ENDED UP IN? REBUILD THE COMFORT STATION,
AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF THAT PARK, WHICH WE WOULD HAVE TO
DO CLOSE TO THE SHORELINE, THAT THING WOULD HAVE TO BE
ELEVATED BECAUSE OF ENVIRONMENTAL FLOOD PLAIN
ZONES. 7 FEET IN THE AIR. THERE’S SOME PARKS THAT WE
HAVE RENOVATED THAT IF WE WERE TO THE LETTER OF THE LAW,
THOSE PAVILION FACILITIES WILL BE 100-YARDS WHERE THEY
CURRENTLY ARE HERE. I THINK MR. MATSON PROBABLY
TALKING ABOUT SALT POND. WE ARE CURRENTLY UPGRADING
LONGTERM WITH THE COMFORT STATION AND WITH THE
COUNCIL’S HELP, THEY HELP TO PASS MONEY THAT WE WERE NEEDED
TO GET EFFLUENT OUT. DURING
THE BIG STORM, RECENTLY, THAT WAS BLOWN OUT. DO WE FIX IT NOW? IT’S GOING TO TAKE A YEAR TO
GET ALL PERMITS OR DO WE WORK WITH PUBLIC WORKS. NEXT QUESTION HERE. RELATED HAVING DO WITH
CLIMATE CHANGE, EFFECTS OF THAT. WHETHER IT’S AFFECTING OUR
PARKS. BEACHES. WE SAW WHAT HAPPENED ON THE
NORTH SHORE. RECENT STORM. IN APRIL. WHAT DO YOU THINK WE CAN DO
HERE TO ADJUST TO THAT? THERE’S ONLY SO MUCH WE HAVE
CONTROL OF BECAUSE IT’S MOTHER NATURE. THERE’S SOME AREAS OF CLEAR
SERIOUS CONCERNS. NOT ONLY ON KAUAI ISLAND, BUT
OF COURSE OTHER ISLANDS AS WELL. WHAT ARE YOUR, WHAT IS YOUR
PERSPECTIVE ON HOW WE MIGHT BE ABLE TO DEAL WITH SOME OF THE
ISSUES BROUGHT ON BY CLIMATE CHANGE?>>THAT’S A GREAT QUESTION. I THINK THAT WHAT PEOPLE NEED
TO REALIZE IS THAT ADDRESSING CLIMATE CHANGE IS
MULTIFACETED. COUNTY OF KAUAI WAS RECENTLY
OFFERED $100,000 FROM TWO DONORS FROM THE HAWAI’I
COMMUNITY FOUNDATION. TO COME UP AND FORMULATE A
CLIMATE ACTION PLAN. AND DISTURBINGLY, THAT FREE
MONEY WAS VOTED DOWN. I WAS ONE OF THE VOTES THAT
VOTED YES. BECAUSE IT’S FREE MONEY. TO FORMULATE A CLIMATE ACTION
PLAN. BUT TO TAKE I LOOK AT HOW WE
GROWER WHERE WE’RE PUTTING OUR INFRASTRUCTURE, WHERE
WE’RE INVESTING NEW ROADS. WHERE WE’RE INVESTING NEW
GROWTH. AND TAKING IT INTO THE CLIMATE
CHANGE. TAKING A LOOK AT DATA. THAT THOSE KING TIDES, WHICH
IS WHAT CLIMATE CHANGE IS GOING TO LOOK LIKE, THAT’S
WHAT IS GOING TO BE REQUIRED. WHEN I WAS ON CIUC BOARD OF
DIRECTORS, I CHAIRED STRATEGIC PLANNING
COMMITTEE. WE SET THAT GOAL OF 50%
RENEWABLE. WHICH IS ABOVE AND BEYOND THE
STATE EXPECTATION. NOW, THE STATE GOING TOWARDS
100% RENEWABLE.>>Daryl: I WANT TO MAKE SURE
I GIVE EVERYBODY A CHANCE TO JUMP IN. I’LL JUST SAY, IT’S A PLANNING
ISSUE. AS WE MOVE FORWARD. FRUSTRATES ME WHEN I SEE THE
ADMINISTRATION PLANNING PROJECTS THAT’S CLOSE TO THE
SHORE. BIKE PATHS, FOR EXAMPLE, THAT
THEY WANT TO CONTINUE TO BUILD SO CLOSE TO THE SHORE. THAT JUST, CONCERNS ME. IT’S FUERTES PLANNING. WHEN THE STATE WAS GIVE US THE
LAST BRIEFING SEVERAL MONTHS AGO, STATE TRANSPORTATION GUY
WAS AT OUR COUNCIL MEET, I ASKED HIM, FUTURE PLANS FOR
KAUAI, FOR THE IMPROVEMENTS OF THE HIGHWAY, SEA LEVEL RISE
BEING CONSIDERED. HE SAID NO. THAT’S SCARY. I ADDRESS THAT IN MY TRAFFIC
PLAN. WE’VE GOT TO CONSIDER THAT
POTENTIAL SEA LEVEL RISE. WE KNOW IS GOING TO HAPPEN.>>I THINK CLIMATE CHANGE IS
ONE OF THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES FACING HUMANKIND. AND THAT WE NEED TO DO OR PART. AND OUR MULTIMODAL
TRANSPORTATION PLAN, WHICH IS ABOUT SHIFTING MODES, WE NEED
TO CREATE SUSTAINABLE SYSTEMS ON OUR ISLAND. I’M TALKING ABOUT, AND OUR
PLAN IF WE FOLLOW IT, AND WE KNOW THAT HONOLULU HAS BEEN
DOING BYPASSES AND WIDENING HIGHWAYS. HASN’T SOLVED TRAFFIC
CONGESTION AT ALL. OUR MODE SHIFT WILL NOT OPEN
BETTER THE TRANSPORTATION, TRAFFIC ON KAUAI, IT WILL ALSO
REDUCE OUR GREENHOUSE GASES BY 27%. IF WE FOLLOW IT.
AND THAT MEANS WE HAVE TO INCREASE OUR BUS
TRANSPORTATION BY A THOUSAND PERCENT. THAT MEANS WE HAVE TO SPEND
MONEY AND THAT’S WHY I SUPPORTED THE GENERAL EXCISE
TAX BECAUSE WE FEED MONEY TO EXPAND OUR BUS SYSTEM. THROUGH SHUTTLE SYSTEMS TO
THE NORTH SHORE, LIHUE, AND WAIALUA KAPAA AND KOLOA AND
THE WEST SIDE. AND DO THAT KIND OF EXPANSION. THAT WE NEED TO CREATE
SUSTAINABLE SYSTEMS IN SEWERS, SOLID WASTE, WATER,
AND DO OUR PART TO REDUCE GREENHOUSE GASES. IT’S SMALL. BUT WE ALSO HAVE TO DO
PLANNING TO PREVENT IT.>>GLOBAL CHANGE IS
INEVITABLE. WE LIVE ON AN ISLAND. PEOPLE STILL WANT TO GO TO THE
BEACH AND WE’RE GOING TO HAVE TO MITIGATE THOSE THINGS AND
HAVE OUR INFRASTRUCTURE IN PLACE IN ORDER TO FOR OUR
PEOPLE TO ENJOY THE BEACH. BIKE PATH WONDERFUL THING. I WILL CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THE
BIKE PATH. AND IMPROVE THE BIKE PATH. AND HOPEFULLY, SOME DAY,
BEFORE I DIE, WE CAN HAVE THAT BUY PATH TO ANAHOLA. IT’S A HEALTH ISSUE. ALLOWS PEOPLE TO GET HEALTHY. PROVIDES, PROVIDES SOME SORT
OF TRANSPORTATION FOR THOSE VISITORS THAT ARE WALKING
FROM POINT A TO POINT B. FROM KAUAI RESORTS TO WAIALUA
AREA. WONDERFUL THING.>>STARTING OUT TO RUN OUT OF
TIME. I WANT A QUESTION ABOUT
EDUCATION. WHAT WOULD YOU DO TO SUPPORT
STUDENTS AND OUR SCHOOLS, HOW DO YOU SUPPORT EDUCATION? COMING FROM KALAHEO. YOUR STANCE ON WHAT WE CAN DO
IN THE NEAR TERM.>>I THINK WHAT WE’VE BEEN
DOING IS PROVIDING FACILITIES FOR THE SCHOOLS SYSTEM
WHETHER IT’S PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT OR FIELDS AND SO
FORTH. ALSO, WE’VE BEEN SUPPORTING
LIKE OUR INTERNSHIP PROGRAM FOR AGRICULTURAL STUDENTS AND
SUPPORTING OUR REALLY WIDESPREAD GROUP OF SPORTS.>>I’M GLAD SHE MENTIONED
EDUCATION. AT THE SPORTS FIELDS. LOOK AT OUR SPORTS FIELDS. COMING FOR THE STATE
TOURNAMENTS. INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENTS IN
KAUAI. PARKS NOT UP TO PAR. BEAUTIFUL PARK. THAT WOULD HELP TO REINFORCE
POSITIVE ENVIRONMENT THAT CAN HELP THE SCHOOLS IN DEALING
WITH BEHAVIOR OF KIDS.>>BECAUSE THEY WANT, GO HAND
IN HAND. STARTS IN THE CLASSROOM. WHAT THE HAPPENED IN
CLASSROOM. CAN BE REINFORCED WITH CORE
VALUES IN SPORTS AND RECREATION. THAT CANNOT HAPPEN WITHOUT
HAVING GOOD SPORTS AND RECREATION FACILITIES WE DO
HAVE.>>THINK A LOT OF
CONSTITUENTS, WHEN THEY COME TO KAUAI, MOVE TO KAUAI, THEY
THINK THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF, SCHOOLS ARE STILL ON COUNTY
CONTROL. IT’S NOT. I WILL SAY, I CAN’T SPEAK FOR
EVERYONE. WE SUPPORT THE COUNTY
SUPPORTS ALL THE ANCILLARY PROGRAMS. WHATEVER REQUEST THE
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION SCHOOLS HAVE, COUNTY IS
ALWAYS THE FIRST. LENNY DOES A GREAT JOB WITH
THAT.>>YOU KNOW, TAKES A VILLAGE
TO RAISE A CHILD. I’M MAYOR TOLD A SCHOOL
TEACHER. MOM IS A SCHOOL TEACHER. BOTH OF YOUR PARENTS ARE
SCHOOLTEACHERS. WE GET IT. I SEE FIRSTHAND THE
CHALLENGES THAT OUR D.O.E. AND CLASSROOMS ARE FACING AND
TEACHERS ARE FACING. WHEN I SAY IT TAKES A VILLAGE
TO RAISE A CHILD, THAT MEANS CREATING MENTORSHIP
PROGRAMS. THAT MEANS GETTING INTO THE
CLASSROOMS. TALKING ABOUT SAFE SCHOOLS. YOU KNOW, IT’S COUNTY POLICE
OFFICERS THAT HAVE A PRESENCE IN OUR HIGH SCHOOL. AT THE MIDDLE SCHOOL, LEVEL,
THERE’S NO POLICE PRESENCE. AS MAYOR, I WILL TAKE A LOOK
AT EXPLORING HOW WE CAN GET MORE POLICE OFFICERS INTO OUR
SCHOOLS. ON THE NATIONAL DEBATE, THEY
SAID SHOULD TEACHERS BE ARMED WITH FIREMENS TO PROTECT OUR
SCHOOLS? NO. ABSOLUTELY NOT. WHICH SHOULD BE PUTTING OUR
COUNTY RESOURCES TO MAKE SURE THAT CHILDREN HAVE A SAFE AND
CLEAN ENVIRONMENT TO LEARN AND —
>>WE ARE RUNNING OUT OF TIME.>>WE HAVE TO MOVE FORWARD ON
THIS ONE. EDUCATIONAL –.
ONLY GOT A COUPLE MINUTES LEFT. ABOUT 30 SECONDS LEFT KIND OF
A BIG ONE. WHAT YOUR VISION IS IT FOR
KAUAI FOR THE MAYOR AND COUNTY COUNCIL. AND REALLY KIND OF ROLLED UP
INTO ONE AS FAR AS WHAT THE MAYOR HAS BEEN DOING YOU HOW
MIGHT DO SOMETHING DIFFERENTLY.>>I THINK MAYOR BERNARD HAS
DONE A LOT OF GOOD THINGS. BEEN THROUGH SEVERAL MAYORS
IN 14 YEARS. I’VE SEEN A LOT OF THINGS AT
WORK. CONTINUE WITH WHAT WORKS AND
IMPROVE ON WHAT HAPPENS. MY MISSION. I’LL SAY IT. I HAVE PLANS THAT I’VE ALREADY
PREPARED I’M GOING TO PHENOMENON SHALL UP BEFORE
THE ELECTION. I’LL BE READY TO MOVE. KEEP KAUAI MOVE SOMETHING MY
SLOGAN. ALREADY GOT THE AFFORDABLE
HOUSING AND TRANSPORTATION. INFRASTRUCTURE AND PARKS
COMING UP. READY GO.>>YOU KNOW, OUR VISION IS TO
ADDRESS OUR HOUSING ISSUE. WITH SOLUTIONS THAT ACTUALLY
WORK. THINKING OUTSIDE OF THE BOX. PEOPLE HAVE APPROACHED ME TO
RUN FOR THIS MAYOR SEAT BECAUSE I COME FROM THE
PRIVATE SECTOR AND I HAVE A BREATH OF EXPERIENCE IN THE
PUBLIC SECTOR. ADDRESS TRAFFIC AS A HOLISTIC
SOLUTION. IMPROVE LOCAL ECONOMY BY
CREATING ROBUST DIVERSE AND STABLE ECONOMY THAT CAN
PROVIDE SECURE JOBS AT LIVING WAGE. QUALITY OF LIFE TON SURE THAT
OUR PEOPLE ARE DIVERSE PEOPLE HAVE ACCESS TO CLEAN AND
PRISTINE ENVIRONMENTS AND PUBLIC SPACES WITH WHERE OUR
CHILDREN CAN PLAY A CLEAN AND SAFE ENVIRONMENT. ALL OF THE THINGS WE’RE
ENVISIONING. LOOKING AT NEW APPROACHES AT
WHAT DIDN’T WORK AND CHANGE THE SYSTEM. WE’VE GOTTEN SUCH A DIVERSE
AND HUGE SWELL OF SUPPORT. SO MUCH GREAT PEOPLE WITH
IDEAS THAT ARE COMING TO THE TABLE. THANK YOU. SO MY VISION FOR KAUAI IS
KAUAI THAT IS SUSTAINABLE, PROSPEROUS AND LIVING ALOHA
AND BY PROSPEROUS, MEAN IN THE BROADER SENSE, NOT JUST
INCREASE IN WAGES AN ECONOMY. ECONOMIC GROWTH. BUT ALSO IN TERMS OF CULTURE
AND THE ARTS AND LIVABLE QUALITY OF LIFE. AND WORKABILITY WHERE OUR
SYSTEMS WORK. ROADS WORK. WE HAVE ENOUGH AFFORDABLE
HOMES MUCH AND THAT KIND OF SYSTEM AND I DO BELIEVE THAT
I HAVE A VISION STATEMENT ON THE WEBSITE THAT PEOPLE CAN
LOOK AT.>>I WANT TO DEVELOP A
SUSTAINABLE AND HEALTHY KAUAI. WITH EVERYTHING WHAT WE
TALKED ABOUT, FROM INFRASTRUCTURE, ECONOMY,
QUALITY OF LIFE, HOUSING, BUT WE’RE GOING TO STRENGTHEN OUR
PARTNERSHIPS TO GET EVERYTHING DONE. NOTHING CAN BE COMPLETED
WITHOUT PARTNERSHIP.>>THANK YOU ALL OF YOU. THAT HOUR JUST FLEW RIGHT BY.
AND WE THANK OUR GUESTS – JOANN YUKIMURA, LENNY
RAPOZO, MEL RAPOZO AND DEREK KAWAKAMI. NEXT WEEK ON INSIGHTS WE HAVE
A TRIPLE-HEADER ON TAP. FROM
8 TO 8:30 WE WILL FEATURE THE CANDIDATES IN THE DEMOCRATIC
PRIMARY FOR STATE SENATE DISTRICT 6, WHICH IS SOUTH AND
WEST MAUI…INCUMBENT ROZ BAKER AND CHALLENGER TEREZ AMATO. THEN FROM 8:30 TO 9 WE SHIFT
TO OAHU AND SENATE DISTRICT 24 WHICH INCLUDES PARTS OF
KANEOHE AND KAILUA AND THE MARINE BASE. THIS WILL BE A
WINNER TAKE ALL DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY BETWEEN CURRENT STATE
HOUSE REPRESENTATIVES KEN ITO AND JARRETT KE-OHO-KA-LO-LE.
AND THEN FROM 9 TO 10 PM WE FEATURE THE THREE CANDIDATES
IN THE REPUBLICAN PRIMARY FOR GOVERNOR…JOHN CARROLL, RAY
L’HEUREUX AND ANDRIA TUPOLA. JOIN US NEXT WEEK FOR A BUSY
AND INSIGHTFUL NIGHT. I’M LARA YAMADA FOR INSIGHTS
ON PBS HAWAII – A HUI HOU!

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