Pono Hawaiʻi Initiative (PHI)
At PHI, our vision is to: "Empower people-driven political leadership to achieve economic, social, and environmental justice."
Each candidate listed below has demonstrated clearly, by their past actions and present involvement in civic and community affairs, that they understand and embrace the principle of “people-driven” political leadership. In addition, each candidate has shown a high level of competence and experience in working with government and political systems. Most importantly, all are committed to pursuing a bold agenda in support of economic, social and environmental justice.
Hawaiʻi State Senate
Brenda Ford, Senate District 3 (Kona, Kaʻu)
Heather Kimball, Senate District 4 (Hilo, Hamakua, Kohala, Waimea, Waikoloa, Kona
Terez Amato, Senate District 6 (South and West Maui)
Sharon Moriwaki, Senate District 12 (Waikiki, Ala Moana, Kakaʻako, McCully, Moʻiliʻili)
Matt LoPresti, Senate District 19 (ʻEwa Beach, Ocean Pointe, ʻEwa by Gentry, Iroquois Point, ʻEwa Villages)
Hawaiʻi State House of Representatives
Raina Whiting, House District 3 (Hilo, Keaʻau, Kurtistown, Volcano)
Richard Creagan, House District 5 (Naʻalehu, Ocean View, Capt. Cook, Kealakekua, Kailua-Kona)
Tina Wildberger, House District 11 (Kihei, Wailea, Makena)
Tiare Lawrence, House District 12 (Sprecklesville, Pukalani, Makawao, Kula, Keokea, ʻUlupalakua, Kahului)
Sonny Ganaden, House District 30 (Sand Island, Mokauea, Kapalama, Kalihi Kai
Amy Perruso, House District 46 (Wahiawa, Whitmore Village
Natalia Hussey-Burdick, House District 49 (Kaneʻohe, Maunawili, Olomana)
City and County of Honolulu - Hawaiʻi County - Maui County - Kauaʻi County (forthcoming)
*The PHI endorsement process was conducted over several weeks and in consultation with residents statewide. The first level of review was completed via a questionnaire sent to all candidates. Interviews were then scheduled with those candidates who returned the questionnaire and whose responses met certain criteria (a shared world view), and who met basic criteria (community roots, some record of involvement/accomplishment, etc.) pertaining to electability. Further consultation was made with constituents within the district and others who were personally familiar with the candidate. In situations when two or more candidates competing in the same race both met our endorsement criteria, no endorsement was made.