2018 Kauaʻi County Council Endorsements

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.

Mason Chock

mason4kauai.org

Felicia Cowden

feliciacowden.com

Each voter on Kauaʻi may cast “up to” 7 votes to elect 7 Councilmembers.  

3 candidates met the criteria listed below to earn the PHI endorsement, however we are recommending that voters support at least 4 candidates, as that number represents the majority needed to take action and move an agenda forward.  WE ENCOURAGE KAUAʻI RESIDENTS TO RESEARCH ALL THE CANDIDATES, LOOK AT THEM CLOSELY, SPEAK TO THEM ABOUT THEIR VALUES AND THEN MAKE YOUR CHOICE FOR A FOURTH CANDIDATE TO JOIN OUR PHI ENDORSED CANDIDATES REPRESENTING ALL OF KAUAʻI ON THE COUNTY COUNCIL.

3 items were required to be awarded an endorsement from the Pono Hawaiʻi Initiative:

  1. Candidates were required to complete and return a questionnaire that was sent to all who filed papers to run for the office.  Interviews with PHI Board Members 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. 
  2. Candidates must demonstrate a clear understanding and strong commitment to PHI’s core values pertaining to economic, environmental, and social justice.
  3. Candidates must demonstrate “electability” via a comprehensive campaign plan, and/or past/present campaign activity or history in the community.  *Further consultation was made with constituents within the district and others who were personally familiar with the candidate.

Board Members

Josh Frost, President

Patrick Kamakanianu Shea, Vice President

Kauʻi Pratt-Aquino, Secretary

Kristen Hamada

Nelson Ho

Summer Starr

Staff

Gary Hooser, Executive Director

Lana Olson, Executive Assistant