About

 

Our Vision

Empower people-driven political leadership to achieve economic, social, and environmental justice.


Our Mission

 
 
 

Activate and mobilize communities to improve quality of life for the people of Hawaii, through political action.


Our Board

 

Josh Frost, President

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Josh Frost

President

 

Engaged in local politics for more than a decade, Josh Frost has experience working with elected officials, state department managers, Democratic Party leaders, and progressive activists. He has a record of leading successful organizations such as Equality Hawaii and Progressive Democrats of Hawaii. And he has been an officer in the Democratic Party of Hawaii since 2010. A recent graduate of HAPA’s Kuleana Academy, Josh is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Political Management from George Washington University. He has worked in state government for nearly six years.

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Patrick Kamakanianu Shea

 

Treasurer

Patrick is an attorney who is active in the Native Hawaiian Bar Association as a member of its board of directors, a member of Ko’olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club, and a past president of the Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation. He coaches high school paddling.  

Kristin Mie Hamada

Kristin is a third generation local girl from Aiea. She is a movement-builder with international training and experience in community and labor organizing. She believes that when people come together we can make improvements to our everyday lives. Her values place communities at the center of our political decision making and creates intersectional, inclusive spaces for activists.

Gary Hooser

 

Executive Director

Gary Hooser formerly represented Kauai and Niihau in the Hawaii State Senate where he served as Majority Leader. He also served for 8 years on the Kauai County Council and was Director of Environmental Quality Control for the State of Hawaii during the Abercrombie administration.  He serves presently in a volunteer capacity as Board President of the Hawaii Alliance for Progressive Action (H.A.P.A.), a 501c3 nonprofit focusing on education and advocacy.

He is a graduate of Radford High School, the University of Hawaii (B.A. Public Administration) and Kauai Community College (A.A.).

 
 

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Pono Hawai'i Initiative is committed to economic, social, and environmental justice. With your donation we can support  candidates who share our values and our vision. With your help we can plan events, take action, and build a statewide movement.

Pono Hawai'i Initiative is a 501c(4) entity and is required to clearly disclose to donors and potential donors that contributions are *NOT* deductible as charitable contributions. Contributions or gifts to Pono Hawai'i Initiative are not deductible for Federal income tax purposes.

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