Affordable HousingAffordable Housing

A permit on Hawaii Island takes more than 458 days on average. According to the University of Hawaii Economic Research Office, more than half the cost of new home construction is due to regulation.   More...

Government CorruptionCorruption

Hawaii County's affordable housing specialist Alan Rudo went to Federal prison for embezzling more than $11M in affordable housing credits, but not all corruption is criminal corruption.  More...

Drugs, Alcohol & Mental HealthDrugs, Alcohol & Mental Health

Hawaii County is suffering an epidemic of fentanyl addiction and substance abuse.  This is compounded by a lack of options for kama'aina with severe mental health disorders.  More...

Economic DevelopmentEconomic Development and Diversification

Tourism continues to be our primary economic engine, but it is on the decline.  Creating a diverse business community will require an investment in entrepreneurship and small business. More...

Government AccountabilityGovernment Accountability

In the modern world even dog walking services send customer feedback surveys.  Our government needs to develop citizen feedback mechanisms and measurable metrics in order to succeed.  More...

Cost of LivingHigh Cost of Living

The cost of living is impacting quality of life for everyone.  Parents work multiple jobs to feed their families only to have their children leave the island for better opportunities elsewhere.  More...

HomelessnessHomelessness

The combination of high housing prices, ineffective drug and alcohol treatment and a failure to enforce the law has created an epidemic of homelessness in our community.  More...

InfrastructureInfrastructure

Hawaii Island is home to some of the most vulnerable communities in the state.  It is critical that we provide transportation and healthcare infrastructure to our people.  More...

Planning and PermittingPlanning and Permitting

The inability to build and improve homes is at the core of our affordable housing and cost of living crisis.  Our politicians like to point the finger at others, but the crisis is entirely self inflicted.  More... 

Public SafetyPublic Safety

Hawaii County is on a Big Island.  Law enforcement, fire and rescue services are spread thin.  That creates real danger for rural residents.  More...

Sustainable AgricultureSustainable Agriculture

Between 2017 and 2022 Hawaii Island lost 759 farms and that trend continues.  It will take more than mere lip service to chart a path to food security. More...