Let me ask, what's in a question? To some people, asking questions is an art form that can take you along paths of discovery. So let me pose another question. What's wrong with Oahu? I bet the question brought to mind a number problems and issues. The question solicits a laundry list of negativity. I prefer a more positive mental exercise as well as positive solutions. So the question I prefer to ask is this, How can we make Oahu a better place to live? For starters, I can think of a few things to share. But let me start with this. To make Oahu a better place, we need to push back apathy and actively care about our island home. Its not enough to just complain and wonder why no one cares. Some will say, "not rocking the boat" or "not making waves" is part of our culture. "We just don't do that kind of stuff in Hawaii". Well its not part of our culture and we need to get over that mindset and attitude. We need to be aware, engaged, involved and commmitted to creating a better Oahu. I get that we are busy, involved with work, kids and other activities===who isn't. But then again is this really what leads us to be apathetic. I think not. Apathy is the path of least resistance and thats why many are on it.
Our city is in need of reform at many levels. Politically we are unbalanced. Our city continually tells us what is good for us. It should be the other way around. Infrastructures (roads, sewers, etc.) need to be repaired and maintained. Processess like recycling and garbage have to be updated to meet our needs. Unfortunately many in politics, and our current mayor is no exception to this, see themselves as CEO's in charge of our lives. They believe this because we choose and yes it is a choice, to allow them to believe they are in charge. They are not in charge of my life and will never be as long as I'm commited to my freedom and to the freedom of others. The strength of our community is derived from individuals making contributions through the use of their talents, skills. intelligence, service and commitment. Government mandates and planning or the imposition of government philosophies does not make us a better community without the voice of individuals. It is these voices that make Honolulu a great community.
Its to this end that I support Panos. At this time in our island history his experience is unique to the needs of our island home. He understands with great depth what our island home requires and has the ethical character to manage such a task. We the people of Honolulu are not the bankers for political ambitions and Panos gets that. He is first and foremost about people and he respects the collective wisdom of our community. Now back to my question, How can we make Oahu a better place to live? Lets start with a new leadership and a new Mayor. One that believes in the wisdom of our people and understands the challenges that are ahead. I say vote for Panos and let progress take its first step.
A graduate of the Hawaii Public School System