About Me

 

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I have been blessed by contact with people inspired to serve and have been inspired to serve you as they have.

American politics have changed radically, and Hawaii needs a representative that understands the new world, is open to new ideas, and can face the challenges before us.

I am an army brat born in Iowa to an Army Officer. I moved to Hawaiʻi in the mid-60s and spent my first few years of school at Iolani. I left in 1968 when my father was reassigned to the Washington DC area. I spent 3 years living in Germany, then moved back to DC where my father left the Army. I started working in Virginia, and was recruited to move to the Silicon Valley in 1991. I lived through the early Internet years there working for a variety of companies, including General Magic and Cisco Systems. While at Cisco an idea for a startup tech company was hatched. We were funded by Hawaiian investors, and I left Cisco to come back to Hawaiʻi with my family in 2003 to help found Firetide on Nuʻuanu St in Honolulu. In 2007 I started working at Hoana Medical, rising to become Director of R&D. I currently work remotely from my home in Kailua for a networking software company in Austin TX.

I am married to Corinna, who I met when I moved to California. Corinna works as a writer on digital healthcare. We have two daughters. My oldest daughter graduated from La Pietra and the Maryland Institute College of Art, the youngest from Hawaiʻi Technology Academy.

For a long time I have been disappointed and frustrated with the representation Hawaii has had. I love this state and its people. We deserve better than we have gotten, and we need quality representation in Washington. I have seen the effects of climate change, a lopsided economy, a poor education system, and homelessness have caused here. After years of complaining that someone should do something, I felt that if no one else would, that I would.

Today, I am asking for your support and votes to help me go make a difference.

Key Issues

 

Environment

I believe that no other issue is more pressing to Hawaiʻi than the global environmental crisis. Climate change is no longer looming but is already upon us. We see in in our coastal erosion and feel it in record high temperatures. The American government must take action now to curb emissions, clean our waterways, and sponsor research into mitigating the damage already done. The effects are already being felt, many of our fellow Pacific Islanders are facing the loss of their homes, Hawaiʻi will not be immune.

 

Economy

Economists are forecasting hard times ahead for Hawaiʻi. Tourism is and will continue to be a vital segment of Hawaii’s economy, but Hawaiʻi needs to diversify its overall economy to make it less vulnerable to the volatility and limits of tourism.

Technology and science offer Hawaiʻi excellent possibilities for economic diversification especially for small and medium businesses. These are industries that serve both public and private sectors and create high paying jobs.

Healthcare

Medical costs are skyrocketing nationwide, there is a critical shortage of doctors and nurses. As our population grows older, the demand for ongoing and specialized care is outstripping availability.

We must act to ensure that healthcare remains affordable and available, that we focus more on preventive care, and that our kupuna are kept healthy and vital.

 

 

Education

The key to solving many of our problems is to have an excellent educational system that is available to all who want it for free. Too many of our young people are missing out on education because the state can not provide it, and the cost of leaving the islands is too high.

We also must provide effective primary public education to all citizens. Children are the future of Hawaiʻi and we must act quickly to make sure that they are able to thrive.

 

 

Homelessness

All humans deserve to be treated with respect and dignity. The current methods of solving homelessness simply aren’t effective. This is a problem that can’t be solved by making homelessness illegal or herding human beings out of sight.

Government at all levels must step up and find a way for all people to have a place to call home and to live in safety and dignity.

 

 

Native Hawaiians

The US government has a long record of ignoring the rights of indigenous peoples. Starting with native Americans through the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom. Steps have been made to correct some of these wrongs, but they have not gone far enough or fast enough.

The commitments made to Native Hawaiians have either been left unimplemented or are horribly mismanaged. Steps must be taken to correct these wrongs and assure Native Hawaiians of their right to self determination.

What matters to you? let me know!

Contact

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Please help

The time is right for someone new in government. You can help me by spreading the word and donating money or time.

If you’re interested in volunteering please email davidcornejohi@gmail.com and we’ll be in touch.

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Mahalo!