My roots run deep on the Windward side. For seven generations, my family has called this place home. I was born and raised in Kailua and Kāne‘ohe, and attended Keolu Elementary for grades K-2, Ben Parker Elementary and King Intermediate before graduating from St. Louis School. I went on to become the first Native Hawaiian in my family to graduate from college, and obtained my degree in law from the University of Hawai‘i.
My parents - Adrian, a construction worker, and Marilyn Keohokalole, a nurse - worked hard and sacrificed to make sure my brothers and I had a roof over our heads and a solid education. I am proud to be the eldest son of a working-class Kāne‘ohe family. They continue to live in my childhood home. Their values are my values.
My wife, Ku‘ulani Keohokalole (Miyashiro), is also a Kāne‘ohe native and a proud alum of Castle High School. Together we have three children, ages 8, 5, and 1 1/2.
Early on, my wife and I made a difficult decision to move to Brooklyn, New York, where she pursued a Master’s degree in educational policy and I worked for a New York law office. Leaving Hawai‘i was not easy; all our family and the life we knew were here. But like many young people in Hawai‘i, it was our opportunity to make a better life. When we knew our son was on the way, we immediately decided to move back Kāne‘ohe to be around family and to raise him as a keiki ‘o ka ‘āina – a child from our own hometown.
I want to help maintain the great Windward side that I know and love. I humbly ask for your vote on August 11th!