Building a community for the David Ige for Governor 2014 campaign
One of the professional services my company Pono Media provides is data mining or extracting online content and filtering conversations relevant to projects and client needs. In other words, I listen. Based on the data combined with the analysis and intuition from my team and advisors, I formulate an expert opinion on the sentiment of a targeted audience and provide reports with recommendations to my clients.
By using that process, with other services that Pono Media provides, I have been able to develop and execute winning strategies for local political candidates. In 2010 I provided my services for the Neil Abercrombie for Governor campaign, in 2012 I did the same for OHA Trustee Haunani Apoliona, State Senator Gil Kahele, Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell and a handful of other successful races for current political office holders.
Currently, I’ve been providing services and my personal support to the Ikaika Anderson for Congress 2014 campaign.
I must note that I do have one loss, it was the Honolulu City Council District 6 race against my client and long-time family friend, Sesnita Moepono and now Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard. Today, Congresswoman Gabbard is breaking through several different barriers for women, veterans, and citizens. And, I just ran into Ses yesterday while on Merchant Street, she is thriving and continues to serve her community in different professional and volunteer capacities. One could not predict such an historic stepping stone for Congresswoman Gabbard and how fortunate it was for me to be a part of that history.
We Deserve Better
I have no regrets about my work for the Governor’s 2010 campaign, in fact I am grateful for the experiences and people that I met along the way. Given the exact same situation, I’d make the same choice. In my non-political expertise, the Abercrombie Administration has had some big wins, unfortunately their road is littered with human collateral damage. There must be more emphasis on the value of people. We, the people of Hawaii, deserve better simply because we are worthy of better.
After several weeks of talking story with Senator Ige, his team, Governor George Ariyoshi, and many of the supporters that like me are looking for better leaders I am confident and proud to announce that I am all in for the Ige for Governor 2014 campaign. My company Pono Media has been contracted to provide community building training and services for the campaign. We are currently enrolling all supporters to be a part of a movement that will continue to build a better Hawaii because we deserve better. Interested?
Building a community for #Ikaika2014
The 2014 campaign season is upon us. Too early it seems? Actually, with the changes in the State of Hawaii Primary election and the options to walk-in or mail-in ballots well before the general election, strategically it’s perfect timing.
Here is why I support Councilman Ikaika Anderson as Hawaii’s next representative in the US Congress:
- Socially, he’s liberal, specifically, he supports marriage equality and since I just became engaged this year, I’d like to marry in my home state.
- Fiscally, he’s conservative. Like my first bullet point, we could argue this one all day long. In a coconut shell, I see people as capable of creating their own abundance.
- He’s a member of Hawaii’s next generation of leaders. We are in a transition, a passing of the guard if you will, and I want him on our team.
I am actively recruiting for his community building team, if you are interested in being part of the transformation of Hawaii, Get Involved.
Building a Community for Turtle Bay Resort
Earlier this year I decided to launch Get Involved Hawaii to bring awareness to legislative bills that caught my personal attention. One that came across my screen was SB894 RELATING TO LAND ACQUISITION which would “Direct the Governor, or the Governor’s designee, to negotiate with the current owners of the undeveloped portions of the property commonly known as Turtle Bay Hotel and Resort located in Kahuku, Oahu, related entitites, and successors in interest, to conserve the subject property through purchase, easement, or other means provided by law. Appropriates an unspecified amount.”
Immediately, I became concerned because this bill would appropriate an unspecified amount of money ($100 million was part of the discussion) to purchase land. There are so many other things that need funding like our public school teachers’ salaries that purchasing land shouldn’t be a top priority of any legislator. Also, it seemed contradictory to the movement towards developing public lands, however that’s an entirely other issue.
I’ll admit, I wasn’t paying too much attention to the on-going issues regarding Turtle Bay Resort, so I needed to do some research. I quickly learned that ownership had changed since the initial announcement of develop to originally build five new hotels. In order to gain more insight, I did what others should do, I reached out to the new leadership, Replay Resorts.
Since initially reaching out in February 2013, my company Pono Media has been retained as a consultant to and specifically support and build awareness of the SEIS and changes the new owners have made to accommodate the voices of the community. Plus, the community contributions that Turtle Bay Resort provides in terms of jobs and support.
Unfortunately, the large majority of the community from Waialua through Kaneohe is not as vocal as the transplanted minority. In fact, one opposition has named themselves as defenders of Oahu, a false claim since they do not represent me, a resident born and raised on this island.
I realize that once again my support of a development project may be in direct disagreement with family, friends, and colleagues; however to me, diversity enforces the strength of a community. I will provide information, it’s up to you as residents to make up your mind. Regardless of your decision, you are still a member of my community.
My team sifted through the data and designed this infographic to visualize the information.
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As many of you know much of my life’s work is committed to building communities, especially home here in Hawaii. I don’t have all of the answers or profess to have them. All I have is my mind to discern, my heart to temper, and my passion to drive. And, sometimes isn’t that enough to Get Involved Hawaii?
I will be sharing legislative bills, projects (nonprofit and private) and causes that I support and want to build communities for. Please let me know if you have a project or cause that you would like me to consider supporting.
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The time is now to get involved.