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.
iPad app recommendations for Peace of Mind
This afternoon I spent a couple of hours with the CTE leaders from Nanakuli, Campbell, Kapolei, and Waipahu high school. I was asked to share some iPad app recommendations, the same as I did last year. Last year I recommend more education related apps like Khan Academy and Mindmeister, however this year I wanted to do something different.
I thought about the challenges and burdens that our public school teachers endure each day. Sure, I thought about the financial constraints, however when I truly empathized about their daily routines I began to wonder how often any public school teacher is asked about their personal well-being. And then I realized, I should focus my recommendations based on my goal setting framework, the Peace of Mind Square.