Lisa cares about you and has the experience to represent your interests in the State House.

Lisa already has a track record of fighting for the community. Lisa has life experience - she understands what it is like to have a job, to pay bills, to raise a family, and to care for aging parents here.

Healthy Land

• Protect our conservation and agricultural land so it can give us clean water, clean air and food.    

• Plant trees in our parks, schools and neighborhoods to maintain our outdoor lifestyle and cope with storms.

Healthy Families

• Help our students thrive by funding and retaining high-quality teachers.

• Reduce traffic and fix dangerous roads so we can walk, bike, and drive safely.

Thriving Communities

• Lower our cost of living and create local jobs through locally-produced food and clean energy.

• Keep our community safe by giving law enforcement tools to keep violent and repeat offenders off our streets, while helping rehabilitate the rest.

• Tackle local homelessness.

Lisaʻs  track record:

  • Proud graduate of Kailua Intermediate and Kalaheo High School.
  • Doctorate in Public Health at Columbia University, Master in Public Policy at Harvard University, and Bachelors in political science at Pitzer College & Waseda University (Tokyo).
  • Founded a non-profit focused on habitat restoration and education which has engaged thousands of local students over the last 5 years.
  • Worked 15 years in health care on child nutrition, reproductive health, and HIV/AIDS, including as an Assistant Professor at the John A. Burns School of Medicine, UH Mānoa.
  • Successfully fought for laws to protect beach parks and neighborhoods from over-commercialization, to create local clean energy jobs, and to improve traffic safety.
  • Served on the Kailua Neighborhood Board and Lanikai Association.

Kailua HS Class of ʻ20 helping Lisa at Hāmakua


Using Public Health expertise to call early for action to address COVID-19

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Lisa testifying on community issues.

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I’ve spent my career in Public Health and Environmental Health, and now want to continue my service by representing your interests in the State House.

I am a local girl who went off-island for my education and to start my career. Soon after having children, I moved back home to raise my family. I’m a proud grad of Kailua Intermediate and Kalaheo High School. After college in California and Japan, I was blessed to earn a Master in Public Policy at Harvard University and then a Doctorate in Public Health at Columbia University.

Public Health is the science of gathering and evaluating evidence to make good decisions, whether it’s an epidemic like COVID-19 or for the health of our community in regular times. A thriving community depends on healthy and productive land and water, access to medical care, and mix of other key ingredients like affordable housing, good education and a fair working wage.

After 15 years in health care and research, including at UH Mānoa, I started a non-profit to address environmental threats to our health in collaboration with schools and the Department of Land and Natural Resources. I have also fought, for over a decade, for local housing and traffic safety.

I humbly ask for your vote.

Mahalo, Lisa