As the incumbent, it is important to me is that Lower Puna be served appropriately and passionately.  I have strong local ties in the Lower Puna community where I have lived for nearly 40 years.  My experience as president of two homeowner associations, and past employment as a County Planner, the County’s Recycling Coordinator, and five years working in renewable energy at HELCO have given me great contacts within local, State and Federal government, and an in-depth understanding of my district.  This knowledge and experience allows me to effectively advocate for my constituents who are currently being adversely impacted by an eruption of Kilauea.

As the Council Member, I’ve championed solutions to the issues we face, including working to divert waste from landfill and developing a composting facility to process all organics; as well as passing a limited ban on Styrofoam take-out containers. We need to protect our ocean and marine life.

I made community safety a priority by working on better security measures for Pahoa, beginning with a townhall the week after the January 2017 fire burned historic buildings of the village. I’ve worked to establish a new police substation in Lower Puna and provided funding for trainings to improve interactions with community and victims of crime. I continue to advocate for a full-service police station in Upper Puna to alleviate stress on our Lower Puna station.

We have developed a Mass Transit Plan providing a spoke and hub bus system for Puna. Our budget is further constrained by the lava inundation costs, thus implementing this plan is challenging.  I continue to lead the Council with regard to establishing policy basis for budget amendments and support seeking additional revenue sources so Hawaii County can implement an island wide bus system.

At this time, with the ongoing eruption, the future of Lower Puna is uncertain.  As we begin to shift our relief efforts to recovery, I can assist this process with my understanding of planning, zoning, building codes, road circulation planning, and economic recovery through business and job creation.

I humbly ask for your support to continue this work as we’re back on the campaign trail for the 2018 elections.  If you wish to help in the campaign, click here to Contact us to indicate how you can help (sign waving, phone banking, even support).  You can make a campaign donation by clicking here to visit the Contribute page via Paypal or credit card.  Finally, click here to follow us on Facebook, and get the word out about this race!  Our local races are generally decided in the Primary Election which is Saturday, August 11th.  I humbly ask for your vote.

Mahalo for your support! – Eileen O’Hara