First, thank you from my heart to all for the great support and work so many of you have given in our previous runs for public service. Some runs have come with victory resulting in official public office. Others though not victorious yet impacted tremendously our government, community and nation. None were without effect. None were without great cost and sacrifice from my precious wife Tula, our sons and daughters and many hundreds if not thousands of you out there.
Hawaii’s US Senate seat formerly occupied by the Honorable Daniel Inouye is up for special election in 2014 to complete his unfinished term due to his untimely death. I ran against Senator Inouye in the 2010 elections for this term and it is appropriate to run again to finish it…. and.. if the people will, to run again for a subsequent full term. (At one point in the 2010 election an encouraging Rasmussen National Poll reported us to be at “at a surprising 42% to Inouye 54%”, a number that did not hold ultimately, but still an encouraging harbinger for the future when measured against the titan.)
I do not underestimate the difficulty of this run. We are familiar with the cost and the hardship this will entail, but I believe we are called to serve our people, State and Nation. Maturity, discipline and understanding acquired from a lifetime filled with public and military service, business and financial struggles and successes and the immensely meaningful raising and leadership of sons and daughters and their spouses and children demand my offer to serve in this trying time ahead.
We have won the support of many voters in the past from all walks of life; teachers, doctors, firemen, contractors, workers, executives, business owners, canoe paddlers, families and singles. We have won with the help of Republicans, Democrats, and Independents alike. (My mother was a Democrat, my father a Republican). I run for the sake of all Hawaii people to secure a prosperous, safe, welcoming Island State for all. I run with gratefulness for the Heritage of those who have given and secured this Blessed Nation before us.
Tula and I leave today for meetings in Geneva Switzerland, Israel and then the east coast. We will be back in Hawaii on June 14th. In the meantime we are setting up the organization and structure to initiate this campaign for the US Senate 2014.
We look forward to communicating with you all soon. Please pass the word to others across our state and nation.
May God bless you, may God bless our Hawaii, and may God bless America.
Humbly yours with Aloha,
I believe this year represents a critical turning point in government leadership for our nation, and especially Hawaii. As the elections in November draw near, my desire is for you to clearly understand my values and the experiences I have had in serving the people of our great state. As I travel throughout the islands I look forward to meeting you and dialoguing about the issues that matter most to each of us.
This website will facilitate that dialogue and I look forward to hearing from you personally. Again, mahalo for visiting, and I hope this campaign will provide you with a clear choice as you decide who will represent Hawaii to the nation in the U.S. Senate for the next six years.