Public Service & Leadership


Hawai‘i State Senator 2015-Present

  • Chair, Senate Transportation and Energy Committee
  • Committee Member: Senate Ways and Means; Water and Land; Climate Change Mitigation & Adaptation Commission; Women’s Legislative Caucus; Hawaiian Affairs Committee

Hawai‘i State Senator 1998-2008

  • Committee Chair: Senate Intergovernmental and Military Affairs; Transportation and Government Operations; Water, Land and Agriculture; Water, Land, Energy and Environment; Economic Development.
  • Committee Member: Senate Ways and Means
  • Member, National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators, 2002-08
  • Vice Chair, National Council of State Legislators, Transportation Committee

Mayor, County of Hawai‘i 1990-92

Member, Hawai‘i County Council 1984-90

Member, Hawai‘i State Plan Policy Council 1980-83

Member, Hawai‘i County Planning Commission 1974-79


Private Sector Experience


Owner, Aloha Blooms Farm 1993-Present

Sales Manager, Hilo Hawaiian, Hilo & Kona Lagoon Hotels 1975-87

Manager, Orchid Island Hotel 1967-75

Community Involvement


Lifetime Member, The Girl Scouts of America

Director, Girl Scout Council of Hawaiʻi, 1995-1998

Member, Rotary Club of Hilo, 1998-00, 2010-Present

  • International Relations Committee
  • Paul Harris Fellow

Member, United Nations-Hawaiʻi Island

Member, Visitor Aloha Society of Hawaiʻi (VASH)

Charter Member, Hoʻokumu, North Hawaiʻi Community Hospital, 1991

Member, Waimea Outdoor Circle

Member, Waimea Community Association

Big Island Filipino Community Council

Pepeʻekeo Filipino Community Association

Member, Hawaiʻi County Democratic Party

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