On Wednesday, May 28, 2008, I had a 1:30 P.M. meeting with Michael Fitzgerald, CEO of Enterprise Honolulu, Former Senator Nadao "Najo" Yoshinaga, and my former office manager of 5 1/2 years, Baron Gushiken at my office. Baron set up the meeting at the request of Sen. Yoshinaga. We discussed Hawaii's current economic climate and some of the legislation I introduced in the past and ideas I have for the future to help better Hawaii's economy. The following are some of the subjects we covered: renewable energy, technology, film, digital media, long-term care, workforce development, education, mass transit, and agriculture. We discussed further into the subcategories within these subjects. I am working on a dozen of bills relating to these subjects, and if I get re-elected, I will introduce them for the 2009 Legislative Session. Our meeting ended after an hour and a half. Sen. Yoshinaga stated, "This was a good meeting." I agree, it was a meeting that I will cherish forever.
Sen. Yoshinaga did great things for equality, labor rights, infrastructure, and much of what we see as modern day Hawaii in his twenty years in the Hawaii State Legislature. As best as I can, I am going to help him fulfill one more goal, to make Hawaii an economic power. When I was a teenager, it was a dream of mine to have a mentor who was a member of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and politician from the 1954 Democratic Revolution, thus, I am lucky to have become friends with Sen. Yoshinaga. On top of his many credentials, the senator is also an attorney.
Sen. Yoshinaga has mentored a number of great leaders: State Administrator and Businessman, Pundy Yokouchi, Former State Senate President Norman Mizuguchi, State Senator Carol Fukunaga, Former State Representative David Hagino, Attorney Jim Stone, Attorney Kerry Komatsubara, and the list goes on. These proteges of Sen. Yoshinaga have many years of knowledge and helped to shape Hawaii as well. If I am the last of the senator's proteges, I have big shoes to fill, a lot of information to learn, many dreams to accomplish, and an obligation to pass on the knowledge I gained from my elders and ancestors to many generations following me. I am no where close to the leaders before me, as I have already made the biggest mistake in my life last October, but I have to keep doing my best in the public sector and private sector to "make Hawaii the best place in the world" as Sen. Yoshinaga likes to say.
From the middle of the Pacific, I dream of Hawaii impacting the world as a leader of renewable energy, technology, healthcare, tourism, art, culture, entertainment, tourism, diversified agriculture, and of course, peace and happiness by December 21, 2070, the final year of the tiger for whoever is alive from my generation.