I enjoy particularly working on social justice, environmental and community-building issues. 2014/2015 issues include promoting renewable energy (geothermal); raising the profile of the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, advancing mediation in place of litigation, and supporting the DIVEST UH movement. The workings of democracy, the role of neighborhood boards, and the need for greater transparency have also been the subject of my attention and writing.
Worked with Native Hawaiian LGBT rights advocates, Tambry and Suzanne Young, social justice activists from Massachusetts, Patricia Gozemba and Karen Kahn and other allies on passage of Civil Unions in Hawai`i. Supported the push for marriage equality in Hawaii and the call for a more welcoming stance from the Catholic church. Helped gather support for, and usher in, the Sustainable Business Corporations (B-Corps) Act in 2011, making Hawaii one of the leaders in encouraging corporations to commit to the Triple Bottom Line: people, planet and profits. Worked with the Department of Land and Natural Resources, the Sierra Club, Surfrider Foundation and others on a bill to place a fee on plastic bags that would help fund clean up of the waterways and conservation. This effort helped raise awareness and add momentum to efforts to address the hazards of plastic bags clogging and fouling the island’s waterways and the ocean.
Campaigns in 2016 include supporting the work of KUA, an innovative, community-based initiative for protecting, restoring and caring for Hawaiʻi’s unique native species, ecosystems and island way of life. This year also saw a determined effort to advance public long term care assistance, an effort that continues with support from the national nonprofit, Caring Across Generations. As a dissident Catholic, I continue to speak out for an end to patriarchal practices in the church and more fidelity to Gospel values.