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Kanani is a hard-working and vibrant candidate for the State Representative District 43 seat encompassing Makakilo and Kapolei.  Kanani first moved to Kapolei with her family in 1991 when she was 5 years old.  She spent over 30 years as a resident of Kapolei, growing with the community as it took shape since its infancy as the slated "Second City."

As a well-rounded candidate, Kanani is an attorney licensed to practice law in Hawai'i and Washington, D.C., and an educator at the University of Hawai'i West O'ahu where she teaches Business Law to students residing throughout the west side of O'ahu and island-wide.  Kanani values education and investing in our local students which is apparent in her commitment as a learner herself, having an extensive academic background.  She attended Maryknoll from K-6th grade, The Kamehameha Schools (Class of 2003 graduate), University of Southern California (Bachelor of Arts, Class of 2007), Chaminade University (Master of Education, 2010), University of Hawai'i, William S. Richardson School of Law (2014), and Lewis and Clark Law School (Master of Laws, LL.M., 2022).

Kanani's diverse background in education and her career path as a former deputy prosecuting attorney and attorney in the private sector has provided her with a significant foundation to serve the people of District 43.  With the current lackluster state of affairs in Hawai'i, District 43 and our Hawai'i State Legislature can benefit from Kanani's strong roots in law, policy, and education.  Electing qualified candidates is key in order for the State of Hawai'i to flourish. 

Changing Hawai'i for the better and being a true public servant for her community are the reasons for Kanani's run for office.  Achieving a more sustainable Hawai'i and finding ways to allow our residents to thrive in Hawai'i instead of living paycheck to paycheck for many or having residents move away for lack of affordability are at the top of her priorities list.  

 

Combatting crime and keeping our kupuna, keiki, and families safe are also necessary.  Ultimately, Kanani will work diligently to tackle these key issues while fighting against corruption in our State government, advocating for accountability and transparency every step of the way.  With Kanani at the helm, District 43 will have a leader they can count on to work for the people of our community, instead of special interest groups.  After prevailing in the primary election on August 13, 2022 on the Republican ticket, Kanani remains the only candidate in the State House District 43 race who has spent time as a resident in District 43.

As a former collegiate athlete at USC, Kanani understands the value of teamwork, and working together as one unit to accomplish great things.  She will work together with our community to achieve change on an unprecedented scale.