I live in South Maui and have visited the state Capitol many times on behalf of Maui reefs.
I would ask the voters of South Maui to support Kaniela Ing.
Hawaii's delineation between Democrats and Republicans is nominal. We mostly see two parts of the Democratic Party vying for power. One part favors vested interests while the other part favors more traditional Democratic priorities. In the mix we get the occasional Republican.
The bottom line is that candidates must be assessed as individuals.
I knew nothing of George Fontaine until his first streaming vitriol came in the mail a few years ago. Then came many more mailings so full of bitterness and rancor that I assess him on that basis.
I have met with Kaniela Ing. I care not one zip about who was born where or years here or there. I assess on integrity and aloha and stated pledge to stand up for our reefs. I assess Kaniela Ing as the right man for the job.