James “Kimo” Apana
Occupation: Businessman; Realtor, Windermere Realty
Political experience: Maui County mayor, 1999-2002; Maui County Council, 1993-98
Education: University of Hawaii at Manoa, bachelor's degree, liberal arts; Maui Community College, associate's degree; Kamehameha Schools; Lihikai Elementary School
Candidates for state Senate and House seats were all asked to answer:
* Hospital privatization. What is your position on the privatization of Maui Memorial Medical Center and the Hawaii Health System Corp.?
And, they were asked to choose and answer one of the following:
* Health Connector. What do you think of the state's rollout of the Health Connector? And what do you think should be done to "fix" it? Or should it be scuttled entirely?
* Political contributions. To what extent do you see political campaign contributions affecting Hawaii elections? Is there need for reform? If so, what would that be?
* Same-sex marriage. What do you think of the Hawaii Legislature's passage of a bill to legalize same-sex marriages? Is this the end of this issue?
* Electricity costs. Hawaii electricity consumers pay the highest power rates in the United States. What, if anything, can be done about this?
* Sunshine Law. Do you think Hawaii's Sunshine Law adequately protects the public's right to know? If not, what change is needed?
* State unfunded liabilities. Do you think enough is being done to address unfunded liabilities?
Community service: Japanese Chamber of Commerce, president, 2008-12; Royal Order of Kamehameha; Filipino Chamber of Commerce; Maui Democratic Party, chairman
Hospital privatization: "If privatization enables Maui Memorial Medical Center to expand services and infrastructure, I would support a state private-public partnership. Being an island state, there are many challenges that our residents face in dealing with medical care. Maui Memorial Medical Center is currently the only Neighbor Island hospital that can provide for comprehensive cardiovascular service. On a personal level, my campaign co-chair recently experienced discomfort in his chest. Within a day, he was diagnosed with a blockage and had a successful open heart procedure done the next day. In less than a week, he was at home recuperating with his family. Additional services would assure our residents quality medical care without the stress and expense of traveling to Oahu.
"If change is to take place, consideration should also be given to current employees. Employees should be kept well informed so that rumors do not cause unnecessary anxiety. My mother, April (retired), was a nursing supervisor at Maui Memorial Medical Center, and my sister, Tammy, is currently an emergency room nurse. Their countless hours of hard work and dedication have earned them and their co-workers my respect and admiration."
Electricity costs: "Government leaders must promote and support renewable energy sources. Hawaii ranks among the top six in the nation in its long-term solar potential. I am committed to supporting legislative mandates for renewable energy and financial incentives to promote the success of the solar power market and other renewable energy sources.
"As mayor of Maui County, I formed a partnership with Maui Electric to initiate a solar water heater incentive program to assist homeowners with the cost of purchasing and installing solar water heaters. Developing community partnerships gets results. Hawaii now ranks among the top states in installed solar water heaters.
"Photovoltaic panels, which generate electrical power by converting solar radiation into direct current electricity, provide a great reduction in monthly electric bills. Utility companies need to take steps to upgrade their electric grid so customers who have been waiting long months can purchase and install PV systems.
"Hawaii's energy challenge is an issue that affects our entire community. Businesses, government, energy providers and the community must all work in partnership to seek solutions to our energy crisis."