UHPA Celebrates Representative Lisa Kitagawa

UHPA Celebrates One of Their Own

Newly elected Representative Lisa Kitagawa represents State House District 48. Lisa was born and raised in Kāne‘ohe where her family has lived for over four generations.

Lisa is a public school graduate of Castle High School (1998) and continued her education at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.  Kitagawa received her Bachelor of Science degree in Family Resources and her Masters degree in Higher Education Administration.

For 12 years Kitagawa was employed at UH Manoa. She was a faculty and UHPA member from 2006-2011 working for the Office of Student Affairs and teaching Education Administration through the College of Education.  She also served as APT staff and worked for the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources.  Leaving in 2017 she became the key legislative aide to Representative Johanson House Labor Chair. It was Kitagawa in the 2018 session that was key to marshaling UHPA backed legislation through the House and Senate Committees in proper form and meeting all procedural deadlines.

Representative Kitagawa is knowledgeable about the University and committed to ensuring that faculty interests are protected and advanced.

We look forward to a rewarding working relationship with a new advocate for Higher Education.

UHPA Congratulates Senator Keohokalole

UHPA Congratulates Another One of Its Own
Senator Jarrett Keohokalole

Newly elected Senator Jarrett Keohokalole was elected to the Kāne‘ohe District 24 Senate seat vacated by Senator Jill Tokuda.  We congratulate Jarrett on his commitment to walk his Senate District and meet every person who would stop and engage with him in conversation.  We appreciate that he walked the District four times to establish his commitment to be visible and represent well his constituency.

Jarrett comes from a long family history in the Kāne‘ohe community.  He is the seventh generation to raise a Keohokalole family in this community.  He understands the difficulties young families experience in meeting demands for childcare, housing and obtaining good health care. He is committed to bringing improved infrasture to his District.

Keohokalole received his Bachalor of Arts degree in Journalism from the Universityof Hawai‘i at Mānoa and continued on to receive not only his JD from the William S. Richarson School of Law at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa but additionally a Certificate in Native Hawaiian Law.  Upon graduation he was hired as an Assistant Faculty Specialist by the William S. Richardson School of Law and joined UHPA in 2013.

We worked well with Jarrett as a Representative and have already engaged with him in identifying the issues to be present in the 2019 legislative session.

UHPA Stands in Solidarity with Hotel Workers

UHPA stands in solidarity with the hotel workers who have been without a contract and believes the request of the 2,700 hotel workers on Oahu and Maui for fair wages and better working conditions is fair and reasonable.