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What’s it Going to Take? An executive forum on making life better in Hawaiʻi | Program


LESLIE: ALOHA AND WELCOME
TO PBS HAWAIʻI FOR WHAT’S IT GOING TO TAKE?
AN EXECUTIVE FORUM ON MAKING LIFE IN HAWAIʻI BETTER.
I’M LESLIE WILCOX. THIS EVENING, AN
UNPRECEDENTED GATHERING ON LIVE TELEVISION OF SOME
OF HAWAIʻI’S TOP BUSINESS EXECUTIVES, WITHOUT THEIR
PEOPLE. THREE BANKING CEOS AND TOP
EXECS OF OTHER SUBSTANTIAL COMPANIES,
AND THE HEAD OF A PRIVATE SCHOOL SYSTEM ARE AMONG
THE TEN BUSINESS LEADERS HERE RIGHT NOW. YOU’RE GOING TO
LEARN ABOUT AN INITIATIVE THEY’VE BEEN WORKING ON
MORE THAN YEAR, MOSTLY UNDER THE PUBLIC RADAR. THEIR
GOAL IS TO PROBLEM SOLVE, ENGAGE OTHERS AND TACKLE
ENTRENCHED SOCIAL ISSUES IN HAWAIʻI. AND WE AT
PBS HAWAIʻI BELIEVE IT’S A SERIOUS EFFORT TO ADDRESS
COMPLEX, ENTRENCHED PROBLEMS THAT WON’T
UNRAVEL EASILY. THIS IS A CHANCE TO FIND OUT
MORE AND GET US STATUS REPORT.
THESE MEMBERS OF THE HAWAIʻI EXECUTIVE
CONFERENCE STARTED BY STUDYING TROUBLING DATA
ABOUT THE DETERIORATING QUALITY OF LIFE IN HAWAIʻI NEI.
THIS STATISTICALY SOBERING VIEW OF LIFE IN HAWAIʻI IS
PRESENTED IN HAWAIʻI COMMUNITY FOUNDATION’S
CHANGE FRAMEWORK. ALMOST HALF OF HAWAIʻI
RESIDENTS ARE BARELY GETTING BY, WITH LITTLE MEANS
OF ACCUMULATING SAVINGS OR OWNING A HOME.
62% OF HAWAIʻI WORKERS MAKE LESS THAN TWENTY DOLLARS
AN HOUR, LESS THAN A LIVING WAGE HERE.>>IT’S HARD! TRYING TO
SURVIVE IN HAWAIʻI. EVERYBODY HAS TO WORK.
AND WHATEVER YOU WORK, GOES TO CHILD CARE, PRETTY
MUCH. AND BILLS.
>>IT SEEMS LIKE IT TAKES HAVING TWO JOBS, JUST TO
BARELY MAKE ENOUGH FOR THE RENT.
>>AND THROUGH THE YEARS, AS RENT SHOT UP, WAGES DID
NOT KEEP PACE.>>OH, MORE THAN HALF OF MY
INCOME GOES TO RENT, YOU KNOW, A LOT, IS THAT UNUSUAL AMONG
PEOPLE YOU KNOW?>>UM, NO.
ACTUALLY SEEMS TO BE PRETTY COMMONPLACE.
>>IN SOME PART OF OUR STATE, AS MUCH AS 30% OF RESIDENTS
LIVE IN POVERTY.>>AS IT STANDS NOW, IT’S BAD.
I MEAN, I, MOST OF THE LOCAL PEOPLE ARE GETTING PUSHED
OUT OF THIS ISLAND. THER’RE ALL MOVING TO…
MOST OF MY FRIENDS MOVED TO THE MAINLAND.
UNFORTUNATELY, THERE ARE LOT OF FAMILIES WHO ARE
STUCK. WHERE THEY ARE BORN AND
RAISED HERE. BUT THEY DIDN’T GET A GREAT
EDUCATION, DON’T HAVE A SKILL THEY CAN EXPLOIT.
AND SO THEY’RE KIND OF SWEPT TO THE MARGINS OF SOCIETY
SOMETIMES THAT LEADS TO PEOPLE LIVING ON THE STREET
OR HAVING TO LIVE, TEN PEOPLE TO A SINGLE‑FAMILY HOME.
>>THERE’S LUXURY HOUSING FOR THOSE WHO CAN AFFORD IT.
IS HAWAIʻI DESTINED TO BECOME A HOME FOR THE VERY
RICH AND THOSE WHO SERVE THEM?
THERE’S NO SHORTAGE OF TROUBLING SIGNS.
WHERE DO INDIVIDUALS GO FOR SOLUTIONS?
IT’S CLEAR MANY LOOK ACROSS THE OCEAN.
A PACIFIC RESOURCE PARTNERSHIP POLL SHOWED
THAT 66% OF THE PEOPLE 18 TO 34 YEARS OLD HAVE
CONSIDERED LEAVING THE STATE.
OR HAVE A HOUSEHOLD MEMBER WHO CONSIDERED
LEAVING, OR ACTUALLY MOVED AWAY.
>>A DISTURBING PICTURE. THESE AND OTHER NUMBERS
ARE WORSE THAN MANY PEOPLE THOUGHT.
TELL ME, WERE ANY OF YOU SURPRISED STARTLED BY ALL
OF THIS?>>I THINK IT’S CERTAINLY STARTLING I’M SURPRISED ANYBODY WOULD
BE STARTLED BY THEM. I THINK WE CAN ALL SEE
STRESSES THAT ARE HAPPENING IN OUR COMMUNITY.
TO SEE THE NUMBERS IS PARTICULARLY, THINK,
STUNNING.>>DID YOU GO BACK AND LOOK
AT YOUR OWN COMPANIES TO SEE HOW YOUR EMPLOYEES
WERE DOING?>>WELL, LISTEN, LESLIE, THAT’S WHAT WE DID.
WE THOUGHT THAT, AS A FIRST STEP, WE SHOULD BE TAKING STOCK
OF OUR OWN HOUSE. SO TO SPEAK.
SO WE ACTUALLY REACHED OUT AND JUST ASKED OUR
EMPLOYEES HOW ARE YOU DOING?
WE TOOK DATA DRIVEN APPROACH TO REALLY
UNDERSTAND WHO ARE THEY, WHERE TO THEY LIVE, WHAT
ARE THEIR STRESSORS, SO WE COULD HAVE MORE INSIGHT IN
TERMS OF WHAT DO WE NEED TO DO, WHAT CAN WE DO TO
MOST IMPACT ON ELEVATING THEY ARE HOUSEHOLDS
LEARNED SOME INTERESTING THINGS.
NONE OF IT WAS REALLY SURPRISING.
BUT TO BE ABLE TO GET THAT GRANULARITY AND
UNDERSTANDING OUR EMPLOYEE POPULATION, FOR
EXAMPLE, TYPICAL HOUSEHOLD LOOK LIKE.
FOR US, LITTLE MORE ON THE SENIOR END OF THE AGE
SPECTRUM. A LOT OF PEOPLE IN THEIR
HOUSEHOLD, STRESSED WITH COST OF FOOD.
BECAUSE THE AMOUNT MOUTHS THEY HAVE TO FEED.
STRESS ABOUT TRANSPORTATION, HOUSING
COSTS, SO IT WAS, YOU KNOW, IT WAS SOBERING.
I THINK OVERALL, WE LOOKED AT MACRO LEVEL FOR OUR
COMPANY, RELATIVELY TO THE REST OF THE STATE, OUR
EMPLOYEES ARE DOING PRETTY WELL.
ABOUT YOU THAT DIDN’T STOP US FROM TAKING A DEEPER DIVE
AND EVEN LOOKING AT WHAT IS THE LEVEL OF EDUCATION
ATTAINMENT THEY RECEIVED. AS WE THINK ABOUT HOW WE
PRIORITIZE THE BENEFITS THAT WE LINE UP FOR OUR OWN
PEOPLE, WE CAN BE A LITTLE BIT MORE INTENTIONAL SO WE CAN
MOVE THE NEEDLE, THOSE THAT NEED POST‑SECONDARY
EDUCATION, TUITION ASSISTANCE, FOR EXAMPLE,
FINANCIAL EDUCATION, SO CAN MANAGE THEIR RESOURCES
BETTER. WE TRIED TO REALLY DIVE IN
AND UNDERSTAND THOSE THINGS.
>>ROCK HAD SHARED WITH ME WHAT HE DID DONE AT HIS
COMPANY, AND ANNUALLY GO OUT TO THE SURVEY WITH OUR
EMPLOYEES, TO GET A SENSE OF CULTURE AND HOW OUR
EMPLOYEES ARE FEELING ABOUT THE EXPERIENCE IN OUR
ORGANIZATION. WE ASKED QUESTIONS THIS
YEAR TO ADDRESS SOME OF THE POINTS THAT ROB JUST
MENTIONED AND SO LIKE ROB, WE WANT TO UNDERSTAND
WHERE CAN WE HELP. SO IT’S MUCH ABOUT WHAT ARE
THE I UNDERSTAND, BUT WHERE CAN WE HELP?
IS IT IN HEALTH CARE COSTS? TRANSPORTATION?
I AM PARTICULARLY IN INTERESTED IN EDUCATION.
HOW MANY OF OUR EMPLOYEES WOULD BE INTERESTED IN
GETTING SOME ADDITIONAL EDUCATION, WHETHER THAT BE
THROUGH O&M KIND OF ON LINE PROGRAM, OR EVEN GOING TO
THE COMMUNITY COLLEGE FOR A PROGRAM.
>>Leslie: THANK YOU. WE’RE GOING TO HAVE WHAT I
EXPECT WILL BE A ROBUST AND REAL CONVERSATION ABOUT
TOUGH FACTS OF LIFE. IN A MOMENT, WE WOULD ALSO
LIKE TO HEAR FROM PEOPLE WHO AREN’T IN THIS ROOM.
OUR VIEWERS. JODY SHIROMA HAS MORE HOW
YOU CAN PARTICIPATE IN TONIGHT’S PROGRAM.
JODIE?>>SEVERAL WAYS THAT YOU
CAN SEND IN A QUESTION OR COMMENT.
YOU CAN CALL, EMAIL OR ENGAGE WITH US THROUGH
SOCIAL MEDIA VIA FACEBOOK, TWITTER, AND INSTAGRAM.
THE CONTACT INFORMATION WILL APPEAR ON YOUR SCREEN
THROUGHOUT THE SHOW. WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO
PARTICIPATE AND LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM
YOU. BACK TO YOU, LESLIE.
INTO THANK YOU JODIE. HEARD QUITE A FEW IN THE
DAYS PRECEDING THIS PROGRAM.
GET TO QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS LATER IN TONIGHT’S
2 HOUR PROGRAM. I THINK WILL GO FAST.
I WANT TO ASK, WHEN DID MINDING YOUR BUSINESS AS
EXECUTIVES COME TO MEAN MORE TAN JUST TAKING CARE
OF YOUR SHARE HOLDERS AND YOUR CLIENTS?
MR. KANE, YOU WERE IN AT THE VERY BEGINNING OF THIS
EFFORT.>>HAWAIʻI COMMUNITY
FOUNDATION, HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF WORKING WITH
HUNDRED OF NONPROFITS AROUND THE STATE.
AND THREE OR FOUR‑YEAR AGO, STARTED TO COMMON TREND,
FEEDBACK WE WERE GETTING FROM NONPROFITS.
THINGS ARE GETTING WORSE. NEED MORE RESOURCES FROM
THE COMMUNITY WAS NEEDED. WE WANTED TO UNDERSTAND IT.
CITED TO CREATE A FRAMEWORK TO BETTER
UNDERSTAND PEOPLE THROUGHOUT THE WAY.
THAT’S HOW THE CHANGE CAME UP.
SIX SECTORS, COMMUNITY, ECONOMY, HEALTH AND
WELLNESS, ENVIRONMENT, NATURE, EDUCATION,
COMMUNITY. STARTED TO MINE THE DATA
WITHIN THOSE SECTORS. STARTLED BY WHAT WE SAW.
WE SAW TRENDS GOING IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION,
ACCELERATING. CLEAR TO US THAT
GOVERNMENT AND NONPROFIT ALONE WOULD NEVER BE ABLE
TO REDIRECT THOSE CURVES. IT BECAME CLEAR TO US.
IT WAS CLEAR WE NEEDED TO ATTRACT OTHER
STAKEHOLDERS THAT HAD RESOURCES, THAT COULD ALIGN
THEIR UNDERSTANDING AND THEIR ASSETS TOWARDS A
DIFFERENT WAY. AT THAT POINT IN TIME, DUANE
WAS TAKING ON TWO INITIATIVES.
WE WERE WORKING TOGETHER IN THE HOMELESS SECTOR.
DUANE WAS TACKLING KAUIKI OF TRYING TO BUILD MORE
CAPACITY IN THE NONPROFIT COMMUNITY ADDRESSING THAT.
AT THE SAME TIME, DUANE WAS IN THE PROCESS OF TAKING
OVER THE HAWAIʻI EXECUTIVE CONFERENCE.
YOU INTRODUCED THE HE SHOW ON.
100 EXECUTIVES ACROSS MULTIPLE SECTORS, DESIRE
WAS TO SEE A BROADER STAKEHOLDER OF ENGAGE THE,
LEADERS, INCLUDING NONUNION, GOVERNMENT,
ATTRACTIVE. LOOKED LIKE THE TYPE OF
STAKEHOLDERS WE NEEDED TO TO SEE ENSTAGE TO ADDRESS
THESE HE ISSUES TOGETHER. WE IMMEDIATE AN APPEAL TO
HIM TO DO SHALL‑MADE AN APPEAL TO HIM TO HE
EMBRACED IT. ONE CONVERSATION, RESULTED
IN LEADERS LIKE THIS COMING TOGETHER ,RECOGNIZING
GOVERNMENT CAN’T DO IT ALONE.
WE’VE GOT TO LOCK ARMS TO MAKE A WAY TO HELP HAWAIʻI
THRIVE AGAIN.>>Leslie: EXAMPLE OF WHAT YOU
CAN DO THROUGH DANE KURISU AU EFFORTS IN RESULTED IN
KAHAUIKI VILLAGE DOWN STREET.
CENTER FOR HOMELESS FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN.
>>KAHAUIKI IS THE RESULT OF COMMUNITY BUILDING
COMMUNITY WE’RE SHAPED BY HOW WE ALL GREW UP.
FOR THE LEADERS OF THIS PROJECT, WE ALL GREW UP IN
SUGAR TOWNS. WHEN WE LOOKED AT SOLUTION
FOR HOMELESS, WE WENT BACK TO OUR ROOT AND OUR ROOTS
WASN’T ABOUT HOW MUCH MONEY YOU MADE.
BUT IT WAS ABOUT THINGS LIKE TRUST, FRIENDSHIP,
GENEROSITY, AND EMPATHY. AND SO THE FOUNDATION OF
KAHAUIKI VILLAGE IS BASED ON COMMUNITY.
YOU HAVE SHELTER, AND DIGNITY ON TOP OF THAT.
KAHIKI. HOMES WITH ADULTS AND
CHILDRENMENT COMMUNITY STORE, MARKET.
MANAGEMENT OFFICE. WE HAVE A POST OFFICE.
WE HAVE A LAUNDRY FACILITY, EVERY HOME HAS ITS OWN
BATHROOM AND KITCHEN AND EVERY HOUSEHOLD NEEDS TO
HAVE AT LEAST ONE ADULT THAT WORKS.
TO ENABLE FAMILIES, TO GO TO WORK, BUILD A CHILD CARE
CENTER AND PRESCHOOL.>>Leslie: WHEN YOU SAY WE,
WHO IS WE?>>IT’S NONPROFIT.
50 C3. THE PROJECT WAS BUILT
ALMOST SOLELY UPON DONATED MATERIALS AND
DONATED MONEY. ALL OF THE PEOPLE HERE
PROBABLY WOULD HIDE WHEN I COME AROUND.
BUT REALLY GENEROUS. THERE WASN’T ONE PERSON
WHO SAID NO. HAVE I TO TELL YOU, WE HAVE
LEADERS FROM ACROSS THE UNITED STATES AN LEADERS
FROM AROUND THE WORLD COME AND VISIT KAHAUIKI
VILLAGE. THEY HEAR IT’S SOMETHING
REALLY DIFFERENT ABOUT THIS PLACE.
AND SO WITH WE GIVE THEM THE TEMPLATE ABOUT THE
PUBLIC/PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP, AND ALL OF THE DIFFERENT
THINGS THAT WE’VE DONE, AND THAT REALLY, COMMUNITY IS
THE FOUNDATION FOR KAHAUIKI VILLAGE, THEY GO BACK AND
SOME OF THEM HAVE COME BACK TO US AND SAID, SORRY,
WE CAN’T REPLICATE KAHAUIKI VILLAGE BECAUSE WE DON’T
UNDERSTAND COMMUNITY. THAT PUZZLED ME FOR A WHILE.
UNTIL I REALIZED KAHAUIKI VILLAGE IS CULMINATION OF ALL
THE PEOPLE’S EFFORTS AND IT HAS SO, HAWAIʻI SO.
SOMETHING THAT PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD WOULD
LIKE TO HAVE. AND WE’RE SO FORTUNATE, WE
HAVE, WORLD CLASS IN THAT PERSPECTIVE.
KAHAUIKI TRUST IS SOMETHING PEOPLE
LOST AWAY, INSTITUTION, AUTHORITY, HAVES IN HAWAIʻI.
YOU DREW ON YOUR PLANTATION BACKGROUND TO
REMIND PEOPLE OF THAT. DO YOU THINK THAT’S A WELL WE
CAN BACK TO AND SERVE AS AN INSPIRATION?
>>ABSOLUTELY.>>Leslie: HAT THAT’S NOT HIS
NAME.>>DUANE COMES FROM THE
BEHIND. HAMAKUA COAST.
I COME FROM LAUPAHOEHOE, SAME GENERAL AREA JOKE
BACK AND FORTH. THEY COME UP THROUGH THAT
FOUNDATION LIFESTYLE. NOT TO JUMP ON YOUR
DISCUSSION POINTS, BUT I THIS IT’S SPEAKS WELL AROUND THE
VALUES THAT ARE GAINED THROUGH THE UPBRINGING.
SHARING ACROSS ALL THE LEADERSHIP THAT WE HAVE
HERE. ACROSS THE COMMUNITY.
REALLY IT WHAT IT TAKES TO BRING IT BACK.
BACK TO THE CORE VALUES, BROUGHT UP IN THE HOST
CULTURE ALONG WITH THE MELTING POT WE ARE.
REALLY GIVES THE STRENGTH AND FOUNDATION, TO COME
FORWARD AND HELP OTHERS.>>Leslie: FOR YEARS, AFTER
STATEHOOD, WAGES AND RENT, THEY KIND OF WENT HAND IN
HAND. NOW, YOU LOOK AT RENT FAR
OUTPACING WAGES. HOW THIS HAPPEN?
>>BASICALLY ON THAT SUPPLY OF RENTAL HOUSING DIDN’T
KEEP UP WITH THE DEMAND. FOR ALL REASONS THAT WE
KNOW ABOUT, DIFFICULTIES PERMITTING, DIFFICULTY
GETTING THINGS APPROVED, THE HIGH COST, AND SO I THINK
PEOPLE DID LOSE HOPE BECAUSE WE’VE SAID A LOT OF
TIMES, SOMEBODY SHOULD DO SUPREME COURT.
SOMEBODY SHOULD FIX IT. I THINK KAAHAUIKI VILLAGE WAS
A GREAT EXAMPLE OF DUANE AND OTHER LEADERS SAYING
WE’RE THE SOMEBODY AND WE’RE GOING TO FIX IT.
HE SPARKED I THINK THE ENERGY THAT IS BEHIND THIS
FRAMEWORK. IN THE WAY HE DID IT.
I THINK THAT’S THE SPIRIT THAT EVERYBODY IS SAYING, WELL,
YOU KNOW, WE HAVE TO RELY ON OURSELVES AND WE HAVE
TO DO IT. IT’S A GREAT EXAMPLE AND HE’S
VERY HARD TO SAY NO TO.>>THANK YOU.
>>Leslie: WERE YOU GOING TO SAY SOMETHING?
>>YEAH. THANK YOU.
TWO PARTS TO THAT EQUATION. THERE’S A PART THAT RELATES
HO WHICH MAKE RENTS ARE AFFORDABLE.
AS LOW AS POSSIBLE. WE ALSO HAVE TO LOOK AT
WAGES. AND OUR ABILITY TO CREATE
JOBS. ECONOMY THAT LIFT AND RISES
WAGES SO THE DEMAND THERE. EQUATION THAT WE HAVE TO
WORK ON BOTH PARTS. THAT’S THAT’S THE
COMMITMENT WE HAVE. NOT JUST THROUGH PROJECTS
WHERE THE RENT IS GOING TO BE AFFORDABLE, BUT ALSO
WHERE WE CAN FIND OPPORTUNITIES TO RAISE
WAGES. REAL WAGES.
INTO THAT’S SOMETHING THAT MANY PEOPLE LISTENING RIGHT
NOW, THEY’RE GLUED TO THE SCREEN NOW.
HOW CAN WE LIFT WAGES UP? WHEN WILL WE LIFT WAGES UP?
>>I THINK ONE OF THE THINGS, I’M DOING THE HEALTH AND
WELLNESS, BUT TO GET JACK’S PARADE, PART OF LIFTING UP
WAGES IS BETTER EDUCATION. EDUCATION IS LADDER TO
ACHIEVEMENT, HAS BEEN THE LADDER TO ACHIEVEMENT
ACROSS THE NATION, IN HAWAIʻI, MANY, YEARS.
BOOM AFTER WORLD WAR II, PEOPLE GOING TO COLLEGE,
GETTING DEGREES. ALLOWED THEM TO GET BETTER
PAYING JOBS, WHICH ALLOWED THEM TO AFFORD MORE
HOUSING. WE NEED TO KEEP THAT
REINFORCING ACTION GOING OVER AND OVER.
SEEMS LIKE THEY’RE ALL CONNECTED.
COST OF HOUSING. TYPE OF EDUCATION, WE CAN
PROVIDE OUR CHILDREN. AND THEN THAT WILL CREATE
JOBS THAT WE CAN PROVIDE TO THE COMMUNITY.
>>I THINK THE WAGE CONCERN IS A REAL ONE.
I THINK THAT THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS THAT WE’RE IN A
HOUSING CRISIS. WE’RE FACING AFFORDABLE
HOUSING CRISIS. STATE HAS CONDUCTED
STUDIES OF THE HOUSING NEED THAT EXISTING IN OUR
COMMUNITY. AND COUPLE OF YEARS AGO,
CAME OUT WITH A COMPREHENSIVE REPORT THAT
IDENTIFIED 65,000 NEW HOMES ARE NEEDED.
TO ADD TO OUR INVENTORY. IN ORDER TO MEET THE NEEDS
OF OUR COMMUNITY. S THAT A HUGE AMOUNT THAT
HAS TO BE DEVELOPED. WE’RE NOT BUILDING
ANYWHERE NEAR WHAT IT NEEDS TO TAKE TO REALLY
ADDRESS THE NEEDS OF OUR COMMUNITY.
THERE IS SOME SERIOUS ISSUES STRUCTURAL AS WELL AS
WHERE CAPITAL S BEING ALLOCATED.
AND THERE’S A LOT OF POLICY ISSUES THAT NEED TO BE
ADDRESSED IN TERM OF HOW DO WE PRIORITIZE WHERE OUR
RESOURCES ARE GOING TO BE PLACED.
IN ADDRESS THAT CRISIS THAT EXISTS.
PART OF US GETTING TOGETHER IS REALLY ABOUT FINDING BIG
SOLUTIONS. WHEN WE BUILD KAHAUIKI
VILLAGE, IT WAS REALLY FOR THE PURPOSE OF KAHAUIKI
VILLAGE WAS BUILT FOR HOMELESS FAMILIES WITH
CHILDREN. IF YOU LOOK AT THE TEMPLATE
FOR KAHAUIKI VILLAGE, REALLY A TEMPLATE FOR RESOLVING
OUR AFFORDABLE HOUSING ISSUES IF HAWAIʻI.
ABOUT PUBLIC/PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP.
REDUCING THE TIME FRAME WITHIN WHICH YOU GO GET
APPROVALS. SOMETIMES, IT’S GOT TO BE‑‑ I
WAS IN OUR GROUP OF SUCCESSFUL IN DOING THAT
BECAUSE I’M NOT A DEVELOPER. SOMETIMES IT’S BEST WHEN
YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU’RE DOING.
I THINK THAT BY TAKING THIS TEMPLATE, WE SHOULD
SOMETIME IN THE FUTURE, DECLARE THAT WE WILL BE ABLE
TO ADDRESS OUR AFFORDABLE HOUSING ISSUES IN HAWAIʻI.
>>I MIGHT JUST ADD ONE THING. NOT SPECIFIC TO AFFORDABLE
HOUSING. YOU CALL IT TEMPLATE.
DUANE. BUT WHAT THAT SHOWED IS
WHAT WE CAN DO IF WE ALL COME TOGETHER.
BECAUSE IT’S JUST REMARKABLE.
WHAT YOU WERE ABLE TO DO. YES, YOU DID HAVE SOMETHING
TO COME OUT TO EACH OF US. HARD TO SAY NO TO YOU OF
THE IF WE PUT OUR HEARTS IN THIS AND WE COME TOGETHER,
WE CAN SOLVE BIG PROBLEMS. AND I THINK THAT’S WHY WE’RE
ALL INSPIRED COMING OUT OF OF THE HAWAIʻI EXECUTIVE
CONFERENCES. WE HEARD YOUR STORY.
WE KNOW YOUR STORY. AND WE KNOW WE CAN DO SO
MUCH MORE ON SO MANY OF THE OTHER ISSUES THAT WE’RE
TACKLING.>>I THINK THIS IS NEW MUSCLE
WE HAVE TO BUILD. NOR ACCOUNT PRIVATE SECTOR
DO IT ALONE. DEFINITELY GOING TO NEED TO
HAVE THE GOVERNMENT SECTOR AT THE TABLE.
NONPROFIT COMMUNITIES GOING TO HAVE TO BE AT THE
TABLE. TRACK NEW RESOURCES TO
HAWAIʻI. IN ORDER FOR US TO
OVERCOME THESE CHALLENGES.
I THINK FOLLOWING THE CONFERENCE, WHICH WAS ONE
YEAR OF ACTIVITY, THAT WAS HAPPENING AT EXECUTIVES
WITH THEIR STAKEHOLDER PARTNERS WERE CONVENING,
TACKLING CERTAIN ISSUES THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY,
GROWING THAT MUSCLE IN BOB’S COMMUNITY, WORKING
WITH SENATOR KALOLE AND REPRESENTATIVE KITAGAWA
AND MATAYOSHI GETTING H4 SATELLITE CENTER IN KANEOHE.
THAT WAS DONE IN PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN
GOVERNMENT AND PRIVATE SECTOR.
BOB LED THAT INITIATIVE. WE HAD ANOTHER ANOTHER
INITIATIVE STEMMED OUT OF JACK AND CARRY GEORGE’S
COMMITTEE. EDUCATION COMMITTEE.
WHICH REALLY TRIED TO FOCUS ON TEACHER RETENTION.
THROUGH A TEACHER HOUSING STRATEGY.
WHICH BROUGHT IN A PHILANTHROPIC SOCIAL IMPACT
ORGANIZATION CALLED LANDED. HELPING WITH DOWN PAYMENT
AND RIGHT NOW, THEY HAVE OVER 900 TEACHERS AND D.O.E.
EMPLOYEES IN THE QUALIFICATION PIPELINE
HOPING TO KEEP THESE TEACHERS HERE IN HAWAIʻI.
THAT HAPPENED OVER THIS LAST YEAR.
WE HAVE TO DO MORE OF THAT. SCALE THAT.
FOLLOWING THE CONFERENCE, THIS GROUP MET AND WE DID
START TO MAKE COMMITMENTS TO TAKE ON SOME PRETTY BIG
ISSUES, ISSUES THAT YOUR INTERVIEWS HIGHLIGHTED.
COST OF HOUSING, AND CHILD CARE.
TWO ISSUES THAT WE’RE GOING TO HOPE TO HIGHLIGHT OVER
THE NEXT YEAR OR TWO. BRING SOME SOLUTIONS TO.
LET ORS MAYBE TALK ABOUT THAT MORE.
>>Leslie: SUCH A COMPLEX, SO MANY THINGS ARE IN THE MIX
HERE. ALL DEPEND ON EACH OTHER.
I WANT TO SHARE A QUESTION. RAISED BY SARAH FROM KAILUA,
OAHU. ON FACEBOOK.
SHE SAYS, WHAT IS THE UNIFYING PURPOSE HERE?
WHAT IS THE THING THAT WILL ALLOW THE SILOS TO COME
TOGETHER INDIVIDUAL INTERESTS TO BE SET ASIDE,
AND ALLOW FOR TRUE COLLABORATION?
WHAT IS THE THING, SHE SAYS?>>ANSWER?
>>ONE THING THAT YOU CAN SEE IN THIS ROOM IS THAT ALL
OF THE EXECUTIVES HERE ARE FROM LOCAL BASED
COMPANIES. WE SHARE THIS COMMON
SENSIBILITY ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF THE PLACE IN
WHICH WE LIVE IN OUR EMPLOYEES LIVE.
SO WE CARE ABOUT OUR STATE. IT’S NOT ABOUT JUST PLACE FOR
US TO DO BUSINESS. IT’S A PLACE THAT WE WANT TO
LIVE AND THRIVE AND WE WANT OUR CHILDREN AND
GRANDCHILDREN TO HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO LIVE AND
THRIVE. WE HAVE THAT COMMON
COMMITMENT. BUT IS NOT JUST THE PEOPLE IN
THIS ROOM AND OUR COMPANIES.
THERE ARE PEOPLE IN NONPROFIT SECTOR,
GOVERNMENT, ALSO SHARED THAT, LABOR.
DIVERSE SEGMENTS OF OUR COMMUNITY.
COMMON CONCERN AND DESIRE I THINK IS WHAT UNIFIES US
ENABLES US TO COME TOGETHER TO WORK TOWARDS
A COMMON GOAL.>>I THINK IT’S, AS YOU SAW IT IN
THE INTERVIEW, COMMENTS AT THE START OF THE PROGRAM.
PEOPLE ARE LEAVING BECAUSE THEY CAN’T AFFORD TO BE
HERE. THEY FEEL LIKE THEY’VE GOT TO
GO MAINLAND TO FIND THE KIND OF JOBS OR THE KIND OF
AFFORDABILITY THAT LETS THEM HAVE THE LIFE THEY
WANT TO HAVE WITH THEIR FAMILIES.
WE WANT TO FIX THAT WE WANT TO HAVE HEALTHY GROWING
HAWAIʻI, WHERE OUR KIDS CAN STAY.
OR COME BACK IF THEY CHOOSE TO GO GET EXPERIENCES ON
THE MAINLAND OR OTHER PLACES.
I THINK THAT’S THE UNIFYING THING FOR US.
TO ADD TO THE COMMENT.>>OTHER THING, SENSE OF
URGENCY. IT’S GETTING BAD.
WE ALL RECOGNIZE THAT. AFFECTING ALL AFTER OUR
EMPLOYEES. NOT SOME FAR AWAY
COMMUNITY. IT’S US AND COMMUNITY
AROUND US. CREATED SENSE OF URGENCY
WITHIN THIS GROUP.>>Leslie: DO YOU THINK YOU
HAVE COUNTERPARTS IN GOVERNMENT, NONPROFITS
AND OTHER PEOPLE WHO CAN MAKE IT HAPPEN?
LEADERS? WE DO.
I WILL SAY FOR THE COMMITTEE THAT I CHAIRED, WHICH IS
HIGHER EDUCATION COMMITTEE, WITH HAD THE SENATE CHAIR
AND THE HOUSE CHAIR OF EDUCATION COMMITTEES JOIN
US FOR OUR MEETING MUCH THERE’S A COMMON INTEREST
IN SOLVING THE PROBLEM. NOT WE AGREE ON HOW TO GET
THERE, BUT THERE ABSOLUTELY INTEREST IN OUR WORKING
TOGETHER.>>I’LL JUST ADD, THERE’S
PEOPLE OUT THERE THAT ARE DOING GOOD WORK.
PART OF THE PROCESS WE WENT THROUGH WAS SORT OF
TAKING STOCK OF WHAT IS BEING DONE.
SO WE CAN FIGURE OUT HOW TO BE HELPFUL.
THERE ALREADY GOOD WORK BEING DONE, THOU GET OUT OF
THE WAY OR FILL GAPS SO THE WORK GETS DONE IN ORDER TO
ELEVATE OUR COMMUNITIES. GOOD WORK BEING DONE OUT
THERE. HOPEFULLY, THIS IS ONE
MECHANISM THAT WE CAN USE, THIS CHANGE FRAMEWORK AND
THIS HAWAIʻI CHANGE INITIATIVE, TO BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER.
FOR THE CONVERSATIONS THAT NEED TO BE HAD.
CREATE AWARENESS. EDUCATION, MOVING IN THE
SAME DIRECTION.>>ONE QUESTION I HEARD
ABOUT THIS GROUP. BECAUSE WE’VE BEEN
PUBLICIZING THIS MEETING. I THINK THERE’S A LOT OF HOPE
AND THERE’S, YEAH, JUST A LOT OF HOPE AND A LOT OF, YOU
KNOW, WONDERING. THERE’S ALSO A LOT OF SIP
SYMPHONY THAT, GEE, YOU KNOW DD CYNICISM, PEOPLE
TALK AND NOTHING EVER REALLY HAPPENS.
DECADES OF INACTION IN SOME AREAS.
THESE TROUBLING, TROUBLING STATS BUILT UP OVER A YEAR.
TELL ME WHY YOU THINK PEOPLE SHOULD TRUST YOU TO
GET STUFF DONE. WITH OTHERS.
I DON’T THINK THEY SHOULD BECAUSE IT’S UP TO US TO EARN
THEIR TRUST. THESE PROBLEMS AREN’T EASY.
THEY DIDN’T COME UP OVERNIGHT.
EVERYBODY HAS VERY SET POSITIONS.
WHICH KIND OF LED US TO THIS POINT.
WE NEED TO START COLLABORATING, TALK TO GO
EACH OTHER. WE NEED TO PROVE THAT IT CAN
WORK FOR OTHERS TO JOIN THE EFFORT.
IT’S SOMETHING WE HAVE TO EARN OVER TIME.
THESE ARE TOUGH ISSUES. NOT GOING TO GET SOLVED IN
12 OR 18 MONTHS. MORE DIFFICULT PROBLEM WE
CREATED FOR OURSELVES.>>I WILL SAY THAT I THINK
GETTING TOGETHER AND HAVING CONVERSATIONS IS AN
EXCELLENT START. WHEN YOU’RE JUST WORKING AT
YOUR COMPANY, DEALING WITH YOUR COMPANY ISSUES,
TALKING TO EACH OTHER IN YOUR COMPANY ABOUT ISSUES
YOU SEE IN YOUR COMMUNITY. YOU D&B‑YOUR COMMUNITY.
YOU ONLY HAVE THAT SMALL OF REFERENCE.
WHEN YOU GET TOGETHER WITH OTHER PEOPLE, SHARE DATA
BACK AND FORTH, WHAT OTHERS ARE DOING, WHAT IS
GOING ON OUT THERE, FIND PLACES WHERE CAN YOU COME
IN AND ASSIST WITH YOUR COMPANY OR WORKFORCE OR
SHORE UP WHAT SOMEBODY ELSE IS DOING OR THEY CAN
JOIN WITH WHAT YOU’RE DOING. THAT IN ITSELF CREATES SOME
MOMENTUM THAT ISN’T THERE WHEN YOU’RE JUST BY
YOURSELF. ACT OF GETTING TOGETHER AND
COLLABORATING IN AND OF ITSELF IS A HUGE STEP
FORWARD I THINK.>>ONE OTHER THING THAT’S
DIFFERENT, EARLIER EXECUTIVE CONFERENCES WE WOULD
COME TOGETHER AND HAVE WONDERFUL CONVERSATIONS
ABOUT SOME OF THE CHALLENGES THAT WE ARE
FACING. BUT WE WOULD DISBAND AND
NOT COME TOGETHER AGAIN FOR ANOTHER YEAR.
WHAT THE DIFFERENT NOW, WE’RE MEETING BETWEEN THE
CONFERENCES, EACH OF US HERE TODAY, OR THIS EVENING,
CHAIRING A COMMITTEE WHERE WORK IS GETTING DONE.
EVEN BETTER, WORKING ACROSS COMMITTEES.
WHILE I’M CHAIRING THE COMMITTEE.
WORK WORKING TOGETHER. K‑8, CHALLENGES ARE ONLY
GOING TO BE SOLVED IF WE WORK TOGETHER.
IT’S IMPORTANT TO KEEP IN MIND, THAT THE BUSINESS
COMMUNITY IS NOT NECESSARILY A UNIFIED GROUP
OF PEOPLE THAT WORK IN CONCERT WITH EACH OTHER
ALL THE TIME. I THINK THAT HAVING CONVENED
THROUGH THIS CONFERENCE, WAS A WAY OF BRINGING US
TOGETHER TO FOCUS ON SPECIFIC PROBLEMS AND OUR
WILLINGNESS TO TACKLE THOSE PROBLEMS.
GOING TO HAVE TO BE A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT KINDS
OF CONVENINGS THAT HAVE TO TAKE PLACE THROUGHOUT THE
COMMUNITY WITH DIFFERENT PEOPLE, DIFFERENT SEGMENTS
OF THE COMMUNITY, ALL PARTICIPATING IN THE EFFORT
TO IDENTIFY WHAT ARE THE SOLUTIONS, WHAT ARE THE
STRATEGIES, THAT HAVE TO BE EMBRACED TO MOVE FORWARD.
SO THAT WE CAN ADDRESS THE ISSUES OUT THERE FOR US TO
CONTEND WITH.>>WE’RE NOT USED TO A
CONFERENCE THAT ACTUALLY DOES SOMETHING.
WE ARE USED TO ATTENDING AND GOING OUR SEPARATE
WAYS.>>IN ALL OUR COMMITTEES, DO
THINGS RATHER THAN JUST PLAN THINGS.
TAKE LIKE BOB’S COMMITTEE. FROM THE GET‑GO, YOU GOT AT
THAT TIME, CHAIR OF HMSA. YOU GOT THE ALL THE HEALTH
CARE PROVIDERS AS PART OF YOUR COMMITTEE.
I REMEMBER SOMEBODY CAME TO A MEETING AND ASKED, HEY,
BOB, WHAT IS IT THAT YOU’RE DOING THAT’S DIFFERENT WE
BOTH SAID AT THE SAME TIME, FIRST TIME YOU GOT ALL THE
HEALTH CARE PROVIDER AND HMSA TOGETHER IN ONE ROOM
WORKING ON A SOLUTION. WE, MAYBE YOU CAN TALK
ABOUT IT SOME MORE.>>THAT’S PART OF IT.
THAT’S I THINK THERE’S SO MUCH WE CAN DO BY TALKING
AND WORKING WITH EACH OTHER.
UNDERSTANDING OTHER PEOPLE AS POINT OF VIEW.
FIRST THING WE STARTED WITH WAS WE’RE ALL COMPETING
MANY OF US ARE COMPETING WITH EACH OTHER IN THE SAME
ROOM. THAT’S OKAY.
FOR THE DAY JOB PART. IN IS A COMMUNITY EFFORT.
WE’RE TRYING TO MAKE THE COMMUNITY BETTER, HOW DO
WE DO THAT? LET’S PICK THE THINGS WE CAN
AGREE ON AND NOT TOUCH ON THE THINGS, AT LEAST INITIALLY,
THAT WE KNOW IS UNLIKELY.>>Leslie: LOW HANGING FRUIT?
>>JUST COMMON AREAS THAT WE ALL AGREE ON.
THAT’S WHY THE HOMELESSNESS WAS GREAT
WAY TO START. AND BEEN DONE
EXCEPTIONALLY WELL DOWNTOWN HONOLULU.
A LOT OF GOOD THINGS HAPPENING.
HOW CAN WE HELP A LOT OF STATE LEADERS TO DO THAT,
STATE AND CITY LEADERS TO DO ON WEBSITE.
WE HAVE INITIAL MEETINGS NEXT WEEK.
MONDAY, TO TALK ABOUT WAIANAE COAST AND IF WE CAN
DO SOMETHING OUT THERE. LET’S START AND LEARN HOW
TO, MIKE PUT IT, GET SOME MUSCLE MEMORY AND LEARN
HOW TO DO THIS FIRST, THEN HOW DO WE WORK TOGETHER
AND SEE WHERE IT TAKES US.>>Leslie: NATIONAL BUSINESS
ROUNDTABLE, I KNOW YOU KEEP AN EYE ON THIS, SORT OF WHAT
YOU’RE DOING, USED TO BE THAT THE DEFINITION OF
COMPANY, SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, WAS TO YOUR
SHAREHOLDERS. INVESTORS.
NOW, YOU’RE SAYING OUR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY IS ALSO
TO OUR COMMUNITIES AND TO OUR EMPLOYEES AND
INVESTING IN THEM. IS THAT WHAT YOU ALL BELIEVE
NOW?>>SURE.
I THINK SO. FOR ME, THE COMPANIES IN
HAWAIʻI, HAVE ALWAYS HAD A REALLY STRONG BENT.
WE ALL KNOW HOW ISOLATED WE ARE.
WE DON’T HAVE ANYBODY ELSE TO RELY ON EXCEPT
OURSELVES. ALL COMPANIES HAVE GREAT
PROGRAMS THAT REALLY ARE TRYING TO HELP THINGS THAT
ARE IMPORTANT TO THEIR EMPLOYEE AND THEIR
CUSTOMERS. I THINK WHAT IS HAPPENING
NOW IS WE’RE TRYING TO GANG UP ON SOME OF THE PROBLEMS
AND USE THAT ENERGY AND THAT COMMITMENT AND THE
RESOURCES TO GANG UP ON THE PROBLEMS AND REALLY
TRY TO KNOCK THEM DOWN.>>ONE OF THINGS I THINK, ONE
OF THE THINGS THAT I THINK IS IMPORTANT, IS RECOGNIZE
THERE’S QUITE A FEW LEADERS ENGAGED IN THIS EFFORT THAT
ARE NOT HERE TONIGHT. PEOPLE LIKE RAY V ERA, PETER
HO, RAY V ERA FROM HAWAIʻI PACIFIC HEALTH.
ONE OF THE LARGEST HEALTH CARE PROVIDE UNDERSTAND
THE STATE, LARGEST EMPLOYERS IN THE STATE OF
HAWAIʻI. PETER HO FROM BANK OF
HAWAIʻI. KALAMA FROM THE WEINBERG
FOUNDATION. WHEN YOU GATHER ALL OF
THESE LEADERS AND THE COMPANIES THEY REPRESENT,
THEY REPRESENT OVER 50 OR 60,000 HOUSEHOLDS IN THE
STATE OF HAWAIʻI. THEY’RE IMPACTING A LOT OF
LIVES. IF WE CAN FIND A WAY TO WORK
ON THESE ISSUES WE CAN GET SCALE PRETTY QUICKLY.
WE CAN GET CIVIC MOVEMENT QUICKLY.
LIKE BOB REITERATED, WHAT I SAID EARLIER, WE GOT TO FIND
A WAY TO GROW THAT MUSCLE.>>Leslie: SOUNDS REALLY
EXCITING.>>I WAS GOING TO ADD,
EARLIER COMMENT, WHEN WE TALKED ABOUT AS COMPANIES,
WHAT ARE WE CONCERNED ABOUT, WHAT ARE OUR GOALS,
YOU MENTIONED SHAREHOLDER GOALS, COMES NATURALLY
LOOKING AT THE BOTTOM LINE. FOR COMPANIES.
AS RICH MENTIONED, IN HAWAIʻI, I THINK OUR COMPANIES ARE
WIRED, A LOT OF US ARE WIRED IN A WAY A LOOK BEYOND JUST
PROFITABLE. I WAS LOOKING FORWARD,
UNDERSTANDING, WHAT ARE THE KEY GOALS AT A
COMMUNITY LEVEL WE ALL NEED TO BE FOCUSED IN ON.
AS REFLECT ON THE OLD COMPANY, HOW WE BAKE THAT
INTO OUR GOALS WE HAVE GOALS FOR NET INCOME, TOTAL
SHAREHOLDER VALUE, WHAT ARE THE GOALS FOR OUR
COMMUNITY? GOALS FOR OUR CUSTOMERS.
COMPLETE STAKEHOLDER MODEL.
FOR OUR EMPLOYEES. IF WE ALL BE LOOKING AT THE
SAME CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES, TO IMPACT THE
COMMUNITY, THEN WE CAN GET MORE CLARITY ABOUT HOW WE
THINK ABOUT SETTING GOALS WITHIN OUR OWN
ORGANIZATIONS, THAT WILL BE RIGHT UP THERE WITH NET
INCOME AND TOTAL SHAREHOLDER RETURN.
STILL IN DISCOVERY MODE.>>THOSE WILL IMPORTANT YOU
DON’T WANT TO LOSE THE FOCUS ON NET INCOME AND THE
OTHERS. THAT’S WHAT CREATES THE
RESOURCES FOR US TO BE ABLE TO DO THINGS.
>>Leslie: IF I MIGHT PRESUME TO BE SPEAKING FOR PEOPLE WHO
MAY BE LISTENING, MEAN, THEY’RE SAYING WHAT ABOUT
WAGES?>>THAT’S WHAT ALLOWS US TO
PAY MORE. IF WE GO BACK
YEAR‑AND‑A‑HALF AGO, WHEN THE CORPORATE TAX RATE WAS
CUT. YOU SAW A LOT OF COMPANIES
IN TOWN REINVEST SOME OF THOSE SAVINGS ON TAXES INTO
WAGES FOR THEIR PEOPLE. WE TOOK FRONT LINE TELLS UP
FROM $12 AN HOUR TO $16 AN HOUR.
OVER THE COURSE OF A YEAR. SO ITS 25% INCREASE IN THEIR
WAGES. SO WHEN COMPANIES ARE
HEALTHY AND ECONOMY HEALTHY, ONE PRIORITY WE ALL
HAVE. HE WE HAVE THE RESOURCES
TO INVEST BACK INTO OUR PEOPLE.
HAVE THE RESOURCES TO INVEST BACK INTO THE
COMMUNITY. WE NEED TO MAKE SURE OUR
ECONOMY IS HEALTHY RIGHT OFF THE BAT.
WHICH WHY COMMUNITY AND ECONOMY AT THE FRONT.
I THINK DID YOU THAT ON PURPOSE.
THAT’S WHERE IT BEGINS. AND THEN WITH THAT
REINVESTMENT, WE KEEP KEEP THIS HEALTHY AND KEEP
ADDRESSING THE THINGS THAT ARE SLOWING US DOWN.
>>Leslie: A LOT OF QUESTIONS COMING IN.
THEY’RE COMING IN. WE WANT TO GET TO SOME OF
THEM. FROM CAROL IN PEARL CITY.
CALLED BY PHONE. HOW CAN WE ADDRESS THE
PROBLEM COLLEGE GRADUATES BEING UNABLE TO FIND
QUALIFIED JOBS THAT CAN PROVIDE THEM A LIVING WAGE.
MAYBE IT’S NOT ENOUGH TO HAVE A COLLEGE DEGREE ANY
MORE. IT’S A REAL CHALLENGE
BECAUSE WE HAVE A LOT OF JOBS WE’RE TRYING TO FIND
PEOPLE FOR THAT WE CAN’T FIND THE PEOPLE FOR THOSE
JOBS. ONE OF THE THINGS WE’RE
TRYING TO CONNECT BACK, EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM
UNIVERSITY OF HAWAIʻI AND OTHERS UNIVERSITIES, TO SAY
HE IS THAT ARE THE JOBS THAT WE HAVE WE’RE LOOKING FOR
AND JACK CAN SPEAK TO THESE BETTER THAN ME.
>>I THINK IT STARTS WITH THE EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM.
HOW WE MAKE SURE OUR SCHOOLS ARE PROVIDING THE
SKILLS THAT THEY CAN TAKE THE JOBS THAT WE.
TO BOB’S POINT. WE ALSO HAVE CREATE AN
ENVIRONMENT WHERE OUR KIDS ARE SEEING PART OF THEIR
ROLE MIGHT NOT BE TAKING A JOB, BUT MAKE A JOB.
HOW DO WE CREATE ENVIRONMENT OF INNOVATION,
ENTREPRENEURSHIP, WHERE CAN HE REALLY BUILD UP OUR
ECONOMY FROM THE BOTTOM UP.
INVESTING IN OUR KIDS. HAVING THEM INVEST INTO OUR
ECONOMY. POINT TO RICH.
TALKING ABOUT THE INNOVATION ECONOMY.
CREATING NEW SECTORS FOR ECONOMY.
KIDS CAN LEAD THE WAY IS A BIG PART OF HOW WE CAN
ACCOMPLISH THAT. I THINK AS WE LOOK AT, BEEN
WORKING ON THIS FOR A LONG TIME.
WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAIʻI.
THROUGH THE BUSINESS ROUNDTABLE TOO. A LOT OF
THE SAME PEOPLE SUPPORTING THAT EVER.
WHEN WE LOOK AT WHETHER THE NEW SECTORS OF THE
ECONOMY THAT WE CAN GROW TO REALLY SETTLEMENT
SUPPLEMENT HOSPITAL AT, TOURISM, FEDERAL PRESENCE,
INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY SECTORS SEEMS LIKE THE BEST
OPPORTUNITY FOR GOOD PAYING JOBS, FOR
DIVERSIFYING THE KINDS OF JOBS THAT ARE HERE AND THE
OPPORTUNITIES, AND IT’S ALL BASED ON HAVING A REALLY
HEALTHY UNIVERSITY AND GOOD ENGAGEMENTS BETWEEN
THE UNIVERSITY AND PRIVATE SECTOR.
HOW DO WE BREAK DOWN THE WALLS BETWEEN THOSE
GROUPS SO THAT WE CAN GET MORE COLLISIONS.
GET ACCESS TO THE TECHNOLOGY AND THE
RESEARCH AND INNOVATION THAT IS AVAILABLE AT THE
UNIVERSITIES, PULL IT INTO THE PRIVATE SECTOR, ADOPT IT IN
OUR COMPANIES TO BECOME MORE EFFECTIVE,
COMMERCIALIZE NEW STUFF. AND THERE IS SURPRISINGLY
ACTIVE INNOVATION COMMUNITY HERE.
ANOTHER ONE OF THOSE AREAS HOW TO WE GET OUT OF THE
WAY, HOW DO WE MAKE IT EASIER FOR THEM TO GROW?
I BELIEVE THAT’S ‘REALLY GOOD OPPORTUNITY.
>>Leslie: WHAT DO YOU THINK THE DISCONNECT, BETWEEN
COMPANIES AND THE UNIVERSITIES?
>>ONE OF THE THANK I WANTED TO ASK ROB.
WHAT YOUR COMMITTEE HAS DONE, PRETTY NOVEL IN
CONNECTING THAT. STUDENTS WITH COMPANIES.
SAND BOX. I THINK ONE OF THE
OPPORTUNITIES THAT MY PARTNER, PAUL YONAMINE AND
I, COLED THIS INITIATIVE, WAS LOOKING ENTREPRENEUR SAND
BOX IN KAKAAKO.>>Leslie: BRAND NEW, RIGHT?
>>BRAND NEW. WE DIDN’T COME UP WITH THAT.
A LOT OF GOOD LEADERS HAD THE FORESIGHT TO MAKE THAT
HAPPEN. BUT WE SAW AN AS SET IN OUR
COMMUNITY. WE THOUGHT, HOW DO WE
LEVERAGE THIS ASSET. HOW TO WE MAKE USE OF THIS
ASSET? THE SAND BOX IS AN
OPPORTUNITY FOR COMPANIES TO COLLABORATE.
TO LOOK AT REAL WORLD, REAL BUSINESS PROBLEMS AND TEE
THAT UP TO BE SOLVED BY THEIR PEOPLE IN CONNECTION
WITH YOUNG STUDENTS FROM UNIVERSITY OF HAWAIʻI, AND
PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY SOME BODY HEAT IN AN AREA
FOR PEOPLE TO LEARN. AND AT THE SAME TIME, ADDING
VALUE TO ORGANIZATIONS. SO I THINK THAT’S REALLY
IMPORTANT BEING ABLE TO PROVIDE THAT SPACE FOR
PEOPLE TO COME TOGETHER, AND TO SHARE IDEAS AND TO
PROVIDE SOME REAL WORLD CHALLENGES THAT OUR
STUDENTS CAN PRACTICE ON.>>Leslie: LET’S DRILL DOWN A
LITTLE BIT MORE ON EDUCATION.
ALSO KNOWN AS THE GREAT EQUALIZER.
AS YOU KNOW, RESEARCHERS TELL US THAT THE HUMAN BRAIN
IS MOST RECENTIVE TO LEARNING BETWEEN BIRTH AND
3 YEARS OLD. THE RESEARCH SHOWS THAT
EARLY EDUCATION CREATES A STRONG BASE FOR LIFELONG
LEARNING AND CHILDREN TAUGHT AT EARLY AGE ARE
MORE LIKELY TO THRIVE THAN THOSE WHO ARE NOT.
>>BUT MORE THAN HALF OF HAWAIʻI’S 3 AND 4 YOU’RE OLDS
ARE NOT ENROLLED IN PRESCHOOL.
SOME PARTS OF STATE, ONLY ABOUT 3% OF KEIKI ARE
ENROLLED IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION.
THERE ARE SOME 92,000 FOUR‑YEAR OLDS IN HAWAIʻI,
AND ONLY HALF OF THEM ARE GETTING EARLY EDUCATION.
PUTTING MANY CHILDREN IN CATCH UP MODE IN
KINDERGARTEN. AND BY FOURTH GRADE, 23% OF
CHILDREN ARE CHRONICALLY ABSENT FROM SCHOOL.
OUR SCHOOLS LOSE 17% OF STUDENTS DUE TO DROPOUTS
AND FAILURE TO GRADUATE ON TIME.
>>Leslie: THESE NUMBERS ARE SCARY FOR FAMILIES,
WORKFORCE, FUTURE. WHAT IS IT GOING TO TAKE TO
PROVIDE OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL KEIKI TO THRIVE WITH EARLY
EDUCATION? MR. WONG, I GO TO YOU FOR
THIS ONE. I THINK WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT
INEQUALITY, EDUCATION, THE GREATEST INEQUALITY STARTS
BEFORE KINDERGARTEN. FOR US THAT’S A TRAGEDY.
EVIDENCE SHOWS US ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF EARLY
LEARNING. SO WE HAVE A ROBUST SYSTEM
OF PRIVATE EDUCATION FOR EARLY LEARNING.
VERY FEW OPPORTUNITIES AT THE PUBLIC LEVEL.
WHICH MEANS IF YOU CAN’T AFFORD PRIVATE EDUCATION,
YOU’RE GOING TO FIND YOURSELF OUT OF LUCK.
WE FIND SO MANY OF OUR FAMILIES CAN’T AFFORD TO GO
TO PRESCHOOL, SOME FORM OF EARLY LEARNING.
SO OUR THOUGHT REALLY IS, YOU NEED TO HAVE A ROBUST
SYSTEM, BOTH PRIVATE AND PUBLIC EDUCATION.
UNIVERSITY PUBLIC PRESCHOOL, FOUR‑YEAR OLDS
CAN ENTER INTO KINDERGARTEN READY.
CRITICAL FOR WHAT WE’RE LOOKING AT.
IF WE THINK ABOUT THE PACE AT WHICH WE’RE BUILDING
PUBLIC PRESCHOOLS, WE’RE GOING AT, BETWEEN 5 AND TEN
SCHOOLS A YEAR, AT THAT RATE, CALCULATED IF WE NEED
330 CLASSROOMS, THAT’S 47 YEARS.
IT WILL TAKE FOR US TO GET TO A POINT WHERE EVERY SINGLE
CHILD CAN HAVE ACCESS TO PUBLIC PRESCHOOL.
WE NEED TO MOVE FASTER, FIND WAYS TO EQUIP OUR KIDS,
OUR SCHOOLS, OUR GOVERNMENT WITH
ASSISTANCE AND I THINK A LOT OF THAT COMES FROM THIS
ROOM AN BEING ABLE TO PROVIDE NOT ONLY
ASSISTANCE, BUT ALSO BEING THERE TO BE GOOD GUIDES
ALONG THE WAY AT THAT TAKES MONEY.
FOCUS DRIVE. WE HAVE OTHER MAJOR
INFRASTRUCTURE NEEDS AND COST OF PREPARING THE STATE
FOR SEA RISE. AWE SOUNDS VERY DOOM AND
GLOOM. SO AND MEANWHILE, ALL OF
THESE QUESTIONS ARE COMING IN.
ON EMAIL, INSTAGRAM, FACEBOOK, TWITTER.
PHONE. WHAT THEY’RE SAYING IS WHAT
ABOUT WAGES? WHAT ARE WE SUPPOSED TO DO
WHILE ALL OF THIS STUFF IS GOING ON?
I MEAN, AND I KNOW THESE ARE VERY COMPLEX PROBLEMS.
WHAT CAN YOU OFFER TO PEOPLE WHO ARE SITTING
THERE LOOKING TO PAY THEIR BILLS TONIGHT?
>>COUPLE THINGS. RICHMAN MENTIONED ONE
EARLIER. AS EMPLOYERS, WHERE WE CAN
PAY MORE. THERE’S THE OPPORTUNITY.
PARTICULARLY AT THE LOWER LEVEL.
WE ARE TRYING TO DO THAT. THE OTHER THING THAT I THINK
IS IMPORTANT, GOING BACK TO EDUCATION, IS THAT A WAY
THAT OUR EMPLOYEES CAN EVENTUALLY MAKE MORE
GENERALLY IS WITH MORE EDUCATION.
SO I REALLY DO BELIEVE TO THE EXTENT WE CAN OFFER THOSE
OPPORTUNITIES TO OUR EMPLOYEE, GIVE THEM THE
FLEXIBILITY TO UP SKILL, THAT IS GOING TO BE A PATH TO HIGHER
WAGES. THAT MIGHT EVEN BE THE
EMPLOYEES LEARNING SKILLS IN OTHER INDUSTRY.
WE MIGHT LOSE THOSE EMPLOYEES.
BUT THE COMMUNITY WILL BE BETTER OFF IF EMPLOYEES ARE
MAKING THOSE HIGHER WAGES.>>Leslie: UNDERSTOOD.
CHILDREN WAITING FOR PRESCHOOL.
CAN’T AFFORD.>>RIGHT.
I THINK THE WAGE ISSUE, FOR SURE, ONE WAY TO THINK
ABOUT IT, IS IF WE CAN BRING DOWN THE COST OF CHILD
CARE. THAT’S ONE WAY TO HELP IT.
BUT WE HAVE TO INVEST IN EDUCATIONND WE HAVE TO BE
WILLING TO TAKE A CHANCE ON OUR KIDS.
BECAUSE THAT INVESTMENT WILL PAY.
WILL PAY BACK. WE HAVE TO RECOGNIZE THAT
STARTING AS EARLY AS AGE 3, ALL THE WAY UP THROUGH
COLLEGE AND SECONDARY WORK, THAT IF THE INVESTMENT
WE MAKE, PAYS BACK, THAT’S HOW WE’LL FIND OUR SUCCESS.
>>ONE OF THE, WE’RE IMPATIENT TOO.
THOSE FAMILIES OUT THERE, THAT ARE CALLING IN, ARE
DEALING WITH THIS ISSUE EVERY DAY.
AND WHEN THE GROUP CONVENED AFTER THE
CONFERENCE, THERE’S A COMMITMENT, THERE’S 330
CLASSROOMS THAT NEED TO BE BUILT IN ORDER FOR FOUR‑YEAR
OLDS TO HAVE ACCESS, FOR EVERY FOUR‑YEAR OLD IN
HAWAIʻI TO GET ACCESS TO PRESCHOOL.
WHAT WE WANT TO COMMIT TO IS TO WORK WITH GOVERNMENT,
TO BUILD OUT 111 TITLE 1 CLASSROOMS OVER THE NEXT 3
YEARS. WE THINK THAT’S A DOABLE
GOAL. THAT’S NOT A GOAL THAT
GOVERNMENT CAN DO ALONE. DEFINITELY NOT A GOAL THAT’S
PRIVATE SECTOR CAN DO ALONE.
IT’S GOING TO TAKE EVEN US FINDING A WAY TO PERHAPS
ATTRACT OUTSIDE RESOURCES TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN.
BUT THAT WOULD DEFINITELY HIT THOSE GREATEST IN NEED
IN COMMUNITIES GREATEST IN NEED.
AND SOMETHING THAT WE ALL FEEL VERY STRONGLY ABOUT.
COHORT FELT THE ROOT OF THE CAUSE SO MUCH COST OF
LIVING IN HAWAIʻI IS HOUSING. WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING
AROUND THAT. WE HAVE NEED TO HAVE THOSE
CONVERSATIONS. THAT’S ONE OF KEY INITIATIVES
FOR THIS YEAR AS WELL. PURSUE BOTH OF THOSE AT THE
SAME TIME. THAT’S NOT ONE YEAR, TWO
YEAR FIX YEAR FIX. IT IS A MEDIAN TO LONGTERM
FIX. SUSAN IN KAPOLEI SAID, CAN
PEOPLE LIVE IN AFFORDABLE RENTALS, WHICH SHE DOES,
STAY THERE IF THE RENT KEEPS GOING UP?
IS IT REALLY AFFORDABLE RENTAL ANY MORE?
>>THERE ARE CONDOS. I’VE BEEN READING ABOUT IT
KAKAAKO. WHERE IDEA OF I AFFORDABLE
IS REALLY SKEWED.>>YEAH.
IT’S HARD QUESTION. I THINK THE ANSWER COMES
BACK TO, AGAIN, CREATING MORE SUPPLY.
WE NEED TO BE ABLE TO FIND WAYS TO CREATE MORE RENTAL
PROPERTIES. THAT’S RIGHT OFF THE BAT.
BECAUSE RENTALS ARE THE FIRST PLACE THAT PEOPLE CAN
GO WHEN THEY’RE MOVING OUT OF THE HOUSE WITH GRANDMA
AND MOM AND DAD AND THERE’S SOME PROGRAMS THAT ARE
OUT THERE, DICK CUSHIONMAN LEADING WORK TO WORK WITH
THE LABOR UNIONS AND CITY & COUNTY AND STATE TRY TO
FIND FIND WAYS TO MAKE RENTAL HOUSING AFFORDABLE.
RECENT BILL 7, PASSED HONOLULU CITY & COUNTY
LOOKS TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR SMALLER SCALE RENTAL
HOUSING, USE SOME OF BUILDING CODE REQUIREMENTS,
ALL THE BANKS ARE TRYING TO BE SUPPORT EVERYBODY FOR
PEOPLE CAN PUT UP MAYBE SMALLER, 20, TO 25 UNIT RENTAL
HOUSING. WE NEED TO TAKE ADVANTAGE
OF SOME OF THESE PROGRAMS WHERE WE’RE REALLY TRYING
TAKE A DIFFERENT LOOK THAN THE PAST BETWEEN PRIVATE
SECTOR AND THE GOVERNMENT AND REGULATORY BODIES TO
GET MORE SUPPLY. THAT’S THE ONLY LONGTERM
WAY TO ADDRESS IT.>>Leslie: IT IS A LONG ‑‑ ALL OF
THESE ISSUES WE TALKED ABOUT, NOTHING IS GOING TO
HAPPEN IMMEDIATELY. I THINK THAT’S THE DISCOUNT
I’M HEARING FROM OUR VIEWERS.
FROM YOU. YOUR PLANNERS, YOU’RE, YOU
TAKE, PLAN, BUDGET, AND YOU LOOK AHEAD, AND THERE IS A
FEELING OUT THERE THAT WE DON’T HAVE THAT KIND OF TIME.
I KEEP SEEING PRONOUN THEY. WHEN ARE THEY, WHEN ARE
THEY. I THINK YOUR MESSAGE IS THE
MESSAGE, IT’S US. IT’S WE.
IT’S ALL OF US.>>AND IT’S NOT JUST US.
TO RICH’S POINT, RECENT BILLS, CITY COUNCIL, WORKING WITH
THE MAYOR, PASSED, STREAMLINE.
NOT NECESSARILY MAKE USE OF A STREAM LINE, PROCESS TO
BUILD AFFORDABLE RENTALS, WAS REALLY CREDIT TO THEM,
REACHING OUT TO THE PRIVATE SECTOR, GETTING EXPERT TO
LAND POLICY, CONSTRUCTION, AND DEVELOPMENT.
SAYING, WHAT CAN WE DO TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR THE
COMMUNITY? NOT JUST ANY ONE DEVELOPER
OR ANY ONE PERSON. DEVELOP MORE RENTAL
HOUSING. JUST PASSED.
JUST GOT SIGNED INTO LAW. STARTING TO SEE A LOT OF
INTEREST IN DEVELOPING THAT. AND I THINK THAT WILL, ONE
STEP ON A LONG PATH TO MAKE THINGS BETTER.
>>ONE THING I THINK THAT IS GOING TO NEED TO HAPPEN,
THAT HASN’T HAPPENED IN THE PAST, IS GOING TO NEED TO BE
A CIVIC ISSUE. STRONGER VOICE IN OUR
COMMUNITY ADVOCATING FOR THESE TYPES OF PROJECTS IN
THEIR BACKYARD. SMALL MINORITY IS ALWAYS
GOING TO WIN OTHERWISE. WE’RE GOING TO HAVE FIND A
WAY TO ENGAGE COMMUNITIES INTO THIS MOVEMENT.
I WOULD AGREE WITH THAT. PART OF THE PROBLEM IS THAT
SO MUCH RESISTANCE TO CHANGE, AND DESIRE TO
MAINTAIN THE STATUS QUO. BECAUSE IT’S JUST NOT
CONVENIENT FOR PEOPLE TO HAVE TO ADAPT TO THE
CHANGE. IF WE KEEP THE STATUS QUO,
NOTHING IS GOING TO CHANGE.>>Leslie: TALKING ABOUT
CHANGING. PEOPLE ARE SAYING, WAGES.
WAGES, WAGES WAGES. IS WHAT WE HEAR.
>>FACT OF THE MATTER, EVEN IF WE TRY TO INCREASE WAGES,
TODAY, SOMEBODY MAKING HOUSEHOLD MAKING SIX FIGURE
INCOME, CAN’T AFFORD TO BUY A HOME IN HAWAIʻI.
HOW CAN THAT BE? SOMETHING IS WRONG.
GOES TO THE POINT THAT WE DON’T HAVE ENOUGH
INVENTORY AND SUPPLY TO ENABLE HOUSEHOLDS THAT ARE
MAKING THAT KIND OF INCOME TO BUY.
BECAUSE YEAH, MOST PEOPLE WHO GREW UP IN HAWAIʻI, THEY
DON’T WANT TO RENT FOR THE REST.
THEY INTEND TO STAY HERE PERMANENTLY.
THEY WANTED SECURITY OF KNOWING THEY OWN A HOME
HERE, THEY CAN BASICALLY HAVE SOME STABILITY AND
CONTINUITY. IF THEY’RE GOING TO BE
SUBJECT TO VAGARIES OF POTENTIAL RENT INCREASES,
THEY HAVE NO CONTROL OVER, THAT’S NOT GOING TO MAKE
PEOPLE HERE HAPPY. GOING TO WANT TO LOOK FOR
OTHER OPTIONS. WHICH MANY PEOPLE
UNFORTUNATELY ARE DOING BY GOING TO THE MAINLAND.
WHERE THEY CAN FIND CHEAPER OPPORTUNITIES.
>>SORRY TO COME IN. I APOLOGIZE.
TALKING TOO MUCH. DATA POINT WE YOU
UNCOVERED IS ON MAUI. MAUI IS THE CRISIS OF THE
CRISIS. STORM WITHIN THE STORM.
IT’S THE INEQUITY THROUGHOUT THE STATE.
WHEN IT COMES TO HOUSING. ESPECIALLY.
AND THE DIFFERENTIAL BETWEEN WAGES AND COSTS.
AND EXACTLY RIGHT. DEFINITELY.
NOT GOING TO BE SOLVED JUST ON THE WAGE SIDE.
IF YOU LOOK AT CLOSING THE WAGE AND COST GAP, YOU’D
HAVE TO, ON MAUI, YOU’D HAVE TO INCREASE MINIMUM WAGE BY
TWENTY DOLLARS. IT’S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN.
GOT TO CATCH FROM BOTH SIDE OF THE EQUATION.
ELIMINATE COSTS REDUCE COST OF HOUSING.
ELIMINATE COST OF CHILD CARE, HIT THE MOST
VULNERABLE FAMILIES. FIND A WAY TO RATCHET UP
WAGES. SO FAMILIES CAN START TO THRIVE.
NO WAY TO HIT THIS IN A SIMPLE WAY.
COMPLEX ISSUE THAT’S GOT TO GET HIT BY BOTH SIDES OF THE
EQUATION.>>WE NEED TO TAKE SOME
BOLD STEPS. WHAT IF WE WERE TO ‑‑
GOVERNMENT ALL OF A SUDDEN, TO SAY, THAT, OKAY,
WE BUILT ENOUGH MARKET LUXURY HOMES IN HAWAIʻI.
LET’S PUT A MORATORIUM ON BUILDING MORE LUXURY
MARKET HOMES UNTIL WE BUILD MORE AFFORDABLE HOMES FOR
THE LOCAL RESIDENTS. PRIORITIZE CONSTRUCTION
LABOR, CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS AND RESOURCES
TOWARDS ADDRESSING THE NEEDS OF OUR COMMUNITY.
OF COURSE, THAT WOULD BE A RADICAL NOTION.
SOME CIRCLES. ON THE OTHER HAND, IF WE’RE
IN A CRISIS MODE, SHOULDN’T WE BE TAKING SOME VERY
DRAMATIC STEPS TO ADDRESS IT?
>>I THINK HEAR CHEERS OUT OF THE ROOM.
WHAT’S THE POSSIBILITY, WHAT IS THE LIKELIHOOD OF THAT
HAPPENING?>>I WON’T SPEAK TO POLITICS, I
WAS GOING TO GO BACK AND MAKE THE POINT, SAME NUMBER
OF HOUSES INCREASING WAGES JUST GOING TO BID UP THE
PRICE OF THOSE SAME HOUSES. IT REALLY DOES COME DOWN TO
CREATING MORE SUPPLY. TAKING THAT TYPE OF ACTION, I
THINK WOULD GET A LOT OF PUSH BACK FROM SOME
PEOPLE. BUT WE NEED TO ENABLE TO BE
EASIER TO BUILD. THE REASON PEOPLE AREN’T
BUILDING AFFORDABLE, IT DOESN’T RETURN.
NO ONE CAN MAKE MONEY ON T PEOPLE LOSE MONEY ON IT.
RELY ON JUST GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS, AFFORDABLE
HOUSING PROGRAMS, DEFINITION OF THAT, IT COSTS
SO MUCH, YOU CAN’T ANYWHERE COME CLOSE TO
ADDRESSING 65,000 HOUSEHOLD NEED.
YOU NEED A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT THINGS TO ATTACK
THE PROBLEM. ABILITY TO BUY A HOME,
COMPLETE AGAINST THE WHOLE HOME.
ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD, WE COMPLETE GLOBALLY BUT
SALARIES AND BUSINESSES REMAIN LOCALLY IN TERM OF
IMPACT. IF WE’RE GOING TO CREATE,
EVEN COMPETITION, WE ALSO HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT NOT
JUST WAGES GO UP, BUT OUR BUSINESS COMPETITIVENESS,
ABILITY TO ATTRACT BUSINESSES HERE THAT CAN
COMPETE GLOBALLY SO BOTH THEIR ABILITY TO EARN INCOME
AND COMPETE. WAGES COMPETE.
OTHERWISE WE’LL CONTINUE TO HAVE THE MISMATCH BETWEEN
JOB MARKET AND HOUSING MARKET.
HARD TO SOLVE LOCALLY.>>Leslie: LAND IS NEEDED FOR
HOUSING. WE HAVE A LOT OF PRIVATE OWNERS IN THE STATE.
IS THERE LAND THAT IS AFFORDABLE THAT WILL MAKE
THIS HAPPEN TOO?>>I THINK THE LAND ISSUE, ONE
OF THE THINGS WE HAVE TO THINK ABOUT, WHETHER WE
THINK ABOUT HOUSING, ALSO HAVE TO BE CREATIVE ABOUT
HOW WE LET, BECAUSE FOR A LONG TIME, THOUGHT ABOUT
SINGLE‑FAMILY HOME. IN A SUBURBAN
NEIGHBORHOOD, WAY WE ALL WANT TO LIVE.
THINK ABOUT RAIL LINE AND T.O.D. AND URBAN CORE, IT’S
NOT A LAND ISSUE BUT IT’S ABOUT BUILDING DENSITY IN
THAT CORE SO WE CAN BUILD MORE HOMES.
>>THEN MAINTAIN THE LANDSCAPES WE HAVE ALL
ACROSS OUR AINA.>>KAHAUIKI WAS A
PUBLIC/PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP USING STATE LAND.
BUT I TALKED TO PEOPLE LIKE JACK, ABOUT ‑‑
>>Leslie: VOLUNTEERING HIS LAND?
>>NO. NOT VOLUNTEERING HIS LAND.
ACTUALLY, USING THE SAME FORMULA, BUT IN EXCHANGE,
NOT GIVING THE LAND, SO THERE’S LAND THAT YOU RENT
FOR A DOLLAR A YEAR, BASICALLY FREE.
BUT IN EXCHANGE THEY GET UP ZONING ON SOME OTHER LAND.
SO AT THE END, EVERYTHING EQUALS OUT.
I THINK I DON’T KNOW, IF HE NECESSARILY AGREED OR NOT,
BUT THAT WAS MY SUGGESTION TOO.
LARGE LANDOWNERS.>>ONE, I DO THINK WE HAVE TO
CREDIT THE LEGISLATURE IN THE LAST LEGISLATIVE SESSION.
THEY DID TAKE SOME PRETTY BOLD STEP IN TRYING TO
ADDRESS THIS HE SHALL. THERE ARE SOME TOOLS OUT
THERE. FUNDED THE RENTAL HOUSING
REVOLVING FUND AT HHF D.C. IN THE AMOUNT OF $200 MILLION.
THAT’S A PRETTY BOLD STEP. PASSED A CONGLOMERATION OF
CONCESSIONS THAT RICHED TALKED TO, LED BY A
GENTLEMAN BY THE NAME OF DICK CUSHMAN ALONG WITH
SOME OF THE UNIONS TO CREATE A BUNCH OF
CONCESSIONS HOPEFULLY MAKE HOUSING AFFORDABILITY.
WE’RE GOING TO HAVE TO TAKE IT FURTHER IN ORDER FOR TO
US SEE THE KIND OF ACTIVITY THAT IS GOING TO HAVE AN
IMPACT IN OUR COMMUNITY.>>Leslie: I’M TOLD WE’RE
GETTING MORE QUESTIONS COMING IN.
HERE IS ONE FROM HAWAIʻI KAI. BY PHONE.
WHY IS THERE SO MUCH SUPPORT FOR MULTIMILLION
DOLLAR CONDOS WHEN THERE ARE ONLY ONE‑THIRD FULL AND
THEY DON’T DO MUCH TO HELP OUR LOCAL RESIDENTS.
I DON’T KNOW IF ONE‑THIRD FULL IS THE CORRECT NUMBER.
DO WE HAVE EMPTY HOUSING?>>I THINK THAT THAT’S
PROBABLY TRUE. CERTAINLY, IF YOU GO TO
KAKAAKO, IN FACT, GO DOWN THERE RIGHT NOW, I’M SURE
THAT ABOUT AT LEAST A THIRD OF THE UNITS IN THE HIGHRISES
THERE ARE DARK. BECAUSE THEY HAVE OWNERS
WHO DON’T LIVE HERE PERMANENTLY.
SO TO MY POINT, SHOULD WE BE PRIORITIZING BUILDING MORE
HOUSING UNITS LIKE THAT, FOR PEOPLE WHO DON’T EVEN LIVE
HERE PERMANENTLY. CONTRIBUTE TO OUR ECONOMY
ONGOING BASIS. OR SHOULD WE BE PRIORITIZING
BUILDING FOR OUR OWN RESIDENTS AND EMPLOYEES.
SO I THINK THAT THAT’S KIND OF POLICY DECISION THAT
GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO BE LOOKING CRITICALLY AT AND
DECIDING WHETHER OR NOT THEY SHOULD GO THAT FAR IN
IN TERMS OF ADDRESSING THE NEED.
WOULD THE HAWAIʻI EXECUTIVE CONFERENCE CALL FOR SUCH A
MORITORIUM?>>I THINK WE NEED TO HAVE AN
OPEN DISCUSSION ABOUT WHAT KIND OF MEASURES WE REALLY
NEED TO BE TAKEN TO REALLY ADDRESS THIS CRISIS.
IF WE DON’T COME TO GRIPS WITH THE FACT THAT THERE IS A
CRISIS, AND THAT IT’S AFFECTING ALL OF US, ALL OF
OUR COMPANIES ARE STRUGGLING IN TERMS OF
HIRING EMPLOYEE, BECAUSE THEY’RE JUST FRUSTRATED
WITH AFFORDABILITY. CHALLENGES THAT WE’RE
FACING. SO YOU KNOW, WE NEED TO PUT
EVERYTHING ON THE TABLE. I MEAN, MY COMPANY WAS
INVOLVED IN BUILDING A WORKFORCE HOUSING PROJECT
IN KAKAAKO. WE GOT ALL KINDS OF PUSH
BACK BECAUSE PEOPLE’S VIEWS ARE GOING TO BE IMPACTED.
IF THAT IS GOING TO BE THE STANDARD BY WHICH WE
DETERMINE WHAT KIND OF DENSITIES IS GOING TO BE
ALLOWED, THEN WE’LL NEVER DEAL WITH THE PROBLEM.
WE’VE GOT TO HAVE POLICY MAKERS WHO ARE RESOLUTE
ABOUT THE NEED TO ADDRESS THE PROBLEM RECOGNIZE YOU
CAN’T MAKE EVERYBODY HAPPY BUT YOU HAVE IT FIGURE OUT
WHAT CAN ACTUALLY BE DONE TO ADDRESS THE PROBLEM AT
HAND.>>AT THE CONFERENCE, WE
CALLED YOU DEBBIE DOWNER. BECAUSE OF YOUR $88 BILLION
REPORTS. SO.
>>Leslie: $88 BILLION REPORT HAS TO DO WITH
INFRASTRUCTURE AND OTHER COSTS THAT THE GOVERNMENT
IS BURDENED BY. IN THE FUTURE.
>>YEAH. HAVING TO LEAD THIS MOST
UNPOPULAR COMMITTEE WHICH WAS ABOUT ADDRESSING THE
ROLE OF GOVERNMENT IN THE FUTURE.
WHAT WE DID WAS WE TRIED TO QUANTIFY THE NUMBER OF THE
AMOUNT OF UNFUNDED LIABILITIES THAT GOVERNMENT,
BOTH STATE AND LOCAL LEVEL, ARE FACING.
SO THE NUMBER THAT WE CAME UP WITH, JUST LOOKING AT
PUBLIC EMPLOYEE PENSION LIABILITIES, AS WE AS THE
INFRASTRUCTURE COSTS, THAT GOVERNMENT IS GOING TO
FACE, OVER THE COURSE OF THE NEXT 30 YEARS, AND THE
IMPACT OF GLOBAL WARMING, CLIMATE CHANGE, SEA LEVEL
RISE, WHAT WE’RE GOING TO HAVE TO DO ADDRESS THAT AND
ADAPT TO THAT. THE NUMBER WE CAME UP WAS
$88 BILLION. THAT NUMBER IS JUST
STAGGERING. WHY DUANE SAYS, DEBBIE
DOWNER. ONLY WAY YOU HAVE THE
RESOURCES TO ADDRESS THAT IS BY HAVING ECONOMY AND
THAT CAN SUPPORT IT AND THE OPPORTUNITY FOR PRIVATE
SECTOR MONEY TO MOVE IN AND PROFITABLY ADDRESS IT.
RIGHT? BECAUSE THERE’S NOT ENOUGH
GOVERNMENT RESOURCES TO GET AT ALL OF THOSE THINGS.
THAT’S WHY I THINK MORATORIUM IDEA IS TOUGH
BECAUSE EVEN IF YOU DID THAT, YOU STILL HAVEN’T ADDRESSED
THE ISSUES THAT MAKE THE INVESTMENT IN THE
AFFORDABLE POSSIBLE AT MARKET RATE.
SO THAT IS THE ISSUES THAT WE HAVE TO GO AFTER.
WE’VE GOT TO GET SUPPLY AT ALL LEVELS.
WE’VE GOT TO KEEP FIGURING OUT WAYS THAT MONEY THAT
WANTS TO COME IN, TO BUILD AFFORDABLE, CAN BUILD
AFFORDABLE, AND REASONABLE TIME, AND COST LEVEL THAT
CAN MAKE MORE MONEY COME IN BEHIND IT, BECAUSE IT’S
PROFITABLE AND SUCCESSFUL.>>I THINK THAT, I CAN’T
DISAGREE WITH THAT IN CONCEPT.
BUT THE REALITY IS THAT WHEN WE LOOK AT KAKAAKO, FOR
EXAMPLE, WHAT IS THE RATIO BETWEEN MARKET LUXURY
UNITS IN AFFORDABLE UNITS THAT HAVE ACTUALLY BEEN
BUILT IN KAKAAKO. I THINK THAT THAT IS WHERE
YOU SEE THE PROBLEM. BECAUSE I DON’T KNOW THAT
WE’VE BEEN BUILDING ‑‑ WE HAVEN’T BEEN BUILDING NEARLY
AS MUCH AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN OUR COMMUNITY AS NEEDED.
KAKAAKO IS A SPECIFIC SITUATION.
BUT YOU LOOK AROUND JACK MENTIONED, TRANSIT‑ORIENTED
DEVELOPMENT, WE KNOW THERE’S OTHER AREAS WHERE
THERE IS EXISTING INFRASTRUCTURE.
THE HOUSING STOCK IS OLD AND NEEDS WORK.
THAT’S WHERE THE BILL 7 OPPORTUNITY COMES IN
NICELY. WE THINK THERE WERE
SOMETHING LIKE 3,000 LOTS THAT COULD SUPPORT NEW
AFFORDABLE HOUSING DONE IN THE STYLE THAT BILL 7
TARGETS. SO THOSE THINGS ARE OUT
THERE. THAT’S WHAT IS GOING TO
BRING THE MONEY AND THE RESOURCES IN TO DO IT.
NOT SAYING YOU CAN’T BUILD THIS.
YOU HAVE TO BUILD THAT. BECAUSE IF I HAVE TO BUILD
THIS, WHO IS GOING TO PUT THE MONEY UP IF IT DOESN’T
PENCIL?>>BILL 7 IS A I THINK A
PROGRESSIVE MEASURE BECAUSE IT ADDRESSES SMALL
LOTS THAT CURRENTLY OUT THERE. ALLOWS FOR
INCREASED DENSITY. LESS RESTRICTIVE BUILDING
CODE REQUIREMENTS FOR POTENTIAL DEVELOPERS AND
OWNERS TO BUILD ON THOSE LOTS.
BUT UNFORTUNATELY, NUMBER OF UNITS THAT’S GOING TO
ACTUALLY ENABLE TO BE DEVELOPED IS NOT GOING TO
BE NEARLY ENOUGH TO COVER THE 65,000 NEED THAT HAS
ALREADY BEEN IDENTIFIED. SO THAT’S WHY I’M SAYING,
STATE MADE A TREMENDOUS INVESTMENT IN KAKAAKO.
KAKAAKO WAS SUPPOSED TO BE A MORE DIVERSE COMMUNITY
THAN IT’S TURNING OUT TO BE. I THINK THAT FROM MY
PERSPECTIVE, HAVING WITNESSED KAKAAKO DEVELOP
FROM THE BEGINNING TO WHERE IT IS TODAY, IT’S A
DISAPPOINTMENT. AS TO THE FACT THAT IT HASN’T
ACHIEVED I THINK THE OUTCOME THAT THE FOUNDERS
INITIATED CREATION OF KAKAAKO DEVELOPMENT
AUTHORITY, ENVISIONED BACK 35 YEARS AGO.
WE’RE HEARING FROM PEOPLE WHO SAY THEY’RE MEMBERS OF
THE DWINDLING WORKING MIDDLE CLASS OF HAWAIʻI.
MARY BY PHONE FROM KAUAI. I’M GETTING AS I LOOK TRY
MANY OF THE CALLS TONIGHT. GIST I’M GETTING IS THAT
PEOPLE REALLY LOVE THAT YOU’RE GETTING TOGETHER TO
CONSIDER OPTIONS AND MAKE PLANS, AND TO BE THOUGHTFUL
AND DO IT RIGHT AND IT WILL TAKE SO MUCH TIME AND IN THE
MEANTIME, THEY’RE IN PAIN. THEY’RE IN PAIN AND
WONDERING WHY THEY CAN’T HAVE CHILD CARE IF THEY’RE
GOING ‑‑ PARENTS WORKING TWO JOBS.
CONTRIBUTING TO THE ECONOMY.
AND THEY DON’T HAVE ADEQUATE COMMUNITY
PROGRAMS OR CHILD CARE. I’M SORRY I KEEP GOING BACK
TO THE PRESENT NATURE OF EVERYBODY’S ISSUES.
BUT THAT’S WHERE WE ARE. I THINK WHEN YOU CALLED
AFFORDABLE HOUSING SITUATION, A CRISIS, I THINK
THAT LABEL IS ACCURATE AND PEOPLE OUT THERE ARE REALLY
WINCING OUT THERE AND LOOKING FOR SOMETHING
FASTER.>>THERE’S NO SWITCH THAT WE
CAN FLIP OR NO MAGIC WAND. BUT I THIS GO BACK TO WHAT I
SAID AT THE BEGINNING IN TERMS OF WHAT WE DID AS A
COMPANY. REALLY DIVING DEEP AND
TRYING TO UNDERSTAND FOR OUR OWN EMPLOYEES.
ING HOW ARE THEY DOING? AND USING THAT AS A CATALYST
FOR TO US THINK ABOUT HOW CAN WE BEST SUPPORT THEM.
SO I WOULD JUST ENCOURAGE EVERY COMPANY DO THE SAME
THING. LOOK INTERNALLY.
REALLY LOOK AT HOW YOUR EMPLOYEES ARE DOING.
DIVE DEEP. AND PUT SOME EFFORT INTO
TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT ARE THE THINGS THAT YOU CAN
DO IN THE SHORT TERM. TO HELP ELEVATE YOUR OWN
EMPLOYEES. IF WE ALL TAKE RESPONSIBILITY
FOR OUR OWN EMPLOYEES, THEN WE’LL MOVE THE NEEDLE.
>>I’M JUST ADDING TO ROBERT’S STATEMENT.
WITH REGARD TO LOOKING INTERNALLY AS OBVIOUSLY,
HAVE THE FORTUNE OF WORKING FOR DISNEY.
STARTED ASPIRE PROGRAM NATIONWIDE, GETTING BACK TO
EDUCATION, BENEFITING CAST MEMBER.
BASICALLY, PUTTING THE MONEY UP FRONT, GET THOSE
INDIVIDUALS WHO WANT TO GO BACK TO COLLEGE, MAY NOT
HAVE A CHANCE TO GET A DEGREE, GETTING BACK TO
YOUR WAGE ISSUE, ELEVATING TO GET THAT NEXT LEVEL.
WHETHER IT BE MANAGEMENT OR EVEN IN YEAR FIELD TO
YOUR POINT. THEY CAN TAKE A FIELD
ANYWHERE, ACROSS ANY FIELD, BESIDES HOSPITALITY, AND
COMMITTED TO THAT. SIMILAR TO ROSS’ POINT
INVESTING IN YOUR PEOPLE IN DIFFERENT WAYS.
OTHER PIECE WE HAVEN’T REALLY TALKED ABOUT, HEALTH
CARE. HEALTH CARE AND COST OF
HEALTH CARE GOES INTO SUPPORTING ALL OF THOSE
EMPLOYEES. WHICH IS VERY CRITICAL.
ESPECIALLY IN THE WEST SIDE. WE HAVE A LOT OF FAMILIES
AND WE SUPPORT THE WHOLE FAMILY IN TOTAL.
SO I THINK IT’S WRAPPING THOSE SERVICES AROUND THE
EMPLOYEE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE.
JUST GROWING THAT CAPABILITY FOR THEM TO MOVE
THROUGH THE PROCESS. WITH HOUSING BEING THE MOST
BIGGEST SHALL WE HAVE.>>GOING BECOME TO YOUR
QUESTION ON SHORT TERM SOLUTIONS.
IT’S REALLY IMPORTANT THAT ALL OF US IN BUSINESS HAVE
THE COMMUNICATION WITH EDUCATION AND WHERE OUR
NEEDS ARE. WHERE ARE THE JOBS.
AROUND I SHARED A STORY AT THE CONFERENCE, IT WAS ONE
OF WHERE THERE’S A NEED FOR H VAC WORKERS.
THESE ARE THE WORKERS THAT INSTALL AND REPAIR AIR
CONDITIONING UNITS. AND THOSE COMPANIES HAVE
BEEN HIRING FROM THE MAINLAND.
SO MAUI COMMUNITY COLLEGE ALONG WITH H VAC COMPANIES,
PARTNERED AND DEVELOP A PROGRAM AND OVER THE SPAN
OF 3 MONTHS, INDIVIDUAL THERE’S PLENTY OF STORIES,
19‑YEAR‑OLD YOUNG MAN WITHIN 3 GENERATION
HOUSEHOLD, AND MAKING MINIMUM WAGE.
AND SO THAT’S $21,000 ANNUALIZED.
FOLLOWING THIS 3 MONTH PROGRAM, HE’LL BE MAKING
$50,000. AND THEN WITHIN A YEAR,
$60,000. OTHER JOBS LIKE THAT AND
THERE’S LIKE SHARES A STORY WITH WHAT HE’S DONE AT HPH
FOR THE NEED THAT. MEDICAL ASSISTANCE AND
GOING INTO THE HIGH SCHOOLS AND WORKING WITH THEM.
AND BRINGING THE STUDENTS IN.
I THINK WITH MORE OF THESE KINDS OF PARTNERSHIPS AND
THE COMMUNICATION BETWEEN INDUSTRY AND EDUCATION
WHERE THE JOBS THERE, THERE ARE SOME OF THOSE SHORT
TERM NEEDS THAT CAN BE MET.>>QUESTION, SPECIFICALLY
FOR MR. WONG. FROM ERICK, FROM THE
KEAWE. HOW WILL WE BALANCE
CULTURE AND ECONOMY?>>THAT’S A GOOD QUESTION.
I HOPE I DON’T JUST THINK OF IT AS THE BALANCE.
I THINK WE HAVE TO LEAD WITH OUR CULTURE.
WE HAVE TO LEAD WITH OUR INDIGENOUS CULTURE ON OUR
ISLANDS AND TRY TO GUIDE US INSTEAD OF LOOKING FOR A
BALANCE. USE THAT AS OUR LEAD
UNDERSTANDING. WISDOM OF OUR ANCESTORS,
WISDOM OF THE AINA. WHAT SOMETHING TO DRIVE THE
ANSWERS WE’RE LOOKING FOR IN LOTS OF WAYS.
THAT’S GOING TO DRIVE THE ANSWERS.
I DON’T KNOW ABOUT LOOKING FOR A BALANCE BUT WHAT
LEADS. SHORT TERM PAIN.
PRESENT PAIN. HOW DO WE BRING DOWN THE
COST OF QUOTE, AFFORDABLE HOUSING.
500 TO 600K IS NOT AFFORDABLE FOR LOCALS.
MOSTLY. JASMINE FROM HONOLULU.
PANEL ‑‑ PEOPLE HAVING TROUBLE ‑‑ AGAIN, WHAT WE
TALKED ABOUT BEFORE. COLLEGES, TURNING OUT
STUDENTS, GRADUATES, SAY THEY CAN’T GET JOBS IN THE
MARKET.>>ONE THING THAT’S CLEAR.
CAME OUT IN THE CONFERENCE. BOB’S EXAMPLE OF NOT BEING
ABLE TO GET THE QUALIFICATIONS HE NEEDS TO
FILLING THE JOBS HE’S LOOKING FOR.
CLEAR IN HAWAIʻI THERE’S A DISCONNECT IN THE TWO CELL
PLAN. EDUCATION CELL PLAN OF OUR
STATE AND ECONOMIC SELL PLAN OF OUR STATE.
NOT IN LINE. CELL PLAN OF OUR STATE.
FROM A STRATEGY STANDPOINT YOU START THERE AND YOU
START WORKING ON THAT. SHORT TERM ISSUES WE’VE GOT
TO TAKE ALL OF LOW HANGING FRUIT OFF THE TABLE.
TO TRY TO HIT AS MANY OF THESE FAMILIES WHO ARE IN
THE MOST VULNERABLE SITUATION AND TRY TO KEEP
THEM HOME. UNTIL WE CAN START GETTING
THEM SO CONFIDENCE WE CAN SOLVE THESE PROBLEMS.
>>Leslie: I WOULD LIKE TO QUOTE THIS ON WHAT WE’RE TOUCHED
ON. IMPACTS OF INCOME DISPARITY
WHEN IT COMES TO HEALTH. WAY IT AFFECTS THE HEALTH OF
HAWAIʻI’S PEOPLE. CLEAR LINK BETWEEN INCOME
LEVELS AND HEALTH DRAMATIC DIFFERENCE IN LIFE
EXPECTANCY DEPENDING WHERE YOU LIVE.
LINKED TO GEOGRAPHY, INCOME AND ETHNICITY.
IF YOU LIVE IN LOW INCOME TEAR YEAH, ESPECIALLY
NEIGHBOR ISLANDS YOUR HEALTH IS THE AT RISK.
AT RICK POPULATION AFFECTS US ALL.
PEOPLE ARE LOW INCOMES HOFF ENLACK HEALTH
INSURANCEND END UP IN EMERGENCY ROOMS AT COST
FELT THROUGHOUT THE ECONOMY.
>>Leslie: YOU’RE THE HEAD OF THE HEALTH SECTOR
COMMITTEE. HORRIFIC DIFFERENCES.
EAST HONOLULU AND WAIANAE. 40‑MILES APART.
>>IT’S A REAL PROBLEM. MUCH MORE TO THAT
STATISTICS THAN JUST HEALTH RELATED.
HEALTH IS WHAT WEAR MEASURING BUT THE ENTIRE
ENVIRONMENT WHAT THE PERSON IS LIVING IN.
GET THEM HEALTHY LIFESTYLES. WHOLE RASH OF THINGS.
HEALTH AND COST OF HEALTH CARE.
HAWAIʻI IS IMPORTANT. PREPAID HEALTH CARE.
LED TO MORE PEOPLE BEING COVERED STATEWIDE.
EVERY OTHER STATE EXCEPT MASSACHUSETTS.
THAT DOESN’T HELP THE STATISTIC YOU JUST CITED OR
JUST CITED. THAT’S GOING TO TAKE A REAL
COMMUNITY ENGAGE. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT OUR
COMMITTEE IS LOOKING TO GO NEXT TO WAIANAE.
IS HE HOW WE CAN HELP. WAIANAE COAST
COMPREHENSIVE, DONE A LOT TO REACH INTO THAT
COMMUNITY TRY TO MAKE THE COMMUNITY HELP ITSELF GET
HEALTHIER. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT
BUSINESS PEOPLE WE LOOK AT, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I TRY
TO ALSO BRING TO THE HMSA BOARD, COST OF HEALTH CARE
IN THE FIFTIES WAS ABOUT 4.5% OF GDP.
THE NOW 18 TO 19%. THAT DIFFERENCE WOULD PAY
FOR A LOT OF THINGS. IT’S A MUCH HIGHER QUALITY OF
CARE. PEOPLE ARE LIVING LONGER
THAN DID HE IN THE FIFTIES. THERE’S A WHOLE BUNCH OF
ISSUES AROUND THAT. WE NEED TO START REALLY
WORKING WITHIN THE COMMUNITY.
I THINK ORGANIZATIONS LIKE WAIANAE COAST
COMPREHENSIVE, MADE A GOOD START.
I THINK IT WAS WORSE TEN YEARS AGO.
I DON’T KNOW WHAT IT IT WAS. WE NEED TO CONTINUE AND
SUPPORT THAT PROGRESS.>>THAT’S A BIG COST OF
EMPLOYERS HEALTH PLANS. AS MR. MILLS MENTIONED.
>>IT’S A BIG COMMITMENT BY ALL THE COMPANIES THAT
HAWAIʻI. NOT ONLY IN HAWAIʻI,
REQUIREMENT, I THINK MOST COMPANIES WANT TO DO IT
ANYWAY. IT’S NOT SO MANY OF US ARE
ENGAGED IN THE COMMUNITY. I THINK, I CAN SPEAK WITHOUT
CHECKING EVERY SINGLE PERSON IN THIS PANEL.
INVOLVED IN NONPROFIT IN SOME WAY.
MOST OF US SEVERAL. SO WE’RE ALL VERY ENGAGED IN
HAWAIʻI AND MY PASSION HAS BEEN HEALTH CARE.
WE NEED TO DO ALL OF THESE THINGS VERY QUICKLY.
INTO I THINK PEOPLE WOULD BE GLAD TO HEAR THAT.
SO AS I LOOKING THROUGH ANOTHER STACK HERE, I THINK
ONE QUESTION. FROM WAIALAE.
SHEILA. BY PHONE.
DO YOU GUYS HAVE ANY PERSPECTIVE OR DO YOU
REALLY RELATE TO THE AVERAGE MIDDLE CLASS
RESIDENT? IN OTHER WORDS, CAN YOU
REALLY HEAR? OBVIOUSLY YOU’RE HERE.
YOU COULD BE MINDING YOUR BUSINESS.
TAKING CARE OF INVESTORS. TALKING ABOUT DOING
CENTURYLINK EA SOMETHING MORE, REQUIRING A LOT MORE
OF YOUR TIME. I THINK THE QUESTION, IS DO
YOU KNOW HOW BAD IT IS OUT THERE?
>>I THINK AS ROB DESCRIBED, WHAT HE’S DOING WITH THIS
TEAMMATES, WE’RE ALL DOING, WE ALL HAVE TEAMMATES WHO
REPRESENT I BIG CROSS SECTION OF THE COMMUNITY.
WE EMPLOY THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WHO ARE VERY PEOPLE
WHO ARE CALLING IN AND ASKING THE QUESTIONS AND
WHO WERE TRYING TO GET RESULTS FOR.
SO I THINK THE ANSWER IS YES. I THINK WE’RE, THAT’S WHY
WE’RE MOTIVATED TO DO AS MANY THINGS AS WE’RE TRYING
TO DO, TO ADDRESS THE PROBLEMS.
LIKE ROB SAID, WE WISH THERE WAS A SWITCH WE COULD FLIP
OR A WAND WE COULD WAVE. BUT THE ONLY WAY TO GET AT
THIS IS TO GET AT IT SUSTAINABLY AND
STRUCTURALLY. AND I THINK WE’RE ALL TRYING
TO DO THAT THROUGH THIS EFFORT AND THEN WHAT WE DO
WITHIN OUR OWN COMPANIES FOR OUR TEAMMATES, AND OUR
CUSTOMERS. WHO ARE, THE SAME PEOPLE
WHO ARE AFFECTED BY THESE CHALLENGES.
>>I’LL SHARE A STORY. I WAS AT MACY’S.
COUPLE OF MONTHS AGO. LATE INTO THE EVENING.
THERE WAS SALESPERSON CHECK OUT A PURCHASING A
DRESS. SHE SAID, MRS. NO.
I’M A TELLER IN YOUR BANK. THE GOOD TO SEE YOU THIS
EVENING. AND SO THIS A TELLER WHO
PROBABLY WORKED IN OUR BANK TILL 5:00 P.M.
THERE SHE IS 9:00 P.M. AT MACY’S.
AND THEY’RE PROBABLY A LOT OF OUR EMPLOYEES AND
EMPLOYEES OF THE OTHER EXECUTIVES HERE, WHO WORK
TWO JOBS AND SO I WOULD SAY, I CAN RELATE.
I WAS TOUCHED BY THAT COMMENT AND I CARE.
AND I FEEL SOME ACCOUNTABILITY.
AND I THINK THAT’S WHAT WE’RE ALL SAYING TONIGHT.
I FEEL SOME ACCOUNTABILITY. WE UNDERSTAND AND WE’RE
COMING TOGETHER BECAUSE WE DO NEED TO DO SOMETHING
ABOUT THIS CHALLENGE, SO MANY FAMILIES IN HAWAIʻI ARE
CONFRONTING.>>WE HAVE GENTLEMAN
ASKING WHY ISN’T THERE ANYONE FROM GOVERNMENT
HERE? BECAUSE WE ASKED YOU HERE
BECAUSE YOU’RE DOING SOMETHING DIFFERENT AS
EXECUTIVES. AND WE’VE COVERED
GOVERNMENT IN OTHER AREAS. THIS IS A CHANCE TO HEAR
EXECUTIVES TALKING WITH EACH OTHER.
>>WE DO HAVE GOVERNMENT LEADERS AS PART OF OUR
COMMITTEES.>>Leslie: ARE THEY
RESPONSIVE?>>ABSOLUTELY.
THEY ARE.>>THEY’RE A CRITICAL PART OF
OUR COMMITTEE STRUCTURE. THEY ATTENDED THE
CONFERENCE. ACTIVE IN THE COMMITTEES,
HAVING THE TOUGH CONVERSATION IT’S THAT YOU
SAW THEM HAVING, I MEAN, THOSE ARE HAPPENING.
MANY TIMES BEHIND CLOSED DOORS.
WITH THEM. SO WE NEED TO ALL STAY AT
THE TABLE. GOT TO FIND THOSE ISSUES
THAT WE AGREE ON AND PACK A LOT OF THE THINGS THAT WE
PARKING LOT THE THINGS WE DISAGREE ON AND KEEP
MOVING FORWARD.>>EVEN GOVERNMENT LEADERS
NEED TO HEAR FROM A DIVERSE AUDIENCE.
THEY NEED TO HAVE DIFFERENT POINTS OF VIEWS.
SHARED WITH THEM. BECAUSE OTHERWISE, NOT
EVEN OF US IN THE COMMUNITY ARE ENGAGED WITH ISSUES
THAT OUR COMMUNITIES CONFRONTING.
SO WITHOUT THE DIVERSITY OF VIEWPOINTS, THEY’RE GOING
TEND TO MOVE IN THE DIRECTION OF THE PEOPLE WHO
ARE AND HAVE THEIR RESOURCES TO GO AND LOBBY
THEM AND TESTIFY AND APPEAR BEFORE THEM.
SO WE NEED TO HAVE BROADER BASED COMMUNITY
ENGAGEMENT. SO GET A BETTER SENSE AS TO
WHAT ARE THE REAL CONCERNS.
WHAT ARE THE REAL PRIORITIES THAT OUR COMMUNITIES WANTS
THEM TO ADDRESS.>>Leslie: EXCEPT MANY OF
THESE PEOPLE ARE WORKING TWO JOBS THAT HAVE CHILD
CARE ISSUES. THAT’S THE CONUNDRUM.
RIGHT?>>THAT’S WHERE, I THINK THAT
MANY OF US HERE WANT TO TRY TO CREATE OPPORTUNITIES FOR
THOSE VOICES TO BE HEARD THROUGH ALTERNATIVE MEANS.
I THINK ONE IMPORTANT ROLE FOR THAT TO HAPPEN IS
ENGAGING SOME OF THE YOUNGER MEMBERS OF OUR
COMMUNITY WHO ARE IN PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS, WHO
ARE IN MAYBE MIDDLE MANAGEMENT POSITIONS
WITHIN COMPANIES WHO HAVE THE CAPACITY TO ACTUALLY
CONTRIBUTE TO THE CONVERSATION, TO
CONTRIBUTE TO THE DECISION‑MAKING PROCESS.
BUT YOU KNOW, WE NEED TO EMPOWER THEM.
WE NEED TO GIVE THEM THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE THAT
VOICE AND REPRESENT THE PEOPLE THAT THEY INTERACT
WITH. AND THE COMMUNITIES THAT
THEY COME FROM.>>I THINK I WOULD ADD ALSO
THAT THE SENSE I GET, LESLIE, FROM SOME OF THE COMMENTS,
IS MAYBE IT FEELS LIKE WE’RE OKAY WITH WHERE WE ARE.
AND I THINK I’VE SAID EACH OF US AT PERSONAL LEVEL, NOT
OKAY WITH THE STATUS QUO. NOT OKAY WITH THE SPEEDS
HAPPENING. WE’RE NOT OKAY WITH WE
ANTICIPATE WILL HAPPEN IN OUR COMMUNITY.
I THINK WE LOOK AT IT HARD BUT I THINK PART OF PROBLEM I
KNOW WE KNOW, IS THAT WE ARE IN MANY WAYS, WE ARE THE
STATUS QUO IN THIS COMMITTEE.
BUSINESS SECTOR. I THINK WE ALL HAVE TO LOOK
HARD AT OURSELVES. WHEN DO WE STEP ASIDE AND
LOOK AT THE OTHER VOICES IN THE ROOM AND ALLOW OTHER
VOICES TO BE HEARD. WORLD ORDER WE’RE IN IS NOT
OKAY. IF WE’RE GOING TO MOVE TO A
NEW WORLD ORDER, WE HAVE TO BE WILLING TO ALSO KNOW
WHEN IT’S TIME TO STEP ASIDE AND ALLOW OTHERS TO HAVE
THEIR VOICES HEARD. I THINK THE SOLUTIONS ARE
NOT GOING TO COME JUST FROM THE STATUS QUO.
>>Leslie: YOU MADE THE POINT. NUMBER OF TIMES.
IT CAN’T BE ONLY EXECUTIVES IT HAS TO BE GOVERNMENT WHICH
YOU SAY IS WORKING WITH YOU. WHO ELSE NEEDS TO JUMP IN?
>>IN THE CASE OF EDUCATION, CERTAINLY, IT NEEDS TO BE THE
LEADERS AND EDUCATION. SO WHETHER THAT BE THE
SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS, CERTAINLY THE PRESIDENT OF
OUR LOCAL UNIVERSITIES, I WILL SAY FOR OUR HIGHER
EDUCATION COMMITTEE, WE HAVE PRESIDENT OF ALL OF
OUR LOCAL UNIVERSITIES ON THE COMMITTEE BECAUSE
AGAIN, IT COMES BACK TO BUSINESS CERTAINLY ISN’T
GOING TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM ALONE.
NOR WILL THE UNIVERSITIES OR EDUCATION.
IT REALLY IS PARTNERSHIP. AND THE CONVERSATIONS WE
HAVE AROUND THE TABLE.>>Leslie: WHEN YOU HAVE
MR. KURISU SAYING WE DID THIS BEFORE, WE CAN DO THIS
AGAIN. AS FAR AS PLANTATION,
KNITTING TOGETHER VERY DIFFERENT PEOPLE WHO COME
TOGETHER AND MAKE THEIR LIVES BETTER.
>>IT’S REALLY, WELL, THESE ARE EXTRAORDINARY TIMES.
THE WORLD IS MORE DIVISIVE NOW THAN WE’VE EVER SEEN
BEFORE IN OUR LIFETIME. IT REQUIRES EXTRAORDINARY
SOLUTIONS. AND EXTRAORDINARY
SOLUTIONS REQUIRE EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE.
WE HAVE THEM HERE. WE HAVE THEM HERE IN HAWAIʻI.
AND THERE’S SOMETHING SPECIAL ABOUT WHO WE ARE,
AND I THINK WHEN YOU SAID WHO NEEDS TO STEP UP, I THINK
WE ALL NEED TO STEP UP BECAUSE NOBODY IS GOING TO
COME IN AND SAVE US. GOVERNMENT IS NOT GOING TO
SAVE US. IT’S ABOUT US ALL COMING
TOGETHER, STANDING UP, DOING WHAT ALL WHAT WE CAN,
EVERY SINGLE PERSON DOING WHAT THEY CAN, TO BRING TO
REALITY THE HAWAIʻI THAT WE SEE HEAR, HAWAIʻI WE FEEL
HERE. IT’S ALL OF OUR
RESPONSIBILITY.>>Leslie: MAYBE GET AWAY
FROM THAT TENDENCY WHEN YOU’RE TIRED AND BROKE, AND
YOU SEE PEOPLE WHO ARE BETTER OFF THAN YOU, WHO
ARE STEPPING UP TO DO SOMETHING, AND YOU KNOCK
THEM. YOU SAY, YOU KNOW, NO GOOD
DEED GOES UNPUNISHED. COMES TO MIND.
THE EASY TO FEEL LIKE A VICTIM WHETHER YOU’RE TIRED AND
BROKE. ALWAYS BRINGS IT UP.
KAHAUIKI VILLAGE IS LIKE MICROCOSM OF WHAT WE’RE
DOING. EVEN HE CAME AND PLANTED
GRASS. OR SOME PEOPLE GAVE FIVE
DOLLARS. THEY ALL MADE A DIFFERENCE.
SOME PEOPLE SPENT 2 HOURS OR SOME PEOPLE CAME EVERY
SATURDAY FOR MONTHS. EVERYBODY DID WHAT THEY
CAN. AND EVERYBODY DID THEIR
PART IN HELPING 600 ADULT AND CHILDREN END UP NOT LIVING
ON THE STREET. WE ALL CAN DO SOMETHING.
SO PART OF WHAT YOU WOULD BE BUILDING IS HOPE.
BECAUSE THERE SEEMS TO BE LESS OF THAT AROUND FROM
WHAT WE’RE HEARING TONIGHT.>>JUST BETTER WORD IS HOPE
IS RESOLVE. THERE’S RESOLVE.
THERE WAS RESOLVE AFTER THE HAWAIʻI EXECUTIVES
CONFERENCE. THERE’S RESOLVE HERE
TONIGHT. EVEN IN THE EXCHANGE OF
IDEAS BETWEEN CULVERT AND RICH, WHICH I REALLY ENJOYED
,THERE WAS, YOU KNOW, THAT IS, I THINK, RARE THING.
THAT PEOPLE GOT TO SEE, TWO PEOPLE WITH CONVICTIONS,
WITH INTELLIGENCE, WHO KNOW THEIR BUSINESS, WHO ARE ABLE
TO TALK AN IDEA THROUGH, IN A REALLY INTELLIGENT
THOUGHTFUL WAY. THAT IS THE KIND OF
CONVERSATION THAT IS GOING TO MOVE THIS COMMUNITY
FORWARD. AND THAT IS NOT JUST A
HOPEFUL THING, THAT A WONDERFUL THING.
AND SO IT IS GOING TO TAKE SOME TIME.
WE’RE HAVING A CONVERSATION AT A POINT WHERE WE’RE IN AN
URGENT SITUATION. AND STARTING THAT
CONVERSATION. STARTED A COUPLE YEARS AGO.
REALLY BEGINNING TO PICK UP STEAM NOW.
GOING TO TAKE SOME TIME. SO I FULLY RESPECT THE
PEOPLE WHO ARE CALLING IN. WHO ARE SAYING, I NEED SOME
HELP NOW. AND THERE SRTS GOT TO BE
WAYS TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO GET THAT HELP NOW.
BUT THE SOLUTION IS COMPLEX. AS WE DISCUSSED.
BUT I THINK THERE IS SOMETHING WONDERFUL IN
FACT THAT IT’S UNDERWAY. THAT’S CONVERSATION IS
UNDERWAY. THAT IT INVOLVES BUSINESS,
THAT IT INVOLVES GOVERNMENT, THAT
NONPROFITS ARE AT THE TABLE. AND THAT A WHOLE BUNCH OF
PEOPLE HAVE COME TOGETHER TO SAY, WHAT ARE THE PIECES
THAT NEED TO FALL INTO PLACE IN ORDER FOR TO US HAVE
MORE RENTAL HOUSING, BRING THE COST OF HOUSING DOWN,
HAVE UNIVERSAL PUBLIC PRESCHOOL FOR OUR
CHILDREN, HAVE BETTER CAREER PATHS WAYS, WHAT IS
OUR PART IN THAT, HOW DOES THAT HELP OUR WORKFORCES?
AND HOW DO WE COLLABORATE DO IT?
SO I THINK THERE’S RESOLVE HERE IN THIS ROOM AND
RESOLVE WITH THE ATC AND CHANGE FRAMEWORK.
GOOD THING.>>Leslie: WE HAVE SOMEONE
CALLING IN. FROM HILO.
THANK YOU, SCOTT, THANKING PBS FOR NOT HAVING
POLITICIANS ON THE PROGRAM. REFRESHING TO HEAR WHAT
BUSINESSES LEADERS HAVE TO SAY.
YOU KNOW, IT REALLY IS REFRESHING TO HEAR WHAT
YOU’RE SAYING BECAUSE USUALLY, WE DON’T GET TO SEE
YOU EXCEPT AT THE PODIUM. GOT A TEXT OR SPEAKING TO
YOUR PEERS. SO THIS IS ACTUALLY REALLY
APPRECIATE YOU BRAVING LIVE TV BECAUSE YOU DON’T KNOW
WHAT’S GOING TO BE ASKED NEXT.
THAT TAKES GUTS. I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR THAT
IT’S A LEVEL OF SAFETY, HAVE TO WALK OUT OF HERE LEVEL
OF SAFETY FOR THIS. EMAIL, COMMENT, UNTIL
AFFORDABLE HOUSING IS FIXED, PARENTS CAN’T AFFORD TO PAY
FOR PRESCHOOL MUCH LESS COLLEGE FOR THEIR CHILDREN
UNLESS WE FIX HOUSING COSTS NEED TO RANGE MINIMUM WAGE
TO $25. TODD SAYS, WHAT ARE WE
DOING SO WE DON’T END UP LIKE SAN FRANCISCO?
PEOPLE ARE BEING PUSHED OUT OF THE CITY.
AND THEY DON’T KNOW WHAT THEY’RE GOING TO DO WITH ALL
THE HOMELESS. FROM KONA, MARTIN WANTS ‑‑
MARTIN, YOU WANT TO SHOW OF HANDS.
WHOSE CHILDREN WENT TO PUBLIC SCHOOL?
THAT’S ANN. OKAY.
MARTIN. THAT’S ONE.
OKAY. HOW MANY OF US WENT TO
PUBLIC SCHOOL? HOW MANY YOU HAVE WENT TO
PUBLIC SCHOOL? FOUR.
THIS IS INTERESTING.>>I MEAN, YOU DO GET
SCRUTINIZED WHEN YOU SPEAK UP AND IF WE’RE GOING TO
CHANGE THE STATUS QUO, IT TAKES PEOPLE WITH THICK SKIN
OR MORE TRUST.>>ALL OF US HAVE DIFFERENT
STORIES. WE ALL KNOW IT’S REAL.
OLDEST DAUGHTER TEACHES IN THE D.O.E.
FOURTH YEAR TEACHING. AND FIRST YEAR TEACHING,
KINDERGARTEN. I KNOW WITH JUST IN THE LAST
TWO MONTHS, SHE LIVES WITH US.
COULDN’T AFFORD TO LIVE ON HER OWN.
CHOOSES NOT TO, LUCKY FOR US KIDS THAT HAVE BEEN TO
PRESCHOOL, YOU CAN TELL THE DIFFERENCE.
STUDY BEING DONE. WE KNOW THAT WHAT THE
DIFFERENCES ARE, HOW IT CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
I CAN’T IMAGINE WHAT IT WOULD BE LIKE IN KINDERGARTEN TO
FEEL LIKE YOU’RE BEHIND ALREADY.
>>WE’RE ALL HERE BECAUSE WE KNOW THERE’S SOLUTIONS.
ALREADY SOLUTIONS TO THIS. WE CAN SOLVE THIS PROBLEM.
WE CAN LOOK IN OUR REAR‑VIEW MIRROR.
WHEN HURRICANES HIT THE STATE, WE PUT OUR
RESPECTIVE JERSEYS AWAY. PUT ON OUR HAWAIʻI JERSEYS.
AND WE SOLVE THE PROBLEM. THAT’S HAPPENED IN THE PAST.
WE DEALT WITH THE CRISIS. UNFORTUNATELY THING WITH
OUR ISSUE TODAY, IS THAT CRISIS EVOLVED SILENTLY.
AND SO I THINK WHAT YOU’RE SEEING HERE,
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT THAT WE HAVE TO DEAL WITH THIS ISSUE
LIKE WE WOULD A HURRICANE. THAT WE HAVE 65,000 PEOPLE
THAT ARE DISPLACED. AND THAT’S WHAT I THINK THIS
GROUP IS ATTEMPTING TO ACKNOWLEDGE AND TO START A
CONVERSATION THAT WE HOPE WILL CATALYZE IN OUR
COMMUNITIES TO CREATE A GREATER SENSE OF URGENCY.
>>I THINK THAT’S WHAT PEOPLE WANT.
THEY WANT TO KNOW THEY’RE HEARD.
ESSENTIALLY DISPLACED BECAUSE THEY CAN’T FIND
AFFORDABLE HOUSING.>>ALSO, TO KNOW WE CAN DO
IT. TO DUANE’S POINT, IT CAN BE
DONE.>>IT WILL BE DONE.
IT WILL BE DONE. BECAUSE IT NEEDS TO BE DONE.
WE DO NOT HAVE A CHOICE.>>Leslie: BY NOW, IT’S CLEAR
THAT SOLVING PERSISTENT ISSUES THAT HOLD PEOPLE
BACK AND HOLD THEM DOWN IS TREMENDOUS UNDERTAKING.
IN THE TIME THAT REMAINS, LET’S TALK ABOUT IT FURTHER,
DO WE HAVE WHAT IT TAKES? IN HAWAIʻI, PRIDE OURSELVES
ON THE ALOHA SPIRIT. DO WE HAVE THE STRENGTH
AND RESILIENCE AS SOCIETY TO BUILD A HOME THAT GIVES
OPPORTUNITY TO THRIVE TO ALL?
AND STEWARDS OF HEALTH OF OUR PEOPLE, NATURAL
RESOURCES AND CULTURE? A HOME WE CAN BE PROUD TO
PASS ON TO FUTURE GENERATIONS?
WHAT’S THE ANSWER? WE HEARD A LITTLE BIT ON THIS.
HOW TO DEVELOP THAT RESILIENCE, THAT MUSCLE?
>>I THINK ONE OF THINGS THAT WE NEED TO COME TO GRIPS
WITH IS THAT, IN THE PAST, WE HAVE LOOKED TO GOVERNMENT
TO PROVIDE THE LEADERSHIP AND ALSO, THE RESOURCES TO
RESOLVE MANY OF OUR PROBLEMS.
BUT THE REALITY IS THAT THE CAPACITY OF OUR LOCAL
GOVERNMENT TO BE ABLE TO DO THINGS IS STARTING TO
DIMINISH. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT SOME
OF THE WORK THAT MY COMMITTEE IDENTIFIED IS THAT
THE AMOUNT OF FIXED COSTS THAT GOVERNMENT IS GOING TO
HAVE TO DARE IS INCREASING, AND IS ACTUALLY GOING TO
START TO REACH A TIPPING POINT WHERE THE AMOUNT OF
DISCRETIONARY DOLLARS THAT LAWMAKERS HAVE TO BE ABLE
TO SPEND ON DIFFERENT INITIATIVES IS GOING TO BE
MUCH LESS THAN IT HAS BEEN IN THE PAST.
SO WHAT THAT MEANS IS THAT OTHER RESOURCES HAVE TO
COME TO THERE IN TERM OF ADDRESSING THE CHALLENGES
THAT OUR COMMUNITY FACES. THAT’S WHY I THINK THOSE OF
US FROM THE PRIVATE SECTOR, WOULD ARE ENGAGED IN THIS
CHANGE INITIATIVE, RECOGNIZE THAT.
AND RECOGNIZE THAT IT IS IMPORTANT FOR US TO STEP UP.
NOT JUST STEP UP FROM THE STANDPOINT OF OUR OWN
FINANCIAL RESOURCES, BUT STEP UP IN TERMS OF
PROVIDING THE KIND OF PUBLIC LEADERSHIP THAT IS GOING TO
HELP IDENTIFY WHAT ARE THE STRATEGIES FOR THOSE
SOLUTIONS. WHAT ARE THE KINDS OF
PUBLIC/PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS THAT HAVE TO BE FORMED TO
BASICALLY TACKLE DIFFERENT ISSUES?
WE NEED TO GET THE SUPPORT OF THE BROADER COMMUNITY IN
TERMS OF BEING WILLING TO ACCEPT CHANGE.
BEING WILLING TO DISRUPT STATUS QUO SO WE’RE ABLE TO
ACCOMPLISH THE KIND OF PROGRESS THAT IS NEEDED.
>>I THINK RESILIENCE AND YOU MENTIONED, IS INCLUDES THIS
OPENNESS TO CHANGE AND I THINK YOU HEARD A LOT THIS
EVENING ABOUT THAT OPENNESS TO CHANGE.
AND THAT INCLUDES WELCOMING INVESTORS FROM
OUTSIDE OF HAWAIʻI, WELCOMING IDEAS FROM
OUTSIDE HAWAIʻI. AND ONE THING THAT WE DIDN’T
QUITE TOUCH ON YET THIS EVENING IS THAT OUR
CONFERENCE HAD A NUMBER OF ATTENDEES FROM THE
MAINLAND, JAPAN ELSEWHERE. NOT DID WE LEARN FROM THEM,
THEY HAD A LOT OF TO LEARN FROM US.
DUANE SHARED SOME THINGS THAT ALL OF US HAVE BEEN
SHARING SOME THINGS THAT WE ARE DOING THAT IS SPECIAL.
SO WE CAN LEVERAGE WHAT IS SPECIAL ABOUT HAWAIʻI, BUT AT
THE SAME TIME, WELCOME OTHER IDEAS AND WELCOME
INVESTMENTS FROM OUTSIDE HAWAIʻI.
I GUESS THE WAY YOU BUILD RESOLVE, DIG IN AND
PARTICIPATE. WHEN IT DOESN’T FEEL LIKE
THERE’S PEOPLE WORKING WITH YOU AND FOR YOU, IT’S EASY TO
FEEL HOPELESS. BUT IF YOU, AS ANN WAS
SAYING, IF YOU SEE THINGS HAPPENING, AND YOU
PARTICIPATE IN THEM, YOU GET A SENSE OF COMMUNITY THAT
WE’RE GOING TO FIGURE IT OUT. WE CAN FIGURE IT OUT.
AS MICAH SAID, THERE ARE SOLUTIONS.
AND WE JUST HAVE TO DIG IN. I THINK THAT IS WHAT WE’RE
SEEING HERE. WITH PEOPLE WHO HAVE SAID,
WE HAVE TO DO, LET’S DO IT TOGETHER.
LET’S FIGURE IT OUT. AND THAT SELF‑REINFORCING.
WHEN I’M HAVING A BAD DAY, I’M LEANING ON YOU.
WHEN YOU’RE HAVING A BAD DAY, I’LL PICK YOU UP I THINK
IT’S THAT SENSE OF COMMUNITY HAWAIʻI IS SO STRONG IN, SO
STRONG IN, I THINK IS WHAT WILL CARRY US THROUGH IT.
>>Leslie: CULTURAL COMPETENCY.
SOMETIMES WE FORGET.>>I’LL JUST BUILD ON THAT.
WHEN WE TALKED TO DUANE, FIRST STARTED REGENERATION
OF HCC, THE FIRST THANK HE CAME UP TO, EACH OF US AND
ASKED US, IF WE’RE ALL IN. WE ALL SAID RESOLUTE, WE’RE
ALL IN COMMITTED. US HOLDING ARMS TOGETHER,
THAT’S THE KIND OF THING THAT CREATES RESOLUTION.
CREATES RESILIENCY. I THINK THAT IS GOING TO
GROW. MOMENTUM THAT WE HAVE ON
THAT HAS TO GROW. PASSION, RESOLVE.
TAKING EVERYBODY BEING IN ACROSS ALL THE COMMUNITY
THAT IS GOING TO SOLVE THESE ISSUES.
>>RECOGNITION THAT TRULY IS A CRISIS.
I THINK ONE OF THE THINGS IS EARLIER COMMENTS, IT WAS A
SLOW TIME, VERY SLOW BOIL THAT GOT US TO THIS CRISIS.
NOW THAT WE RECOGNIZE IT’S A CRISIS, THAT’S WHEN WE ALL
COME TOGETHER AND START DOING THINGS LIKE WE’RE
DOING NOW. WE KNOW WE CAN’T WAIT FIVE
OR TEN YEARS OR LONG TO START WORKING ON T THE TIME
IS NOW. IT’S NOT TOO LATE.
I DON’T THINK ANYBODY FEELS IT’S TOO LATE.
BUT TIME TO GET GOING RIGHT NOW.
THAT’S PART WHAT THE RESOLVE IS.
>>Leslie: I THINK NOW, DEBBIE DOWNER.
MAYBE I AM BECAUSE I’M REFLECTING WHAT’S IN HERE.
THINK IT TAKES A WHILE TO GET USED TO, ON THE PART OF THE
PUBLIC, FACT THAT YOU DISTINGUISH PEOPLE WHO
CONTROL ASSETS AND INFLUENCE AND HAVE HUGE
JOBS, ARE SAYING, WE’RE GOING TO LOOK BEYOND THAT
AND WE WANT TO HELP PEOPLE AT OTHER ENDS OF THE
SPECTRUM. EXCEPT YOU’RE BEING
REALISTIC AND SAYING, IT’S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN OVERNIGHT
AND GOING TO TAKE A LOT OF OTHER PEOPLE.
THERE’S NO INSTANT SOLUTION. YOU WON’T BE DIVIDING UP
STRAY ACCOUNTS AT YOUR ORGANIZATIONS AND HANDING
OUT THE MONEY. LET’S BE REAL HERE.
AND LOOK AT, HELP ME HERE. WHAT CAN YOU SAY TO PEOPLE
WHO ARE SAYING, I DON’T KNOW.
THESE GUYS ARE REALLY SMART.
BUT THEY DON’T KNOW ME. THIS HAS BEEN GOING A LONG
TIME. SO MANY THINGS THAT COULD
GET IN THE WAY AND WHERE LOSING CONTROL HERE.
>>YEAH, WELL, DEFINITELY WE WANT THEM TO ENGAGE.
I THINK ONE PIECE OF POWER THEY HAVE IS BEING ENGAGED
CIVICALLY, ENGAGED CONSTITUENT.
NOT GIVING HOPE ON THE DEMOCRATIC PROCESS.
BEING INFORMED VOTER. I CAN GO ON OUR WEBSITE AT
HAWAIʻI COMMUNITY FOUNDATION AND BEGIN
GETTING, BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF HOW WE’RE
PERFORMING SO WHEN YOU GO TO THE VOTER BOX, YOU CAN
ALIGN YOUR VOTE WITH LEADERS WHO ARE DEALING
WITH THESE ISSUES AND ARE INTELLIGENT ABOUT THESE
ISSUES. THAT’S THAT KIND OF COMMON
VOICE THAT WE HAVE TO START HAVING CONFIDENCE IN.
>>ALL THE PEOPLE THAT WROTE IN, EMAILED, I WOULD
ALSO ASK THEM TO PAY ATTENTION TO THE CENSUS
COMING UP. IT’S HUGELY IMPORTANT.
TALKED ABOUT A LITTLE BIT. HAWAIʻI EXECUTIVE
CONFERENCE. THAT IS HOW A HUGE AMOUNT
OF MONEY ACROSS THE UNITED STATES IS GOING TO GET
DIVIDED AND HAWAIʻI AS WE LEARNED IN THE CONFERENCE,
IS IN THE PAST, NOT DONE AS GOOD A JOB AS WE COULD.
IN GETTING RESPONSES. SO WE GET OUR FAIR SHARE OF
FEDERAL DOLLARS AVAILABLE TO US.
ONE SIMPLE WAY OF MAKING IMMEDIATE IMPACT.
>>MAGNITUDE OF THAT WE HEARD, $50 MILLION A YEAR.
OVER 10 YEARS, WHICH IS NEXT CENSUS BUREAU, THAT WOULD
MEAN $500 MILLION FOR IN FEDERAL MONDAY FIRST THE
STATE OF HAWAIʻI.>>Leslie: PATRICK FROM KAIMUKI,
DUANE, YOU CONVINCED SOMEBODY ELSE.
>>AS A CIVIL SERVANT, ABOUT TO RETIRE, PATRICK WOULD BE
WILLING TO GIVE A PORTION OF HIS RETIREMENT TO MR. KURISU
TO BUILD AFFORDABLE RETIREMENT COMMUNITY.
I THINK OTHERS WOULD GIVE TOO.
HE SAYS. MAYBE THAT’S WHAT IT TAKES.
TAKES SEEING SOMETHING THAT WORKS AND FEELING TOUCHED
BY IT AND REALIZING, IF YOU CAN SUPPORT A LITTLE LEAGUE
TEAM AND SPORTS, YOU CAN DO THIS.
WE HAVE TIME. AND WE HAVE MORE THAN WE
KNOW. ANY LAST WORDS?
>>I THINK THERE’S A LOT OF REASON FOR OPTIMISM.
I THINK WHEN YOU LOOK AROUND THE COMMUNITY, AT
WHAT OUR COMPANIES ARE DOING, COLLABORATION WITH
OUR PRIVATE NONPROFIT PARTNERS, COLLABORATION
WITH OUR LEGISLATORS OR THE ADMINISTRATION, OR THE CITY
AND COUNTIES, THERE’S A LOT OF GREAT THINGS THAT ARE
HAPPENING TOO. AND I THINK WHEN I, I CAN
SPEAK FOR OUR COMPANY. WHEN WE’RE OUT WORKING
WITH OUR PARTNERS IN THE NONPROFIT COMMUNITY, TO
HELP THEM ACCOMPLISH WHAT THEY’RE WORKING ON, THE
RESPONSE OF OUR TEAMMATES IS OVERWHELMING.
WE HAVE HUGE TURN OUTS PEOPLE WHO VOLUNTEER TO
GIVEN TIME AND GIVE THEIR MONEY.
TO HELP OTHER PARTS OF OUR COMMUNITY SUCCEED.
THAT’S SPIRIT IS REALLY STRONG.
I THINK A LOT OF GREAT THINGS ARE HAPPENING.
THERE ARE A LOT OF PROBLEMS THAT WE STILL HAVE TO SOLVE.
WE’RE DOING A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT.
WE’RE DOING A LOT. WE HAVE TO KEEP AT IT.
CORE SPIRIT OF ALOHA HERE THAT IS REMARKABLE AND WE
JUST NEED TO BUILD ON IT.>>Leslie: SOMETHING ELSE WE
NEED TO GET USED TO IN ORDER TO LIVE EFFECTIVE
LIVES. THAT IS IN THE AREA OFFER SO
MUCH CHANGE, THINGS CHANGE OVERNIGHT, YOU DO HAVE TO
GET COMFORTABLE WITH A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF AMBIGUITY
AND UNCERTAINTY AND CONSIDER THAT NORMAL.
LIVE WITH THAT. DON’T YOU?
THAT’S HARD TO DO. ESPECIALLY WHEN
UNCERTAINTY CAN TURN TO, GO SOUTH.
THE IDEA IS TO CONTROL WHAT YOU CAN CONTROL.
>>LIKE RICH, THERE’S A LOT OF OPPORTUNITY FOR OPTIMISM.
THERE’S SO MANY OPPORTUNITIES OUT THERE.
THERE’S A LOT OF BIG PROBLEMS.
YOU HAVE, THE PEOPLE REPRESENTED IN THIS ROOM
ARE MOSTLY FROM LARGER ORGANIZATIONS.
THERE’S THE VAST MAJORITY OF PEOPLE IN HAWAIʻI WORK FOR
SMALL BUSINESSES. OR SMALLER COMPANIES.
AND IF WE CAN LEAD AND HELP THEM JOIN US IN THE EFFORT, I
THINK THERE’S A LOT WE CAN ACCOMPLISH TOGETHER.
I THINK THAT’S ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE’LL SEE HOW IT
GOES. BUT AS WE BUILD DOCTOR WITH
GOVERNMENT, TOGETHER WITH ALL OF THE OTHER PARTNERS,
THAT’S APP OPPORTUNITY FOR US.
>>PEOPLE SHOULD ALSO THINK HARD.
THE FACT THAT AS WE REACHED BEYOND JUST FELLOW
BUSINESS LEADERS, AS WE REACHED OUT TO PEOPLE IN
LANE UNIONS, NONPROFITS SECTOR, YOU KNOW, THERE’S
BEEN NO SHORTAGE OF PEOPLE.
I MEAN, EVERYBODY AGREES. ONCE THEY LEARN WHAT WE’RE
TRYING TO DO, I THINK THERE’S A CONSENSUS THAT IT’S A GOOD
CAUSE AND THAT THEY WANT TO BE PARTICIPATORY IN TO
CONTRIBUTE TO IT. I THINK WHAT RICH DESCRIBED
IN TERMS OF OUR COMMUNITY BEING ABLE TO COME
TOGETHER, I THINK THAT THAT POTENTIAL REALLY EXISTS AND
IT’S JUST A MATTER OF WHETHER OR NOT WE CAN
ORGANIZE THAT. AND HOW FAST CAN WE GO
ABOUT ORGANIZING IT. WHAT DUANE DEMONSTRATED
WITH THE CATALYST OF WHAT HE DID WITH KAHAUIKI VILLAGE,
WAS DEMONSTRATION OF HOW YOU CAN BY PROVIDING
LEADERSHIP, BRING A COMMUNITY TOGETHER, AND
BRING RESOURCES TO BEAR TO ACTUALLY ACCOMPLISH
SOMETHING IN UNPRECEDENTED AMOUNT OF
TIME THAT HAS A POSITIVE IMPACT ON THE COMMUNITY.
BUT ONE THING THAT WE SHOULDN’T FORGET ABOUT
KAHAUIKI VILLAGE ALSO. KAHAUIKI VILLAGE DID NOT
FOLLOW THE RULES. IT WASN’T BUILT BASED ON THE
REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS THAT TYPICALLY WOULD HAVE
BEEN REQUIRED FOR THE DEVELOPMENT LIKE THAT AND
WITHOUT THAT, WITHOUT THAT EMERGENCY DECLARATION,
THAT FACILITATED THAT, IT COULDN’T HAVE HAPPENED.
BUT THAT IS WHAT I MEAN IN TERM OF WE NEED TO LOOK
PAST THE STATUS QUO. WE NEED TO LOOK PAST WHAT
IS CURRENT STATE OF REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS.
IN ORDER TO DEAL WITH SOME OF THE PROBLEMS WE FACE.
TO A CERTAIN EXTENT, WE PUT UP A LOT OF BARRIERS AND
WE’VE GOT TO START TO EXAMINE WHETHER OR NOT
THOSE ARE REASONABLE BARRIERS AND WHETHER OR
NOT WE SHOULD DISMANTLE SOME OF THEM AND REPLACE
THEM AND FIND OTHER WAYS TO EXPEDITE THEM.
>>Leslie: WHEN YOU SAY WE, HOW DOES THAT START?
DO WHERE DO YOU SEE WE, WHOEVER WE IS, CHANGING,
SAYING THIS IS THE CRISIS. WE’RE GOING TO DISPENSE
WITH THIS AND GOING GO WITH THIS.
FASTTRACKING THIS. WHO DOES THAT?
>>CLEARLY, THERE’S CERTAIN DECISIONMAKERS.
THEY HAVE THE POWER TO BRING ABOUT SOME OF THE
THOSE CHANGES. BUT THEY NEED TO BE
PROMPTED. THEY NEED TO FEEL THAT
THEY’RE EMPOWERED TO DO THAT.
BECAUSE THEY FEEL BEHOLDEN TO CONSTITUENTS.
IF THEY’RE CONSTITUENTS ARE THE VOTER BASE, VOTER BASE
NEEDS TO MAKE CLEAR THAT THIS IS THE KIND OF CHANGE
THAT WE WANT. WHICH WHY I SAY IT’S
IMPORTANT TO HAVE THAT KIND OF ENGAGEMENT BY PUBLIC AT
LARGE. IF WE DON’T HAVE BROADER
BASED COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT.
THE FACT THAT OUR VOTER TURNOUT RATE IS SO LOW,.
>>Leslie: 39% LAST ELECTION.>>CAUSE TO BE CONCERNED.
DO PEOPLE REALLY CARE ENOUGH TO WEIGH IN ON THE
ISSUES THEY SAY ARE IMPORTANT TO THEM?
>>ALSO, IT’S IMPORTANT THAT WE EMBRACE THE NEXT
GENERATION. AS WE DISCUSSED THIS
EVENING A LOT OF THESE PROBLEMS WE’RE DISCUSSING
ARE NOT SHORT‑TERM FIXES. ARE GOING TO CONTINUE FOR
YEARS. AND IT’S IMPORTANT, WHETHER
IN OUR OWN ORGANIZATION, OR REACHING OUT AN WORKING
WITH LOCAL UNIVERSITY, TO ENGAGE THAT GENERATION AND
PROBLEM‑SOLVING, SOME THEY LEARN FROM US, BUT THINK
MUCH THEY HAVE INPUT, AND THEY’RE GOING TO HAVE TO
CARRY THIS FORWARD.>>Leslie: MICHAEL VERSUS VIA.
FACEBOOK SAYS MR. MATSUMOTO, THANK YOU
FOR POINTING OUT A DISRUPTION MUST TAKE PLACE.
MR. WONG, YOU REFER TO DO A NEW WORLD ORDER.
WHAT DO YOU SEE COMING THAT WE ORDINARY PEOPLE
MUST BE PREPARED FOR?>>I THINK A LOT OF IT HAS TO
DO WITH WE HAVE TO PLACE OUR FUTURE IN THE HANDS OF
OUR YOUTH. COME TO OUR EDUCATION AND
THE QUALITY OF OUR EDUCATION AND OUR ABILITY TO
REALLY EMPOWER OUR YOUTH TO TAKE CONTROL.
IN ALL ASPECTS OF INCLUDING FINDING THOSE AREAS WHERE
WE’RE GOING TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS.
AND IF WE LOOK FOR OUR YOUTH AS SOURCE OF
EMPOWERMENT AND SOURCE OF STRENGTH IN THIS
COMMUNITY, I THINK WE’RE GOING TO FIND A LOT OF OUR
ANSWERS ARE SITTING THERE. IF WE CAN WORK SIDE BY SIDE I
THINK WE’RE GOING TO FIND A LOT OF OUR ANSWERS A LOT
EASIER. THANK YOU WHAT IS THE
INNOVATION ECONOMY WHICH YOU TALK ABOUT IT MORE?
HOW CAN IT HELP?>>I KNOW EVERYBODY HERE
HAS NEVER HEARD ME TALK ABOUT THIS.
THEY’RE VERY EXCITED FOR ME TO FINALLY SHARE THIS WITH
THEM. NO.
I CAN GO ON THE ENTIRE LENGTH OF THE PROGRAM
ABOUT IT. THE REALLY THE DEVELOPMENT
OF NEW BUSINESS, NEW TECHNOLOGY, NEW
COMMERCIALIZABLE OPPORTUNITIES, BASED ON THE
KNOWLEDGE AND REASONS THAT WE HAVE TO BE
EXCELLENT IN THINGS HERE. SO FOR EXAMPLE, IF YOU LOOK
AT THE UNIVERSITIES, WE HAVE AMAZING PROGRAMS IN OCEAN
SCIENCES. WE HAVE OFF TELESCOPES, BIG
DATA PROGRAMS. WE HAVE RENEWABLE ENERGY.
LEADERSHIP. IN THE WORLD.
SO HOW DO WE TAKE THE NATURAL THINGS THAT WE’RE
GREAT AT IN HAWAIʻI AND TURN THOSE INTO COMPANIES AND
TECHNOLOGY AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY THAT
HELPS US GROW HIGH PAYING JOBS THAT HELP PEOPLE
AFFORD HOUSING AND THINGS THAT ARE HERE.
IF YOU LOOK AT COMMUNITIES AROUND THE COUNTRY, YOU
LOOK AT MORE RECENTLY, EVEN AREAS LIKE AUSTIN, TEXAS AND
SALT LAKE CITY, YOU DON’T ARE HAVE TO GO TO SILICON VALLEY
TO COPY THAT MODEL. IT EXIST ACROSS THE COUNTRY.
WE CAN DO IT HERE. GREAT RESOURCES.
GREAT TALENT, GREAT YOUNG PEOPLE QUITE INNOVATIVE IN
THIS SPACE. SOMETHING WITHIN OUR REACH
IF WE CHOOSE DO IT. WAS THAT SHORT ENOUGH?
>>WHAT IS IT THAT YOUR COMMITTEE DOES?
>>SO BIG PART OF IS LISTENING TO THE PEOPLE WHO ARE
ALREADY OPERATING IN THIS SPACE.
TRYING TO UNDERSTAND WHAT THEY NEED TO BE MORE
SUCCESSFUL. SO WE’REENGAGING PEOPLE AS
MENTORS AND COACHES FOR ENTREPRENEURS AND PEOPLE
TRYING TO START THINGS UP. ENGAGING WITH RESEARCHERS
AND TECHNOLOGISTS AT THE UNIVERSITY TO INTRODUCE
THEM TO PRIVATE SECTOR TO GET HELP ON WHETHER THEIR
TECHNOLOGY IS COMMERCIALIZABLE AND HOW
WOULD THEY GO ABOUT DOING IT.
TRYING TO GET INTERNSHIPS WHERE WE CAN GET THOSE
COLLISIONS GOING BETWEEN THE PEOPLE WHO ARE DOING
THE TECHNOLOGY WORK AND THE PEOPLE WHO CAN SOLVE
BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES WITH THIS TECHNOLOGY.
WE’RE TRYING TO BUILD INVESTMENT FUNDS THAT CAN
SUPPORT MORE OF THE VENTURE WORK, VENTURE
INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES THAT COMPANIES NEED AS THEY
START TO GROW AND WE SEE THEY’RE VIABLE.
SO WE HAVE ABOUT FIVE DIFFERENT AREAS THAT WE’RE
WORKING ON TO TRY TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN.
THOSE JOBS ARE GOOD PAYING JOBS.
JOBS PEOPLE ARE GOING TO THE MAINLAND TO TRY TO GET
BECAUSE THEY DON’T THINK IT’S HERE.
THOSE JOBS FEED THE INNOVATION WE ALL NEED IN
OUR COMPANIES AND TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES WE
ALL NEED FOR BIG DATA SOLUTIONS THAT WE HAVE.
SO IF WE GET THAT GOING, WE CAN GROW IT IN THE
COMMUNITY, I THINK IT AFFECT IS NOT ONLY THE PEOPLE
DIRECTLY INVOLVED, BUT IT HELPS US ALL COMPLETE
BETTER.>>BRING OUR YOUNG PEOPLE
HOME TOO. I THINK.
>>TO BE WILLING TO BE FLEXIBLE.
LOOKING FOR SOME RESOURCES ENDED UP AT THE
OCEANOGRAPHY DEPARTMENT HELP US DO MODELING.
YOU WOULDN’T THOUGHT AT FIRST, OCEANOGRAPHY
DEPARTMENT AT U.H. WOULD BE THE PLACE TO DO.
THEY DO A LOT OF MODELING. TALK WITH THEM, INTERACTED
WITH THE DIFFERENT UNIVERSITIES NOT JUST U.H.,
OTHERS, FIND THERE’S A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF
TALENT NEAR HAWAIʻI AND HOW CAN WE USE THAT TO SUPPORT
OUR BUSINESSES. HERE IN HAWAIʻI.
OTHER THING COMING BACK TO EARLIER POINT.
OPEN‑MINDEDNESS. OTHER IMPORTANT PART OF
BUILDING THIS ECOSYSTEM FOR INNOVATION IN HAWAIʻI IS ALL OF
US LEADERS IN OUR COMPANIES NEED TO BE OPEN TO TESTING,
TECHNOLOGY COMING OUT OF THE UNIVERSITIES.
AND SO FOR ALL OF US, SMALL BUSINESSES OR LARGE
COMPANIES, BE BEING WILLING TO WORK WITH THE YOUNG
STUDENTS IN THE UNIVERSITIES AND VENTURING CERTAINLY BUT
THEN ALSO TESTING THEIR TECHNOLOGY.
I KNOW, IMPORTANT PART OF THE SILICON VALLEY AND OTHER
ECOSYSTEMS ON THE MAINLAND.
>>Leslie: AS I HEAR YOU TALKING ABOUT BIG IDEAS.
BIG THINGS. HIGH FLYING THINGS.
AND I THINK YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT THE SAME THINGS THAT
ARE CONCERNING THE PEOPLE CALLING IN, BUT WHERE THEY
ARE, IS FOR EXAMPLE, DO YOU THINK THAT THESE BUSINESS
OWNERS WOULD HELP THEIR EMPLOYEES GET A BUS PASS,
FROM LINDA. BY PHONE.
AND JUST PLEASE HELP US SENIOR CITIZENS GET
AFFORDABLE HOUSING. COULD YOU FAST TRACK US?
I THINK THIS HAS BEEN A WINDOW FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE
REALLY SUFFERING TO SPEAK DIRECTLY TO YOU AND LET YOU
KNOW HOW THEY FEEL. I HOPE THEY CAN SEE WHAT
YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT IS THE SAME THING THAT WOULD HELP
UP LIFT THEM. BUT THERE ARE DIFFERENT,
SOUND LIKE VERY DIFFERENT CONVERSATIONS.
MICAH?>>YOU KNOW, I THINK WHEN WE
LOOK OUT IN OUR COMMUNITY, JUST REAFFIRMING WHAT WE’RE
GETTING FROM OUR NONPROFITS.
WORKING OUT THERE WITH SOME OF OUR MOST
VULNERABLE COMMUNITIES. ACTION WE’RE TRYING TO TAKE
TODAY IS TO ADDRESS IT FROM VARIOUS WAYS.
AND I THINK WHAT YOU HAVE HERE IS A COMMITMENT OF
LEADERS THAT ARE NOT GOING TO GIVE UP UNTIL WE SOLVE
THIS PROBLEM. I THINK WHAT DUANE SAID WAS
ACCURATE. WE’RE NOT HERE TO KIND OF
PLAY AROUND THE MARGINS. WE’RE HERE TO SOLVE
PROBLEMS. COMMITTED TO DOING IT.
>>Leslie: THAT’S WHAT YOU DO. HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT
COMING ON TELEVISION TONIGHT AND TALKING ABOUT
THIS?>>HARD TO SAY NO TO DUANE.
>>IT’S BECAUSE YOU AND YOUR RESPONSIBLE FOR HEC
BECAUSE YOU AND PETER HO SAID THAT I HAD TO DO IT.
TRYING TO PLACE THE BLAME SOMEWHERE.
IT’S EASY TO COME TALK ABOUT IT.
QUITE HONESTLY. AS I SAID BEFORE WE STARTED,
THE 2 HOURS AGO WENT BY QUICKLY.
IT HAS. WE’RE ALL PASSIONATE ABOUT
THIS. WE ALL WANT TO SOLVE
PROBLEMS. WE KNOW IT’S NOT EASY.
>>IN MY SECTOR, HEALTH SIDE, IS MOSTLY FEDERAL
LEGISLATION THAT’S NOT EASY. PICK APART AND FIND A UNIQUE
HAWAIʻI SOLUTION. WHERE WE’RE STILL COMMITTED
TO TRY AND EVERYTHING WE CAN, TO FIND THAT HAWAIʻI
SOLUTION.>>I THINK IT’S IMPORTANT TO
GET IN FRONT OF THEM AND LET PEOPLE KNOW, WE DO CARE.
THAT THE GOING TO TAKE MORE THAN GOVERNMENT, GOING TO
TAKE PRIVATE SECTOR NONPROFIT.
TAKE A LOT OF FOLKS COMING TOGETHER TO SOLVE THOSE
ISSUES. WE’RE WITH THEM.
ALL COMMITTED. SITTING HERE IN FRONT OF
THEM. HOPEFULLY, MORE WILL JOIN
AND COMMUNITIES WILL GET ENGAGED TO GIVE IT MORE
MOMENTUM TO MOVE THIS FORWARD.
>>I WOULD ECHO THAT. WE CARE AND THE OTHER THING
I WOULD SAY IS LEADERS IN OUR OWN ORGANIZATION, WE FEEL
ACCOUNTABLE TO OUR EMPLOYEES AND
SHAREHOLDERS AND NUMBER OF CONSTITUENCIES SAME WAY
WE FEEL ACCOUNTABLE TO THE HAWAIʻI COMMUNITY.
WITH THAT ACCOUNTABILITY IS GOING TO COME ACTION, AS
THAT HAPPENS IN OUR OWN COMPANIES.
GOING TO HAPPEN IN THE COMMUNITY.
>>Leslie: LORI VIA FACEBOOK. NOW WE’VE GOT SOME BIG
MAHALO. SHE SAYS, TO ALL CEOS AND
LEADERS FOR BRAVELY COMING TOGETHER AND CALLING OUT
THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM. GREAT START.
HOPE IT CONTINUES. KUDOS TO PBS AND CULBERT
ROCKS. SO, PEOPLE ARE, I THINK
PEOPLE ARE HAPPY YOU CAME TOGETHER.
AND THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR DOING SO.
NO SCRIPT. YOU DIDN’T KNOW WHAT WE
WERE GOING TO ASK. DIDN’T KNOW WHAT VIEWER
QUESTIONS WOULD COME IN. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR
BEING HERE. REALLY APPRECIATE IT.
WHAT IS THE NEXT STEP FOR THE THIS INITIATIVE?
WHAT IS THE NEXT THING WE CAN HOPE TO HEAR FROM YOU
OR EXPECT TO HEAR FROM YOU?
>>I THINK WE EXPECT TO HAVE SEVERAL MORE INDIVIDUAL TALK
STORIES WITH YOU. WITH SOME OF THE MEMBERS
OF OUR GROUP, WHO IS NOT HERE TONIGHT IS THAT TRUE.
>>THAT’S RIGHT. IF WE CAN, WE’RE INVITING
THEM AND HOPE THEY WILL COME AND JOIN US.
PETER WHO IS HEAD OF BANK OF HAWAIʻI.
I THINK HE LOOKED AT AFFORDABLE HOUSING ISSUES.
>>AND TERRY GEORGE AND RAY V ERA.
AND WHO ELSE? PAUL YONAMINE.
>>Leslie: WE WOULD LIKE TO KEEP IN CLOSE TOUCH WITH
YOU AND APPRECIATE WHAT YOU’RE DOING.
AND YOU KNOW, SUCCESS TALKS.
>>WE HAVE A VERY SUCCESSFUL VILLAGE FOR
HOMELESS FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN.
WITH PARENTS ARE WORKING CHILDREN ARE GOING TO
SCHOOL. SO WE WANT TO THANK ALL OF
YOU FOR BEING HERE.>>THE WORK DOESN’T STOP.
CONTINUES. AND WE’RE ALL COMMITTED DO
WHAT WE NEED TO DO TO BUILD A BETTER HAWAIʻI.
AND WE HOPE THAT THE REST OF HAWAIʻI WOULD ALSO STAND
UP AND BE ALL IN TO HELP MAKE HAWAIʻI A BETTER PLACE TO
LIVE.>>Leslie: ALL IN.
>>ALL IN.>>Leslie: WE MUST END THE
PROGRAM THIS EVENING. CONVERSATION AS MR. KURISU
SAID ONLY JUST BEGUN. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO TAKE A
LOOK AT MORE DATA IN THE CHANGE FRAMEWORK.
GO TO CHANGEFORHAWAII.ORG. THIS WAS A RARE IN FACT, I
THINK IT WAS UNPRECEDENTED OPPORTUNITY TO ASSEMBLE
TOUGH EXECUTIVES ON LIVE TV IN THIS WAY.
AND WE AGREE THAT OTHER SECTORS NEED TO BE HEARD,
NOT JUST HEARD, BUT LISTENED TO.
IN THE MONTH AHEAD, THREE CONSECUTIVE EPISODES OF
INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAIʻI WILL BRING TOGETHER DIFFERENT
VIEWPOINTS ON TOPICS TOUCHED UPON TONIGHT.
WE START ON NOVEMBER 7 WITH A PROGRAM THAT WILL
FOCUS ON LOW WAGES AND THE LACK OF AFFORDABILITY IN
HAWAIʻI. AMONG THOSE IT AT THE TABLE
THAT NIGHT, A KAUAI PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER, A HONOLULU
SMALL BUSINESS OWNER, AND A NOTED UNIVERSITY OF HAWAIʻI
ECONOMIST. WE EIS PROCESS WANT TO
THANK OUR GUESTS TONIGHT FROM THE HAWAIʻI COMMUNITY
FOUNDATION. AND THE HAWAIʻI EXECUTIVE
CONFERENCE. TO TAKING THE ON LIVE
BROADCAST WITH US. AND SEND MAHALO AND ALOHA TO
OUR VIEWING PARTICIPANTS. WE ARE PROUD TO BE YOUR
PUBLIC VIEWING QUESTION AND PURSUE THE QUESTION WHAT’S
IT GOING TO TABLE. I’M LESLIE WILCOX.
ALOHA NUI.

Robin Kshlerin

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2 COMMENTS

  1. D K Posted on October 29, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    The Politicians have corrupted and Destroyed Hawaii.

    Reply
  2. Ripster Posted on October 30, 2019 at 3:40 am

    Why the hell are bankers here?

    Reply
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