Experience

State Senator (2002-present)

  • Chair, Senate Commerce & Consumer Protection (2009-Present)
  • Chair, Senate Ways & Means (2006-08)
  • Chair, Senate Committee on Health (2002-2006)

Economic Development Coordinator, Maui County (1999-2002)

State Legislator (1988-1998)

  • Co-Chair, Senate Ways & Means (1998)
  • Co-Chair, Senate Consumer Protection & Information Technology (1997)
  • Majority Leader in the Senate and in the House of Representatives

National Education Association Lobbyist, Washington DC (1969-1980)
Small Business Owner (1981-1987)
Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunrise – President (2007-2008)
American Cancer Society Hawai’i – Pacific Board Chair, Volunteer
Maui Economic Development Board Director
West Maui Domestic Violence Task Force
Maui Visitors Bureau – Ex-officio Board Member

AWARDS & RECOGNITION
  • 2014 Women Helping Women Angel Award
  • 2012 Bette Takahashi Service Award, Planned Parenthood of Hawai’i
  • 2011 Nurse Champion Award, Pacific Institute of Nursing
  • 2011 Faith in Democracy Award, FACE (Faith Action for Community Equity)
  • 2011, 2008 Exemplary Comprehensive Cancer Control Leadership by an Elected Official Award, C-Change
  • 2011 National Distinguished Advocacy Award, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network
  • 2010 Legislative Partner Award, Maui Family Support Services, Inc.
  • 2010 Keiki Injury Prevention Coalition/Safe Kids Hawai’i Champion Award
  • 2010 Shining Light Award, Hawai’i Alliance for Retired American and Kokua Council
  • 2009 Legislator of the Year from the School of Nursing
  • 2009 Honor Society of Nurses “Friend of Nursing” Award
  • 2008 School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene Appreciation Award
  • 2008 Friends of the Hawai’i Cancer Research Center Mauka Makai Award
  • 2008 Patti Schuler Award, American Cancer Society