State Senator (2002-present)

  • Chair, Senate Commerce, Consumer Protection & Health (2009-Present)
  • Chair, Senate Ways & Means (2006-2008)
  • 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

Small Business Owner (1980-1987)
National Education Association Lobbyist, Washington DC (1969-1980)
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


  • 2017 State Senator of the Year, Healthcare Association of Hawai‘i
  • 2017 LUNG FORCE Champion Award, American Lung Association in Hawai‘i
  • 2017 Mike Lyons' Award, Hawai‘i Farm Bureau
  • 2017 Legislator of the Year, Hawai‘i Dental Hygienists Association
  • 2016 Legislator of the Year, National Association of Social Workers, Hawai‘i Chapter
  • 2016 Advocacy Award, Hawai‘i Academy of Family Physicians
  • 2015 Clydesdale Award, Anheuser-Busch Sales of Hawai‘i
  • 2015 Legislator of the Year, Hawai‘i Farm Bureau
  • 2015 State Senator of the Year, Healthcare Association of Hawai‘i
  • 2015 Plaque of Appreciation, Lahaina Complex After School Tutoring Program
  • 2015 Health Hero, Hawai‘i COPD Coalition
  • 2014 State Award for Excellence, American Association of Nurse Practitioners
  • 2014 Patsy T. Mink Award, Patsy T. Mink Political Action Committee
  • 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