Homelessness and Affordable Housing

Environmental Stewardship

Save 600 HC&S Jobs, Keep Maui Green

Equal Pay and
Paid Family Leave

Getting Big Money Out of Politics

New Unity for Maui.

Rep. Kaniela Ing

Volunteering at

Kihei Elementary’s

School Garden.

K-12 and Higher Educaton

An Innovation Economy

Together, we have accomplished so much, but lots of work lies ahead. Kaniela has the

bold vision, fresh ideas, and a proven record of success to bring new unity on Maui.

Here is an outline of some of the projects Kaniela is working on:

I humbly ask for your vote in my re-election,

so I can continue my work for the people of South Maui.

Your concerns are my priorities, and my agenda comes directly from you. So if you would like something else on this page, please reach out! 

It used to be the case that if you worked full-time, and especially if went to college, you could afford to by a home and comfortably enter the middle class. For too many in Kaniela’s his generation, home ownership has become out of reach. Housing costs have exponentially outpaced salaries and living costs across the boards continues to inflate.  

Too few affordable homes are being built, while luxury condominiums sprawl across Maui. This drives up costs, resulting in more people suffering from homelessness.

Kaniela is fighting for better enforcement of inclusionary zoning laws, more shelters, increased mental health and drug abuse treatments, and the construction of more affordable homes. He will continue to fight for veteran care, more “Housing First” funds, “tiny houses” and other proven and creative solutions to end homelessness wilthout relying on uncompassionate “sit-lie” bans.


 

Kaniela grew up in a working class family and saw education as his key to the entering middle class. When his father unexpectedly shortly before Kaniela’s 12th birthday, ourstanding teachers played a huge role in keeping him on track. 

We need to treat and compensate teachers like the professionals they are, maintain educational facilities, focus less on standardized testing, and modernize our classrooms. His focus on education and Kihei High School is why HSTA has supported Kaniela since 2012.

Kaniela went on to become the first on either side of his family to graduate college, read about his support for debt-free college here:


 

Woman’s rights, equal protection under law, paid family leave, and pay equity are central to Kaniela’s core values.

Read an article Kaniela wrote on Women’s Equality Day (http://www.civilbeat.com/2015/08/hawaii-nation-still-have-a-ways-to-go-on-equity-equality-for-women/)

about Hawaii’s history of women’s rights, our work left to be done, and a message to men about how we can be better allies.

In 2014, Kaniela was one of only four House members who received early endorsements by the Sierra Club of Hawaii for his superb record on renewable energy, environmental protection, smart-growth, and walkable, bikeable streets.

His environmental record is one the strongest in the state, and he continues to live Aloha ‘Aina in his day-to-day life.

Kaniela believes that elections should be won by big ideas, not big donations. Our Representative has walked the talk since 2012, when he was the only candidate to opt-in to a campaign expenditure limit of $18k. He won despite being outspent 10-1 in the Primary and broke the record for the most small donations received by a House candidate.

He has since advocated for major campaign finance reform proposals and passed a resolution urging Congress to repeal the disastrous Citizens United decisions, which established corporate personhood and unlimited SuperPac spending.


Still today, Kaniela’s average contribution this election cycle is $23--the lowest in our state, by a lot.

 

After winning his first re-election,

Kaniela speaks against

Big Money in Politics

A nervous, new-to-politics Kaniela

Speaking to the Sierra Club.

^ Watch outstanding coverage by Hawaii News Now on Kaniela’s bill to

Legalize Industrial Hemp

Legendary Hawaii Congresswoman Patsy Mink (back row, fourth from left) and her fellow 11 women representatives in the 89th Congress. 

A healthy economy contains limited big business, an industrial labor force, and thriving small businesses like your ma-and-pa’s. A 21st century economy requires all of these plus rapid innovation. It is time for policy makers to eradicate the false dichotomies of pro-business and pro-labor and strive toward an agenda of common cause: pro-innovation.

Fair economic policy should limit the barriers to starting a business, while maintaining an adequate social safety net. We should allow failing business to sunset, so that new ideas and innovations can sunrise into new industries.  For too long, we have relied solely on tourism, and real estate: two industries that are paradoxical and unsustainable. Both rely on Hawaii’s, abundant resources and open space, while they necessarily deplete resources and pave our open space.

Kaniela has fought to diversify our economy and create more work opportunities, so that more of keiki will be able to raise their families in the communities they grew up in.  Our greatest export should not be out best and birhgtest young people.  Kaniela has pushed bi-partisan proposals to pay off our debts, eliminate tax loopholes, oppose new taxes, and support entreprenureal investment programs.

Legalize Industrial Hemp - A study conducted by theUniversity of Hawaii recently concluded that hemp is a viable crop for commercial production here in Hawaii.  Industrial hemp is grown world-wide for use in fabric, food, oil, and even concrete. It can NOT get you high, and is as beautifully as sugar cane without the need to burn!

Incentivize Energy Crops -Our State’s ethanol tax credit is obsolete and unused. My bill would replace it with a production fuels credit so biofuel crops like sunflowers can fairly compete with federal subsidies. Biofuels are a renewable way to power machines, cars, and even boats.

Support Displaced Employees-  A&B plans to give former employees priority in leasing former sugar land. My bill provides direct training and support to helps turn employees into entreprenuers. Similar to start-up incubators, an “ag incubator” could help budding farmers and former HC&S workers build the capital and capacity to own their own businesses, fostered by incentives for regenerative crops and local food production like avocado, papaya and kalo.

However, not all HC&S employees are farmers. I have also proposed direct unemployment and training assistance for all dislocated workers on Maui (laborers, operators, etc.) Track these bills at capitol.hawaii.gov.