A DIFFERENT KIND OF LEADER‍‍‍‍‍‍

I humbly ask for your vote.‍‍‍

Meet Kaniela Saito‍‍‍ Ing‍‍‍

I don’t come from money or power, and neither of my parents or grandparents have college degrees. So when I first ran for State House at 22 years old, I could count the folks who thought I had a chance on one hand—and half of them lived at my mom’s house. I was in a Republican district, running on a progressive platform, but I couldn't stand by while the tea-party incumbent sold-out our islands.

So I personally knocked on 15,000 doors. I walked my neighborhood from noon to sunset, after working a full-time sunrise shift cleaning locker rooms at a nearby resort. It was an uphill battle, but people could relate to my grassroots message. So they joined the campaign. We were outspent about 10-to-1, but still won by a huge 26 percent.

During my six years in the State House, I have always put people over profits. We took on corporate polluters, special interest lobbyists, and even billionaires. I quickly rose up the ranks to become Majority Policy Leader, setting ‍‍ legislative priorities statewide. We expanded voting access, women’s equality, LGBTQ rights, environmental protections, gun safety, and more. I have record of getting things done. ‍‍‍Now, I’m taking this grassroots, progressive energy from Hawaii to Washington D.C.

I am running for Congress because everyday people are being left behind and need a representative who understands today's struggle of paying for college, buying a home, and raising a family. Standing up to Donald Trump is important, but "no" is not enough. Together, we will bring a new generation of progress beyond resistance, defeat big-money corruption, and keep Hawaii Hawaii.

(Read our bold vision here)

Aloha, my name is Kaniela Saito Ing. I’m a father, public servant, and progressive candidate for Hawaii’s 1st congressional district. I fight for working families, because I come from one.

When I was 12 years old, my father passed away unexpectedly. So my mom was left caring for four children and our grandmother on her own. It wasn’t uncommon for her to skip meals to make sure we were all okay. I relied on my teachers, coaches, and government programs. I got my first callouses and my first paycheck in the pineapple fields, at 14 years old, to help my mom with family bills.

I’m grateful to have come out on the other side of some incredibly hard times. My dedicated mother, teachers, and past progressive leaders gave me a shot at life. But I know many, many more have not been so lucky. That's why I serve. In Hawaii, families lift each other up whenever we fall.

And we need to stand together more than ever. Costs have skyrocketed in Hawaii. Working people and middle-class families are being squeezed out of town b‍y international investors. Just look at Kaka'ako: luxury condos going for $20 million a piece, right next to veterans and Native Hawaiians sleeping on the street. Local people can barely afford shop at Ala Moana anymore.

Changing politicians doesn't matter when they are propped by the same entrenched interests-‍‍‍-it's just fresh paint on an old machine. That's why I do not accept campaign contributions from corporations and their DC lobbyists. So you know I will always stand with you.

Quick Facts About

Quick Facts About Kaniela Ing‍‍‍‍‍‍

Growing up in Hawai‍‍‍‍‍‍'i‍‍‍‍‍‍

‍‍‍Kaniela was born-and-raised in Hawai‍‍‍i and attended public and Kamehameha Schools.

‍‍‍UH Manoa Student‍‍‍ President‍‍‍‍‍‍

‍‍‍Like his mentor Mark Takai, Kaniela got his start fighting tuition increases and Lingle's budget cuts as ASUH Preside‍‍‍nt.

‍‍‍Overcoming the O‍‍‍dds‍‍‍‍‍‍

Kaniela lost his father at age 11, and worked in the pineapple fields to help his mom with bills.

‍‍‍Fighting for our Futur‍‍‍e.‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍

Kaniela has decades ahead of him to gain the seniority and influence Hawaii needs in Washington.

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Kaniela understands the struggles of paying-down student loans, saving for a home, and raising a family today.

‍‍‍A Legislative Leader‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍

‍‍‍Kaniela was elected to the State House in 2012, quickly rose up the ranks, and c‍‍‍urrently serves as Majority Policy Leader.

  • Kaniela's grandfather, Daniel Saito, was a Japanese-American WWII veteran who worked 40 years with Hawaiian Electric.
  • Kaniela's father graduated from Kaimu‍‍‍ki High School and waited tables as an ILWU union member.
  • Kaniela's mom was a shoe clerk at the old Kahala Liberty House.
  • Kaniela served as UH Manoa student-body president, just like late-Congressman Mark Takai.
  • Kaniela served on the Neighborhood Board in Liliha in 2010-2011.
  • Kaniela worked as a legislative aide for Councilmember Stanley Chang representing Waikiki through Hawaii Kai.
  • Kaniela has served six years in the state legislature. He rose up the ranks and currently serves as Majority Policy Leader, crafting House priorities of statewide importance.
  • If the people are willing, ‍‍‍Kaniela h‍‍‍as decades ahead of him in Congress to ensure stability, seniority, and influence for Hawaii.
  • Kaniela lettered in Track, Football, and Paddling at Kamehameha Schools, and plays guitar, bass and ukulele.
  • Kaniela has worked in all four levels of government, the private sector, and various non-profit organizations.

PO Box 3468‍‍‍, Honolulu, HI 9681‍‍‍3

kaniela@kanielaing.com

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