As we continue to navigate through this COVID-19 pandemic, we have an opportunity to reenvision and reimagine the way we do business in Hawaiʻi. This health crisis highlights our need to address major economic vulnerabilities and we cannot continue with the status quo. Our path to economic recovery won’t be easy but it is necessary to ensure a thriving Hawaiʻi for future generations.
In order to do this, Jacob believes that we need to reconceptualize Hawaiʻi’s tourism industry,diversify our economy to create more jobs and invest in our people and communities.
Prior to the current health crisis, Oʻahu was facing a public safety crisis. The rising number of robberies and other violent crimes were alarming and left many in our community feeling unsafe in their own home. A major component to solving these issues is to address the staffing shortages within the Honolulu Police Department (HPD) and implement effective strategies to deter criminal activities in our neighborhoods.
Jacob believes that we need to address the police officer shortage and combat crime in our communities.
Over the past few decades, Hawaiʻi has been faced with an affordable housing crisis. The State Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism projects that by 2025, housing demand will reach 64,693 units, with nearly 70% (43,828) needed for households earning 80% or less of the Area Median Income (AMI). The lack of affordable housing coupled with the high cost of living makes it hard for local families to thrive in Hawaiʻi. Providing access to real affordable housing that local people can afford needs to be a priority for all of government.
In order to do this, Jacob believes that we need to incentivize private sector investment into affordable housing development and encourage the development of non-traditional methods of housing.
In order to ensure a thriving future for our keiki, we must revitalize our community’s infrastructure to better support residents and local businesses. Rail and the proposed transit-oriented development (TOD) in Honolulu provides a great opportunity for us to address long standing neighborhood issues. Investing in our communities will help improve the quality of life for all who call Oʻahu home,
In order to do this, Jacob believes that we need to fix our roads and clean up the trash.