Why vote for Jacob Aki?
Jacob Aki lives in Kapālama, Oʻahu and currently serves as the Chief of Staff to Senator J. Kalani English. He attended Kalihi Kai Elementary before graduating from the Kamehameha Schools in 2013. Jacob received a B.A. in Hawaiian Studies from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and an M.A. in Political Management from The George Washington University.
Growing up as the eldest child in a low-income working family, Jacob faced many of the challenges that countless local families have experienced while trying to make a living in Hawaiʻi. His humble upbringings fostered a desire within him to give back to his community and enter public service.
As an active member in the community, Jacob serves in numerous leadership positions within the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs, Hale O Nā Aliʻi O Hawaiʻi, the Democratic Party of Hawaiʻi and other community, non-profit and advocacy organizations. He is also a member of the Kalihi-Pālama Neighborhood Board.
Ensuring Economic Recovery
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.
Creating Safer 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.
Access To Real Affordable Housing
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.
Revitalizing Community Infrastructure
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.
Jacob is the only candidate with a plan
Jacob is the only candidate in this race with a plan to improve our community. Unlike his opponent, Jacob has a comprehensive plan of action to ensure economy recovery, create safer communities, provide real access to affordable housing and revitalize our community infrastructure. It’s easy for candidates to talk about the issues, but it takes a real leader to offer solutions.
Jacob will bring a fresh perspective to the Honolulu City Council
The Honolulu City Council has been divisive, controversial and at times, very uncordial with one another.
Unlike his opponent, Jacob isn’t tied to any particular Councilmember or City Council faction. Nor is he entangled in the status quo politics that have left many Oʻahu residents unsatisfied with the way City government operates.
Jacob brings a fresh perspective, a wealth of experience and a proven ability to get the job done. He’ll bring change to Honolulu Hale!
Jacob has an unmatched record of leadership and experience
These unprecedented times, calls for a leader with the knowledge, experience and working relationships at all levels of government, not just at the city level.
Jacob Aki is the only candidate in this race with those qualifications, having served in leadership roles at the county, state, federal and international levels of government. His leadership and hard work in the Hawaiʻi State Senate is recognized by many, including Senate Vice President Michelle Kidani.
Jacob and his family are from the community
As a product of Hawaiʻi’s public housing system, Jacob truly understands that struggle that many in his community face everyday. His family has lived in Council District 7 for over 100 years and his roots in the community is unparalleled.
Jacob understands the issues of the district and has worked hard to address them as a member of the Neighborhood Board and a leader in numerous community/civic organizations.
United Public Workers (UPW), AFSCME, Local 646
Plumbers and Pipefitters, Local 675
State of Hawaiʻi Organization of Police Officers (SHOPO)
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Local Union 1186
International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU), Local 100
International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) – District Council 50
- International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Local Union 1260
Building Industry Association of Hawaiʻi/Build-PAC Hawaiʻi
General Contractors Association of Hawaiʻi
Hawaiʻi Lodging and Tourism Association (HLTA)
Former Governor John Waiheʻe
Former Lieutenant Governor Shan Tsutsui
Senate Vice President Michelle Kidani
Senator Majority Leader J. Kalani English
Senator Gilbert Keith-Agaran
Senator Clarence Nishihara
Representative Daniel Holt
- Representative Lynn DeCoite
- Former Senator Dennis Nakasato
More endorsements forthcoming!