itoMember of the following committees:

WLO - Water, Land, & Ocean Resources (Chair)
JUD - Judiciary (Vice-Chair)
CPC - Consumer Protection & Commerce
EEP - Energy & Environmental Protection
HSG - Housing


Personal

  • Married to Joyce, retired public school teacher
  • One daughter, son-in-law, and four grandchildren.

Education

  • University of Hawaii, BEd., 1970
  • Professional Certificate
  • Farrington High School, 1962

Professional

  • State Representative, 1994 - present
  • Committee on Public Safety and Military Affairs Chair
  • Committee on Education Chair
  • Select Committee on Homeland Security, Chairman
  • Select Committee on War Preparedness, Co-Chair
  • Committee on Disaster Preparedness, Member
  • Joint Legislative Access Committee
  • Joint Legislative Committee on Child and Adolescent Mental Health
  • Joint Legislative Committee on Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Public School Teacher,1970 - 1987
  • Vocational - Technical Resource Teacher, 1987 - 1994

Professional Involvement

  • Association for Career and Technical Education
  • Education Commission of the States
  • Felix Investigative Committee
  • Hawaii Association of Career and Tech Education
  • Hawaii Educational Policy Center Advisory Panel
  • Hawaii School Leadership Academy Advisory Committee
  • National Commission on Teaching and America's Future (NCTAF) Policy Group
  • Workforce Development Council

Honors

  • Industrial Arts Teacher of the Year, 1990
  • Legislator of the Year, Friends of the Library of Hawaii 2000
  • Legislator of the Year, Hawaii Rifle Associatin 2005
  • National Guard Assocation of the U.S. Patrick Henry Award 2004
  • Nation Guard Association of the U.S. Charles Dick Medal Award 2005

Military Service

  • U.S. Air Force, 1962 - 1966 (Veteran - Honorable Discharge)

Community

  • Ben Parker Elementary School "Arts in Public Places" Committee
  • Castle High School Alumni & Community Association
  • Kane'ohe Neighborhood Board #30, 1989 - 1993
  • Castle High Schooll Parent Partnership
  • Civil Air Patrol, Major
  • Democratic Party of Hawaii Member
  • Heeia, Ben Parker, Puohala, Kaneohe, and Kapunahala Elementary Schools, PTA
  • Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce
  • Kahaluu Lions Club
  • Kane'ohe Business Group
  • Kane'ohe Christmas Parade Committee
  • Kane'ohe Community Family Center
  • Kane'ohe Senior Hui
  • King Intermediate School
  • Niigata Kenjinkai
  • Selective Service System, former board member
  • Soto Mission of Hawaii
  • State Democratic Convention Delegate, 1990 - 1992
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars, Windward Post 10154
  • Windard Jaycees Extension, Honorary Chair

Member of the Democratic party