"He ali`i ka `āina, he kauwā ke kanaka." "The land is a chief, the person is the servant." Our precious island resources have been taken for granted by our local government for far too long. Island and Community Plans are continually pushed aside to re-zone critical areas for smaller, private interests.
Whether it is an issue concerning wai (water), our nearshore fisheries, watersheds, forest areas and agricultural lands or traditional and customary access rights for Kānaka Maoli, Trinette is committed to fighting and speaking for this mokupuni (island) we call home.
"Aloha kekahi i kekahi" (love one another) should be a mindful practice that invites inclusiveness, transparency and trust in our government system. For far too long, we have been at the END of decisions and the results arenʻt those that display nor include true aloha: for the `āina, for its resources and for its people.
Whether you are a new resident, long-time resident or one who was born and raised on Maui, the cost of living here and finding a home for yourself and your `ohana (family) is fast becoming a ruthless and often stressful process. "Affordable" housing and rentals are few and far between as our population continues to expand and developers continue to have an eye for the bottom line rather than true community development.
No one wants to see their keiki (children) and mo`opuna (grandchildren) move away because the opportunities here for work and home ownership seem like unreachable goals for those who are trying to make ends meet.
Trinette is looking critically at affordable and workforce housing that will be infrastructure and community-minded, includes renewable energy opportunities and sources and adheres to smart growth and development that is `āina and po`e (people) driven.