The last couple of days I’ve been calling all the candidates around the island to let them know I am putting together a voter’s guide for the Big Island Weekly, which is also going to publish on this blog after it publishes in the newspaper. Â As you can imagine, it’s pretty time-consuming, and it gets pretty monotonous saying the same thing over and over: “I’m putting together a voter’s guide, and I need to get your personal email so I can send you a list of questions that I need to get answered by you in the next couple of weeks.” Â When I called Donald Ikeda this morning on his cell phone, his immediate response was, “I don’t have email.”
“Well, Mr. Ikeda, how can I get this list of questions to you?”
“I don’t live in Puna,” he said.
“Mr. Ikeda, just because I live in Puna doesn’t make me Puna-centric. Â You represent the whole island. Â The Big Island Weekly publishes around the whole island,” I said.
“Mail the questions to my house,” he said.
So be it.
What Ikeda doesn’t care to realize is that I am not just some Punatic he can easily dismiss; my ohana actually owns a home in his district and, back in the days when he was campaigning against Michael Tulang, Ikeda actually visited our home and, in our carport, gave me his schpeel, which actually has turned out to be a whole lot of b.s. Ikeda, in my opinion, doesn’t have an altruistic bone in his body. He looks out for number one. Â What really has Ikeda done for District 2? I remember he wanted to get sidewalks put in along Kaumana Drive. Â Never happened. Â If anything, by his votes, Ikeda has done a dis-service to the people. Â Plus, I know for a fact that he cares nothing about the Sunshine Law, and has violated it on occasion. Â For Ikeda not to want to answer my questions because I reside in Puna and he doesn’t, well, Â that just shows how short-sighted the man really is, and how he doesn’t truly understand that his job is to represent the whole island, not just his Hilo district. I cannot believe that the fine people of District 2 bother to re-elect the guy. Why, District 2, why?!
Good luck to Ikeda’s opponent in this election, Sammye-Ann K. Young. Â I would love to know more about her. Â I just left her a message informing her of my intention to prepare a voter’s guide. Hopefully, she’ll respond a lot more favorably than Ikeda. Â I have to say, while I do not think highly of Ikeda at all, I predict the voters of District 2 will re-elect him. Â And this will be to our detriment because, as I said, the guy doesn’t seem to have an altruistic bone in his body. Â The only thing we can be hopeful for is Ikeda facing term limits. Should he be Â re-elected, this will be his last term. Â In two years, he and his Hilo centrism will be going bye-bye.
Meanwhile, to all candidates on the island seeking a State Representative, State Senate or Hawaii County Council seat, I am putting together a voter’s guide for the Big Island Weekly, which will also publish on this blog. Â Please email me at email@example.com, so I can send you back a list of questions that need to be answered in the next couple of weeks. Mahalo.