We need to support the heart and history of our town: Downtown Hilo. First, we start with treating our homeless/houseless population with dignity by providing options to help them get off the streets. I worked at Central Fire Station for nearly 10 years and used to know many of the homeless on a first name basis. We can employ programs to support our Police and Fire/EMS workers to better serve our homeless population and assist them into a more productive and stable life under a roof.
We also need to embrace and implement the visionary County and private plans focused on ensuring Downtown Hilo is a safe place to walk, bike, shop, work and visit. As a stakeholder in the Downtown Hilo Multimodal Plan, Hanau Hou Initiative and the Downtown Hilo Business Improvement District, we have some excellent plans that are ready to come off the shelf, out of the idea stage and implement them for a vibrant, fun and productive Downtown Hilo. No one running has the track record I do: Let’s get it done together!