A Family Focus
I grew up in a military family, first moving to Hawaii when I was three. We moved between Schofield, Aliamanu, and Hickam, before finding a home in Mililani during my sophomore year of high school. I was fortunate to spend most of my childhood on Oahu, including 12 years within this district.
I have a big family, as the second-oldest of seven with three brothers and three sisters. We also had 12 different foster babies living in our home at one point or another!
My mom is a social worker and former member of the U.S. Army. My dad is a professor at the University of Hawaii, West Oahu, a retired Lieutenant Colonel of the U.S. Army, and a cybersecurity expert.
Family means the world to me and the highlight of my week is when everyone meets up at my parents' house in Mililani for game night and to watch shows together.
Growing Up in Public School
Learning and Working in D.C.
I am a proud product of Hawaii's public school system, attending Hale Kula Elementary (Schofield), Webling Elementary (Aiea), Wheeler Middle School, and Leilehua High School.
I graduated from Leilehua High School in 2014 as a valedictorian and three-sport athlete. Prior to graduation, I was honored as the "Mighty Mule of the Year," which is the highest award given by the school. The Rotary Club of Wahiawa-Waialua also chose me for their annual college scholarship. I was also chosen for the Army National Guard "Scholar-Athlete of the Year" award.
The wide-ranging support I received, from classmates to faculty members and community leaders, meant the world to me and inspired me to make the most of my future. I was proud to represent Hawaii's public schools at Georgetown University.
Attending Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., I was exposed to politics and quickly found an interest in the field. I was drawn toward the potential of politics to help others on a broad, societal scale. I double-majored in Government & Economics and searched for opportunities to get involved in the U.S. Capitol.
I made the most of my time in D.C. I worked for Senator Bernie Sanders in his U.S. Senate office in 2016, at the height of the last presidential election. It was incredibly exciting being in the heart of national politics, in such a high-profile office, during this hectic time. I also worked for Representative Tulsi Gabbard in her Oahu and D.C. offices, seeing both sides of the coin – helping constituents in Honolulu, then working on federal policy and Congressional politics in D.C. I learned about public housing programs while working at the National Low Income Housing Coalition, an affordable housing advocacy organization.
My time in the nation's capital showed me what politics can be, at its best – a battleground of ideas, philosophies, and perspectives. I am motivated to use my career in government to fight for everyday people and their needs, so that our government can work for you.
My Best Friend and Wife
In 2018, I came home to Mililani and married my high school sweetheart, Lori. The two of us originally met through our high school youth group. We then managed four years of long-distance while we attended colleges across the country from one another.
After being far from one another for so long, we were overjoyed to return to Mililani and settle down. We had a beautiful wedding with friends and family and began our life together.
Lori and I are happily living in Mililani Town, a short walk from my parents' house. We are happy to be so close to family in this great community.
A Creator at Heart
In my free time I love being creative and learning new skills. I play the drums, guitar, and ukulele, produce music, edit videos, and dabble in photography and painting.
I think that learning artistic skills is one of the best ways to improve yourself and change the way you see the world. It shows you how to think outside the box and solve problems. For artistic inspiration, I enjoy hiking and exploring nature.
On the Big Screen
You might also catch me on your screens every once in a while! I am a self-trained actor. My first speaking role came in the film Midway and I also had several lines on the final season of Hawaii Five-0 last fall. I was in a national Toyota commercial, a suicide prevention campaign, worked as Zac Efron's stand-in in a film, and appeared as a body double on Homeland.
I was first exposed to acting when my dad and I were extras on Hawaii Five-0. I loved the energy of the set and decided to follow that feeling. I learned the business while I was in Washington, D.C., joined SAG-AFTRA, and then it was off to the races! I am grateful that my dad and I get to share this hobby; in fact, he booked a speaking role on Hawaii Five-0 two episodes before me!
It Takes a Village
I want to extend a huge thank you to my wife, Lori, my parents, all of my family and friends, and everyone who has given me love and support through the years. None of this would be possible without you!