Editor’s Note: In July 2012, Civil Beat sent six questions to each of the candidates registered to run in the Aug. 11 primary for Hawaii Senate District 2. All five responded, including Wendell Ka’ehu’ae’a’s. The questions and answers are reproduced below in full. Read responses by Bob Herkes, Russell Ruderman, Gary Safarik and Daryl Smith to see how Ka’ehu’ae’a’s positions compare to those of his competitors. Click on each topic listed below to read Civil Beat’s question and Ka’ehu’ae’a’s response.

Preferred Candidate Name: Wendell Ka’ehu’ae’a

Senate/House District Number: Senate District 2

Date of Birth: 09/12/1942

Place of Birth/Hometown: Honolulu

Current Profession/Employer: Na Leo O Hawaii Community Television. Veteran, U.S. Navy. Co-Founder & Owner Ka’u Community Radio Inc. (KAHU 91.7 FM), Pahala Hawai’i.

Education/Alma Mater(s): High School Farrington 1960, UH-Hilo 2000 BA Communications, BA Political Science and Economics

1. With the exception for Honolulu rail, the state has not raised the general excise tax in decades. Would you consider increasing the GET to help the state meet its budget demands?

No, not at todays economical times, our islanders cannot afford increases in taxes. ↩ back to top

2. Lawmakers proposed relaxing environmental regulatory review to spur development and job growth in the 2012 session, and the issue is expected to resurface next year. Where do you stand?

Grovernment transparency a must. Any and all development should not have a free go-a-head projects without community involvement. We must protect our island natural resources and over development. ↩ back to top

3. Gambling — are you for it or against it? If not, why not? If so, what type of gambling and with what kind of restrictions?

There has been many pros and cons on this subject, while I am not in favor of gambling in general, back during Rep. Helene Hale tenure, she introduced a concept of building the horse industry that would create jobs — International Horse Expo type without gambling. ↩ back to top

4. The Sunshine Law is a hallmark of an open democracy accountable to its citizens. Yet, the Legislature exempts itself from this requirement. Do you support more transparency in government operations, or are there legitimate reasons to conduct some of the people’s business behind closed doors?

I believe in government transparency we are elected by the people and they have a right to know what goes on . ↩ back to top

5. What is the best legislation — and worst legislation — that the Legislature has approved in recent years? Please explain.

Not sure of the best but I was not happy with State operated banks could be said for the worst. ↩ back to top

6. What is an issue that you would champion at the Legislature — one that perhaps has not received much attention, or an issue that is important to your district?

Add technical skill courses in high school to better prepare students with work skills and support tax break for “Mom & Pop” businesses. ↩ back to top

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