Kymberly Pine won her bid for the Honolulu City Council‘s District 1 seat in the 2012 general election.
She beat incumbent Tom Berg by more than 25 percentage points, or nearly 7,000 votes. District 1 encompasses West Oahu and the Leeward Coast. She was re-elected in 2016.
Before taking her seat in the City Council, Pine was a Republican state representative for four terms serving Ewa Beach, where Pine resides, as well as Iroquois Point and Puuloa. Pine was the first Republican to represent that district since statehood, and is known for her advocacy against cybercrime. She was a victim of Cyber Crime in 2011 and worked to help strengthen the states Cyber Crime laws.
Pine is Filipina and graduated from University of California at Berkeley in 2000 with a degree in English. Prior to becoming a public servant, she worked as director of the Minority Research Office in the State House of Representatives and as a journalist. Berg, Pine’s predecessor, worked in the Hawaii Legislature
for 11 years and was at one point Pine’s ally.
However, the two become adversaries
in their competition over the council seat and disagreement over the Honolulu rail project
and other issues. In November 2011, City Council redistricting decisions were marred
by the suggestion that Ewa Beach was divided into two districts in order to engineer competition between Berg and Pine.
In 2007 she was named one of the nation’s 100 most influential women by the Filipina Women’s Network. She was the youngest to be appointed as Director of Minority Research in the State House of Representatives.
Kymberly Neaulani Pine Ryglowski’s father was a community college teacher and she was granddaughter of Filipino immigrants who came to Hawaii from the Ilocos Norte, Philippines in the early 1900s. Her grandfather served in the U.S. Military and fought in World War II during the attack on Pearl Harbor, which led her to work for U.S. Vets – Hawaii, a non-profit transitional home for former homeless veterans, located in Ewa.
Pine was elected to the State House to represent district 43, defeating an incumbent with 60% of the vote. From 2010-2012 she served as the House Minority floor leader.
One of Pine’s her legislative priorities was to keep the community informed regarding the closure of the Hawaii Medical Center West facility in Ewa Beach in December 2011. She also hosted a Leeward Job Fair to help the 1,000 people that lost their jobs from the HMC West and East locations.
- Phone: 808-689-1713
- Pine’s campaign office: P.O. Box 2635 Ewa Beach, Hawaii 96706