Editor’s note: For Hawaii’s Nov. 4 general election, Civil Beat asked candidates to answer some questions.

The following came from Gregory Arianoff, Libertarian candidate for state senator for District 1. Democrat Gilbert Kahele, who did not respond to the questionnaire, is also running.

District 1 includes Hilo on the Big Island.

Go to Civil Beat’s Elections Guide for general information, and check out other candidates on the General Election Ballot.

Name: Gregory Arianoff (Kobata)

Office: State Senate, District 1

Party: Libertarian

Profession: Hospitality consultant, food and beverage director

Education: College Cardinal Mercier, Belgium

Age: 43

Community organizations: Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce, Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Hawaii


Gregory Arianoff candidate for State Senate District 1

Gregory Arianoff

1. Why are you running for the Hawaii Legislature?

I decided to make a stance instead of staying at home and just complaining about the way things are or listening to others doing the same. I want to show people that we can make a difference and we can make it better. When I was still a teenager I took a suitcase and moved across the ocean, from Europe to the United States of America. I worked very hard to become a leader or a voice for my peers and now it is time to give back to my community. Our rights are being violated. Our government is mandating everything and over-taxing the people, when in reality our government should work for us! The time has come to show that the values of prosperity, peace, economic and individual freedom, and constitutional rights with limited government, ultimately lead to liberty and the pursuit of happiness; which are very dear to my heart and I would like to see my children experience these ideals as well.

2. Are you satisfied with the current plans to pay for the state’s unfunded liabilities? If not, how would you propose to meet pension and health obligations for public workers?

No I am not satisfied at all. Unfunded liabilities are serious issues that most politicians stay away from, especially during election years! Like in real life, priorities should be placed on paying your bills, let’s be responsible and accountable adults. Mismanagement of funds or the “robbing Paul to pay Peter” attitude of current administrations must be stopped.

3. Local officials and advocates have worked to address homelessness for years, yet the crisis is growing. What proposals do you have for this complicated issue?

As you mentioned it is a complicated issue. Reducing red tape and regulations to allow the private sector or non-profit charity organizations to tackle this issue would be a better alternative than letting more government get involved which ultimately would lead to increases in taxes for the public.

4. Where do you stand on labeling genetically engineered food and pesticide regulation? Are these public safety issues, or are the dangers exaggerated?

People have a right to know where their food originates and how it was processed. People will then make their own decision about which foods to consume or not. Many of these issues have not been brought to light with proper facts and too many inaccurate reports have been promoted by the media.

5. Hawaii’s cost of living is the highest in the country by many indicators. What can really be done to make things like housing, food and transportation less expensive?

End state income tax and end the Jones Act. This will allow the free markets to flourish and end local monopolies that burden citizens. Ending state income tax will save a Hilo household thousands of dollars per year. In addition, an end to the Jones Act would also save Hawaii residents.

6. Would you support using liquified natural gas as part of the state’s energy sources? And how can we improve the electrical distribution system so more renewable energy can be utilized to bring costs down?

Hawaii has the possibility to be a leading state, if not the leading state, in clean and renewable energy. We need to end the monopolies that keep us tied down to fossil fuels. Government needs to do its job and invest in the infrastructure.

7. Hawaii’s public records law mandates that public records be made available whenever possible. Yet many citizens are unable to afford the costs that state and local government agencies impose. Would you support eliminating search and redaction charges and making records free to the public except for basic copying costs?

Government needs to be transparent, citizens pay enough taxes. With infrastructure and technology like the Internet, there are no reasons citizens should pay for public records.

8. Are you satisfied with the way Hawaii’s public school system is run? How can it be run better?

No I am not satisfied with the school system. The administration is top-heavy; because of that a minute percentage of every dollar actually makes it back to the classroom and teachers. Common Core-like tactics need to be ended; the classroom needs to be returned to the teachers and parents. Teachers should be rewarded for good performance and principals should have the authority on deciding what is best for their schools at a local level.

9. There is a desire to grow the economy through new development yet also a need to protect our limited environmental resources. How would you balance these competing interests?

As a state legislator who has taken an oath of office, the only way to “balance” these interests are by abiding by the Constitution. In most cases, it was not and it is not government’s job to regulate the economy. Too many of these regulations are what got us in this mess in the first place.

10.What other important issue would you like to discuss here?

Less government is more aloha! If you would like to find out more about solutions through freedom, please visit my website; www.greg4liberty.com, I may be contacted directly through the site.