Manahan goes from immigrant to Congressional candidate

Published On: Jul 17 2014 07:30:31 PM HST

In his bid for Congress, Honolulu City Councilman Joey Manahan shakes every hand he can.

Click here to watch Yunji de Nies' report.

Saying hello and waving those signs is nothing new.  Manahan's been in politics for the last eight years.  He won his first election as a state representative by just 11 votes!

Now on the city council, the 43 year old represents Kalihi and Salt Lake -- something he never could have imagined as a kid from the Philippines who came to Hawaii at the age of 10.

"I never thought I'd be running for office or even be a government officials, but, you know, it's been a real privilege to serve," said Manahan.  "And for me there's nothing like giving back.  And when I see that, when you make improvements or when you make changes that help people, and people are grateful, there's no greater reward."

He's running for Congress on a platform of modernization.

"We need to be economically and politically stable.  And the way we can do that, and I've said this before, is through harbors modernization, airport modernization and modernization of our military in the state of Hawaii," said Manahan.

We asked him to tell us more about Manahan, the man.

"I'll tell you my secret talent.  My secret talent is I can do a moonwalk.  I can do a pretty mean moonwalk," said Manahan.  "But, my passion is really the ocean and surfing.  I love surfing and I'll never miss a good south swell."

Manahan is one of the candidates who will participate in the Commitment 2014 U.S. House District 1 Democratic Primary Debate on Wednesday, July 23 at 8 p.m. on the air and on

Click here to see profiles of the other candidates in the debate.  We will air candidate profiles in the days leading up to the debate.


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