Pine looking to expand her reach to Leeward Oahu

By Catherine Cruz
Published On: Oct 29 2012 10:28:32 AM HST
Updated On: Oct 30 2012 09:45:01 AM HST

Our District One candidate profile covers Kymberly Pine who wants to expand her reach from Ewa to all along the Leeward Coast. 

KAPOLEI, Hawaii -

Voters in West Oahu will have a choice to return Honolulu City Councilman Tom Berg to Honolulu Hale or to vote Rep. Kymberly Pine into office.

Pine says she wants to expand her reach from Ewa to the coast of Leeward Oahu.

"My drive time went from 45 minutes to 12 minutes," said Pine.  She is proud of the fact that her commute in Ewa Beach was dramatically reduced thanks to the fight for the North-South Road.

"I was mad about that, and I didn't think I was going to win, but I really wanted to make a statement about, remember Ewa Beach," said Pine.

Sitting for this interview on the University of Hawaii West Oahu campus, she underscored what drove her to run for office.

"This really is a symbol of giving opportunity to the Leeward Coast.  That's what my whole career has been all about -- equal opportunity and end the types of things which I feel has been discrimination for this side of the island," said Pine.

That is what drives Kymberly Pine.

"We blew up three mountains to build three tunnels to help people of the Windward Coast, Hawaii Kai, and Kahala can have a nice drive to their jobs. Why then, do we have to wait so long for relief?" asks Pine.

Unlike her opponent, Tom Berg, Pine is pro-rail and a traffic solution is high priority.  Pine has paddled on a team across the Molokai Channel, and in her earlier childhood years, was proud to be the first girl on an all-boys baseball team in Manoa.

"People say that can't get another access road to Makakilo and Waianae and I don't think that's impossible, and that was what the Molokai Channel, and the triathlons, and the team sports, like soccer, that I have been on has really taught me," said Pine.

Pine hopes to revisit garbage-to-energy technology to make landfills obsolete.  She also wants to continue the push to create jobs for Leeward Oahu residents to reduce traffic on the highways into town.

Pine credits her upbringing for instilling values of respect and a tough work ethic.

Her Filipino family roots draw from plantations on Ewa and Maui and Philippines president Ferdinand Marcos.

Her Irish side can trace her heritage to Alexander Hamilton, the face on the 10 dollar bill.  Her mother works as a nurse; her father teaches philosophy.  And her husband is a Naval officer.

And unlike her political opponent's much publicized outbursts this past year, Pine says she comes with much less drama.

"I have never had the police called on me by my peers or constituents," said Pine.

Pine -- comfortable in her skin, trying to make the move from a small state district to a larger city council one.

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