2002 was a year of big changes for me and some of my close friends in our group called “Pineapple Pack”: (1) I entered elected state politics; (2) Stacey Hayashi began her e-commerce, digital media, and film companies; (3) Gene Nishihira got promoted to underwriter officer in Title Guaranty; (4) Owen Iida and Ryan Sanada got into respectable law firms; and (5) Spencer Yasui began to work in the hotel industry, leaving the retail arena.
I was told by a friend of mine that 2003 would be a year of “small battles”: (1) I began my e-commerce company following the lead of entrepreneurs Stacey Hayashi and Scott Murakami; (2) Stacey Hayashi began manufacturing her own clothing; (3) Owen Iida left practicing law to embark on a new magazine called “Hawaii Next” (an idea he got when he was rooming at my townhouse); (4) Grant Karamatsu was hired as manager for Norwegian Cruise Lines; (5) Kendall Matsuyoshi got his real estate license; (6) Brandon Mitsuda went back to college to study counseling, and is currently working for Honolulu City Council Chair Donovan Dela Cruz and Owen Iida’s magazine “Hawaii Next.”
I predict 2004 will be a year of huge challenges. The Pineapple Pack will continue to work hard as productive citizens of Hawaii and our country. I am going to work really hard to keep pushing for a diversified economy for Hawaii. I will continue to help those who face challenges of abuse and violence. At the same time I will do my best to improve my e-commerce company to continue bringing in revenue to Hawaii from out-of-state. In 2004, I will also be up for re-election for the State House and I will go all-out with my platform for a better Hawaii.
I wish the people of Hawaii the best. Work hard and enjoy life!