Aloha!

ABOUT ME

I am a wife, mother, and grandmother who has called Hawaiʻi home for more than 40 years. My professor husband and I have been married for 40 years. I'm a mother of 4 Eagle Scouts and a daughter. Our household speak French, Tahitian, Hawaiian, Japanese, Mandarin, and Fijian - we enjoy the world! We have 11 grandchildren. I love everything about Hawaii and I love the good people who are always so generous in sharing and giving.

FROM SINGAPORE TO HONOLULU

I came to Oahu when I was 17 and graduated with a BA in English and Minor in TESOL. I worked myself through college. I've been a successful small business woman. I've been in the real estate sector for over 30 years. My decades of civic involvement are mainly focused on public interest, good government, fiscal accountability, environment, social justice and land-use issues. I've served in various capacities, such as founding campus and community associations. I've served on hospital, land-use advisory, and alumni boards. I was on the Oahu Grand Jury for a year. I enjoy volunteering and working with our women, youth, and college students. Like many of you, I was a soccer  and PTA mom. I also provide volunteer counseling for real estate. 
 

I've been participating in civic affairs since I was a teenager in Singapore. We would go in pairs to collect donations for charities or volunteer at a Children's Home and so on. I was always interested in public affairs and my surroundings.

 

I can't exactly explain what made me this way. Maybe it was because of my seven brothers and two sisters. Maybe it was my best friends who were Chinese, Muslims, Indians, Malays, with different cultures and beliefs. It could be the young German stranger who came to live with us or the houseless man my mother took in. Or perhaps, the foreign reporters living near us covering the Vietnam War.  Or, it could be simply living in an off-grid attap home with a "single" mother of 10 children; she was the 2nd wife.

 

There were always exciting conversations about anything and everything while the adults drank beer, ate duck feet, and fresh cockle shells. There were always good and bad guys in the stories. We always wanted to be on the good side to save the world!

INVOLVEMENT AT CITY HALL

I've been personally and actively involved at City Hall for twelve years. I've focused on good governance, fiscal accountability, and land-use issues.  

In 2018, I filed for the Honolulu City Council District Council seat on the last day of application filing. I campaigned for 2 months. I knew I was the underdog as some had positioned themselves for years for that council seat. I mainly used my own money to advocate for the issues important to our region and Oahu. I'm happy I did it. It forced the other candidates to address our residents' important issues.  

WHY I AM RUNNING FOR MAYOR

I don't have a big ego. I didn't position myself to run for this PUBLIC office. I don't have government resources to promote myself. No special interests asked me to run. I will not accept donations from lobbyists and PACs. I know I'm the underdog against "The Establishment" but I have YOU. 

 

I'm running for Mayor because of my longtime voluntary involvement in civic affairs here. I've personally participated, observed, and analyzed City Hall for over ten years. We must take back  the government! My selected platform focuses on general urgent needs for Oahu today. There are more and much to do!

My profession in the real estate sector has also given me frontline knowledge of Oahu's residents. Some use their own private jet while many others struggle to stay afloat. My profession requires me to find solutions and results promptly with all affected parties. My other volunteer civic work has enlarged my perspectives on Oahu's needs and solutions. I continue to enjoy international friends throughout the world. I still have a large family in Singapore. My lifelong international exposure and interactions  broaden my views and thought-process - Live local and think global - is a good theme for our family.

I love you! I love Oahu. I want you to be happy, prosper, and succeed. You deserve a clean, safe, and thriving environment. We need to make Oahu a better place for future generations.

 

My kuleana as Mayor is to promote your happiness, prosperity, safety, and general welfare in a sustainable and resilient manner for today and future generations.

I sincerely hope I can persuade YOU to stand with me. 

 

We will run a campaign on a shoestring budget. I cannot afford expensive campaign fanfare. I'm not accepting donations from Lobbyists or PACs. But we have YOU! I need YOUR help to share the message!

 

I can only win if YOU vote.

 

Please share this with YOUR five friends. 

 

Together We Can,

 

                                      Choon  (Text 808 293 8888)

CHOON JAMES

for MAYOR

Residents First!