JoAnn Yukimura for Kauai County Council 2016
JoAnn Yukimura

Aloha!

Of all events that happen on Kauaʻi, the election of Kauaʻiʻs political leaders every two years is one of the most important.

Why? Because the decisions made by those we elect will significantly affect us, our children and grandchildren, and the Kauaʻi that we love.

If you look closely, you will see that my work over 26 years in elected office has resulted in many long lasting benefits to the people of Kauaʻi.

In this current term, my work has continued with the same proactive and results-oriented spirit. For example, I helped to ensure that the affordable housing projects in Princeville and Poʻipu will be affordable forever to qualifying families.

While my advocacy for right process at Council meetings, good planning, and strategic use of resources has not generally prevailed in this term, it is more important than ever to have a councilmember who speaks up for these things.

Thank you for your interest in this election and in my candidacy. One of the most important things you could do this year is to make wise choices as you cast your vote.

I hope that after learning about me through this website and by coming to one of my campaign gatherings, you will decide that I am worthy of your vote, and you will help to spread the word on my behalf.

With warm aloha,

JoAnn Yukimura

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ABOUT

JoAnn Yukimura

Early Years

Born and raised on Kauaʻi to Jiro and Jennie Yukimura

First of five children

Maternal grandmother grew up in Hanapepe Valley, daughter of McBryde pump station caretaker

Paternal grandparents ran a general merchandise store across Lihue Mill which later became Yukimuraʻs, a grocery store on Kuhio Highway

Paternal grandparents help to found Lihue Christian Church

Education

Wilcox Elementary School

Kauaʻi High School, valedictorian and student body president

Stanford University, B.A., Psychology

University of Washington, Juris Doctor degree

Work Experience

Hanamaulu Cafe, waitress

Waimano Home for Severely and Profoundly Retarded Children, summer intern

EPA, Region X, summer intern

Hawaii State Legislature, House Minority Counsel

Legal Aid Attorney

Kauai County Council 1976-78, 1984-88, 2002-2008, 2010-2016

Private Practice, 1981-83

Kauai Mayor 1988-1994

Vice President, Trenchless Engineering 1998-2002

Community Service

Boys and Girls Club of Hawaii– Kauai Branch Advisory Board

Keiki to Career, Leadership Council

Kauai Performing Arts Center, Advisory Board

Family

JoAnn's Family
Husband: John Wehrheim, award-winning author and filmmaker

Daughter: Maile Walters, married to Pat Walters

Hanai daughter: Kanani Donovan Richards

Granddaughter: Ualani Genievive Yukiko Walters

TIMELINE

JoAnn’s Story

Aloha!

Of all events that happen on Kauaʻi, the election of Kauaʻiʻs political leaders every two years is one of the most important.

Why? Because the decisions made by those we elect will significantly affect us, our children and grandchildren, and the Kauaʻi that we love.

If you look closely, you will see that my work over 26 years in elected office has resulted in many long lasting benefits to the people of Kauaʻi– probably more than any other candidate.

In this current term, my work has continued with the same proactive and results-oriented spirit. For example, I helped to ensure that the affordable housing projects in Princeville and Poʻipu will be affordable forever to qualifying families.

While my advocacy for right process at Council meetings, good planning, and strategic use of resources has not generally prevailed in this term, it is more important than ever to have a councilmember who speaks up for these things.

Thank you for your interest in this election and in my candidacy. One of the most important things you could do this year is to make wise choices as you cast your vote.

I hope that after learning about me through this website and by coming to one of my campaign gatherings, you will decide that I am worthy of your vote, and you will help to spread the word on my behalf.

With warm aloha,

JoAnn Yukimura

 

Early Years

November 1, 1949

Born. Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii. First of 5 children. Both parents social workers, politically active, strong Christians.

1955 – 1963

Wilcox Elementary School, K-8

1963 – 1967

Kauai High School
Graduates student body president and valedictorian

1967- 1971

Stanford University
B.A., Psychology

 

1970s

1971 – 1974

University of Washington Law School
J.D. degree

1974

Volunteer with Life of the Land and Council of Presidents (of neighborhood associations); helps draft and lobby for Shoreline Protection Bill. Works in Hawaii State Legislature House Minority Counsel Office

1975 – 1976

Shoreline Protection Bill passes. Becomes SMA law, HRS 205A
JoAnn passes Hawaii State Bar exam
Works as VISTA Attorney, Legal Aid Society, Kauai Office

1976

Stop Highrises on Kauai (SHOK)
Writes initiative petition to close loophole that allows high rises; helps to organize campaign to get signatures; 4,000+ signatures gathered; issue makes ballot; measure loses by 34 votes.
Runs for County Council, elected with highest votes of 7 elected council members

1978

Starts first Sunshine Market
Secures funding for first bike path on the island (Pono Kai to Kapaa Swimming Pool)
Proposed spot zoning to build 1,500 hotel rooms at Nukolii between Lihue and Wailua galvanizes grassroots opposition.
4 council members (majority of council) elected based on opposition to re-zoning. Within six months, one member of majority changes vote and down-sized re-zoning passes. Public responds with outrage. Referendum campaign begun to put measure on ballot to invalidate council upzoning.

1980s

1980

Runs for Mayor versus incumbent Mayor Malapit. Mayor’s office bombed; Save Nukolii supporters questioned by FBI. JoAnn loses election, but Nukolii ballot measure reversing council upzoning passes by 2:1. However, one day before electoral vote, building permits for hotel are issued. Citizens bring lawsuit; take lawsuit all the way to Hawaii Supreme Court and — win!

1982

Runs for Mayor versus incumbent Tony Kunimura; loses.
Hurricane Iwa hits.
Group supporting development at Nukolii initiates petition to upzone parcel. Pays for special election, spends more per vote than any other initiative in country and measure passes paving way to what is now known as Kauai Beach Hotel.

1982 – 1984

Private practice
Daughter Mail is born

1984 – 1988

Back on County Council

November 1988

Elected mayor; big upset to political establishment

1988 – 1994

Starts municipal bus
Starts first recycling and composting projects
Sewers Kapaa and Hanapepe towns, enabling business to flourish
Acquires Brennecke property and completes Po‘ipu Beach Park expansion to Brenneke Beach
Initiates and implements modern emergency communication system
Fought commercial boating in Hanalei Rivermouth
Initiates aggressive affordable housing program

JoAnn meets Hillary Clinton

1990s

1990

Re-elected mayor

1992

Hurricane Iniki hits Kauai
As Civil Defense head, with help of military and civilian nonprofit agencies Mayor Yukimura leads recovery and response.

1994

Loses mayoral re-election bid

1995

Takes time off

1996 – 2002

Starts a group aimed at creating Kauai into a “principle-centered” community based on Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Works as VP of Pacific Hydro-electric
Moves with family to Honolulu so Maile can attend Punahou
After PUC rejected first attempt to form Kauai Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC), helps convene second organizing board and successfully establishes the first cooperative energy utility in the state.

2000s

2002

Elected to County Council
Initiates process and bill to address vacation rentals

2004

Re-elected to County Council
Initiates process and bill to address farm worker housing
Initiates process and bill to address barking dogs

2006

Re-elected to County Council

2008

Mayor Baptiste dies suddenly in midterm. Special election help. JoAnn runs for mayor; loses to Bernard Carvalho
Vacation rental bill becomes law.

2010s

2010

Elected to County Council

2012

Re-elected to County Council
Bill 2491 re pesticides and GMO polarizes community
Helped navigate a polarized community to a reasonable law
Law invalidated by federal court; on appeal

2014

Re-elected to County Council
Barking Dog bill passes; then repealed; then new version passes
Successfully lobbies State Legislature to authorize option to counties to impose up to $frac12;% excise tax; based on knowledge that county needs additional source if it is to expand bus services

2016

Running for re-election to council

LEARN ABOUT

The Issues Affecting Kaua‘i

Affordable Housing

Providing adequate affordable housing is one of the biggest challenges facing Kauaʻi today. It is a big part of quality of life on Kauaʻi. A community is better when every person has a safe, clean and affordable place to call home. But finding an affordable home on...

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Traffic Congestion

The County needs to embrace a new approach to traffic and roads. Instead of trying to solve traffic congestion by widening roads and building major bypasses, the County should aggressively implement its Kauai Multimodal Land Transportation Plan by expanding Kauai Bus...

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Fixing Our Roads

Our first priority should be to keep our existing county roads in good condition. Weʻve “kicked the can down the road” too long; we must not pass on a $100 million road repair bill to our grandchildren. It took the County Public Works ­Roads Division several years to...

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Expanding Kauaʻi Bus Services

The Kauaʻi Bus is essential for a healthy economy and quality of life. Expanding bus services is about: Taking care of the most vulnerable ­­those with disabilities ­­and the most beloved in our community ­­na kupuna, who need a safe and affordable way to travel. In...

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Solid Waste

A landfill is necessary, but it can be significantly downsized, its environmental impacts reduced, and its costs to build and operate decreased if the county puts in place a well­ designed zero waste management system that encourages the 3R’s: Reduce, Re­Use and...

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Note To Readers: Thank you for your interest in my positions on the issues. This is a work in progress. If you wish to ask questions about my positions on the above issues or have issues to suggest that I address, please email me at jymf@joannyukimura.com

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