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"He has been a long time supporter of youth, sports and the senior softball leagues. Mahalo Ron!"

— Pat Baniaga

“We knew him as a student and as an athlete. Even then, we saw his outstanding leadership qualities. We are proud of all that he has accomplished and we look forward to more!“

— Glen Nitta/Patrick Pereira

“Senator Ronald Kouchi understands the challenges facing those in Public Service and strives to mitigate an amicable resolution. Senator Kouchi has and will continue his commitment to serving the people of Kaua'i and Ni'ihau.“

— Jesse Guirao

“Senator Kouchi is a true visionary leader. The diversity of Hawai`i is reflected in our childhood memories of the tastes and aromas of our food. He understands that the growth and development of Hawai'i Regional Cuisine is in the creative blending of our past with an innovative approach. Thank you, Ron for all that you do!”

— Mark Oyama

“He is experienced and knowledgeable. Ron has provided us with excellent representation and has always addressed the needs and issues of our community. He has been a tremendous advocate for rural health care. My vote is for Senator Ron Kouchi and I encourage everyone to join me!“

— Eileen Nakaahiki

“Ron has been a staunch advocate for working men and women of Hawaii! That's why Ron has our support!“

— Priscilla Badua and Eric Inouye Members of HGEA

“Ron's vision of our future is one where our students and teachers are equipped to compete globally. He has always supported us and worked hard to provide the resources that we need to succeed.“

— HSTA-R Members Beverly Gotelli, Kevin Nunn, and Crucita Todd

"He listens to all views. He knows how important fishing is to our way of life, to sustain our families and as part of our daily meals. Ron sees the big picture. He represents us and works with the County, State and Federal Government to find the balance and common ground. Most our businesses would not have survived without him. Vote for Ron Kouchi!"

— Local Fishermen

"Uncle Ron supports me in everything that I do whether it's buying my animal for 4H, helping me fundraise for volleyball and wrestling, or inspiring me to do my best in school. He is someone that I can always count on and I am so thankful for all he does for me."

— Brianna Kaneshiro

"Growing up in Waimea, I got to know Ron from a very young age as both of our parents were friends. I trust Ron and appreciate his willingness and boldness to take a stand even though it's not the most popular thing to do."

— Trinette Kaui

"Ron has the experience, knowledge and the vision to move Kauai forward. No more clearly represented than the fact that his peers in the legislature elected Ron President of the Senate. Having Ron in this position can help our State as well as our island. There is no better choice."

— Fred Atkins

“I’d like to express my gratitude for all Ron has done for our island. I’m expecially thankful for his tremendous help in obtaining funding to build our Kaua`i Philippine Cultural Center, “A Place for All”.”

— Elesther "Lesther" Calipjo

“Ron works hard to help small businesses and create more jobs. At the same time, he also knows that we need more affordable housing programs for our working families. With his experience in the private sector, with the community, and government, he successfully fought to get the funds for the Lima Ola Affordable Housing Project. We need Ron in the Senate!”

— CJ & Rachel Dela Cruz + Kids - Carly, Colten & Liliana

"We took our concerns about the terrible condition and safety issues with the Kaua'i Raceway Park to Ron. He worked with us and the Dept. of Land & Natural Resources to make major improvements. Now, the Kaua'i Raceway Park is the envy of our State. It is an alcohol free zone, a safe and friendly environment for the adults and our kids for the whole family! Thank you Senator Kouchi!"

— Tony Ricci

"Ron's proven to be effective and goal-oriented. He was successful in getting the Care Act adopted which will help families care for their loved ones and their Kupuna. Ron's got my vote, we need him to continue doing his good work!"

— Kurt Akamine

"I've known Ron for over 20 years and as long as I've known him, he has always been a great leader with Kaua`i and Ni'ihau in his heart. As Senate President, he makes sure that our concerns are heard and works hard to get results. I'm voting for Ron!"

— Bob Crowell

"Ron has always supported funding for the health, safety and welfare of our community."

— David Bukoski

"As a Kaua'i Kama'aina abroad, I appreciate Ron’s ability to balance economic growth and jobs alongside safeguarding the environment and preserving the island quality of life. Ron's leadership in the Senate also provides traditional neighbor island balance to governance in the State Capitol. I value the effective platform Ron has built for Kaua`i and for the State. Cast your vote for Ron."

— Wayne James Rapozo


It has been my privilege to represent you in the Hawai’i State Senate for the past ten years. In 2015, I was honored by my fellow Senators to be elected as the Senate President. While this new position requires me to serve the entire State, Kaua’i and Ni’ihau will always be where my heart and my home is. It is my hope that as the Senate President, I am able to bring Kaua’i, Ni’ihau and neighbor island issues to the forefront.

I believe now, is the time to invest in our roads, our water systems, and our infrastructure to create jobs and a firm foundation for our quality of life. Now, is the time to invest in preserving our environment, clean energy, and new economic growth. And equally important, now, is the time to invest in education to equip our children to meet the opportunities of the future.

Working with my fellow Kaua’i Legislators, during 2020-2021, Kaua’i will receive over $92 million dollars to invest in our schools, roads, highways, bridges, affordable housing, social services and more.

Please help me fulfill the promise of opportunity for our children’s tomorrow. I humbly ask for your support to continue to serve you. I look forward to hearing from you and speaking with you. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Mahalo Nui Loa,


Ron Kouchi
Hawaii State Senate
8th District (Kaua’i and Ni’ihau)




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