Increase the availability of local, fresh, affordable, organic fruits and vegetables.
Establish abundant affordable housing.
Maintain efficient, punctual, green, and affordable transit.
Build safe and comfortable streets for pedestrians and cyclists.
More than 90 percent of our food is imported from outside of Hawaii. As we saw with Covid, if there are issues with the supply chain, less food is delivered. There are many potential disasters, from hurricanes, wars, price increases, and fuel shortages, that can lead to food shortages and price increases.
We have excellent year-round growing weather and fertile lands to become more self-sufficient. Small farms can grow more variety, which protects biodiversity and ultimately, long-term food security.
Affordable homes support the local workforce allowing them to live close to their jobs. Shorter commutes give workers more time with their families and friends. The community benefits from a reduction in traffic congestion, air pollution, and expenditures on roads.
Housing instability and homelessness have serious negative impacts on child and adult health. Affordable housing can improve health by providing stability, freeing up resources for food and health care, and reducing stress. This helps both the individual and the community as a whole.
Public transportation can carry many more people in much less space than individual cars. This keeps traffic congestion down, which reduces air pollution and helps riders avoid the stress from daily driving in traffic.
Taking public transportation instead of owning a vehicle can save more than $10,160 a year. For those who ride instead of drive a primary vehicle, each month they save in gas, maintenance, parking, and other expenses.
It’s important to keep transit reliable, affordable and efficient.
Walking and biking help reduce harmful transportation-related emissions. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention research shows that half of all Americans don’t get enough physical activity. Streets that are safe from crime, have adequate infrastructure to prevent crashes, and are enjoyable, encourage biking and walking. This also leads to more connections amongst neighbors which improves mental health. Biking and walking in and of themselves also increase mental well-being.