Melodie aduja District 23 SCC Rep.
Aloha! I’m Melodie Aduja, Co Chair of the Environmental Caucus and the Chair of the Health Committee and District 23 State Central Committee Representative. We face many environmental and other challenges on O`ahu and specifically, Windward O`ahu. These issues include:
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(1) Permanently decommissioning KAPUKAHI Red Hill Underground Fuel Storage Facility, (2) Flooding from blocked streams; (3) Cesspool conversion needs in Kahaluu and Waimanalo; (4) Reef deterioration from sedimentation, runoff, sewage discharge, invasive limu species, ocean warming, and depletion of fish stock due to contamination and the aquarium fish trade; (5) Real property prices soaring; (6) Overcrowded beaches; (7) Development of Gentlemen estates on agricultural lands; and (8) Homelessness and affordable housing shortages, illegal seawalls and the need for more DHHL homes, among other countywide issues, including COVID-19.
As Chair of the Health Committee and Co Chair of the Environmental Caucus, I enjoy hosting public forums and working with other party leaders to improve our quality of life. We are making progress through our legislators. Community efforts and activism inspire me, and we would be happy to have you join us!
I have served on numerous State and O`ahu County Democratic Party caucuses and committees. I’m currently on the State Central Committee as the Kupuna Caucus SCC Rep.; co-chair of the Environmental Caucus, and chair of the Health Committee. I am a former Deputy Prosecuting Attorney; former District 23 State Senator; and retired attorney.
I’m known for my focus and drive for the issues close to home on Windward Oahu, namely the Homeland Security Radar at Kahuku, the AES Windmills, flooding, aquarium fish harvesting, illegal seawalls, among others. But currently, Red Hill has taken front and center as tens of thousands of human lives have been impacted, all of which could have been prevented had the Facility been shuttered back in 2014 after the 27,000 gallon fuel spill. I served in the Hawai`i State Senate, representing Senate District 23, Kane`ohe to Kawela Bay, Kahuku. I bring to the position of District 23 SCC Rep.: (1) Senatorial experience, (2) litigation and legal experience, (3) Party leadership experience, and (4) Hawai`i Legislative experience from a lobbyist perspective as Co Chair of the Environmental Caucus and Chair of the Health Committee. Currently the Health Committee has several resolutions going through the Legislative process: HCR 18; HR 16; SCR 208; SR 15 on Medicare for All (Working Families Legislative Caucus Package); HCR 142; HR 142; SCR 116 on a Medicaid Audit by the State Auditor (Progress Caucus Package); and SCR 239; SR140 on an EUTF Audit by the Legislative Reference Bureau.
I plan to assist in the events that are changing O`ahu as we know it today: (1) SHUT DOWN RED HILL: It took years of unified community effort to bring the Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to direct the Secretary of the Navy to close Red Hill permanently, an endeavor that the Party has been involved in since 2018. (2) COVID-19 PANDEMIC: Now, more than ever, we need Single-payer or All-payer Healthcare for an adequate healthcare system. We must improve and enhance telehealth, telecommuting, work from home, and access to technology for public education. (3) ECONOMIC DIVERSIFICATION: We need to reduce our dependency on the military and Tourism and increase our production of agriculture for local consumption and limit "Gentleman Estates" on O`ahu. (4) PRESERVATION OF OUR OCEAN RESOURCES: Cesspool and pollution abatement and a prohibition on the harvesting for the aquarium fish trade. (5) NO HOMELAND DEFENSE RADAR: Fight against the siting of the $2 billion Homeland Defense Radar-Hawaii (HDR-H) at the Kahuku Training Area Site 1 as having redundant discriminatory capabilities, and being harmful and hazardous to the environment and its human and wildlife inhabitants with the clearing of 150 acres and the building of a storage facility for fossil fuels, petroleum constituents and other toxic chemicals, in addition to the requirement of a 9 mile airspace restriction . The community cannot accommodate more traffic and housing for workers in the area. Mahalo nui loa, Melodie Aduja Co Chair of the Environmental Caucus, and Chair, Health Committee (808) 258-8889 Call or Text
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About My `Ohana & Me
- * Born in Hawai`i * Raised in Kane`ohe and Kahalu`u * Resides in Kahalu`u
- * St. Ann's Schools and St. Francis School * Mid-Pacific Institute * B.A., Hawai`i Pacific University * Attended, U.H.- Manoa * J.D., Golden Gate University School of Law * LL.M.- Fed. Taxation, Golden Gate University School of Law * My father, the late Peter Aduja, was raised in Hakalau, Hawai`i, and received the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor for his WWII service. * My Heritage has prepared me for this moment as my father, Peter Aduja, was the first person of color to be elected to public office in Hawaii in 1954, a year before the Montgomery Bus Boycott led by Martin Luther King, Jr. Both my father and MLK, Jr., attended Boston University at the same time. I will continue in their legacy of helping the community, our State and this nation in striving for civil rights, * 1954, Dad won a House Seat and served 10 years * 1968, Dad was a ConCon Delegate * A fishing `Ohana: Growing up we were always fishing, crabbing, clam digging, ogo & limu wawae`iole picking, catching fresh water prawns, pole-fishing, and deep water fishing. * My son, William, is a licensed boat captain; entrepreneur; Men's Amateur Longboard Champion 2016-2017 * My daughter, Amber Nanea, Hawaii Pacific University, Magna Cum Laude, BS in Biological Sciences/Pre-Med; Environmental Activist on Sustainability and Resilience; Miss O`ahu 2017; 2nd Runner-up, Miss Hawai`i 2017; Miss Paradise Hawai`i 2018 * Kupuna Caregiver for my mother, the late Melodie Cabalona, who was raised in Koloa, Kauai, Hawai`i, small business owner of "Rebecca's Puka Shells" at Coral Kingdom.
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Mahalo nui loa, Aloha ke akua
MELODIE ADUJA Text/voice: (808) 258-8889 Email: email@example.com