I hope you're well! As Representative to Hawai'i’s broad and diverse 2nd Congressional District, the unique needs of our island communities are always forefront in my mind. I’ve been privileged to visit with and hear from so many of you, and I continue to learn more with every conversation. Your voices and concerns are precious to me, whether you live in Kaneohe or Ka'u, Kahului or Koloa.
When I was on Lana'i recently, I had the chance to visit with local community leaders who were preparing for Tropic Care—service members from the Army, Air Reserves and National Guard would be visiting for 2 weeks to offer free medical and dental care to residents in rural communities all across the state! This program debuted on the island of Kaua'i last year, and it serviced thousands of people who normally would not have had easy access to care.
Operation Tropic Care has been a great asset to our islands, and I hope you’ll join me in extending a warm “aloha and mahalo” to the 150 service members from 25 states who have been offering care to local residents since June 2nd. I hope we can return their offering with our own gift of healing—the spirit of aloha—and I hope they will take it back with them to their hometowns!
Mahalo nui loa,
Member of Congress (HI-02)