BY NATALIE IWASA – As is typical this time of an election year, sign wavers have been on Kalanianaole Hwy. and other major intersections throughout the City in their last big push to raise awareness before the primary.
Recently, one woman held a flag that obstructed the bike lane. Others had huge banners blocking sidewalks. Last week people even brought their children, who looked like human signs jumping up and down on the shoulder of Kalanianaole Hwy., in their candidate t-shirts or carrying signs.
I don’t subscribe to sign waving because it’s dangerous – it’s meant to distract drivers.
I feel it’s more important to respond to the more than 70% of respondents to a Star Advertiser poll who are against sign waving. If your candidates aren’t responding to you now, you have every right to wonder whether they will be any more responsive after they’re elected.
Instead, my campaign continues going door to door and talking to people about what’s important. We raise visibility for my campaign by cleaning parks. We proudly wear our campaign shirts while doing what I believe is most important — working for the City and doing everything we can to make our community a better place.
Natalie Iwasa is a candidate for Honolulu City Council, District 1, Hawaii Kai to Waikiki, and a CPA who lives in Hawaii Kai.