Dean and Marissa Capelouto run Oahu Express, a ground transportation company.
Fed up with government bureaucracy, high taxes and a legislature they believe passes bills that hurt both the business community and the environment, they decided they would both run as Republican candidates for the state legislature.
Dean Capelouto, a native Hawaiian military veteran, is challenging incumbent Mike Gabbard in the Senate race in Kapolei.
Marissa Capelouto, an award-winning small business woman and community activist, will take on incumbent Rep. Sharon Har.
Both Dean and Marissa Capelouto are passionate about improving their district and strong in their opposition to controversial legislation that created the Public Land Development Corporation.
The PLDC, formed by the state legislature in 2011, is charged with establishing partnerships between the state and private companies to develop public lands.
The revenues are supposed to help subsidize the State Department of Land and Natural Resources.
The legislation allows the PLDC to bypass county zoning and permitting rules, which both Capeloutos and many other Hawaii residents are opposed to.