As we celebrate America’s independence this Fourth of July, let us take time to remember our service men and women, past and present, and their families who have sacrificed so much for our freedom. We all owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to these individuals for the liberties and independence we enjoy today.
It is because of our men and women in uniform that America remains the land of opportunity, where dreams are achieved through hard work and determination. Our history is full of stories of new ideas and discoveries that have not only revolutionized our nation but also the world.
These tales of innovation and resiliency must continue to be applied in Hawai`i.
We must strengthen our efforts to protect and preserve our islands for future agriculture development and self-sufficiency.
We must encourage a small business climate that promotes innovation and creates jobs.
We must transform Hawai`i into a worldwide model of clean energy security and sustainability.
The people of Hawai`i want our state to be more self-sufficient; they want to be more independent.
I believe that to be a true leader, innovation, entrepreneurship and stewardship need to be fostered, nurtured and rewarded.
It is not enough to encourage today’s citizens and businesses to innovate and think big. Public officials have to do the same.
The American Dream is based upon our liberty and opportunity to flourish. It is the hope of all to build a prosperous future, and we can achieve it right here in these islands.
Aloha ke Akua,