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2021 Neighborhood Board Candidate Profiles

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Downtown-Chinatown Neighborhood Board No. 13

Current elected treasurer, I am committed to cutting through the drama and excuses, to get answers and relief for our residents. I have authored and passed more resolutions than all board members combined to encourage better policing, increased security cameras and lighting, stronger graffiti measures, and greater responsiveness from liquor and transportation officials. I thank you for your vote!
Former Vice Chair and current board member of NB13. I am active in Chinatown as well as Downtown to to the borders of our district. I am on the ground helping to clean up our neighborhood and working with social worker to help with our houseless. I am fighting against the drugs and high crime in our area to ensure the safety of our businesses and residents of our neighborhood.
I am a 37 year old attorney who has lived and worked on Bishop Street in Downtown for the past 4.5 years. Over the past 11 months, I have witnessed the increase in crime and drug use around my home, as well as how ill-equipped HPD has been to address these ongoing issues. If elected, I will work to find creative and effective solutions to these problems that will be sustainable into the future.
Ara Laylo was born in the Philippines and now lives and works in Chinatown Honolulu. With twenty years of experience promoting and curating design, music, and art in Hawai‘i, Laylo brings a deft style as the Creative Director of NMG Network located on Hotel Street. Between deadlines, Laylo periodically serves as a design and typography lecturer at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.
Current chair bringing order, decorum, and technology to NB 13; vested in Chinatown as a resident and property owner since 2005. Business-owning MD/MBA who will help our district thrive again to the benefit of its RESIDENTS. I will continue to ask tough questions of elected officials to hold them responsible and find solutions for homelessness, crime, and your concerns. I humbly ask for your vote.