Joseph's a graduate and a lifelong resident of Wai'anae. After graduation, he quickly noticed that Hawaii didn't provide enough jobs. Nor did it have a mentorship program for our youth to be successful. Recognizing this, he joined the Army, knowing that he would receive training in diplomacy and strategy, which would certify himself as a leader.
In present-day, Wai'anae needs formative leadership to support its people's concerns and quickly act upon them. That leader must also be able to multitask numerous issues at once, and as a certified leader and proactive community member, he feels fully capable of this task.
It's not easy looking at some of the things that are happening in Wai'anae at times; he's reminded of being deployed overseas. "We should never see people suffering in Hawaii, a place brought up on Aloha, it's unconscionable!" Much of his time behind the scenes is trying to make things happen for all our people, culture, and Aina, most of all his ohana and keiki's. But now it seems that he needs to take that kuleana a bit further. It's time to put governance back into the State and give it's people a voice.
It's been his privilege to serve the community in many different ways. First, being apart of neighborhood watch for Leihoku Street and surrounding territories.
During this time he's alleviated certain criminal operations that occurred late at night near the schools, which we do not see any longer by making sure road lights were replaced with LED's and by having HPD do customary checks. Joseph has also battled against the utilization of pesticides being used within a 100ft from homes and Leihoku Elementary.
Another issue he's advocated for was the crosswalk on Leihoku Street and Pokaikuahiwi Place to be put in with appropriate school zone signs. The need for speed bumps on Leihoku Street goes without question, but the speed study took place on Lualualei Road, in my opinion, done on the wrong road; Leihoku Street is where the speeding is at its worst. But his efforts resulted in his request not being warranted per D.O.T sadly, and our concerns fall on deaf ears. We need this to stop, shall we wait for death to take place to see actions?
Secondly, he has served and Co-Chaired the Parks, Land, and Agriculture Committee on the Wai'anae Neighborhood Board #24. He had sought out this position to ensure the people had a voice and held those in office accountable to do what is right for the people.
In his spare time, much of his efforts spent actively fighting against the Missile Defense System on Kuaokala Ridge. Also, the Landfills due to the growing concerns of people's health, well-being, and the integrity of our ocean.
He has also composed an answer and articulated the best way to address the after school gridlock on Leihoku Street by suggesting to the Department of Education that stretching out the educator parking lot would help a great deal and elevate traffic concerns.
He is also acknowledging that an extension of our Wai'anae Convenience Center, would help to deter illegal dumping by maximizing the use of its land ownership.
He has many other ventures that he is currently working on; one is trying to push for the development of the dirt road in front of the Wai'anae Army Recreation Center, a few concerned communities members bought to his attention several incidents that have taken place and has made that place unsafe for pedestrians and vehicles.
He has been pushing for the continuation stages of Kaupuni Neighborhood Park ever since he's attended the Waianae Valley Community Homestead Association meeting one night. Standing there in the dark, having a board meeting on the backside of the restroom, he felt this community deserved better, which lead him to question why don't they have an indoor rec room of some sort? After a little research, he found the original project plan and was on the board at the time, questioning, "why hadn't they pursued the completion of this project." He reached out to Councilmember Pines to see if the funds meant for the redevelopment of the Blaisdell that she had redirected to Kaupuni Park, could be released and resume with Phase 2 as its been at a halt since 2011. The people of Wai'anae Valley Homestead should have their park completed by now. Phase 2 would include a Multi-purpose field. Phase 3, a community center, and phase 4, a T-ball field, volleyball field, Keiki lot.
Joseph is a retired infantryman, a five-time combat veteran, a bronze star recipient, and a 2014 General Omar Bradley Award winner. Joseph's management, training, and welfare of over a thousand Soldiers confirm that he is a prominent leader.
Currently works for the Department of Land and Natural Resources as the Harbor Master at the Waianae Small Boat Harbor.
In his spare time, he has been actively listening and responding to our community concerns through email and social media outlets. The concerns raised are often of significant impact on our daily life. So he continuously seeks out the removal of illegally dumped vehicles, vessels, tires, and trash all along the coast, to name a few.
He has pleaded for more of a police presence to address the rise in crime and illegal activities throughout the community. He has also advocated for shorter patrol routes to increase police presence and suggested the reconfiguration of sector areas currently in place. The patrol areas should be from Nanakuli to Kaena Point and to exclude Kapolei. He feels it will help aide in that issue.
He has had community members share their incidents with him on how unsafe the beach and parks restrooms have been, so he suggested that H.P.D. reintroduce their quads so they can efficiently patrol and address the illegal activities. Simpliciano, J (2018, April 9). Statement retrieved by Civil Beat.
Joseph has been in constant contact with the State Department of Transportation to mitigate numerous issues on Farrington Highway. He continues to push for traffic improvement by inquiring about projects to help with our traffic congestion, lack of light, pedestrian safety. He has sent in multiple work orders to D.O.T. requesting the Street light to replaced with led lights on Farrington Hwy. He has also inquired about road improvements from Kili Drive to Kaena Point Satellite tracking station by asking the hard questions to get the project started due to miscommunication.
An to date, a community member, asked him to help facilitate with a large, unsafe pothole near the Makaha Bridge. A community member asked him to examine it. He then contacted D.O.T.'s office of the director, passed on the concern and sent a crew out for immediate repair, we mahalo the quick efforts! With that mentioned, the people's voice should be heard and acted quickly upon for everyone's overall safety.
Currently, he is standing with the Malama Makaha and it's master plan. He feels constructing on portions of the iconic Makaha Beach and the disruption of Kupuna Iwi (ancient family burual cite) would be detrimental!
Joseph believes that our community deserves the best the same things you would find in other parts of the island. Our people work so hard to make ends meet, and the last thing they should be doing is worrying about something other than their Ohana.
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