Sonny Ganaden for State House of Representatives – Kalihi Kai

Through my work in the community, I realized that the people of Hawai‘i need new voices for change.

Sonny Ganaden

Aloha! My name is Sonny Ganaden.

I hope to represent you in the State House of Representatives for Kalihi Kai. Hawaii’s economy relies on the people who live and work in Kalihi, and the Kalihi community deserve leaders who advocate for the value of their work and the dignity of their homes.

Kalihi Kai is facing many changes and challenges in the 21st century: rail, climate change, affordable housing, threats to healthcare, and continuing luxury development. There is work to enforce government responsibility for your hard-earned tax dollars. It would be an honor to represent you, using my experience as a lawyer, journalist, and teacher.

I look forward to hearing stories and ideas from you and your family – for the future.

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About Sonny
Lawyer / Journalist / Teacher / Artist

I have dedicated my career to public service in Hawai‘i. After graduating from the University of California at Los Angeles with degrees in Political Science and Public Policy, I knew that becoming a lawyer and writer would provide me with the opportunity to help others. As a second generation Filipino-American from a family of veterans, nurses, teachers, bakers, and business owners, I made my home in Hawaiʻi to attend the William S. Richardson School of Law. 

As an attorney, I represent small local businesses, indigent defendants, juveniles, and victims of domestic violence. As a journalist, I focus on the dignity and creativity of ordinary people who build community. I am a contributor to major publications in Hawai‘i, where my writing has received accolades. I am an advocate for the arts whenever I find the opportunity.

Through my work in the community, I realized that the people of Hawai‘i need new voices for change. Between legal work and journalism, I am an Instructor in the Ethnic Studies Department of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, teaching ethics, writing skills, and the history of local justice movements. The stories of Kalihi and its residents gives me inspiration and humility. It would be an honor and privilege to represent Kalihi in the Hawaiʻi House of Representatives. 

Challenges & Issues


Finding Solutions for an affordable future

As Hawaii’s cost of living rises with no end in sight, families are forced to make increasingly difficult decisions. Home ownership is out of reach for most working youth as alternatives lead them out of the neighborhoods. Our community needs bold solutions and new ideas in housing to ensure Kalihi and Hawaii thrives.


Accountability & Transparency

As the Honolulu Rail System is built, new leadership must ensure that money is spent prudently, and with no adverse impact on our way of life. As the Oahu Community Correctional Center (OCCC) is replaced, state contracts must be held to a heightened standard of accountability and review.


Healthcare is a Human Right

No person or family should become destitute because of age or illness. I will ensure that services are maintained, and the State does its part to ensure healthcare is affordable, accessible, and of the highest quality. 


Raising the Bar for Education

The opportunities that come with a well-rounded, safe, and nurturing school experience benefit the entire community. I will do my part to ensure that teachers and principals are supported, facilities are maintained, and students are exposed to excellence.

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