I am not your average candidate.

I'm a Filipino immigrant. I was a renter my entire life, until my husband and I saved enough for our first home in Nob Hill, Mililani. I provide care for my aging father, as we raise our two kids and pay for costly daycare. I’m still paying back my school loans. These are the everyday realities that root me in my work and in challenging the status quo. I love Hawaii and I want to raise my family here - but I am tired of working hard and still feeling broke.

I refuse to accept this as the reality of our future generation. And I’ll be honest with you, I struggled to make a decision about running for office again. But as I reflected on it, I still feel that many of our state leaders are not doing enough for everyday working families. I am tired of our legislators staying silent - or worse, ignoring issues that impact our future, our health, and our quality of life.

I want to make a difference, and I am going to pour my whole heart into this campaign. All I ask is your support - together, we can build the future our kids deserve.

Mahalo,

Trish

Candidate for State Representative
District 36 - Mililani, Mililani Mauka, Waipio Acres

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La Chica Trish La Chica has dedicated her entire career to fighting against unjust systems and policies. As an investigative journalist in the Philippines, she fought for the truth, producing documentaries to expose corruption & shed light on the daily struggles of Filipino families. As a vocal public health advocate here in Hawaii, Trish works with our state leaders to enact legislation that will improve the health and quality of life of Hawaii’s keiki and families. Trish has led the successful campaigns to pass smoke-free cars for keiki into law, create a statewide program to improve healthy food access for low-income residents, and make children’s meals in restaurants healthier.

Now a mom raising two kids with her husband Cricket in Mililani, Trish is fighting even harder, for the future of her two children and the future of her community.

  • Policy and Advocacy Director, Hawaii Public Health Institute
  • Policy Analyst, Office of the Governor, David Ige
  • Mililani/Waipio/Melemanu Neighborhood Board 25 Member & Chair, Community Recognition & Service
  • Chair, Mililani District 36, Democratic Party of Hawaii
  • Chair, Legislative Committee, Democratic Party, Oahu County
  • Member, Soroptimist International of Central Oahu
  • Citizen Advisory Committee, Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization (Oahu MPO)
  • Member, Filipina Association of University Women
  • Member, Steering Committee, 2020-2030 Tobacco Control Strategic Plan, Hawaiʻi State Department of Health
  • Convening Panel, State of Reform Health Policy Conference (2017 to present)
  • Volunteer, 2019 Homeless Point-In-Time Count
  • 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the World, Filipina Women’s Network (2015)