Chris Amemiya  /  June 21, 2020

If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.

This simple proverb offers an ocean of wisdom and illustrates how I feel about my dad, Keith. My dad has proven, time and time again, that what sets him apart is not just his own abilities, but the gift of bringing the best out in others to achieve progress.

Although I never quite understood what my dad did for work, what always stood out to me was how hardworking he was. As I got older though, it became clearer how he accomplishes the tasks and goals that others may not have known needed to be done. When faced with an issue, my dad doesn’t look to himself to get all the answers, but rather reaches out to others to see what they bring to the table and how they can get involved. Like a great leader, my dad plays to the strength of others to come together and achieve common goals.

When I think about my dad, I think about hard work, attention to detail, and emphasis on the community. Another admirable quality that I see in my dad is his optimism and confidence. In our family, no matter how bleak an outlook may be, he is never the one to bring up doubts. Instead, he has faith that no matter the outcome, something positive will come.

In a world where the public is becoming increasingly cynical and pessimistic, change is sorely needed in the effort to redirect O‘ahu’s course in a positive direction. While times are uncertain and political and ideological differences amongst us threaten to divide us further than ever, we need to look for someone who can bring our community together to achieve our full potential.

My dad has always been a great leader and I know he’ll do the same as mayor.

Happy Father’s Day, Dad.

Love, Chris