New model for politics in Hawai'i and America - community based politics where ALL can thrive, not just the elite
I, Emma Jane Avila Pohlman, was born on June 27, 1987 at the Women’s Hospital in Balanga, Bataan, Philippines. My mother is a Bicolano/Aeta and Spanish Filipina and my father is Irish and German American. I grew up as a "balikbayan” (a Filipino visiting or returning to the Philippines) in both the Philippines and America, shifting between countries every 6 months. When I was a child, Balanga was a small provincial town. You bought your food at the local “palengke” (wet marketplace), which was a community-based traditional marketplace where local vendors sold meat, produce, rice, snacks, meals, clothing, shoes, diapers, household goods, etc. to the local community. Whatever you wanted and needed was there and everything was at a fair price. I lived in a small “bahay kubo” (nipa house) with my parents, 2 siblings, Lola and Lolo, and other extended family members. We pumped water out of the ground, raised pigs and chickens, operated a Sari Sari store, and sold coconuts from our coconut farm in Mariveles. In the United States, I was raised as any ordinary girl living in middle class suburban America.
I am committed to solving all problems that plague these islands and I have the skills to do it. If you think I can, and trust me when I say that I CAN, then Vote for EMMA for SENATOR of Hawaii. As a Constitutionalist and Professional Problem Solver, I will make this a BETTER Hawai’i. Together, we will make a GREATER Hawai’i for all.