To his credit, he didn’t buckle under pressure. Today, girls sports such as wrestling, golf, water polo and canoe paddling owe their existence to the noble battle Amemiya first waged nearly two decades ago. Copyright © 2010-2020 Honolulu Civil Beat Inc. All rights reserved. Keith Amemiya hugs his wife, Bonny Amemiya, before announcing his candidacy for Honolulu mayor on Tuesday. Our mission is to engage and educate the community on important public issues through in-depth reporting, explanatory and investigative journalism, analysis and commentary. In that time, I’ve watched Keith discover his passion and grow into a wonderful father and community leader. Later, in the year 1991, he attended the Richardson School of Law and completed the Juris Doctor Degree. Inbox overcrowded? Get our latest environmental news on a monthly basis, including updates on Nathan Eagle's 'Hawaii 2040' series. Keith has not shared any details regarding his net worth and salary. Amemiya, 53, is the senior vice president of Island Holdings, the parent company of Island Insurance and four other local subsidiaries. If he fails to receive an outright majority of votes but still finishes among the top two candidates in the primary election, he’ll then have one more opportunity to sell the public on his message of change before the Nov. 3 general election runoff. Honolulu Mayoral Candidate Keith Amemiya with left, wife Bonny Amemiya and son, Christopher Amemiya at the corner of Punchbowl and Beretania Street. Click here to see our full coverage of the coronavirus outbreak. “Keith has got a good skill-set when it comes to dealing with people and making connections with them,” observes wife Bonny. 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I’m always optimistic, and I truly believe in my heart that we can get through this economic crisis and be better than ever.”. Amemiya always stressed education and doing your best, said son Ronald, the state attorney general from 1974 to 1978. Instead, with each passing day he grew more resilient when faced with challenges. He has worked as Senior Vice President for Atlas and Island Insurance agency. Amemiya, 54, has until the Aug. 8 primary to convince O‘ahu voters that he deserves to lead the city into the next decade. To him, it was just another way of giving back to the community while also paying homage to the family who took him in and taught him, among other things, how to be plucky and stand on his own two feet. Civil Beat ® is a registered trademark of Honolulu Civil Beat Inc. Stay Up To Date On The Coronavirus And Other Hawaii Issues. Amemiya lives in Pauoa with his wife, Bonny Amemiya. In his years of career, he has worked as Executive Administrator for the University of Hawaii in Boards of Regents. Report comments if you believe they do not follow our guidelines. Sign up for our FREE morning newsletter and face each day more informed. The seeds the Kobayashis had planted in their hānai son had begun to bear good fruit; the first signs of his gritty “can-do, not can’t-do” attitude were firmly taking root. The mayoral candidate joins 100 supporters during a sign-waving outing in East O‘ahu. Industries such as agriculture, aquaculture and renewable energy should be further explored after having been neglected for far too long, he says. An insightful discussion of ideas and viewpoints is encouraged, but comments must be civil and in good taste, with no personal attacks. Keith Amemiya, an Oahu businessman, attorney and former director of the Hawaii High School Athletic Association, announced on Tuesday that he is running for mayor of Honolulu. ^ "Musings from Manoa: Amemiya right man for top job". I even worked the weekends as a handyman to help pay my way through college at the University of Hawai‘i and law school afterward.”. Submit your coronavirus news tip. Keith Amemiya announced his candidacy for mayor at Ala Wai Field with his family and supporters. Why Honolulu Chose Rick Blangiardi Over Keith Amemiya, In A Divided America Kai Kahele Wants To Find A Place To ‘Fit In’, Failing A Class Could Get Your Student Back To School Sooner, White House: Coast Guard Will Up Presence In Pacific To Fight Overfishing, Suicides In Hawaii Appear To Be Decreasing — Despite Pandemic, Lee Cataluna: We Don’t Mind Standing In Line In Hawaii — If We Want To, ‘Distrust,’ Enthusiasm And A Hawaii Law Fueled Long Lines On Election Day. All rights reserved. “Those are three areas we can be successful in, but it takes political will,” explains Amemiya. PHOTO COURTESY KEITH AMEMIYA, He would soon find out. “It’s important for a mayor to lead by example, and right now the public has little trust in government and political leaders,” says Amemiya. Amemiya rallied many community groups, including his son’s baseball teammates at Punahou School, to assist with the building of Kahauiki Village. By participating in online discussions you acknowledge that you have agreed to the Terms of Service. “But you also have to do your homework and show them on paper, and once you get a track record of success, then the next time you propose something, they’re more open to it.”. #7-210 “I think he’s very gifted in that way. “Bert and Harriet were great role models for me. PHOTOS COURTESY KEITH AMEMIYA. We'll send you a confirmation e-mail shortly. The organization had recently gone independent from the Department of Education and was suddenly in charge of its own fundraising. In Hawaii, that status quo is the top-down, paternalistic power structure that has dominated for too long. 500 Ala Moana Blvd. Of course, those ordinary days figure to be history if Amemiya finds a new home at Honolulu Hale. This advertisement is published with the approval and authority of the candidate.