chun_oaklandMember of the following committees:

HMS - Human Services (Chair)
EDH - Education and Housing
WAM - Ways and Means

Senator Chun-Oakland's 20-year vision (submitted to GrassRootsInstitute.org)

Family

Daughter of Philip S. Chun and Mei-Chih Chun. Philip has been with the Kalihi Y.M.C.A. for over 30 years, serving as its Executive director for over 20 years. Mei-Chih was a social worker for the State and later became a full-time mother, taking an active interest in her children's activities. Both parents are now retired. Sister Jeanne and brother Randall are pursuing careers in international business and commercial arts, respectively. Married on June 11, 1994 to Michael Sands Chun Oakland. Three children Mailene Nohea Pua Oakland Tialavea, Christopher Michael Sing Kamakaku Oakland and Lauren Suzanne LeRong Kemelenohea Oakland. She has two grandchildren, Mysha and Shayden Tialavea.

Education

  • Lanakila Elementary School
  • Kawananakoa Intermediate School
  • McKinley High School, Honor graduate
  • University of Hawaii, Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Communications and Psychology

Employment

  • State Senator for Senate District 13, 1996 - present.
  • State Representative for House District 27, 1990-1996.
  • Research Assistant and Office Manager to City Council Member Gary Gill, 1987 to 1990.
  • Administrative Assistant for Smolenski and Woodell, Attorneys at Law, 1984 to 1986.
  • Community Services Specialist to the Hawaii State Senate under Senator Anthony Chang, 1984.
  • Administrative Assistant for Au's Plumbing and Metal Works, 1979 to 1990.

Community Activities

  • Chair of the Senate Committee on Human Services 2003 to 2006, 2009 to present.
  • Chair of the Senate Committee on Human Services and Public Housing 2006 to 2008.
  • Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs, 2003 to 2006.
  • Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, 2003 to 2005.
  • Member of the Senate Committee on Education and Housing, 2009 to present.
  • Member of the Senate Committee on Education and Higher Education, 2006 to 2008.
  • Member of the Senate Committee on Higher Education, 2005 to 2006.
  • Member of the Senate Committee on Education, 2001 to 2004.
  • Member of the Senate Committee on Education and Military Affairs, 2005 to 2006.
  • Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Water, Land, Energy and Environment, 2001 to 2002
  • Member of the Senate Committee on Hawaiian Affairs, 2001 to 2002.
  • Chair of the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services, 1999 to 2001.
  • Member of the Senate Committee on Judiciary, 1999 to 2001.
  • Member of the Senate Committee on Labor and Environment, 1999 to 2001.
  • Member of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means, 1998 to 2002, 2006 to present.
  • Co-Chair of the Senate Committee on Human Resources (human services and labor matters are combined in this committee), 1997 to 1998.
  • Member of the Senate Committees on Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Information Technology, 1997 to 1999.
  • Member of the Senate Committee on Health and Environment, 1997 to 1999.
  • Chair of the House Committee on Human Services, 1992-1996.
  • Vice-Chair of the House Committee on Human Services, 1991-1992.
  • Member of the House Committee on Housing, 1991-1992; Housing Summit Subcommittee Chair of New Programs and Special Needs, 1991-1992.
  • Member of the House Committee on Education, 1991-1992.
  • Member of the House Committee on Health, 1991-1996.
  • Member of the House Committee on Judiciary, 1993-1996.
  • Member of the House Committee on Public Safety and Military Concerns, 1995-1996.
  • Member of the Hawaii State Legislature's Women's Caucus, 1991 to present; Budget Committee Chair, 1991-1992.
  • Member and Co-Convenor and Co-Founder of the Hawaii State Legislature's Keiki Caucus, 1991 to present.
  • Member of the Hawaii State Legislature's Small Business Caucus, 1993 to 1997, 2008 to present.
  • Former Chairperson and Member of the Liliha/Kapalama Neighborhood Board, 1984-1990.
  • Member of Honolulu Neighborhood Housing Services Board of Directors, 1986-1988, 1989 to present; President, 1987-1988, 1992-1993, 1993-1994.
  • Former President and present Member of the Hawaii State Youth Volunteer Board, 1978 to present.
  • Former President of the Kalihi-Palama Service Area Board on Mental Health and Substance Abuse, appointed by the Governor, 1985-1989.
  • Former Precinct President of the Hawaii Democratic Party, 1990.
  • Member of the Board of Directors of McKinley High School Foundation and McKinley Alumni Association, 1989 to present.
  • Former member of McKinley's Parent, Teacher and Student Association, 1990.
  • Member of the Lanakila Multi-Purpose Senior Center's Participant Advisory Board, 1991 to present.
  • Member of the Catholic Immigration Center's Board of Directors, 1991 to 1997.
  • Member of Hawaii Syringe Exchange Committee (formerly known as The CHOW Project Committee) 1992 to present.
  • Member of the Hawaii Democratic Movement, Board of Directors, 1991 to 1997.
  • Member of the Young Democrats of Hawaii, 1991-1997.
  • Member of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce, 1991 to present.
  • Member of the Hawaii Chinese Civic Association, 1991 to present.
  • Member of Chung Wah Chung Kung Hui, 1991 to present.
  • Member of the Hawaii Correctional Association, 1992.
  • Member of Hawaii Chinese Jaycees, 1991 to 1997.
  • Member of the Early Childhood System Cost/Implementation Advisory Committee, 1992 to 1994.
  • Member of the Early Childhood Education and Care Coordinating Council, 1992 to 1996.
  • Member of the West Honolulu Public Health Nursing Section Advisory Committee, 1992 to 1995.
  • Member of the Hawaii Even Start Family Literacy Program Council, 1993 to 1994.
  • Member of the Sex Abuse Treatment Center Advisory Board, 1993 to present.
  • Member of the Hawaii Community Services Council Board of Directors, 1993 to 1997.
  • Member of the Hawaii Early Intervention Coordinating Council, 1993 to present.
  • Member of the Volunteer Legal Services Hawaii, 1994 to present.
  • Member of the Susannah Wesley Community Center Board of Directors, 1994 to 12/99, 2001 to present.
  • Hawaii Housing Development Corporation Board of Directors, 1993 to present.
  • Member of the Advisory Board of Teen Line, 1993.
  • Member of the Children's Trust Fund Advisory Council, 1993 to present.
  • Member of Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition, 1992.
  • Member of the Families Together Initiative (FTI) Core Team, 1993 to 1995.
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Liliha-Palama Business Association, 1994.
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the YWCA, August 1994 to December 2000.
  • Member of the Ma'ema'e School SCBM, 1994 to June 1998.
  • Member of the Lanakila School SCBM, 1993 to 1995, 2000-2001.
  • Member of the Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation Auction Committee, 1992 to 1994.
  • Member of the Hawaii Kids Count Council, 1994.
  • Member of the Kalihi-Palama Culture and Arts Society, 1994 to present.
  • Member of the Honolulu Division Advisory Committee of The Casey Family Program, 1994 to 2004.
  • Member of the Strengthening Hawaii Families Program of the Coalition for a Drug-Free Hawaii, 1996.
  • Member of the Assistive Technology Resource Center of Hawaii Community Task Force, 1995.
  • Member of the Hawaii Early Childhood Alliance, 1995 to 1996.
  • Member of the Good Beginnings Alliance, 1996.
  • Member of the Blueprint for Change Task Force (Child Protective Services), 1994 to 1996
  • Convenor of the Elder Abuse & Neglect Task Force, 1995 to 2006.
  • Co-Convenor of the Child Protection Roundtable, 1996 to 2002.
  • Co-Convenor of the Health Quest Roundtable, 1995 to 1999.
  • Co-Chair of the Joint Legislative Committee on Long Term Care, 1996 to 1998.
  • Co-Chair of the Joint Legislative Committee on Early Childhood Education and Care, 1999 to 2000.
  • Co-Chair of the Joint Legislative Committee on Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 1999 to 2000.
  • Member of the Hawaii Summit 2011 Project Steering Committee, 1996.
  • Member of the Grow For It Program, 1996.
  • Member of the Hawaii Women's Legal Foundation, 1997.
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Association for Retarded Citizens, 1998 to 2001.
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the Breakthroughs For Youth At Risk, 1998 to 2000.
  • Member of the Board of Advisors of Habitat for Humanity, 1998 to present.
  • Member, Appointed by Chief Justice Moon to the Judicial Council 8/98 to 2003.
  • Member of the Board of Directors of Providing Awareness Referrals Education Nurturing Therapy Support (PARENTS), 1999 to 2002.
  • Member of the Coalition for the Prevention and Treatment of Obesity in Hawaii, 1999 to 2006.
  • Member of the Hawaii Intergenerational Network Advisory Board, 1999.
  • Member of the US-China Peoples Friendship Association of Honolulu, 1999 to 2000.
  • Member of the Advisory Committee Hawaii Arthritis Control Program, 2000 to 2001.
  • Member of the Board of Trustees of Winners at Work, 2000 to 2005.
  • Member of the Board of Trustees of Abilities Unlimited, 2005 to present.
  • Member (Non Voting) of the State Department of Health Advisory Committee, 2000 to 2002.
  • State Advisory Board Member of the Women's Legislative Network of NCSL, 2001 to present.
  • Member of the Hawaii Intergenerational Network Advisory Board, 1999 to 2000.
  • Member of the Organization of Women Leaders, 2001 to 2002.
  • Member of Board of Trustee of Goodwill Industries, 2001 to present.
  • Member of Senate Felix Task Force Group, 2001 to 2002.
  • Member of Dept. of Health's Neurotrauma Task Force, 2001 to 2002
  • Member of the Honolulu Community Action Program Board of Directors, May 2002 to present.
  • Member of the Advisory Board of Bayanihan Clinic Without Walls, May 2002 to 2003.
  • Member of the 2003 Council on State Governments - West Annual Meeting Hawaii Host Committee, 2002.
  • Member of the Hawaii Self Sufficiency Advisory Committee, October 23, 2002.
  • Member of the Farrington High School Community Based Management, 2002 to 2003.
  • Member of the Legislature's Universal Health Care Task Force, 2003 to 2004.
  • Member of the Hawaii Dyson Initiative Advisory Committee, 2003 to 2004.
  • Member of the Child Support Enforcement System Executive Steering Committee, May 2003 to present.
  • Member of Kawananakoa Middle School PTSA's Executive Board, July 2003 to present.
  • Member of the Joint House Senate Ice and Drug Abatement Task Force, July 2003 to 2004.
  • Member as State Director, Women Legislators' Lobby (WILL), July 2003 to present.
  • Member of Aloha Peace House, July 2003 to 2004.
  • Member of Aikane O' Nuuanu , September 2003 to present.
  • Honorary Member of the Board of the Hawaii Family Support Institute, December 2003 to 2004, August 4, 2006 to 2008.
  • Member of the Economic and Financial Literacy Coalition, February 2004 to 2005.
  • Member of Co-Occurring Policy Academy, March 2004 to 2005.
  • Member of the Hawaii Council on Economic Education Board, August 4, 2004 to present.
  • Member of the Pediatric Council of Hawaii, September 29, 2004 to present
  • Member of the Public and Human Service Career Pathway Advisory Board, November 2004 to 2006.
  • Member of the Affordable Housing Task Force, January 2005 to 2008.
  • Member of the Hawaii Primary Care Association Holomua Project, March 2005 to 2006.
  • Member Women In Government - State Director Program, July 2005 to present.
  • Member of the Hawaii 2050 Task Force, August 2007 to 2008.
  • Member of the Affordable Housing and Homeless Task Force (HCDCH), August 2005 to 2006.
  • Member of the Early Childhood Education Task Force, August 2005 to 2006.
  • Member of the Na Keiki Law Center Advisory Group, November 2005 to 2006.
  • Member of the Hawaii State Consortium for Integrative Healthcare Benchmarking Advisory Board, March 2006 to 2007.
  • Co-Convenor, Hawaii State Legislature's Kupuna Caucus, March 2006 to present.
  • Member of the Hawaii 3-5 Transitional Task Force, July 16, 2007 to present.
  • Member of the Pugwash Peace Exchange, August 30, 2007 to present.
  • Member of the Global Youth Center, 2008 to present.
  • Convenor, Deaf-Blind Task Force, March 2006 to present.
  • Member of the Hawaii State Legislature's Heritage Caucus, 2007 to present.
  • Member of the Hawaii State Legislature's Hawaiian Caucus, 2009 to present.

Awards

  • Young Men's Christian Association 1985 Certificate of Appreciation
  • Honolulu Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc. 1988 Award of Excellence
  • Hawaii Association For the Education of Young Children 1992 Certificate of Appreciation
  • Hawaii Long Term Care Association's 1993 Legislator of the Year
  • Hawaii Long Term Care Association's 1993 Legislator of the Year - December 3, 1993
  • Honolulu County Medical Society 1993 Mini Internship Program Certificate
  • Healthcare Association of Hawaii's 1993 Legislator of the Year - October 29, 1993
  • Winners at Work 1993 Certificate of Appreciation
  • Hawaii Psychiatric Medical Association's 1994 Legislator of the Year
  • Autism Society of Hawaii's 1994 Legislator of the Year - August 4, 1994
  • National Association of Social Workers 1995 Friend of Social Workers Award
  • Healthcare Association of Hawaii 1995 Outstanding Legislative Service Award
  • American Box Car Racing International 1996 Certificate of Appreciation
  • Congress of Visayan Organization 1996 Certificate of Appreciation
  • Hawaii Pacific Gerontological Society's 1996 "Na Lima Kokua MaWaena O Makua" Award November 7, 1996
  • Hawaii Medical Association's 1996 Outstanding Legislator Award
  • Mental Health Association of Hawaii 1996 Legislator-of-the-Year Award
  • Cub Scout Pack 201 1997 Certificate of Appreciation
  • Partners in Policymaking Hawaii 1998 Certificate of Appreciation
  • Hawaii Long Term Care Association 1998 Legislator of the Year
  • Hawaii Association for Marriage and Family Therapy 1998 Friend of the Family
  • Aloha State Association of the Deaf 1999 Legislator of the Year Award
  • Easter Seals Hawaii 1999 Advocacy EDI Award
  • Hawaii Kids Watch Outstanding Legislative Advocate For Children and Youth, 1999
  • Hawaii Medical Association 1999 Outstanding Legislator Award
  • Mental Health Association 1999 Legislator of the Year Award
  • National Congress of Parents and Teachers Honorary Life Membership 2000
  • Hawaii State Chiropractic Association, Inc. 2000 Legislator of the Year Award
  • Council of Hawai'i Breastfeeding Promotion, 2000 World Breastfeeding Week Award
  • Department of Health and Human Services 2000 Certificate of Appreciation.
  • PARENTS, Inc. Certificate of Appreciation
  • Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies, 2001
  • Hawaii Breastfeeding Advocacy Award 2001
  • Hawaii Coalition for Affordable Long Term Care Appreciation Award
  • Hawaii Association for Marriage and Family Therapy's Friend of the Family Legislative Award, 2001
  • Hawaii Intergenerational Network, Invaluable Contribution in Connecting the Generations of Hawaii, 2001
  • Play It Safe International, plaque for Dedicated Caring To Our Nation's Children, 2002, 2003
  • Imua Project, for Outstanding Service and Dedication to Youth with Disabilities and the Community, July 18, 2003
  • Delegation of Russian Library Managers, Appreciation Award for participation in the Library of Congress, Open World Program, December 2003
  • Coalition for a Tobacco Free Hawaii, Public Service Champion, October 7, 2004
  • 2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st Century
  • Hale Kipa, Certificate of Appreciation, 2004
  • International Biographical Centre's, Leading Educators of the World 2005
  • Ola Pono Awards, 2005
  • MATAH, Certificate of Appreciation, April 1, 2005
  • The Pediatric Council, Certificate of Appreciation, September 20, 2005
  • IBC International Professional of the Year - 2006
  • Keiki Injury Prevention Coalition/Safe Kids Hawaii, Champion Award, 2006
  • International Peace Prize Nominee, United Cultural Convention, April 8, 2006
  • The Hawaii State PTSA, April 21, 2006
  • AARP Hawaii Certificate of Appreciation, August 30, 2006
  • National Young Readers Day, Celebrity Reader Award, November 14, 2006
  • Hope Gathering Plaque "Public Service Award", May 12, 2007
  • Hawaii Counseling Association, Appreciation and Recognition for Continuous Support of Licensure of Mental Health Counselors, May 18, 2007
  • Hawaii Alliance for Retired American, 2008 Shining Light Award, May 21, 2007
  • Child & Family Service Award, A Champion for Children, Families and Elders of Hawaii, 2007
  • People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Compassionate Legislator Award, June 2008
  • 4H Club of Hawaii, 2008 4H Ali'i Award, June 2008
  • City and County of Honolulu, Mayor's Award of Achievement, June 2008
  • AARP 2008 Advocate Award during the 2008 Legislative Session
  • Chief of Police Boisse P. Correa, Honolulu Police Department, Letter of Appreciation - Aloha No Na Kupuna Senior Safety Conference, December 3 to 5, 2008; Feb 20, 2009
  • District Commander Major C. Saito, Honolulu Police Department, Certificate of Appreciation, February 20, 2009
  • Hawaii Pharmacists Association, Friend of Pharmacy Award, March 28, 2009
  • Cambodian Community of Hawaii, Award of Appreciation, April 2009

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