Aloha, I'm Anna Odom, you may have seen me around. My family and I moved to Makakilo from South Carolina in 2007. My late husband moved us out here to be closer to his family. We had 11 amazing years here together. He was called home on December 6, 2015. He was killed on Kunia Road while riding his motorcycle headed to our home in Makaha. It was and still is such a huge loss to our family.
Out of the 14 years living on Oahu, 10 have been right here in Makakilo. My children were students at Makakilo Elementary, then like most of the kids, they moved onto the Middle and High School in Kapolei. It has been a blessing to beable to raise my children here. We always felt safe and appreciative of living in such a quiet community.
Now, four of my grandchildren live in Makakilo. Three of my grandchildren live with us fulltime. Its a little louder these days and safety is becoming more of a rising concern. We are made gaurdians and moved our grand children in right in the middle of the pandemic. Taking on three children in the most restrictive state in the nation has been challenging. I feel the same struggles and pressures many of you face. I see the direction were headed in. I see so many families having to leave. Priced out of paradise and now crime has people on edge. How will our children manage their home state by the time they graduate? Their future depends on the decisions we make today. This is one of the many reasons I am running for State Representative, to ensure a better Hawaii for future generations.