Andria Tupola currently serves in the Hawaiʻi House of Representatives representing District 43 (Māʻili, Nānākuli, Ko Olina, Honokai Hale, Kalaeloa, Ewa). Andria was first elected into the House of Representatives in 2014 on her very first run for office. She rallied the support of community members by knocking doors, holding meetings, speaking at schools, and organizing events. She was elected in 2014 by 56% of the vote - the only candidate to unseat an incumbent in the general election. Andria was re-elected in 2016, this time increasing her margin of victory to 65% of the vote. Following re-election, Andria made history by becoming the first Samoan/Hawaiian woman to serve as the House Minority Leader - a position she continues to serve in today.
SHE IS MAKING A DIRECT IMPACT AS A DIFFERENT TYPE OF LEADER
During her tenure as a Representative, Andria has demonstrated that she is a very different - very grassroots - public servant who encourages community members to: voice their concerns, keep government accountable, and serve in the communities themselves. A true community is not just about being geographically close, it’s about feeling connected and responsible for what happens. Through collaborative efforts Andria has succeeded in identifying and responding to many of the pressing needs in her communities - and in our State. In 4 short years, Andria has:
- led quarterly community cleanups,
- directed traffic and increased community communication during water main breaks,
- helped haul abandoned cars with local trucking and recycling companies,
- organized statewide trafficking awareness conferences,
- connected local businesses through entrepreneur conferences,
- donated hundreds of prom dresses while empowering girls in her community,
- painted locker-rooms and school buildings in her district,
- organized mural projects and music festivals,
- advocated for lower electric bills and mediated between residents and landlords,
- helped find supplies and fill immediate needs at homeless encampments,
- hosted 38 town halls on important issues, and
- voted on thousands of bills while also leading the State House Minority Caucus.
SHE RECOGNIZES THE STATE’S SYSTEMIC STRUGGLES
Serving as a Representative has also given Andria an intimate view of the true struggles facing the State of Hawaiʻi. She recognizes that the compounding systemic problems in Hawaiʻi have led to: (1) a high cost of living, (2) an unfriendly business environment, (3) departments permitting unqualified professionals to work with vulnerable populations, (4) a homeless epidemic, and (5) substandard state facilities. However, perhaps the most discouraging reality of them all is that - in the face of all these problems - the current government remains unresponsive and slow to meet our pressing needs. You can read more about this in her vision section.
SHE IS A BOLD AND INSPIRING LEADER
Hawaiʻi needs a different type of leader to fix what’s broken and make Hawaii everything it can be. This cannot be done with the current career politicians who leap from one election to the next. Hawaiʻi needs leaders focused on the the good of the State - not their own political agendas. Andria comes with a different background and experience that resonates with everyday residents of Hawaiʻi. She put her personal career on hold to serve the community - and has spent everyday for the past four years giving her heart and energy to the people. She is a bold and inspiring leader who does not hide behind excuses. This is the type of leadership Andria has been providing for her community - and the state as a whole. You can read more about her in the news section.
SHE SEEKS THE VOICE OF THE PEOPLE
As Andria prepares to run for Governor, she is firm in her commitment to hear from the people of Hawaiʻi. Connection is the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued. The most basic and powerful way to connect to another person is to listen. Rather than focusing her energy on the insiders and political elites who have controlled Hawaiʻi’s government for too long; Andria is talking to working families, nurses, teachers, truck drivers and small business owners who have kept Hawaii going despite the current government’s ineffective decision-making. The PEOPLE make the state of Hawaiʻi and they must be heard. She is ready for this next step, but also recognizes that she can’t do it alone. Creating a shared vision for Hawaii starts with bringing the people together. You can be a part of the vision by volunteering to host an event.
Andria Tupola formerly taught music at Leeward Community College. She has earned 2 degrees in music education (a M.A. from the University of Hawaiʻi, Manoa and a B.M. from Brigham Young University) and is currently completing a PhD (also in Music). Andria is an honors graduate of Kamehameha Schools, Kapālama, and is an avid fan of both sports and the performing arts. She enjoys spending time with family - especially her husband, Tavo, and their 2 daughters aged 9 & 10 respectively.