Born in rural Kealakekua, Kona in 1952, I attended public schools and picked coffee every summer with my family until I was sixteen. I graduated from Konawaena High School in 1970 and worked at the Kona Inn Hotel in Kailua-Kona as a dining room hostess and then at AVCO Financial in Kealakekua as a clerk/cashier.
Then in 1971, personal determination allowed me to pursue my fascination with the law and to understand the "checks and balances" it represents in governmental decision-making processes that affect our lives. This determination presented opportunities that helped cultivate my thirty-year paralegal career while living and working for local law firms in my home town of Kona. I received paralegal certification in 1996 from the University of Hawai'i at Hilo and from 2001 to 2005 I worked for the Legal Aid Society of Kona as a Senior Citizen and Social Security Disability paralegal advocate.
I have since expanded my legal profession into government and have, for several years, worked as a Legislative Assistant for Councilmember K. Angel Pilago and then served as Legislative Specialist with the County Council's Legislative Research Branch at the West Hawai'i Civic Center. Currently, I am the appointed Deputy County Clerk for the County of Hawai'i.
My husband of thirty-seven years, Russel David, II, was also born in Kona and raised in Ho'okena, South Kona by his paternal grandparents Sam and Sophie A'oi David. We have two children, daughter Leinani and son Michael, and three grandchildren, Kehaunani, Makoa, and Josiah. I enjoy camping, shoreline fishing, picking coffee, lauhala weaving, haku lei making, playing the ukulele and spending time with 'ohana and friends.
My maternal grandparents, Juan and Bernabela Abril, were Filipino immigrants and lifelong Kona coffee farmers since 1929. My mother Christine Abril, was the eldest of their sixteen children and married my father, Edward Medeiros in 1950. She was a housewife, coffee farmer, and part-time babysitter until she passed away from breast cancer in 1996. My paternal great Grandfather, John Bernardo de Medeiros immigrated from Portugal in 1882. His son, John B. Medeiros, Sr., a lifelong South Kona cowboy, married my paternal grandmother, Annie Kaalele Kalani, a native Hawaiian from South Kona and they had 8 children. My father Edward Medeiros, worked as a cowboy at the age of fifteen until he was hired by Young Brothers, Ltd. in Kailua Kona. He retired from Young Brothers, Ltd. after thirty years service and thereafter farmed coffee full time. Today, at 82 years of age, he still manages a 4-acre coffee farm in Keauhou and also volunteers for the St. Benedict's Painted Church, monitoring its parking lot at the Honaunau Boat Ramp.
I am very fortunate to have a strong family foundation and lifelong experiences built on honesty, hard work, mutual respect, and determination. This heritage prepared me to face challenges in my life and my deep roots in Hawai’i island reflect our “Island Way of Life” that is grounded in 'ohana, our lands, our sea, and diverse cultural traditions. This lifestyle are values we share and want to preserve for future generations. As we move forward we must be mindful and respectful of these human values that make our island a special place.
My legislative experience in the County Council, my thirty-year profession in the legal field, my grass roots community advocacy, and my ability to work respectfully with others to find solutions, will be my guide in serving the community. I look forward to and support opportunities that embrace our political processes with values that enhance and perpetuate our unique island culture and lifestyle, and that builds sustainable communities and a healthy economy.
Mahalo a nui loa.