Meet Trish


I’m Trish La Chica and I am running for State Representative of House District 36 – Mililani, Mililani Mauka, Waipio Acres.
This is why:

I want to change the outcome for my son and future generations.

I worry about my son’s future. Will he understand why active shooter drills in school are now necessary? Will he be able to start a career without student-loan debt? Will he be able to purchase his first home? Will he take care of my husband and I when we grow old? As your Representative, I will work hard to keep our keiki safe, healthy, and ready for the future. If things are left unchanged, I worry that my son won’t stand a chance.

I want government to share responsibility and take action.

In my current role as a Policy and Advocacy Director for a nonprofit, I have experienced firsthand how good policy solutions and ideas come to die each legislative session. Through the years, I have brought over 200 youth leaders to our State Capitol to advocate for policies that will benefit their generation. Yet year after year, I see how very few of our lawmakers are moved by their engagement. As your Representative, I will ensure that keiki, kupuna, and communities become a recognized policy voice in the legislature.

I am here to serve, stand up, and fight.

When I announced my intention to run for office, I was immediately told that having the desire to serve was not enough. That I cannot run without money or without declaring my support for certain politicians. My entire life, I have worked hard to fight for what is right. As a journalist, I fought to expose political corruption and the exploitation of resources. With my policy work, I have fought to keep Big Tobacco away from our youth and advocated to improve the health of our most vulnerable communities. As your Representative, I will fight to put our community needs first.

Help Trish get elected by sending her to the State Capitol.

Vote for Trish La Chica as your State Representative on August 11, 2018!

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  • School safety and emergency preparedness

  • Traffic relief improvements

  • Stop gender bias, abuse, and violence

  • Increase voter turnout

  • Economic security for the next generation
  • Youth tobacco prevention – smoking & vaping
  • Innovations in health care and long-term care.

  • Sustainable and responsible development

  • Equal opportunity for Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders

  • Criminal justice reform


  • Proud mom to a toddler, dog, cat, and 5 kittens

  • Neighborhood Board # 25 Member, Mililani/Waipio/Melemanu

  • District 36 Chair, Democratic Party

  • Master in Public Administration

  • Policy and Advocacy Director, Hawaii Public Health Institute

  • Policy Analyst, Office of the Governor

  • Investigative Journalist

  • 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the World, Filipina Women’s Network 2015

  • Contributing author, DISRUPT 2.0. Filipina Women: Daring to Lead

  • I just started writing about my little family as we work hard, travel often, maintain a home, and stay active:

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