Trish La Chica

Trish La Chica's Story

Meet Trish La Chica
  • Executive Director, Office of Housing and Homelessness, City & County of Honolulu
  • Community and Government Relations Manager, AlohaCare
  • Policy & Advocacy Director, Hawaii Public Health Institute
  • Policy Analyst, Office of Governor David Ige, State of Hawaii
  • Community Engagement Specialist, Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum
  • Journalist, ABS-CBN, Manila, Philippines
Community Involvement
  • Leadership work: Pacific Century Fellow (2023 to present); Filipino Young Leaders Program (2023 delegate)
  • Community work: Mililani/Waipio/Melemanu Neighborhood Board 25, Board Member (2018 – 2022, elected); Mililani Town Association Board Member (2022, elected); Soroptimist International of Central Oahu Member (2021-2022); West Oahu Subarea Health Planning Council (Gubernatorial Appointee, 2021 to present)
  • Filipino community involvement: Member, Filipino Legislative Caucus; Judge, Women's Month Ideathon organized by the Philippine Consulate General in Honolulu (2021); Member, Filipina Association of University Women (2015 – present); Celebrity model, Philippine Independence Day Gala (2018)
  • Political involvement: Young Democrats of Hawaii President (2020 – 2022); Democratic Party of Hawaii District 36 Chair (2018 – 2022); Democratic Party of Hawaii District 37 Chair (2024 to present) and Vice Chair (2022-2023)
  • Volunteer involvement: Homeless Point in Time Count (2018, 2021, 2022); AAUW Hawaii Policy Committee (2021 – 2022)

Trish La Chica is the State Representative for District 37 proudly serving Mililani Town, Mililani Mauka, Waipio Gentry and Koa Ridge. As representative, Trish has advocated for better public transportation options for the district, successfully pushed for the regulation of e-cigarettes to protect our youth, and brought in funding to improve our schools and address homelessness. Trish currently serves as the Vice Chair for the House Committee on Education.

Prior to joining the legislature, Trish spent over 15 years in leadership roles working for non-profit organizations, as well as state and county government in areas such as health, Medicaid, housing, and homelessness. Her passion for advocacy began as an investigative journalist in Manila, where she produced documentaries that shed light on the daily struggles of Filipino families and fought against corruption.

After moving to San Francisco to pursue a Masters in Public Administration and working for a national policy organization, Trish and her husband Cricket settled in Mililani, where they are raising their two children, Foggy and Ricki. In her free time, Trish enjoys spending time with her family and three dogs, going on hikes, visiting the beach, traveling, and experimenting with new recipes.

As a Filipina legislator, mom, and community leader, Trish cares a whole lot about putting her constituents first, ensuring all voices are heard, and fighting hard so that our community remains the best place to live and raise our families.

For constituent matters and district requests, please visit Rep. La Chica's legislative website:

Trish La Chica

For State House

District 37 Mililani / Waipio Gentry / Koa Ridge

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