Sharon Moriwaki is the former associate director of the University of Hawaiʻi’s Public Policy Center. She was chosen by then-Governor John Waiheʻe to be part of his first cabinet as Labor Department Deputy Director. Four years later, Waiheʻe appointed her as his Director of Human Resources, where she instituted major personnel system reforms. She served as Hawaiʻi Court System Administrative Director and as UH Assistant Vice President. A resident of Kakaʻako for the past decade, she’s the founding president of Kakaʻako United, a nonprofit volunteer organization that fights for a better life for area residents and businesses through smart development and accountability. She is running for State Senate in district 12.