Jeanné was born in Kona and raised on a small coffee farm in the nearby town of Captain Cook. She graduated from Konawaena High School in 2012 and currently serves West Hawai’i as a member of the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival Board of Directors, Lions Club of Kona member, communications chair of Konawaena High School’s 100th Anniversary Committee, and Director of the Miss Kona Coffee Scholarship Competition.
Previously, Jeanné was a member of the Kona Coffee Farmers Association board of directors. She also served as Executive Director of Unite Hawai’i, an organization devoted to ending sexual exploitation through education. As a victim service provider for survivors of sexual slavery, she strove each day to provide freedom and justice to women and children affected by sexual violence.
Jeanné grew up in poverty, so she understands the importance of putting people before profit. As your representative, she will protect our iconic agricultural industry, champion the needs of working families, deliver universal healthcare, and combat climate change.
Jeanné believes that it’s time to guarantee that the workers who drive our economy are able to thrive financially by raising the minimum wage to at least $17/hour and establishing paid sick and family leave programs. She is also committed to raising teacher pay, fully funding our schools, and creating a Green New Deal for the islands that uplifts workers’ prosperity and our 'āina for generations to come.
Our community deserves leadership with aloha. Letʻs support Jeanné Kapela in her effort to give the promise of paradise to all who call Hawai’i home.
"Hawai'i deserves leadership with aloha."
- Jeanne Kapela