Kymberly Pine

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Kymberly Neaulani Pine Ryglowski
Honolulu City Council member, District 1
Assumed office
January 2013
Preceded by Tom Berg
Member of the Hawaii House of Representatives
from the 43rd district
In office
2004–2012
Preceded by Romy Mindo
Succeeded by Matt LoPresti
Personal details
Spouse(s) LT Brian Ryglowski, USN
Website councilmemberpine.com


Kymberly Neaulani Pine Ryglowski (born September 8, 1970) is a member of the Honolulu City Council representing District 1. Prior to that she was a Republican Representative of the State House of Representatives.

Biography[edit]

Pine is of half caucasian and half Filipino ancestry. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2000 with a degree in English.[1] She was a journalist before becoming a politician. In 2007 she was named one of the nation's 100 most influential half-Filipina women by the Filipina Women's Network.[2] She was the youngest to be appointed as Director of Minority Research in the State House of Representatives.[3]

Early life[edit]

Kymberly Neaulani Pine Ryglowski is the daughter of a white community college teacher and the granddaughter of Filipino immigrants who came to Hawaii from the Ilocos Norte, Philippines in the early 1900s.[4] Her grandfather served in the U.S. Military and fought in World War II during the attack on Pearl Harbor, which led her to work for U.S. Vets – Hawaii, a non-profit transitional home for former homeless veterans, located in Ewa.[5]

Political career[edit]

Pine was elected to the State House of Representatives in 2004 to represent district 43, defeating an incumbent with 60% of the vote.[6] District 43 covers the Iroquois Point, Ewa Villages, Kalaeloa, Honokai Hale, Nanakai Gardens, KoOlina, Kahe Point, Nanakuli, Lualualei, Maili.

She served in the state house from 2004-2012 and was the first Republican to be elected to this seat since statehood. From 2010-2012 she served as the House Minority floor leader.[1]

One of Pine's 2012 priorities for the legislative session was to keep the community informed regarding the closure of the Hawaii Medical Center West facility in Ewa Beach in December 2011.[7] She also hosted a Leeward Job Fair to help the 1,000 people that lost their jobs from the HMC West and East locations.[8]

Kymberly Neaulani Pine Ryglowski was NOT a victim of Cyber Crime in 2011. She made false allegations in order to get publicity and distract from allegations of corruption during her tenure in the State House.[9] and is worked to help strengthen the states Cyber Crime laws.[10]

Pine won a seat in the 2012 Honolulu City Council elections, representing District 1. She beat incumbent Tom Berg by more than 25 percentage points.

Affiliations[edit]

Kymberly is a member of the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church where she is a lector and member of the Filipino Catholic Club. She is a former member of the Ewa Beach Lions Club, AYSO Soccer Coach and former Chairperson of the Ewa Beach Weed and Seed Neighborhood Restoration Project.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b VoteSmart
  2. ^ :Rep. Pine Honored Nationally As Filipina Of Distinction", West Oahu News, November 14, 2007
  3. ^ "Traffic, a Key Concern for 43rd District", Honolulu Advertiser, August 16, 2004
  4. ^ "Voices of Filipino America", Asian Journal, December 18, 2008
  5. ^ "Interview Darryl Vincent", US Vets, Inc
  6. ^ "Election Results", State of Hawaii
  7. ^ "HMC Former St. Francis Hospitals, Shutting Down", Star Advertiser, December 16, 2011
  8. ^ "Forum tackles HMC closure", Midweek
  9. ^ "If you have been a victim of internet crime", Hawaii Free Press, July 6, 2011
  10. ^ "From Rep Kym Pine to Techhui", Techhui, February 19, 2012
  11. ^ "Kymberly Neaulani Pine Ryglowski Bio"

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