Takashi Ohno is the Hawaii State Representative serving the Nuuanu, Liliha, Alewa Heights district. He currently serves as the Chair of the Committee on Instrastate Commerce. Before elected office, Takashi was a public school teacher that decided that an educator’s voice was needed at the Legislature.
Takashi has wholeheartedly jumped into the work to improve his community and state. From overseeing audits of the DOE to rewarding our best teachers, he has been a strong voice for education. Takashi has worked to reform government and passed legislation to better keep our politicians accountable.
Takashi developed an interest in government growing up because of his dad’s nightly habit of watching the NewsHour with Jim Lehr. Takashi admired his teachers in school and aspired to become one himself. He studied education at Linfield College and eventually became a public school teacher himself in Honolulu.
The spark that led him to elected office happened during the infamous “Furlough Fridays” debacle. Takashi followed the debate at the state capitol intently, and the more he learned, the more he grew frustrated, and the more he became involved. Takashi successfully ran for office against a long term incumbent and was elected to the Hawaii State House of Representatives in 2012.
Takashi initially served as the Vice Chair of the Committee on Education championing greater investment in schools and modernizing facilities. Currently, Takashi is the Chair of the Committee on Intrastate Commerce, where he leads policy surrounding banking, insurance, telecommunications, and business licensing.