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Bob McDermott: Pass The GET Surcharge And Finish Rail 15 We can’t afford to be distracted by raising the hotel tax or by giving up and stopping the line at Middle Street.

May 24, 2017

It’s time for Hawaii’s political leadership to face reality: we need to finish building our rail system. It’s past time for Gov. David Ige to demonstrate leadership by calling the Legislature into a special session — immediately — so we can pass an extension of the GET surcharge and get the rail completed.

If we fail to act now to provide stable funding, this project is going to cost all of us more money—a lot more. We need a special session now. Not to debate rail, not to consider other taxes, not for more talk about other transit options, but to take action: pass the extension now, and complete the project.

The numbers are compelling. In construction, like any business, time is money. For every month that passes while we fail to act, the rail project’s price tag inflates by ten to fifteen million dollars. Why? Because it delays everything—bids are not tendered, land is not acquired, and contracts are not signed.


We have only 4 miles to go. The obstructionists still think they can kill the rail project with a thousand paper cuts, but they need to face the stark reality of our situation. We have already finished 16 miles, and if we don’t finish those last 4 miles, Honolulu will have to pay the federal government over $800 million. Honolulu will forfeit another $700 million in transit funding on top of that.

We can’t afford to be distracted by schemes like raising the hotel tax by a whopping 30 percent (and killing numerous jobs in the process). Or by giving up and stopping the line at Middle Street. Or the fanciful panacea of running the line at grade. Any changes to the planned route require a new EIS, and that means a new round of lawsuits, more delays, and ultimately more costs.

Nobody in the Legislature dislikes taxes and fees more than I do. But I support finishing this project, and the best option is to extend the GET surcharge. We’re already paying it, and the sky isn’t falling. We need to reduce the skim to the state to 1 percent and continue the GET surcharge for a minimum of 10 years.

Without an extension, Honolulu may have to raise property taxes to meet its obligations. Ironically, if that happens, the anti-railers living in wealthy enclaves will end up paying even more.


By failing to act, we risk losing the bountiful harvest of economic and environmental benefits that the rail project will bring. It’s not just for West Oahu — every community will be served by a fast, efficient system. Entire communities will be revitalized and grow, with shops, restaurants and condominiums springing up along the line. The rail should be built from Kapolei to Ala Moana, and ultimately to UH Manoa so we can maximize our investments in transportation and education.

We have the ability to get it done and we have a funding mechanism to pay for it. The only thing we lack is the necessary political courage to lead the way. It’s past time for the Governor and the Legislature to do the right thing. Extend the GET surcharge now.

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    Rep. Bob McDermott represents House District 40 — Ewa, Ewa Beach, Ewa Gentry and Iroquois Point.
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Reps. Tupola, McDermott and Ward Address Technical Schools Licensing Fees

May 3, 2017

Representative Andria Tupola (H District 43 Ewa Villages, Kalaeloa, Honokai Hale, Nanakai Gardens, Ko Olina, Kahe Point, Nanakuli, Lualualei, Maili) Representative Bob McDermott (H District 40 Ewa, Ewa Beach, Ewa Gentry, Iroquois Point) and Representative Gene Ward (H District 17Hawaii Kai, Kalama Valley) address Private Trade, Vocational, and Technical Schools; Licensing; Licensing Fee; Appropriation. SB1286 SD2 HD2 CD1

On May 02, 2017, the bill passed Final Reading as amended in CD 1 with none voting aye with reservations; Representative(s) Matsumoto, McDermott, Thielen, Tupola, Ward voting no (5) and Representative(s) Ichiyama excused (1).

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Convention of States Town Hall Meeting with Rep. McDermott Jan. 2017

February 2, 2017

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Convention of States Town Hall Meeting Jan. 2017.  Representative Bob McDermott (H District 40 Ewa, Ewa Beach, Ewa Gentry, Iroquois Point) leads Hawaii’s delegates in a discussion of the historic simulated Convention of States in Williamsburg, VA. Guest panel members: Mark White, State Director of the  Convention of States and Lynn Finnegan, Analysis of the Convention of States.

About the Convention of States:
Citizens concerned for the future of their country, under a federal government that’s increasingly bloated, corrupt, reckless and invasive, have a constitutional option. We can call a Convention of States to return the country to its original vision of a limited federal government that is of, by and for the people.

Please feel free to call our office at 540-441-7227, or email  Convention of States, P.O. Box 1073, Purcellville, VA 20134



McDermott’s Message Building a New School for Ewa Beach

April 22, 2016

Representative Bob McDermott discusses the building of a new school for Ewa Beach with Kurt Fevella President at The Ewa Beach Lions club.


McDermott’s Message Marijuana Dispensaries – Guest Rep. Oshiro

December 2, 2015



Representatives Bob McDermott and Marcus Oshiro discuss things you need to know about medical Marijuana dispensaries



McDermott’s Message Campbell High School Oct 2015

October 28, 2015

Representative Bob McDermott discusses Campbell High School air-conditioning and educating the youth with Michael Wooten who as a teacher at Campbell has lectured students in his non air conditioned classroom.

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McDermott’s Message with Michael Wooten – Educational Values

September 30, 2015

Representative Bob McDermott discusses educational values with James Campbell High School’s educator Michael Wooten.

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McDermott’s Message

September 16, 2015

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Honoring Living Treasures of Ewa Beach

Recently, I had the privilege of honoring several living treasures of Ewa Beach.

The first was Sister M. Davilyn Ah Chick, who was chosen as Catholic Clergy of the Year by the Knights of Columbus Council in Ewa Beach.

Sister Davilyn has long been a leader and role model in Ewa Beach and the wider community. Born in Hawaii, she is the daughter of the late John Sr. and Dorothy Amy Ah Chick and one of seven children. She is grateful to her family because her parents, brothers, and sisters nurtured her to live life to the fullest.

For over forty years, Sister Davilyn has served in the Franciscan order. She is blessed to serve God’s people as a friend, religious educator, leader, and administrator. She is a volunteer locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. Sister Davilyn is presently the Principal at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School in Ewa Beach. In this capacity she continues to touch lives on a daily basis and is performing in an extraordinary fashion.

Represenatative McDermott, Senator Espero, Sister Davilyn, Mr. Stan Maria, and Councilman Ron Menor

Left to right:  Representative Bob Mcdermott, Senator Will Espero,  Sister M. Davilyn Ah Chick, Stan Maria, and Councilman Ron Menor.

The other honorees we celebrated were Billy and Cely Villareal. They have long been leaders and role models not only in Ewa Beach but in the Filipino community as well. Their example of family, community, and stewardship is a beacon for all to follow.

As of 2006, Billy has been the tireless President of the United Pangasinan of Hawaii.  Since his ascendancy to this role, the association has reached greater heights. The Villareals open their home monthly to others, thus providing the Filipino elders a place to gather and talk story. Billy and Cely work as a team, and due to their hard work the membership has quadrupled because of their proven leadership and unwavering dedication.

Billy and Cely are American Patriots.  He is a former sailor, a hero who spent almost 30 years in the US Navy, while Cely served as a Navy wife, which is a job as hard as being in the Navy itself. Cely often mentored the younger wives on Navy life.  The Villareals have more than done their part in serving their adopted country.

All of these individuals are Ewa Beach treasures who enrich all of our lives on a daily basis. We are blessed to have them as our neighbors!

McDermott’s Message – Rep. McDermott and Darryl Vincent US Vets

August 26, 2015

Representative Bob McDermott speaks with Darryl J. Vincent has been with U.S.VETS, for 11 years. As the Chief Operating Officer, he is directly responsible for the supervision of Executive Directors at all 11 sites, along with national administration of the overall operations of U.S.VETS.

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Campbell High School – The Home of Champions!

August 5, 2015

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West Oahu Voice July 29, 2015 Page 8

McDermott Head shot blue shirtBy now most folks are award that Campbell High School won the State Baseball Championship, led by State of Hawaii player of the year, Ian Kahaloa. We hope to see Ian in major league baseball someday! Also, Campbell won the Girls State Softball Championships, led by Elisa Favela who in the championship game, clubbed a pair of home runs, drove in seven runs and tossed a complete game to lead Campbell to a convincing 16-4.

Samuel Bass, Makoa Alvarez, Raymon Tutewohl, Josiah Ahuna

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Samuel Bass, Makoa Alvarez, Raymon Tutewohl, Josiah Ahuna

Let us also shine the light on another group of champions who have not gotten the same recognition. The Campbell Swimming Team has made James Campbell High School history! They jumped into the season with a hunger in their bellies and a fire in their hearts.

This past season, star swimmer Makoa Alvarez, age 18, has taken his year-round training with West Oahu Aquatics and Campbell to new heights; he made sure nobody was faster than him. Makoa is being officially inducted into the Hawaii High School Athletic Association’s prestigious Hall of Honor for his non-stop wins all season long, as well as for his multiple new Hawaii state records. Way to go Makoa! You have made us all proud.

The Campbell Men’s Relay A Team, consisting of Makoa Alvarez, Josiah Ahuna, Raymon Tutewohl, and Samuel Bass, have won OIA West, OIA Championships, and placed 3rd and 4th in the 200 Medley Relay and the 400 Freestyle Relay at State Championships.

This has been a very exciting year for the Campbell swim team, being that they are currently the #1 OIA Men’s Swim Team. Now they will be saying goodbye to their seniors and hello to new comers, by getting them trained and pumped up for next year’s swim season. It cannot be stressed enough how influential all our supporters have been for us. On behalf of the Campbell Swim Team, I would like to give a huge Mahalo to the community for your continued support. Come watch these cats swim. GO SABERS!!! Go Campbell, a school of champions!