Why I'm Running

I’m Scot Matayoshi, and I am honored to serve as the State Representative for District 49.  

Family_resized.jpgMy wife, Jennifer, and I are proud to call this community our home.  I currently serve as Vice President of the Kaneohe Christmas Parade, am a Neighborhood Board Member, and am an active member of the Ko’olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club.

I am passionate about working towards a vibrant, sustainable future for the State of Hawaii.  We need to preserve our environment, expand alternative energy, and develop our agricultural industry to achieve energy and food independence.  Let’s invest in our future by building schools and new infrastructure instead of enduring costly maintenance and repairs. 

My family has served Hawai’i for four generations, a tradition I am proud to continue.  My parents, Ron, a recently-retired social worker, and Coralie, the head of the American Red Cross of Hawaii, instilled in me a sense of responsibility for our community that they learned from their families.

My grandfather Herbert Matayoshi served as Mayor of the Big Island for 10 years, and my grandmother Mary Matayoshi is a lifelong educator who encouraged countless others to give back to their communities before running the Volunteer Resource Center of  Hawaii.  My goong goong, Peter Chun, was a former President of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce and an active member of his church.  

I graduated from Punahou School and interned with U.S. Senator Daniel K. Akaka while attending Claremont McKenna College.  Knowing I had been blessed to receive an excellent education, I returned to Hawai’i after graduation to become a public school science teacher at Nanakuli High and Intermediate School while earning my Master’s degree in Education.  I eventually went on to pursue my law degree at the University of Hawaii, but still work to further education as President of the Malama Honua Public Charter School Foundation.  

I hope to use all of my experiences to help make the Windward community a better and safer place to live. 


Experience

Public School Teacher, Nanakuli High and Intermediate School, 2006-2009

Attorney at Law, 2012 - present

President, Malama Honua Public Charter School Foundation, 2016 - present

Vice President, Kaneohe Christmas Parade, 2017 - present

Board Member, Domestic Violence Action Center, 2016 - present

Neighborhood Board, 2015 - 2018

Hawaii State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, Oahu Director, 2013-2014

U.S. Senate Intern, Office of Senator Daniel K. Akaka, 2005