Connecting with Community – A Conversation with Hawaii State Representative Adrian Tam

We spoke with Adrian Tam, a Hawaii State Representative. Adrian is 28 years old and Hawaii’s first openly gay Asian-American Representative.

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Connecting with Community – A Conversation with Hawaii State Representative Adrian Tam


We spoke with Adrian Tam, a Hawaii State Representative. Adrian is 28 years old and Hawaii’s first openly gay Asian-American Representative. He became involved in his community at a very early age and even worked for the Hawaii State Senate before running for public office.

Adrian emphasized the significance of knowing who your voters are. While on the campaign trail, he made an effort to get to know and connect with members of his community. Adrian also touched on his unique experience running for office while young.

Adrian opened up about why he chose to run. He saw too much bargaining and horse trading for his liking. He decided that he was tired of politics being put over Hawaiian communities. Thus, his motto was born: People over Politics. This message proved to resonate with the people of Hawaii. The full conversation is posted on our IGTV! Go check it out!