Meet Tommy

Aloha! As a life-long resident and dedicated public servant, with over thirty years of public service - as a member of the Neighborbood Board, public defender, Hawaii State Representative, and as a volunteer with the Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation and the Ka Wai Nui Marsh Task Force. I took these roles seriously and worked hard to improve service these important institutions represent as well as to ensure that every dollar was spent wisely. I have the experience and commitment to make our community a better place to live, work, and play.

Please contact me via email at [email protected] or on my cell (808) 354-1178 should you have any questions or concerns. I look forward to discussing the issues that are important to you.

We need an open, honest and respectful legislator in the Honolulu City Council, and, I humbly ask for your vote.


Professional Experience

Attorney at Law, Law Office of Thomas Waters 2002 to Present

Vice Chair, Judicial Selection Commission 2011 - 2014

Hawaii State House of Representatives 2002-2008

Chair, House Committee on Judiciary 2006-2008

Chair, House Committee on Higher Education 2004-2006

Majority Whip 2004-2008

Co-Chair, Joint Senate-House Task Force on Ice and Drug Abatement 2004

Vice Chair, House Committee on Environmental Protection 2002-2004

House Committee on Finance 2002-2004

House Committee on Consumer Protection and Commerce 2006-2008

House Committee on Education 2004-2006

House Committee on Hawaiian Affairs 2002-2004

House Committee on Water Land Ocean 2002-2004

Deputy Public Defender 1995-2002

Law Clerk, Honorable Marie N. Milks 1993-1995

Law Clerk, Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation

Senator, Associated Students of the University of Hawaii 1986-1989

First Job: Laborer, Dole Pineapple Cannery

Public Service

Kailua Neighborhood Board member

Ka Wai Nui Marsh Task Force

Native Hawaiian Bar Association

Kailua Hawaiian Civic Club

President, Hui Lanakila Canoe Club

Save Ka Iwi Coalition


Juris Doctor, William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Speech, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Kamehameha Schools

Samuel Wilder King Intermediate, Kaneohe

Puohala Elementary, Kaneohe