What does Chinese Astrology
say about someone born in the Year of the Horse?
Once you have identified a
goal you channel all your energies into achieving it, but do not be
over-confident or assume that everyone else agrees with your methods. You are
active and alert, and prefer the unusual to the unpredictable. If you decide to
choose a new skill to further your career, persevere until you have perfected it
and try to resolve any problems rather than simply avoiding them.
You are hard working,
cheerful and independent, although you do not mind working as part of a team as
long as your efforts are recognized. Many people born in the Year of the Horse
have a healthy constitution and are suited to mentally or physically demanding
work. You have potential to be an inspiring leader but try to hold back when
situations irritate you, since a hasty word could land you in trouble.
are suited to a job in politics,
sport or the construction industry. You would also make a good geographer,
explorer, actor, artist, and advertising or sales executive
Five-Oh Questions (the icebreakers)
Who is your
A: I would say my
grandfather on my mother's side... He raised me to a
large degree, taught me basic rights and wrongs...
If he were here today, where would you take him to eat?
A: John Dominis for sure!
What is your favorite place to be in Hawaii?
A: At home
Rice or Poi?
does the D.G. stand for?
A: Damn Good!
do you improve Hawaii's economy?
Andy: Hawaii's Future is
tied with the Far East. We
should become an international state... with tourism, we keep,
we enhance, we support, but we diversify, and economic
diversification I believe is with the Far East...
By (such things as) attracting High-tech laborers to Hawaii
(with private companies building on the West Oahu Campus, hiring
and paying the laborers, and working in conjunction with the
are not a burden on social programs. Their disposable income is very good... they themselves
become major contributors to our economy.
What do you think is the current problem with Education and what
is the Solution?
The number one problem is management.
You can't have three bosses (the Board of Education, the
Legislature, and the Governor).
The Board of Education needs to be appointed... we've got
to hold someone responsible and accountable, and that should be
the Governor, unless you give the Elected school board taxing
You have to make sure that a school system from elementary
school to high school is one mentality (curriculum and system).
you know that Andy Anderson at one point in his life owned the
largest camera shop in Hawaii (Waterhouse Photo), the largest
hi-fi store (Gems) the largest record store, and has been just
as successful in the restaurant business (John Dominis and
Michelle's)? Did you know that Andy Anderson never got to
school? Andy Anderson has been involved in
Hawaii Politics for over 30 years as the Honolulu City Manager, a
State Senator and a State Legislator...
Andy Anderson last ran for Governor in 1986 and 15 years
later wants you to vote for him again.
Hawaii411 had breakfast with Andy Anderson to find
out why he wants to be our next Governor.
We asked Andy the questions Hawaii411 readers asked
on our message boards. The
following are some of the things you wanted to know:
Tell us about your schooling.
I dropped out of high school six months early and went to work.
I made the mistake of hanging around a group of friends
who were older than I was so when they left high school the year
before.... I couldn't get focused, and I got restless and
dropped out early, I never did finish.
What do you think got you on the road to success?
Just hard work, my grandfather's upbringing. I went to
work for Kodak Hawaii as a delivery boy, then I worked my way up
to assistant sale manager for nine years, and then got bored
again. Kodak Hawaii
had a ceiling for locals. All
the top executives came out of Rochester... So I borrowed
$15,000, bought Waterhouse photo, and started my business
I've had the largest camera shop in Hawaii, the largest hi-fi
store with Gems stores, and the largest record store here and in
Phoenix Arizona; I had a toy company, a ranching supply store in
Kona. Then I went
into the restaurant business, knowing nothing about it.
Hawaii411: Obviously, you have learned
a little something about running restaurants… You own two of
the bigger ones in town!
Andy: I happen to come from
the school believing that if you apply logic to any business it
works. I kind of used that for that point for all kinds of
businesses and it seems to have worked.
You've basically been out of the 'visible' Hawaii
political scene since you last ran for Governor in 1986.
In a nutshell, what have you been doing from then till
was out as an individual, but I was very active in Pat Saiki's
campaign. I was
still a senior advisor to Frank Fasi in that interim.
I've always had my fingers in the political scene even
though I was out directly, as an advisor, consultant... I've
never given it up totally.
Hawaii411: At your age (71) most
people are retired or retiring.
Why are you running now, at this point in your life?
That's a good question. I thought I was going to retire
from politics, I don't think I'll ever retire from business, I
hope I die working. I don't want to retire ever from participating in life and
I don't think I've ever seen my state in such turmoil and
disarray. Like any
other parent and grandparent, I'm concerned with my kids coming
home. I'd like to
be assured that there is a place for them in Hawaii -
opportunities, jobs, security, to be able to buy a house, and I
don't see that.
As I look at the candidates running, as much as I respect
them... I view them as, not in the derogatory way, but they are
professional politicians, all they know is government, and
government mentality, and government thinking.
I don't think that's enough for Hawaii for tomorrow.
I don't think that's enough background and knowledge and
street smarts for turning this state around economically and
diversifying the economy for which we have to do.
I don't have obligations. Fortunately
financially I'm okay... so I don't need the job, but I want to
do it. I've got the
knowledge, I've got the experience, I've got the qualifications,
I've got the desire, and I'd like to contribute and that's why
You last ran as a Republican, why Democrat this time?
I spent most of my life as a Republican.
I believe in the two party system...
Well number one, I have been an independent for seven
years because I resigned from the Republican Party seven or
eight years ago, but prior to that the Republican party (for the
last 10 years) has been taken over to a large degree by
Christian pro-life mentality.
There are large blocks of this pro-life, one-issue
mentality... and I spent so many hours and so many years of my
life always keeping peace between these factions that I was
In the Pat Saiki campaign, I guess it all came home because we
lost thousands of votes... from card carrying Republicans with
this Pro-life mentality who went for Frank Fasi because he was
campaigning on Pro-life. After
that defeat for Pat, I just decided that I was not going to keep
peace in this warring party.
I weighed the options and I believed in the Democratic Party.
Their agenda is broader, the issues are greater, the
types of candidates that represent Hawaii basically are there,
and so I see that team and that agenda a better form to
institute the changes I think are needed.
What is the greatest asset that you bring to the table?
Maturity, street smarts, experiences, having lived life.
Candidates can talk about political experience - I equal
them without question. Candidates can talk education - I'm the only candidate with
children. I've been
through educating children... I've been a PTA President.
I've raised a family...
They want to talk about small business - they are all
professional politicians, I am a small businessman, have been
for 40 years... I’ve lived small business everyday.
They want to talk about senior citizens - I think I can relate
to the problems of the senior citizens a lot better.
To sum it all up, I've lived life longer, and have got
more experience, and I think I can relate to and address the
people with more experience.
What do you think is the greatest challenge to out next
I think the first thing the Governor has to do is to
get the respect of his people, and that has deteriorated... and
the respect of the legislature.
You have to return believability that once you give your
word, you are going to keep it.
Then I think we have to bring our people back together as one
again...A Governor, no matter how successful, once elected can
not by himself or herself, turn this state around.
It's going to take the joint cooperation of the
What do you think of Road Racing in Hawaii, is it a problem?
Andy: I have read about the problem... as a youngster
I used to race sports cars.
I had a suped up MG-supercharged.
We would go out to Bellows or Wheeler every Sunday, and
let it go. There are places for that, and we gotta direct this energy to
the proper tracks and to get off the streets, making sure that
there are tracks to accommodate this. I
think the police are locking down adequately, but it's not going
to stop unless we give them (racers) a place to burn it up.
You've had a standout career in Hawaii Business and Politics.
How would you like to be remembered?
What will your legacy be?
think I've made my contributions, and I've tried.
It's better to have tried and failed then to never have
tried at all, I think that I've always generated dialogue,
...always challenged the status quo... made people think of the
alternatives. I go into this campaign with the same mentality.
Even if I should lose, I will have raised the level of
dialogue and issues to a level never before have we discussed. I think that's a contribution.
Conclusion: Andy Anderson was very generous
with his time and gracious to grant us a prompt interview.
He came across as very charismatic, and shows a genuine
interest in Hawaii's future.
Andy covered a broader array of topics than we could
cover here today (stay tuned for a transcript of the entire
We felt that he made many valid points and had many ideas
that were "outside of the box", or unconvential for
He's a businessman, and makes it clear to us that he is not a
'professional politician'. Andy Anderson will raise
your level of thinking to take care of Hawaii's needs... It's
innovative thinking like his that will help change the current
status quo of Hawaii's economy. We want to give Gubernatorial
candidate Andy Anderson a big Hawaii411.com "Mahalo."
Hawaii411.com would like to wish Andy the best of luck in
his run for Governor of Hawaii.