May 21, 2020


“Building for Economic Recovery – Hope & Healing Amid a Crisis”

WHO: Honolulu City Councilmember Kym Pine, chair of the City Council Committee on Business, Economic Development and Tourism.

WHAT: “Building for Economic Recovery,” part of Councilmember Pine’s “Hope & Healing Amid a Crisis” series of virtual town halls.

WHY: “As Hawai‘i begins to look toward economic recovery, we will need to consider the best way for government to support, or even get out of the way of, certain industries, so they can plan new projects, hire more employees and stimulate economic growth throughout the state. The construction industry is a part of our kama‘aina economy that can lead the way,” said Councilmember Pine.


Purnima McCutcheon is the 2020 president of the American Institute of Architects’ Honolulu Chapter. She believes the three issues the AIA should be focused on now are affordable housing, equity, diversity and inclusion and environmental stewardship. Architects want to be part of the solutions to the affordable housing crisis and the organization is working with the governor to reduce zoning constraints, encourage development of underutilized urban infill sites and increasing densities.

Marshall Hickox is president and owner of Homeworks Construction Inc., a design-build firm specializing in residential construction since 1995. Marshall has been building and remodeling homes in Hawai‘i with his business partners for over 21 years and credits Homeworks’ talented design staff for its numerous awards. As a strong advocate for the state’s building industry, he is frequently involved in legislative hearings to improve efficiency. He is the 2019 BIA-Hawaii Immediate Past-President.

Frank Rogers has been a licensed roofing, waterproofing and painting contractor since 1979. For the past two years he has designed and built tiny house kits that can be used for homeless and emergency housing—as well as for residential ADU’s. His primary goal is to build small, durable homes that can be built cheaply so they can be rented profitably for between $400 and $800.

WHEN: 1 p.m. Friday, May 22, 2020

WHERE: Anywhere you are. You can join the virtual town hall via Facebook Live, or register with Zoom. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the event. Questions will be accepted using the chat function of each platform.

HOW: Register for for the Zoom session at:

Facebook Live:

Councilmember Kym Pine represents residents of District One (ʻEwa, ʻEwa Beach, Kapolei, Honokai Hale, Ko ʻOlina, Nānākuli, Mā‘ili, Wai‘anae, Mākaha, Kea‘au, Mākua) and is chair of the City Council’s Committee on Business Economic Development and Tourism.

Media Contact:

Erika Engle

erika [dot] engle < at > honolulu [dot] gov

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