Josette "Jojo" Kawana

Unit 9 Director

Why are you running for office?

I am running for office because I want to protect the retirement benefits of the past and current employees. I am concerned privatization will have a negative effect on patient's care, staffing level and benefits for everyone in BU09.

What are your goals?

(1) To obtain a fair and equitable contract for BU09 in a timely manner.
(2) To ensure BU09 is strong and cohesive unit.
(3) To protect RNs jobs in BU09.
(4) Work for safe staffing levels.


  • 23 years as direct care RN at Hawaii State Hospitals
  • Board Certified Psychiatric - Mental Health Nursing
  • Current director of BU09
  • Current Negotiation Team chair
  • Past Oahu Island Division chair
  • Current Member National Association of Parliamentarian
  • Registered Parliamentarian
  • Current Hawaii State Association of Parliamentarians Secretary
  • Current member of Aloha-Ohana Parliamentarians