As an immigrant, Mazie Hirono understands the importance of creating opportunities for individuals and families. Mazie grew up on her grandparents’ rice farm in Fukushima, Japan. When she was 8 years old, her mother Laura made the courageous decision to escape her abusive marriage and take Mazie and her brothers to the United States in search of a better life. Mazie graduated from Kaimuki High School and went on to attend the University of Hawaii at Manoa and Georgetown University Law Center.
Over her nearly three decades in public service, Mazie has come to understand that though the issues of the day may change, it will always be important to fight for fairness, justice, and opportunity for all. She has become a leading voice for immigration policies that keep families together; health care as a right and not a privilege; preserving programs for our kupuna; and increasing access to quality, affordable education. Mazie has emerged as a leader in the resistance to the Trump administration's continuing attacks on an independent judiciary, degrading civil and voting rights, taking health care away from millions, and demonizing immigrants.
In 2018, Mazie is running for re-election to the U.S. Senate to continue the fight for Hawaii families and people across the country. She remains committed to giving back to the country and the state – ensuring that opportunities to enable our keiki to succeed continue to exist.