Hi, I'm Jenny
I was born on the island of Oahu and raised in Kailua.
My father's side of the family came to Hawai'i in the 1800s from Portugal. The Cravalho's settled in Maui and my grandfather moved to Honolulu at the beginning of World Ward II to work at the Naval Shipyard. My father was born in Honolulu at end of WWII.
My mother's side of the family is from Germany and the Big Island. My great-grandfather moved from Kohala to Honolulu to attend Kamehameha School. When my grandfather was born, the family lived in Kane'ohe. My grandfather is a Korean War Veteran. During his service, he was living in Germany where he met my grandmother. Soon after my mother was born, they moved from Augsburg to Kailua.
Growing up in Kailua during the 70s and 80s was both a struggle and a triumph. Both of my parents worked two jobs to make ends meet. While things were financially tight, we always had a roof over our heads.
In 1990 I graduated from Kalaheo High School with a scholarship to Leeward Community College. After working my way through college, paying as I went, I became the first person in my immediate family to graduate from a university.
Soon after starting college, I was hired at kgmb-tv. For 18 years, worked in the production department and directed the evening news.
During the economic downturn, kgmb-tv laid off it's entire staff in the fall of 2009. One year later, I married the love of my life, Edwin. By 2011 my husband's business was declining and we had to make the tough decision of closing. This was the first time as a couple we hit a hard financial reset.
In 2012 a family emergency led us to move to the Big Island. Things never go as planned and my husband and I found ourselves hitting rock bottom again.
While caring for loved ones is difficult, living in Hilo was wonderful. It reminded me how Kailua once was, a close community.
Three years later we said a hui hou to Hilo, my husband's work brought us back to Oahu. Upon returning, we hit reset again moving into a tiny studio apartment in Kaka'ako.
We eventually found our footing. I finished my Masters in Business Administration degree and started working for a credit union. In 2018 we moved back to 'Aiea.
There isn't a day that goes by where I don't thank God for where we are, and what we have. Each day is truly a gift.
MISSION & VISION
Together, We'll Make a Difference
I am not a politician. I am a resident, just like you. We all want similar things for beautiful 'Aiea. We want her to prosper, community businesses to thrive, our keiki to receive a good education and for our friends and families to feel safe.
My job at the State Legislature is to be your champion and your voice.