Open council seat attracts political newcomers

Hilo Councilman Dennis “Fresh” Onishi, whose District 3 seat includes Keaau, Keaukaha, Kings Landing, Panaewa, Waiakea Houselots and Waiakea Uka, said he asked Sue Lee Loy if she’d consider running for his seat now that his eight years are coming to a close.

Onishi’s former legislative aide Micah Alameda is also planning to run for the seat. Alameda, 27, who also served two years as legislative aide and committee clerk for state Sen. Gil Kahele, D-Hilo, resigned from Onishi’s office Sept 3. (Read more at