Tulsi Gabbard came into my panorama at a major disadvantage. I have strong views on women's rights and civil rights for all persons regardless of race or sexual orientation, and she had a background that countered those rights. Today, having spent time with Tulsi twice when she came to Maui, I feel her sincere commitment to human rights, as well as education and environmental protection, and I know her passion for making a difference in D.C. is fervent. Sometimes the most avid defenders of truth are individuals who come to their realizations through experience rather than having been raised with those dictums. I believe Tulsi is the champion we need in the second Congressional district to continue to uphold and fight for the rights of all human beings.