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Living Wage is Topic of Conference Conversation

In 2019, the 197th ‘Aha Pae‘āina affirmed a living wage resolution. We needed a living wage back then and we need it even more now. Many Hawai‘i families are under pressure from the financial stresses of life in Hawai‘i, including rising costs while the minimum wage remains at $10.10.

Chris Molina, currently a Kaua‘i resident connected with Kōloa Union Church, was the guest speaker at the Hawai‘i Conference's First Wednesday Conference Conversation for clergy and church leaders this month. Chris advocates for a living wage with the Raise Up Hawai‘i coalition and makes his case for a living wage in this short but impactful presentation, incorporating personal experiences and scripture from our common faith tradition.


Chris Molina is currently completing his Master’s in Social Work at the Thompson School of Social Work and Public Health at the University of Hawai‘i, Mānoa. Chris graduated from Pepperdine University with a Bachelor's in Psychology and a minor in Social Work. He has worked on issues such as education, food security, and with Native Hawaiian children and their ‘ohana in the non-profit sector as a volunteer, student leader, and professional for 10 years. Chris is currently working with Hawai'i Appleseed as an intern and with the Raise Up Hawai'i Coalition on advocating for a living wage.


CONNECT Raise Up Hawai‘i:

Hawai‘i Appleseed Center for Law & Economic Justice:

LEGISLATION (Capitol website:

  • Support SB2018 (Increases the minimum wage for certain employees incrementally to $12.00 per hour beginning 10/1/2022, $15.00 per hour beginning 1/1/2024, and $18.00 per hour beginning 1/1/26.)

  • Oppose HB2510 (until they amend it to 2026; the wage increase is too slow)


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