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Human trafficking activist, founder of Girl Fest Hawaii to run for Congress

By Star-Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 12:54 a.m. HST, Sep 24, 2013


Kathryn Xian, an activist who has pushed the state to address human trafficking and has sought to empower women through Girl Fest, said Monday that she will run for Congress.

Xian will seek the Democratic nomination in urban Honolulu's 1st Congressional District, which is being vacated by U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, who is challenging U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz in the Democratic primary.

Honolulu City Councilman Stanley Chang, Honolulu City Councilman Ikaika Anderson, state Sen. Will Espero and state Rep. K. Mark Takai are the other declared candidates for Congress.

Xian said she plans to make a formal announcement next Monday.

Xian is the executive director of the Pacific Alliance to Stop Slavery. She is also the founder of Girl Fest Hawaii, which uses education and art to raise awareness about violence against women.






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GONEGOLFIN wrote:
Why does this lady "raise awareness against women?" She should not discriminate and include men and children. She should re-evaluate and rename her organization to raise her awareness against all violence.
on September 23,2013 | 05:30PM
nitpikker wrote:
judging from her name i would guess she's against the female slavery that comes out of china.
on September 23,2013 | 05:39PM
nearby wrote:
Don't get much for judging, do you?
on September 24,2013 | 12:29PM
2NDC wrote:
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on September 23,2013 | 07:15PM
copperwire9 wrote:
Oh yeah. That's a helpful comment. Uh huh.
on September 23,2013 | 09:38PM
Skyler wrote:
Interesting - I'll have to check out her credentials a bit more.
on September 23,2013 | 05:31PM
richierich wrote:
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on September 23,2013 | 05:49PM
star08 wrote:
Really? You know her?
on September 23,2013 | 06:03PM
richierich wrote:
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on September 24,2013 | 06:04PM
sailfish1 wrote:
Do you dislike her because you're missing something or because she wouldn't share?
on September 23,2013 | 08:00PM
richierich wrote:
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on September 24,2013 | 06:04PM
Skyler wrote:
O.O ok den... I'm sure gonna take your word for it (not). Btw, the term isn't 'assume' - it's 'just as soon.'
on September 23,2013 | 08:44PM
richierich wrote:
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on September 24,2013 | 06:04PM
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on September 24,2013 | 06:04PM
star08 wrote:
Kathryn is a wonderful human. She walks her talk. Thatʻs more than 99.9% of politicians in Hawaii.
on September 23,2013 | 06:03PM
2NDC wrote:
You obviously don't know her very well.
on September 23,2013 | 07:16PM
Kapalua wrote:
Agree!
on September 23,2013 | 08:31PM
cojef wrote:
The office corrupts, just look at ACA health insurance program where all congressional members and staff are exempt from the law and furthermore, to add insult to injury, their health perks are subsidized by you and me, the taxpayer.
on September 24,2013 | 08:42AM
richierich wrote:
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on September 24,2013 | 06:04PM
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on September 24,2013 | 06:04PM
LanaAloha wrote:
She could be a promising contender.
on September 23,2013 | 05:39PM
droid wrote:
Wow. Against the likes of Rep. Mark Takai and City Councilman Ikaika Anderson?! Kathryn has about as much chance as Bu La'Ia or John Carroll. I don’t think Xian herself thinks she has a chance. Politics is a people-person business, and having known Kathryn personally, I can tell you, that is not her.

She is probably running for publicity purposes to draw attention to whatever her next project is. More power to her. She’ll be lucky if she’s even invited to a debate.
on September 24,2013 | 01:34AM
Anonymous wrote:
I have no objections against her but my only questions is whether she has the breadth of knowledge necessary to be a congressperson or would she be only hung up on one issue?
on September 23,2013 | 06:45PM
2NDC wrote:
No "knowledge" necessary. You could dress a monkey up in a suit, call it a "DemocRAT" and the people of Hawaii will elect it into office. Look at the two term imposter who is currently occupying the White House. :-O
on September 23,2013 | 07:17PM
hilocal wrote:
2NDC, that 2-term imposter occupying the White House acts like a Republican on foreign affairs and finance (wall street, bankers).
on September 24,2013 | 04:30AM
2NDC wrote:
Nope, he's definitely a DemocRAT. Check out obamacare. Grow government grow! :-(
on September 24,2013 | 08:43AM
HealthyandHappy wrote:
Did she ask for permission from the Democrat party to run for office?
on September 23,2013 | 06:49PM
Kapalua wrote:
She received approval from our "Elected" City Prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro.
on September 23,2013 | 08:31PM
2NDC wrote:
Great. Maybe she'll be as ineffective as he is. :-O
on September 24,2013 | 08:41AM
2NDC wrote:
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on September 23,2013 | 10:28PM
NotNasti wrote:
Not that there's anything wrong with that.
on September 23,2013 | 11:32PM
RetiredUSMC wrote:
She will have to have do more then fight slavery!
on September 24,2013 | 03:01AM
nearby wrote:
Someone who runs for Congress expects to do for all. It's highly doubtful that she'll be a one-issue candidate.
on September 24,2013 | 12:31PM
Kalli wrote:
Anyone but Espero he is the lamest politician in the state. He was a big rail supporter but didn't want it to come into his district of ewa beach because it was too noisy. So ewa beach has no rail station.
on September 24,2013 | 05:47AM
LanaUlulani wrote:

Even though she is a Democrat I am a huge fan of her work and am glad she plans to run for office..

She will be great! Perhaps she will be able to free ALL OF US from American government including Slave Master OBAMA, the Federal Reserve, and Goldman Sachs.

Way to go! I'm very happy she is running. Best of luck to her.


on September 24,2013 | 08:24AM
2NDC wrote:
She doesn't have the slightest clue of what's happening in the world. This would make her the ideal "puppet" for the DemocRATic party. :-(
on September 24,2013 | 08:39AM
nearby wrote:
And your information on her worldly knowledge is supported by what facts?
on September 24,2013 | 12:31PM
Kuokoa wrote:
You want to stop human trafficing? Do not let Mexico to have a consulate here in Hawaii! With all the corruption in Mexico, having a consulate here will only make it easier for drug and human trafficing from Mexico. These people are corrupt!
on September 24,2013 | 08:26AM
NotNasti wrote:
Kathy Xian has not interest in the kind of human trafficking you are referring to. She believes that prostitutes, and prostitutes alone are the only people that are trafficked. Her SOLE mission is the eradication of prostitution, and incarceration of all johns.
on September 24,2013 | 09:19AM
2NDC wrote:
I gotta go hang out at this "Girl Fest". Don't see many guys there, must be nice. :-D
on September 24,2013 | 08:48AM
NotNasti wrote:
"They" will not be happy to see you (a man) there.
on September 24,2013 | 09:28AM
serious wrote:
Well at least she has some smarts to run as a Democrat.
on September 24,2013 | 08:58AM
NotNasti wrote:
The Star Advertiser is not interested in truthful commentary on this article, and has resorted to censorship.
on September 24,2013 | 09:20AM
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