New Leadership Delivering Results for Our Community
As an overachiever all his life, Lee Myrick truly believes that if you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything. A military veteran, entrepreneur, educator, scholar, organizer, and University of Hawaii ex- football player, he has been standing up and excelling in every field that he pursues – and always standing firmly for the betterment of his community.
Lee loves his state and its people. Hawaii is where he began a lifetime of educational pursuits, first acquiring a Liberal Arts degree from Leeward Community College in 1989. He also served as Student Government President and subsequently attained degrees in Supervision and Management and in Accounting from Leeward. He later attended the University of Hawaii, Manoa, where he received his BA in Communications Management.
At the University of Hawaii, Manoa, he was also a member of the celebrated 1992 University of Hawaii football team that would be inducted into the Circle of Honor in 2017. A four-year letterman, he was named Scout Team Player of the Year as a freshman.
While at UH Manoa, he also attended Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, and just one year after joining the U.S. Army in 1986, he was named U.S. Army Soldier of the Year. Serving honorably for 15 years, Lee was instrumental in raising service standards. As an Operations and Educational Officer, he helped develop public affairs programs, planned media visits, reviewed speeches and manuscripts, and coordinated and evaluated news conferences in addition to teaching soldiers and individuals with learning challenges and developing innovative approaches to technology integration across the curriculum, experiential learning, literacy, and diversity.
In 1997, Lee helped establish the South Maui Youth Basketball League, and he has been coaching Maui youth for over 20 years in addition to coaching NFL Flag Football.
In his professional career, Lee also promoted successful concerts throughout Hawaii from 1988 to 2005, promoting successful groups like Brandy, Boyz II Men, New Kids on The Block, Mc Hammer, Kris Kross, and other artists as well as performing with local groups, such as Cut Master, Spaz, New Generation Three, Local Boys, Urban Joint, and Mc Chubb Luv. Bringing diverse entertainment to Hawaii, he negotiated with local military, high schools, and other markets to fill venues that included Castle Park, Maui Cultural Center, Neal Blaisdell Arena and elsewhere. He worked with Hawaii’s super promoter Matt Young who launched Brown Bags to Stardom, Hawaii’s first Statewide high school talent show case. In 2000, he attained a degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management from the University of Hawaii, Maui college. Lee has also owned Island Studios, Pizza Express and Fast Kine Tanning.
Since 2012, Lee has also been serving as a Special Education Paraprofessional, managing classrooms and empowering special-needs students with programs designed to enhance their academic and social achievements, and in 2016, he attained a Master’s degree in Higher Education from Walden University.
Wherever he finds inequity, inefficiency, inadequacy, or ineffectiveness, he leads by example, and instead of simply complaining, he knows how to take action and get things done. With his record of service and devotion to his country and especially to the people of his district, Lee wants Maui and Hawaii to thrive. Central to that goal, and a fundamental backbone of his platform, is to promote the health and education of the youth of the district. With his deep personal commitment to education and coaching, Lee insists on every child having access to the best teachers, school resources, and after-school programs. Lee wants also to address the issues of homelessness, mental health and drug abuse head on, advocating the establishment of more local rehab centers and facilities that offer treatment tailored to the particular needs of each individual. He is also a champion of affordable housing – making housing truly affordable, and he is a strong advocate for wage increases that equitably reflect the cost of living.
Lee also wants to enhance and preserve the natural beauty and resources of Maui with more parks, pedestrian walks and bike paths, and to promote wise and fair use of water, properly using this invaluable resource, while also having sensible restrictions on pesticide spraying that adequately protect flora, fauna and agriculture. He also wants a serious and effective approach to infrastructure, including hiring road crews who will do the job right the first time instead of accepting inadequate performance over and over.