Former journalist Gregg Takayama filed Tuesdsay as a Democratic candidate for the State House representing Pearl City’s new 34th District, from Momilani to Pacific Palisades.
Takayama has served as spokesman for the University of Hawaii at Manoa for the past six years as Director of Community and Government Affairs.
He will be taking leave without pay from the University, effectively immediately.
"I hope to use my experience and knowledge gained from covering and working in government to be an effective advocate for Pearl City in the Legislature," he said.
Takayama was a news reporter for KHON for eight years, from 1997 through 2005, and at the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, from 1974 through 1978.
He served as press secretary for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye, from 1978 through 1990, spokesman for the State Department of Public Safety, from 1995 through 1997, and communications director for then Lt. Governor Ben Cayetano, from 1992 through 1995.