+ − Contact Information
Email Address: email@example.com
Phone: (808) 586-6080
Fax: (808) 586-6081
415 S Beretania St
Honolulu, HI 96813
+ − Biography
State Representative Matthew S. LoPresti, Ph.D. was elected in 2014 to represent House District 41 including Ewa, Ewa Beach, Ewa Gentry, Ewa Villages, Hoakalei & Ocean Pointe and currently serves as Vice-Chair of the House Transportation Committee, member of the Labor & Public Employment Committee, and member of the House Finance Committee. As a lawmaker he has focused on essential infrastructure for public schools and transportation systems, engaging his constituency on community matters, bringing ethics and transparency to government, promoting environmental conservation, and protecting personal freedoms. Representative LoPresti holds a Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He has been teaching philosophy since 1999 and is currently an Associate Professor at Hawaii Pacific University serving as Chair of the Asian Studies Program. He lives in Ewa with his wife Julia Avilla LoPresti and their two daughters.
Dr. LoPresti had the pleasure to serve various philosophy programs around the world while a graduate student. Between 1999 and 2005 he had been invited to teach philosophy in India, Hawai'i, Ohio, and West Virginia - where he was awarded a Pre-Doctoral Fellowship to bring Buddhist Philosophy to one of the country's largest land-grant universities. In 2003 he was invited to serve as Lecturer of Buddhist Philosophy and Field Research Advisor for the Antioch Buddhist Studies Program in Bodh Gaya, India for American university students studying abroad.
For the past 16 years Rep. LoPresti has served as a volunteer locally in numerous community organizations, including the Limu Project, painting over graffiti throughout 'Ewa Beach as a volunteer with HPD's Weed & Seed officers and kids from the Boys and Girls Club, serving as a judge for Hawai'i student Speech and Debate tournaments, and serving on the 'Ewa Neighborhood Board. He was elected twice to the Executive Committee of the Sierra Club, O'ahu Group twice and served as its Vice Chair. Rep. LoPresti has taken on entrepreneurial projects starting two businesses and co-founding an innovative renewable energy company to help our island community achieve energy independence through renewable resources and encouraging cradle-to-grave recycling efforts to reduce our waste stream.