Country Girl, City Heart
Sherry Alu Campagna was born in 1970 at Kapiolani Women’s and Children’s Hospital to Stan and Chasmin Sokoloski. Her mother, Auntie Chas, is a Native Hawaiian advocate and public school teacher. Her father spent his entire career with the Department of Defense, eventually becoming the regional director of the U.S. Army’s Internal Management Command. Stan’s career with the DOD took him and his family around the world, including an assignment at the Pentagon during the 9/11 attacks which earned him the Army’s Exceptional Civilian Service Medal.
Sherry’s great-grandfather Yamaguchi emigrated to Maui to be a school teacher on the plantations. Sherry’s great-grandmother Yamaguchi arrived to Hawaii as a picture bride. Sherry’s maternal grandfather, Ernest Alu, a WWII veteran, was born on Maui and became active in state politics in the 1950s and 1960s when he advocated changes to the airport so that schools and homes in Kalihi could be spared the constant barrage of noise from planes directly overhead.
Sherry's maternal grandmother, Mitsue Yamaguchi Alu, was born in Pu‘unene Maui, a Japanese Nisei who was disowned for marrying outside her race. She was a nurse at St. Francis Hospital and is buried at Punchbowl with Sherry’s Grandpa Alu.
Sherry’s Chinese heritage started on the island of Kauai as immigrants, the Leongs, who were among the first Chinese to settle in Hanapepe Valley. The descendants of the Leongs still make pa‘akai for family purposes. Sherry’s great-grandmother Lizzy Hoinele Paulo was a student at Kamehameha Schools for Girls, Class of 1914.
On why she is entering this Congressional race, Sherry states, “I decided to run for this position because the people of rural Hawaii deserve a representative who will remain a true servant to their needs in Congress. I will succeed in protecting the people of CD2 and their families, growing a thriving community, and protecting our environment.”