Representative Sam Kong knows the business world presents unique challenges. As a local businessman, he knows one has to deal with so much; from government regulations and taxes, the economy, to employees and their benefits. Reflecting on 21 years of owning Aiea Florist, he does not regret a day of it. What he misses most about selling the florist is not designing and working with flowers, but being with his friends and colleagues. Representative Kong hopes that as an elected official he can both maintain contact with friends and colleagues and advocate for local business owners. His goal is to improve the lives of local business owners and their customers.