Filmmaker-traveler seeks public office in Hawaii while quarantined in the Philippines


(FILE) Prior to his public office run, Hawaii resident Tommy Driskill III (right) has already been known as a filmmaker and traveler, having visited countries like North Korea, Bangladesh, and the Philippines. Here, he poses with world boxing champion and Philippine senator Manny Pacquiao. (Courtesy


By Alfred Acenas
EBC Hawaii Bureau

HONOLULU (Eagle News) – Tommy Driskill III is an avid traveler and documentary filmmaker whose works can be found on Instagram under tommy.driskill and in his “TDtravelz” YouTube channel.

The 30-year-old Hawaii resident is now running for public office for the first time, challenging incumbent legislator Mark Jun Hashem for the State House of Representatives’ District 18, which encompasses Honolulu’s eastern neighborhoods like Niu Valley, Aina Haina, Waialae, and Kahala.

Driskill’s biggest challenge besides running against a longtime politician is being stuck in Manila, Philippines since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent travel restrictions.

His father, retired Army colonel Thomas Driskill, has been assisting in his son’s campaign effort from filing the required documents for candidacy to sign waving and engaging with the public in East Oahu.

Meanwhile, Driskill has been striving to make himself visible and relevant online. In July, he participated in a virtual forum hosted by the Oahu County Committee of the Democratic Party of Hawaii where he shared his views on the state government sharing the burden on any budget cuts.

“We shouldn’t necessarily single out any particular group for furlough or paycuts,” said Driskill. “Everyone should collectively share in whatever needs to be taken, starting with the governor, cabinet, legislature, and on down.”

He also called for initiating programs to boost the local economy while being less dependent on tourism. The said forum can be found on YouTube:

Hawaii’s Primary Election will be held on Saturday, August 8, in which Driskill will go against Hashem for the Democratic Party’s nomination.

(Eagle News Service)