Sharon was born to first-generation Korean parents, Dr. Chester & Katherine Har, and moved to Hawaii at the age of 5. Raised in East Honolulu, Sharon learned the importance of family, perseverance, and community. Her parents instilled in Sharon a belief that she could accomplish anything she set her mind to and worked hard to support her education.
She earned an undergraduate degree in Politics and Sociology from Mt. Holyoke College in Massachusetts, and later, a law degree from William S. Richardson School of Law. Sharon pursed a law degree because she wanted to help people, but quickly learned the legal profession was more about making money then truly helping others.
In 2006, Sharon ran for the state house, because she knew that public service was the best way she could help our community in a meaningful way. During this time, her father Dr. Chester was diagnosed with Stage IV pancreatic cancer, with every doctor predicting his death within months. Her father outlived those expectations and encouraged her every step of the way, signwaving often—even when he was sick, because he supported her journey to be a leader who would put people first. Sharon counts as one of her greatest blessings in life, her father witnessing her swearing in the following year. He was an inspiration to her and served as her role model for her relationship with her own children.
In 2012, Sharon married Dr. Vince Todd and together they have twin daughters that are now 4 1/2 years old.
As a 25-year resident of Kapolei, Sharon has a vested interest in fulfilling the vision created for our community- – a safe place where we can live, work, play, and raise our families. We are the fastest growing district in Hawaii and for many, the only real affordable community left on Oahu. While our region has grown and flourished, she has worked tirelessly to address the impacts of that growth—by securing funding for more roads, building new schools, and creating places where the community can gather. She was instrumental in securing commitments by a number of local and national companies to locate their businesses in Kapolei—which created thousands of jobs for our community and provided the critical services we need
2022 marks Sharon 16th year as our state legislator. Over the years, she recognized the importance of having a true champion for West Oahu—and brings the experience, understanding of the legal and social issues affecting our community, and a proven track record of results that have moved us forward.