- What are your qualifications to be a delegate to the ‘aha?
I’ve been working in the Hawaiian Community for many years and understand the issues concerning native Hawaiian and native Hawaiian rights. I was a central representative for the Protect Kahoolawe Ohana from 1977 till 1983.
I graduated from the University of Hawaii in Political Science. I worked in the State Judiciary system from 2001 till 2007. I understand the Hawaiian issues as it relates to our sovereignty and inherent rights as native Hawaiians.
- How would you characterize the values of your campaign to be elected as a delegate to the ‘aha for example, with aloha, lōkahi, kūpono, etc.?
The values of my campaign will reflect who I am as a native Hawaiian. As a mentor for many of our youth, I hope to instill Alaka‘i – Leadership Aloha – Love Ha‘aha‘a – Humility Hau‘oli – Happy, Ho‘āmana – Empowerment, Hö‘ihi – Respect, Ho‘ohana – Work with intent and purpose, Ho‘ohānai – To nurture, Ho‘olauna – Friendliness Ho‘omana – Spirituality, Ho‘omanawanui – Patience, Ho‘omau – To continue; perpetuate, Ho‘opa‘a – To make firm, support, Ho‘opïhoihoi – To cause excitement Holuholu – Flexible, Huikala – Forgiveness, ‘Imi ola – To seek life, ‘Ike loa – To seek knowledge & wisdom, Ho’o Ikaika – to be strong, Strength, Ka‘analike – Share; Kū i ka nu‘u – Achievement; Kūha‘o – Self reliance, confidence; Kuleana – Responsibility; Huikala – Forgiveness; Kūpono – Honesty, fairness; Ku Koa – Courage; Kuleana – One’s personal sense of responsibility; accountability; Launa ‘ōlelo – Communication Lōkahi – Balance, collaboration & cooperation; Lokomaika‘i – Generosity; Mahalo – Appreciation, thankfulness Mākaukau – Preparedness Mālama – Caring Mālama ‘ana – Preservation; Mana‘o‘i‘o – Faith; Mana‘olana – Hope; Na‘auao – Knowledge; Ohohia – Enthusiasm ‘Oia‘i‘o – Truth; ‘Olu‘olu – Gracious, courteous Pa‘ahana – Diligence Palekana – Security, safety; Po‘okela – Excellence, to constantly seek improvement; Ulu Pono – To grow well; progressive, successful; Wiwo‘ole – Brave, courageous.
- What three components of the constitution are you particularly interested in advocating and why?
Three component that must be instituted in the constitution are; 1. The Preservation of our sovereign identity; 2. The Protection of our lands; and 3. The protection of our culture & language. Without these protections, Hawaiians will no longer exists to be the indigenous peoples of these islands and the Pacific basin.
- What governance model will you advocate for?
I have no model, but Ka Lāhui Hawai’i was first to make huge strides in the early 80’s to create a constitution that model’s other indigenous and independent countries.
- Are you willing to discuss other governance models?
We must have an open mind, but never to subjugate ourselves to anything less than who we are as a people.
- How would the governance model that you choose impact the ali‘i trusts, the Hawaiian Homestead Act, federal contracts made with Native Hawaiian businesses; grants provided by the United States for programs and services to the Native Hawaiian people?
I don’t know the answer to this question. We need to look at a model that complements our desired outcomes. For example, governments to government relationship will undoubtedly affect the how we interact between the US and other International Entities and nations.
- In your governance model, would you be inclusive of people other than Native Hawaiians as citizens?
We must be cautious to look at this scenario with a deliberate intent not to exclude others in our Island community, but rather design a constitution to acknowledge the “presence of other entities” without forgoing or relinquishing our inherent sovereignty.
- How do you see participation by others in helping the ‘aha on the various aspects of the draft constitution?
I’m not a legal expert nor do I have any meaningful constitutional drafting experience. I would welcome other with legal and constitutional experience to help craft the genesis of a governing document for ratification by native Hawaiians.
- Looking ahead, as a delegate to the ‘aha, how would you assure that the governance model ratified by the Native Hawaiian people is implemented and recognized at the state, federal, or international level, as appropriate.
Only our people can assure this happens. One delegate or the AHA of delegates cannot implement a governing document, but the unification of our people under one voice can make this a reality.
- Why should Native Hawaiians vote for you?
I would commit myself to bringing a unified constitution in which our people could ratify