Candidate: Bronson Kaahui
‘Aha District: Lahaina, Maui
Phone: +84 093 602 3351 (International)
- What are your qualifications to be a delegate to the ‘aha?
I have the unique ability to make politicians feel very uncomfortable and force them to answer real questions about real issues or look stupid for avoiding them. I confronted Mufi Hannemann and Duke Aiona at the Grand Wailea asking them about their views on the Jones Act and both declined to answer (David Ige slipped out the back door) instead making it an awkward situation where they pretended not to hear me.
I can promise you that if I’m at this convention no politician will be able to escape the tough questions that need to be asked. Nobody! No exceptions! Just answer the questions, we don’t want to hear any excuses from any “candidates.”
- 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.?
My position is simple really, I’m not qualified to run your life and neither is anyone else. You should be suspicious of anyone who claims otherwise. Anyone trying to lure you in with claims of self-righteousness and using Hawaiian words to appeal to your emotions is not being genuine. I could tell you that I am going to Malama Pono and Aloha Aina for the Keiki and Kupuna but I refuse. These are just empty words, meaningless phrases designed to shut down your reason and appeal to your emotions.
Talk is cheap, it’s time for action!
- What three components of the constitution are you particularly interested in advocating and why?
- Gun Rights – I support the right of all Hawaiians to keep and bear arms. I do not believe the government should be in control of any standing army and instead there should be a decentralized militia system independent of the government. I consider this issue a deal breaker, if gun ownership is not explicitly protected in the Constitution then I do not recognize it’s legal authority and will resist to the utmost of my abilities.
- Autonomy – Each island should be independent and autonomous from the central government. Maui should not answer to the dictates of Honolulu and we unquestionably reserve our right to nullify and abolish any mandates that are destructive towards our communities We should let each community experiment with the best solutions that work in their respective lands, rather than a one-size fits all approach.
- Veto Power and Recall – Any laws written by the legislature (if we have one) can be vetoed/abolished by the voters with a 2/3rd vote. Furthermore, legislators themselves can and should be recalled by a simple majority vote of no confidence. If at any point in time the voters get tired of their elected representatives it should be as easy to recall them as “liking” a status on Facebook. You get too many thumbs down and you’re outta there, period. Politicians wouldn’t have any rights if I had my way, just privileges that can be revoked by the people at any time. Once you get recalled you become a private citizen again and then you get your rights back. While “serving” you remain a public SERVANT. You SERVE at the pleasure of the people, who can dismiss you at any time for any reason.
- What governance model will you advocate for?
Direct Democracy – We should be the first nation in the world to utilize a system of direct democracy. I want to strip the politicians of all power and give it directly to the people through online voting. Anybody who says it can’t be done is a liar, if you can register to vote online and you can buy health insurance online then there is no reason you can’t vote online. The only real purpose of any “legislature” (if we have one) should be endless debating on the bills and issues, but politicians should have zero voting power whatsoever. All power to the people, zero power to the politicians. Politicians and “elected representatives” should only have the power of voice and argument, but ultimately real power should be vested in the voters.
- Are you willing to discuss other governance models?
Absolutely, I’m willing to debate any subject with anyone at any time. You’ll never see me avoiding a debate – not gonna happen.
- 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 would immediately seek exemption from the Jones Act and other federal laws such as the marijuana prohibition. State laws are totally out of the question, including the prohibition on gambling. I openly support undermining the State of Hawaii by growing and selling marijuana right on their border and not allowing them to collect any tax revenues from it. We can lift thousands of Hawaiians out of poverty by making them marijuana farmers. We should openly encourage them to become entrepreneurs and sell to tourists and State of Hawaii residents who come to our territory, in open defiance of State and Federal laws prohibiting marijuana. The Hawaiian government should be stripped of any power whatsoever to enforce state or federal laws.
All ceded lands should be returned in any way possible. I will not claim to have all the answers because I believe this is a discovery process that will be long and drawn out. We should never stop trying to reclaim everything that was taken, ever.
- In your governance model, would you be inclusive of people other than Native Hawaiians as citizens?
- How do you see participation by others in helping the ‘aha on the various aspects of the draft constitution?
Everyone should have a voice, but only the best ideas should win. If it’s not the best idea then it shouldn’t be in the constitution.
- 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.
Step 1 for me is a Declaration of Independence from America to be sent to the USA and all the other relevant parties. We should immediately send out envoys to recognize our claim of self-determination. Peaceful and non-violent resistance are the optimal strategy (like India). A categorical refusal to enforce federal/state laws is known as “nullification” and a refusal to convict Hawaiians in courts is known as “jury nullification.” I believe this is the most practical way to achieve independence.
Most people really don’t have a clue how much federal control relies entirely on cooperation by the people who are being ruled. If you don’t recognize their authority then it doesn’t exist.
- Why should Native Hawaiians vote for you?
If you want a professional liar and someone who tells you things that you want to hear, don’t vote for me. I can’t do it, I’ve tried. If you want an “inside man” who will strip the convention of any privacy or backroom deals, I’m definitely the man for the job. I have 4 Go Pros and I intend to broadcast the entire proceeding live on the internet for everyone to see. If I am refused admittance based upon some silly made up rule against filming by these wannabe tyrants then I will immediately declare Maui’s independence from the new nation.
Don’t be fooled by appearances or meaningless platitudes without substance, force these candidates to answer tough questions. That is my mission.