Candidate: Adrian Kamali‘i
‘Aha District: O‘ahu
E-mail Address: email@example.com
- What are your qualifications to be a delegate to the ‘aha?
I believe the experiences I have garnered in my public and government relations career has afforded me an opportunity to digest complicated matters of varying viewpoints and develop achievable goals from these situations.
I have spent my entire life around issues that concerns the native Hawaiian community. My maternal Grandfather, Charles Maxwell of Maui, literally took us to every event he was involved with, every meeting he chaired, every hearing where he provided testimony – whether we liked it or not. In high school I learned how valuable these experiences were to me as I developed my own voice in our movement.
I have done my share of testifying, organizing, meeting, etc. I believe that all of these experiences will allow me to contribute to this process.
- 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.?
First and foremost, I commit to being open-minded. This process will bring together kānaka of varying viewpoints and we should commit ourselves – at the very least – to being open to listening and understanding.
I also commit to sharing my own experiences in working with Indian Country, our Alaska Native cousins and the United Nations. These experiences have allowed me to develop an outlook on addressing our own issues.
- What three components of the constitution are you particularly interested in advocating and why?
I would be interested in developing the framework for a governing/legislative body that will oversee and operate our people approve. Developing a governing body is important to the very foundation of whatever method is voted by the lāhui. This body will be responsible for developing and effectuating laws; we want to be sure that the policies and framework we provide develop the best structure for individuals who will comprise this governing body.
I would also be interested in developing various departments and its purview. This will be a kuleana that will have multigenerational affects. We must codify our methods and practices into the very language that will form a constitution or any organic document.
Lastly, I believe rights of the citizenry and municipalities are important aspects in enshrining our government.
- What governance model will you advocate for?
I come to this with an open mind, but I also believe that whatever model is chosen, democracy must be at the core, we must continue to exercise our ability to have a say in our future.
- Are you willing to discuss other governance models?
I am open to discussing all options.
- 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?
Part of this process must encompass a discussion as to how we protect and preserve these responsibilities left to us to ensure their perpetuity. A review of ceded lands occupied or otherwise, must be happen again. Federal contracts with Native Hawaiian businesses are private enterprises and are an issue that each business would need to deal with on their own.
Grants, programs and services with the United States will become an issue to address based on the type of governance model our lāhui engages.
- 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?
Our lāhui demands our participation – every single one of us. Find your place where you feel you can contribute to leaving a government, not for us, not for our children or our children’s children, but their grandchildren. We owe them the very best.
- 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.
Diplomacy is key, whether a Kingdom or if we become recognized by the United States. We can talk about what we are going to do, how we are going to do it, who is best to do it, but if we lack diplomacy, a nation, a Kingdom cannot act in a vacuum. We must engage now with all measures and governments.
- Why should Native Hawaiians vote for you?
I submitted my name to commit myself with an open mind to a process where we can take all of our efforts over the last five decades and do the difficult task of facing each other and devising a method to moving forward. This is the time.