Candidate: Benjamin “Ben” Shafer
‘Aha District: Ko‘olauloa, Oʻahu
Address: 52-210 Kamehameha Hwy., Hau‘ula, HI 96717
Phone: (808) 222-3138
- What are your qualifications to be a delegate to the ‘aha?
1. Hawaiian, My family roots go back to 1124 when Maweke and the ohana came to Oahu (my mothers- paternal side) from Tahiti. On my mother’s – maternal side, the ohana is from Kauai where some moved to Miloli’i in the early 1900’s. Both sides of the family signed the Ku’e Petition. 3. It is my kuleana to malama their concerns and petition for justice.
- 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.?
Respectful but insistent on addressing the issues of illegal occupation and fake annexation. From a firm foundation, can we move forward.
- What three components of the constitution are you particularly interested in advocating and why?
My advocating will be based on the illegal occupation, the Ku’e Petition and the fake annexation. We must fully and completely address those issues first, for there can be no rest until these in your face greviences are settled in a pono – pa’a way. There will be no negotiations on those issues.
At that point recognizing, understanding, and making pono the wrong-doing, we can then move forward in a way that will better all Hawaiians and Hawaiian Nationals.
- What governance model will you advocate for?
I believe once the truth is out there, knowing that Hawaiian National Businessman (Committee of Safety and others knowingly and unknowingly conspired to illegally occupy, commit treason and false imprisonment of our Mo’i Wahine, for greed and profit and same said Committee falsely implied with the consent of the United States President of the United States that these Hawaiian Islands were annexed to the United States of America.
War crimes, crimes against a recognized and sovereign nation not in war needs to be addressed and made pono before any type of government model is sought.
- Are you willing to discuss other governance models?
After the above mention items are thoroughly address and repriations have been agreed upon.
- 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?
All of these negotiations should be reopened as currently it is failing to serve it’s purpose.
- In your governance model, would you be inclusive of people other than Native Hawaiians as citizens?
Hawaiian Nationals who love the islands, it’s people and culture are always included.
- How do you see participation by others in helping the ‘aha on the various aspects of the draft constitution?
Always looking for the best ideas, the best plans, the best governance style and constitution. This should be an evolving, fluid and dynamic undertaking.
- 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.
First, Aha members need to put their necks on the line and be above board on all matters. Those with vested interested should divest themselves of every conflicts of interest no matter how large or small. These conflicts of interest needs to be audited by , those with integrity and intellegence. All undue influences by any present or past government officials , corporations, for/non-profits, organizations or individuals should warrant arrest and charges of collusion for profit.
- Why should Native Hawaiians vote for you?
There are many worthy people running for the Aha. Intellegnt, educated, common sense, know their kuleana and the need to make pono, our ancestors petition to right the wrong.
There are also many people running for the Aha with a mutitude of conflicts of interest, power hungry profiteers who see this as in invitation to minipulate, what should be a new nation.
With the demise of the USSR, each independent sovereign State resources were gobbled up to the highest bidders with the help of the Harvard University Business Department professors. Many of these nations were left poor with no comtrol of their resources.
We must be maka ala, beyond akamai, beyond reproach, pono with ourselves, our ohana, our lahui, our nation. Our people must find credibility in our actions so our people can trust us with this most important advent. It is our families name at stake.
Second, In some Hawaiian communities we must go door to door, street to street and others community centers. We must take our time and have all the resources available to give our citizens the best service possible – no excuses. Some community’s we may need to go back a second and maybe a third time. We got to do what we got to do.
Let’s make it right, let’s make pono, for our ohanas, our communities, our lahuis and especially for our kupunas.
Therefore, I respectfully and humbly ask for your vote.
Mahalo ke Akua,
Benjamin “Ben” Shafer