Candidate: Charles “Kale” Naumu
‘Aha District: O‘ahu
Address: 45-837 Luana Place; Kāne‘ohe, HI 96744
Phone: (808) 247-5926
- What are your qualifications to be a delegate to the ‘aha?
• Worked forty (40) years for the Hawaii State Department of Education (D.O.E.)
• Worked sixteen (16) years as principal (Po‘okumu) of ‘Ānuenue School (Ke Kula Kaiapuni ‘o ‘Ānuenue)
• Earned a Master of Educational Administration (M.Ed.) degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
• Earned a Certified Athletic Administrator (C.A.A.) degree from the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (N.I.A.A.A.)
• Presented a Silver Beaver Award, District Commissioner Recognition, and other awards from the Aloha Council of the Boy Scouts of America (B.S.A.)
• Called to be a Bishop of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
- 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 are very important. My values (Minamina) include:
• Theistic/religious (Haipule) Follow Deity (Akua) = Pray (Pule) & Mediate (Ho‘oponopono).
• Love (Aloha) Respect and include everyone = Democracy (Aupuni a ka lehulehu), Representative (Lunamaka‘āinana), and Limited Terms (Kau palena).
• Unity (Lōkahi) Follow the example of the Kamehameha and Kaumuali‘i Alliance = Compromise (‘Aelike ho‘oku‘u ma kahi), Cooperate (Ho‘olaulima), and Coordinate (Kūkulu).
• Upright (Kūpono) = Government of the people, by the people, and for the people.
- What three components of the constitution are you particularly interested in advocating and why?
The Constitution is very important. The components that of interest include:
• Article 4 – States Relations = Na‘i Aupuni is a work in progress and another step toward sovereignty. What relationship will the government model have with the United States?
• Amendment 1 – Freedom of Expression and Religion = All alternatives should be considered. Before the Native Hawaiian Vote, all options should be considered. After the Native Hawaiian Vote, all Hawaiians should support that choice.
• Amendment 16 – Income Tax = The New Hawaiian Government Model must be supported by Hawaiian voters and Hawaiian taxes or money for the government to function.
- What governance model will you advocate for?
The government model that I advocate for is a representative democracy. Hawaiians need to look to the future. The past models of government by one man or one small group of people excludes too many Hawaiians.
- Are you willing to discuss other governance models?
Yes, I would be willing to discuss other governance models. There may be better governance models in practice by other countries throughout the world.
- 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?
This step or phase is a work in progress and not an end or end product. The support by the United States government is still very important during the transition.
- In your governance model, would you be inclusive of people other than Native Hawaiians as citizens?
Yes, I would be inclusive of people other than Native Hawaiians as citizens.
It is my belief that this should not be done through the government. I strongly believe that the family (ohana) should be the route to citizenship. However, each family should be limited to the number of individuals or families that they can adopt (hānai). Some Native Hawaiian individuals and families should also be allowed to decline their Hawaiian Citizenship.
- How do you see participation by others in helping the ‘aha on the various aspects of the draft constitution?
Other people besides the delegates should be welcomed at the meetings (‘Aha).
It should be open and above board. As the Hawaiian saying goes; all knowledge does not come from one source (hālau). Specifically, attorneys would be needed to write legal documents among other things.
- 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.
The delegates must keep in mind that the outcomes or the results of the meetings (‘Aha) and the vote (koho) need to be recognized by the Hawai‘i State Legislature, the United States Congress, and the United Nations. A key and very important component is to involve, include, and inform members of the Legislature, Congress, and United Nations.
- Why should Native Hawaiians vote for you?
Native Hawaiians should vote for me because I have been prompted by the Spirit (Akua). I have a depth of experiences, a wealth of knowledge and education, and represent all Hawaiians. I am independent. I am open to fresh ideas. Especially important is my willingness to work hard and smart.