Candidate: Danielle Ululani Beirne (Keawe)
‘Aha District: Mokupuni O‘ahu, Koʻolauloa
Address: P.O. Box 653 Kane’ohe, Hawai’i 96744
Phone: (808) 375-7699
- What are your qualifications to be a delegate to the ‘aha?
First and foremost I am Native Hawaiian and born of this land (Keiki o ka ‘Aina) with my ancestors and mo’okuauhau all dating back to the Kingdom of Hawai’i Nei . I have served with the Coalition of Hawaiian Organizations back in the 70’s, the Hui Na’au’ao in the 80’s in educating our people on the issue of Sovereignty known today as Self-Determination, and in 1995 appointed by Governor John Waihee to the HSEC as councilmember for the Hawai’i Sovereignty Elections Council and voted in as a Delegate representing Ko’olauloa Moku for the AHA ‘OIWI known as the Native Hawaiian Convention by legislation with 76 plus Delegates to offer a form of government through an election process, without access to OHA voters and I make myself available to finish the work for our Lahui.
- 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.?
I have always shared my “aloha” with all my ‘Ohana, my community and all my colleagues and as a Delegate and “seasoned politician” I have been able to plant and nourish many seeds for our future Lahui in my community work in the Ahupua’a O Kahana and the State of Hawai’i. “ Na Hulu Kupuna” is the generation that I will represent with those that served with me then and now, our work is yet to be realized and we will do it with “lokahi”, as we all strive to unify ourselves for the good and benefit of all. “Ike ‘ia he kupono” as is deemed proper and for me as it is ‘Pono”, the right thing to do for all.
When I am elected, I will stand on traditional values I have been raised with by my Native Hawaiian parents and grandparents. The most important value for me is family, my ‘Ohana, they are my posterity in this life. I encourage and instill education as a family value and believe in the power of prayer, (the cultural practice of pule with AKUA) “e ho’opomaka’I ko’u ‘Ohana na mea pulapula a pau loa”, for the strength and guidance that is needed, and traditional cultural practices of our culture and our ‘olelo, that is important for our Lahui.
- What three components of the constitution are you particularly interested in advocating and why?
First of all, we Delegates will have that opportunity to decide on what Constitution we will be addressing, the 1839 Constitution under King Kamehameha I, the 1864 Constitution under Kamehameha III or the Bayonet Constitution or the lastest for our Queen Lili’u’okalani that prompted the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom in 1893 with over 70 plus sections. Each section is equally important for our Lahui. Many others will be suggested but for me, the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom rested with the last Constitution and yet the Constitution of 1839 under Kamehameha the Great was the one made that was “pono”. As a Delegate for Na’I Aupuni we will have to study each Constitution and each section and study the amendments and why it was introduced and how each section addressed the concerns of our people and our Nation and know that each section will be acted upon with our Queen Lili’u’okalani in our minds and mana’o, ‘what was our Mo’I thinking at that time, he aha kou mana’o? I will be advocationg for the restoration of our Hawaiian Kingdom first, as I know that our Queen had our Nation in “recess” and in order to move forward and holomua, our Delegation need to go back to the time of the overthrow and all the reasons we will be addressing and than move in Unity, “Lokahi” to form a document for ratification we can all agree on….to me that’s the work ahead of all Delegates.
The question what three components should be as follows: 1) What Constitution will represent the Hawaiian Kingdom most appropriately for our time today? 2) When we decide as a Delegation, will the Constitution and all it represents “pono” for us as Native Hawaiian people of our pae ‘Aina for today and the future generations? 3) Where will our Lahui go and how will it benefit our Lahui with each overall concept and section of the Constitution to restore all our ceded lands, all our natural resources, all our economic development opportunities and all the funds in the Hawaiian Kingdom Treasury to build our Lahui.
- What governance model will you advocate for?
The Delegation will have opportunities to discuss all models as we already did in our AHA “OIWI”…We now will further our work and advocate for the best model of all, first as already stated, restoration of a Nation illegally overthrown by the United States, make that right and then move forward with a model best for our Lahui……that takes lots of time, patience and humility, that I have to share…
- Are you willing to discuss other governance models?
There was only the governance model of the Hawaiian Kingdom, but for today many are advocating for other models from other nations and other countries. We are Native Hawaiians and in the middle of the Pacific Ocean with many great opportunities for living sustainable lifestyles and we should look closely at what is ours and how everything surrounding us will benefit as a Lahui… I have been in discussion with all models with the AHA ‘OIWI which I served as a Delegate and I am willing to do the same to finish the work of the Lahui.
- 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?
The Constitution that the Delegation will work on in the “Moving On” or Holomua phase will have to take into consideration all of the above. The Ali’I Trusts, Hawaiian Homestead Act in 1920, all federal contracts and grants for our Native Hawaiian People went into affect before and after Statehood in 1959. We need to access who benefits from the programs and services and how many were Native Hawaiians and NH businesses, a few, many or the same ones or same people’s, have they been fair to our Lahui. The main concern is who benefits? If our Lahui benefits than we need to include this issue into the Governance Model, the Constitution that will serve us and for the future of our Nation…
- In your governance model, would you be inclusive of people other than Native Hawaiians as citizens?
I would definitely be “inclusive” of people other than Native Hawaiians as citizens because many non-natives pledged allegiance to our Hawaiian Kingdom. We should do the same and in today’s real world, we have an influx of foreigners in the State of Hawai’i that I believe our Lahui will benefit from their support of our Hawaiian Kingdom if they have come from another country or Nation they will all want to support our efforts.
- How do you see participation by others in helping the ‘aha on the various aspects of the draft constitution?
There are different groups participating in giving direction to the upcoming Delegation once elected. I believe these groups should give the Delegation an opportunity to do what needs to be done, create a model for consideration for our Lahui. We do not need 16 to 17 different models belonging to all the different islands or nations or countries that are not ours. It is our kuleana, the work of the elected Delegation to do this work…give the Delegation an opportunity to do its job!!!!
- 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.
Well once the work of the ‘AHA is done, there will be more work for the ratification process and legislation to move on all levels of government as appropriate. That’s why I call myself a “seasoned politician” because when needed I do the best I can to testify, lobby and do what needs to be done to move our issue forward, as long as it is deemed beneficial for our Native Hawaiians, our Lahui. That is hard work and it gets tough, but when the “work gets rough, the tough gets to work” and that’s where I will serve best.
- Why should Native Hawaiians vote for you?
Because I am making myself available to serve with all the blessings of health and strength, knowledge and energies from Akua, he has blessed me to continue this work to know what my kulena is to our Native Hawaiian people, our Lahui. He Hawai’I Au!!!!! Vote Ululalni Beirne Mahalo.