Dante Keala Carpenter

Dante Keala Carpenter

Dante Keala Carpenter

Candidate:  Dante Keala Carpenter
‘Aha District:  O‘ahu
Address: 3054 Ala Poha Place, #401; Honolulu, HI 96818
Phone: (808) 833-8163 (R); (808) 358-7104 (C)
E-mail: carpenterd@hawaiiantel.net

  1. What are your qualifications to be a delegate to the ‘aha?


2nd Son of Vernon F. Carpenter (1/2 French, 1/2 English) & and Louise Pomaikai Kakelaka Carpenter (3/4 Hawaiian, 1/4 Chinese); Keiki ‘o ka ‘aina; birthplace – Kapiolani Hospital, Honolulu, HI – 12/03/1934

Family Members:

Wife of 57 years, Olan (Peltier) Carpenter; Son Dante Kealalani (Judith) Carpenter, Daughter Carla Kaleinani (Sodi) Carpenter-Kabalis; Son Darren Hokuau (Joyce) Carpenter; Daughter Dr. Dee-Ann Leialoha Carpenter; 11 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren


Roosevelt High School, Class of 1952; United States Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, N. Y. 1957 – Rec’d. Bachelor of Science Degree in Marine Engineering;  U. S. C. G License as 3rd Assistant Engineer, Steam & Motor Vessels, any horsepower; Commissioned Officer (Ensign), United States Naval Reserve.

U. S. Armed Services: 

Active Duty, U. S. Navy 1957-58, served as a Line Officer aboard the U. S. S Thuban, AKA -19 in the Atlantic Fleet.  Thereafter, served over 25 years in various positions, including as Commanding Officer of Electronics & Construction Battalion (Seabees) Naval Reserve Units, Hawai’i Coordinator for the U. S Naval Academy (Annapolis), and Commandant’s Representative for the 14th Naval District.  Note: While on a 2-weeks Active Duty assignment with the Office of O-1 K on Ford Island, I recommended the reversion of Kaho’olawe (“Target Isle”) back to the State of Hawai’i utilizing support from Hawaii-born officers stationed at Pearl Harbor. Retired in 1984 with the rank of Lieutenant Commander, USN.

Hawaiian Experience: 

a.) Elected Delegate to the 1999 ‘Aha Hawai’i ‘Oiwi – Native Hawaiian Convention, Serve as Vice-Chair; Support Several models of “Draft Constitutions” addressing self-governance entities; mission of AHO incomplete due to lack of funding of final assembly and vote on recommendations; (see attached article);

b.)  Member, Ha Hawai’i – Hawai’i Nationhood Advocate and process facilitator;

c.) Founder-Member, Pres., Hawaiian Civic Club of Ka’u (Big Island); member, Hawaiian Civic Club of Miloli’i (South Kona, Big Island); Pres., Ka’u Historical Society

d.) Member-Advisor to ‘Ohana Ho’opakele, Justice Advocate organization on Hawai’i County, pursuing the disproportionate incarceration of Native Hawaiian Pa’ahao in local and mainland prisons.

Legislative/Political Experience:

a.)  Elected as a member of the Hawai’i County Council 1968-1976;

b.) As an Individual – sued the entire state legislature for “supervening the will of the people“ in presetting the parameters, i.e., location, time, funding, including number of delegates and compensation re: 1978 Hawai’i State Constitutional Convention;

c.) Elected as a member of the Hawai’i State Senate 1978-1984; Chair of Health & Judiciary Committees respectively;

d.)  Elected as Mayor and Chief Executive Officer of Hawai’i County 1984-1988;

e.) Served as Administrator of Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) from 1994-1995;

f.)  Elected statewide to the Office of Hawaiian Affairs from 2002-2006; Chair of the Assets and Resource Management Committee.

Work Experience:

a.)  1958-1959 – employed as Marine Engineer for Pacific Marine & Supply Co., Ltd:

b.)  Ship’s Relief Engineer-member, Marine Engr’s Beneficial Assoc. (MEBA Union).

c.) 25 years in the Hawaiian Sugar Industry in various capacities as Operating Engineer, Assistant-Superintendent in Factory Operations, as well as Engineering Design Staff for C. Brewer & Co., Ltd. (1960-1984);

d.)  Design & Operations of Waste-to-Energy Systems – 1989 to present.

e.)  Owner-Manager, Carpenter & Carpenter, Inc – Consulting Co., 1989 to present.

  1. 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.?

In addition to aloha, lokahi and kupono, above, please, at minimum, add accuracy, trust & compassion, i. e., pololei, hilina’i, ame ha’aha’a.

  1. What three components of the constitution are you particularly interested in advocating and why?

1-Declaration of Independence;

2-Model constitution embodying the three (3) branches of government, i. e., Executive, Legislative & Judiciary respected on all levels of federal, state and local governments;

3-Rights and Entitlements component which acknowledges

(1) the illegal taking of a lawful nation status,

(2) return of lands associated as well as reimbursement for use of said lands,

(3) restoration of equal status of governing authority and appropriate compensation accordingly!

  1. What governance model will you advocate for?

One in which the principles of democracy such as voting for necessary authorized officeholders by the Native Hawaiian Community (as recognized by the Hawaiian model Constitution) are acknowledged by a vote that ratifies the proposed Constitution and components, therein, i.e., a nation within a nation format.

  1. Are you willing to discuss other governance models?

Absolutely! I will consider any and all models for inclusion.

  1. 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 Ali’i Trusts, Homestead Act, and any Federal contracts with Native Hawaiian Businesses, as well as grants for programs and services should be protected in any and all ways to continue their exemplary work!

  1. In your governance model, would you be inclusive of people other than Native Hawaiians as citizens?

Basically, yes, however, in conjunction with the constitutional limitations as explicitly enumerated, if any.

  1. How do you see participation by others in helping the ‘aha on the various aspects of the draft constitution?

Any assistance will be welcome toward an amicable and meaningful product with mutual benefits inuring to the Native Hawaiian Community served.

  1. 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.

Appropriate Checks and Balances in the inherent design of the government; vis-a vis responsibilities, authority, limitations and oversight control(s) and/or power delimiting agencies must be included to assure unequivocal benefit to the Native Hawaiian Community and accountability without question!

  1. Why should Native Hawaiians vote for you?

I have many years of experience and a sincere desire to help minimize, if not eliminate, long standing grudges, hates, and obfuscation. My commitment remains steadfast to deliver a document for ratification that, will be beneficial to every element of the Native Hawaiian Community.