Candidate: Davianna Pōmaikaʻi McGregor
‘Aha District: O‘ahu
Address: 1942 Naio St. Honolulu, Hawaiʻi 96817
Phone: (808) 222-9728
Hui: Ke Ao Malama
- What are your qualifications to be a delegate to the ‘aha?
I bring experience from working: • for over 30 years with the Protect Kahoʻolawe ʻOhana to stop the bombing and heal the island; • to stop the disinterment of our iwi kūpuna at Honokahua & working to pass burials protection laws • with the Pele Defense Fund to stop the desecration of Pele and protect the Wao Kele O Puna rainforest; • with communities on Molokaʻi, Keʻanae- Waialuanui, Kaʻū, Puna, Kauaʻi, Waiahole and Waikāne to protect our water, lands, natural and cultural resources for subsistence, cultural and spiritual purposes. • As a historian of Hawaiʻi and the Pacific and a professor of Ethnic Studies at UH-Mānoa and I also bring a deep knowledge of the history of Hawaiian governance and Hawaiian rights in Hawaiʻi and the history of Pacific Island governments.
- 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.?
Aloha, honesty, courage, dedication, persistence. I value the process of building consensus when achievable and where it is not, to agree to disagree and work together with respect and aloha for each other. We need to include and honor diverse of viewpoints and perspectives and create a government that provides a common ground to work weaves together diverse viewpoints to achieve a common goal of providing for the well-being of our people and our ʻāina.
- What three components of the constitution are you particularly interested in advocating and why?
1. Land Base – Repatriation, protection and cultural management of Hawaiian trust, ancestral and national lands, ocean and natural resources. Honoring Kanaloa Kahoʻolawe, the first lands of the Native Hawaiian government as a wahi kapu, sacred place of deep cultural learning.
2. Programs of well-being – designing programs for health insurance, education, cultural and language perpetuation, community-based economic development, sustainable agriculture, alternate energy
3. Balancing the powers of a central government with that of island-based governance to empower our island communities.
- What governance model will you advocate for?
An indigenous government of, by, and for Lāhui ʻŌiwi that centralizes the powers to negotiate with external governments, raise revenue, provide housing and health care and decentralizes the management of lands and natural resources, the exercise of cultural, religious and healing practices; education; language perpetuation; family support; alternate energy and community enterprise. It needs to be rooted in the philosophy of alohaʻāina and traditional island-based governance.
- Are you willing to discuss other governance models?
YES. We should look at models of governance in the Pacific Islands, Alaska and among Indian tribes. The status of the multi-ethnic Hawaiʻi nation-state is also of importance. The convention should sort out what is the authority of the Native Hawaiian government as distinct from the Hawaiʻi nation-state. The convention should discuss whether and how to serve as a platform to support self-determination for the Hawaiʻi nation-state.
- 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 Native Hawaiian government will provide standing to Native Hawaiians that will shield the aliʻi trusts, the Hawaiian Homestead Act, and federal programs for Native Hawaiains from race-based litigation.
- In your governance model, would you be inclusive of people other than Native Hawaiians as citizens?
NO. The indigenous Native Hawaiian government (Lāhui ʻŌiwi), needs to be established of, by, and for Native Hawaiians. Its, members are Kanaka Maoli ʻŌiwi (Native Hawaiian). It is distinct, not the same as the Hawaiʻi nation (Kingdom) which is comprised of the multi-ethnic people who are born and raised in Hawaiʻi. The multi-ethnic residents of Hawaiʻi are part of the Hawaiʻi nation (Kingdom) but not of the indigenous Native Hawaiian government.
- How do you see participation by others in helping the ‘aha on the various aspects of the draft constitution?
The convention should seek the counsel of our ʻŌiwi loea – master educators; physicians; healers; fishers; farmers; scientists; lawyers and businesses to develop sections of the constitution related to their field of expertise. The constitution needs to be based upon the wisdom of our masters in all fields. And should I not be elected I would offer to help delegates research important matters.
- 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.
Education and outreach to show that justice for Native Hawaiians is the foundation of social justice and well-being for the people of Hawaiʻi. “Kūpaʻa i ka ʻāina” Stand firm and persevere is one of my guiding principles. I have worked for this the past 40 years and I will do outreach, education, help organize and persevere.
- Why should Native Hawaiians vote for you?
Humbly, I offer grassroots experience, dedication, courage and honest accountability to our people and our land. I will work with aloha with fellow delegates. I bring a deep knowledge of the history of Hawaiian governance and Hawaiian rights. I will work for the return and protection of our national and ancestral lands; build community capacity and enterprise; and honor the knowledge, spirituality and traditions of our kūpuna as the foundation for our government.