Candidate: Dennis “Bumpy” Kanahele
‘Aha District: O‘ahu
Address: 41-275 Nakini St., Waimanalo, HI 96795
Phone: (808) 551-5056
- What are your qualifications to be a delegate to the ‘aha?
In 1980 I was a candidate at-large for OHA. In 1993 I was appointed by Governor Waihee a 21 member, Hawaiian Sovereignty Advisory Commission (HSAC) which led to a Native Hawaiian Constitutional convention.
On Jan. 16, 1994, the Proclamation of Restoring the Independence of the Sovereign Nation State of Hawai’i is read at the Iolani Palace. That same year a statewide constitutional convention is held by the Kupuna councils, of the Ohana councils of the Hawaiian Kingdom. The Constitution of the Independent & Sovereign Nation State of Hawai’i (Nation of Hawaii) was ratified in October 9, 1994, promulgated on January 16, 1995. I’ve been the Head of State for the Nation of Hawaii for 20 years.
Besides my past experience, the Nation of Hawai’i is the only group that has a National land base for over 22 years. Under a transition provision clause in the lease, these national (ceded) lands, will be turned over to the future sovereign Hawaiian government. (similar to Kaho’olawe)
A Kupuna at 61 years old, I have over 35 years of knowledge, understanding and experience in the Nation building process. I do this for the Love of Country, for our people today, and for future generations to come.
- 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 always put Aloha first in all that I do. To me Aloha is good, bad and ugly. The ugly period of Aloha was from the arrival of the missionary till the overthrow of our Queen in 1893. The bad period of Aloha was from the overthrow in 1893, till today. I believe the Good period of Aloha is about to come. I believe Aloha is a required Value for all elected delegates, who will have to look very carefully through the despair, to find the solution. Once you get there, I guarantee, you will always find Aloha…
- What three components of the constitution are you particularly interested in advocating and why?
I believe the First Step is for the Hawaiian people to do is, “Proclaim the Restoration of their National Sovereignty, their identity as Hawaiian and sovereignty on their National lands”.
AFTER THAT; Call for the elections of Official Representatives to form a “Provisional Government of National Unity”. This interim body of authority could deal with All the institutional barriers that exists such as; the President of the United States (political process), the State Department (foreign relations), Department of Interior (1921 Hawaiian homes commission act, political process), Department of Treasury (native Hawaiian owned bank). A Transitional Period, a timeline of 20 years or less, would need to be set in place in order realize Independence.
In Convention these are the three components of an Independent Country that I would advocate in the Constitution.
1. Government (political structure)
2. Economic base ($$$money)
3. Military (peace & security) Military, not to be confused with tribal or reservation police
- What governance model will you advocate for?
- Are you willing to discuss other governance models?
- 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?
First, I would reference #3 and reiterate on the importance of Proclaiming the Restoration of the National sovereignty of the Hawaiian people as a First step.
The action of Proclamation, would create a once-in-a- lifetime opportunity for the Hawaiian people to form a provisional government of national unity (PGNU).
Now have the voters on the list elect Official Representatives to the PGNU, instead of voting for delegates to decide a form of government. A process to decide the form of government is not applicable simply because a Crime was committed against us. We’ve been back on the crime scene since the Apology law was signed in 1993. Restoration will prevent the extinction of the Hawaiian people, its our KULEANA!
During this period, a Treaty agreement with the state and federal government, that protects and preserves their missions, from law suits and continued economic subjugation would have to be placed on ALL the Ali’i trusts, the HHCA, OHA, Hawaiian businesses with federal contracts, including grants & entitlements for services, social security, retirement, military retiree, etc. The idea is to create the protection necessary for the Trust during this political process period.
- In your governance model, would you be inclusive of people other than Native Hawaiians as citizens?
Yes. Under the Nation of Hawai’i constitution the Citizens assembly (legislative branch) has 56 seats for non Hawaiians, 56 seats for Nationals, a Kupuna Council, with 56 seats, Executive branch and National tribunals.
- How do you see participation by others in helping the ‘aha on the various aspects of the draft constitution?
Well it is a democratic process, and everyone has a right to participate and have their own opinion as well, straight forward.
I still believe that any draft constitution, or constitutional building is putting the cart before the horse. First, I would reference #3 and #6 to reiterate the importance of Proclaiming the Restoration of the National sovereignty of the Hawaiian people.
- 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.
AGAIN I BELIEVE THIS CONVENTION WILL BE DECIDED FOR & BY THE PEOPLE. THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE WILL BE THE FINAL CALL.
- Why should Native Hawaiians vote for you?
I AM, QUALIFIED!
I ‘WILL PROTECT YOUR IDENTITY AND NATIONAL LANDS WITH MY LIFE!
I DO IT FOR “LOVE OF COUNTRY.”