Candidate: Gerald N.Y.C. Lam
‘Aha District: O‘ahu
Address: 1604 Ulualana Place, Kailua, HI 96734
Phone: (808) 263-7777
- What are your qualifications to be a delegate to the ‘aha?
Experience: 40 years of personal service in caring for native Hawaiian elderly, sick, jobless, prison inmates, and family counseling. 5 years consulting on inner city and urban public health care and wellness. Co-drafted Hawaii laws and training curriculum for licensing acupuncturists. Co-drafted state legislation protecting Hawaiian traditional healing practices. 39 years practice as a taxation, contracts, and taxation lawyer. Served as a State District Judge, 1st Circuit. Completed a detailed historical journal of traditional Hawaiian cultural practices, Kingdom laws, and modern constitutional law dissertation. Currently pursuing action against and response from the State of Hawaii for its violating certain Native Hawaiian fundamental rights. Pioneered the global historical development of LASIK corrective-vision eye surgery. Individually created and maintained hundreds of long-term private sector jobs specifically for Native Hawaiians of all islands from 1995 through 2012. Served as President, Vice President, and also Treasurer of the Native Hawaiian Health Care System that administers federal law and funding. 45 years of professional financial, investment banking and legal experience, from mergers & acquisitions on Wall Street to development and construction of single-family homes in Hawaii. 45 years of business, finance, legal, and indigenous cultural experience throughout the continental U.S., Western Europe, Asia, South East Asia and South America.
Cultural and Family Education: I grew up in Makiki in a Hawaiian-speaking household just below our Papakōlea homestead. My great-grandmother is buried at Uluhaimalama (Queen Lili’uokalani’s Royal Garden) at Auwaiolimu. My inoa kuleana is Ke’alohilanikikaupe’aokalani, and lineage is Ulu from the beginning of Creation through Kakuhihewa and Piilani continuing unbroken in pi‘o up to my great-grandmother Kapahupineakaleikoa-keopuhiwa-a-Paki and my grandmother, the ho’ohanau and princess, Alina “Elizabeth” Paki (Say). Through my mother I received our family training daily, from 1955 to 1982, under my grandmother and various grandaunts and kahu, i.e. Luka Kinolau (kahuna lapa’au), Lillian Kahoali’i (mo’okahuna royal genealogist), and Alice Namakelua (mo‘o‘ōlelo history). From March 1996 until ka lā hala on December 31, 2000, I trained under Papa Henry A. Auwae, po’okela kahuna lapa’au. In 1998, I was appointed as the kahu of the “Healing Stones” at Waikiki, i.e. Nā Pōhaku Ola o Kapaemahu. Alongside Papa Auwae, I was inducted as an elder healer and counselor to the Haudenosaunee Nation Longhouse (Mohawk, Tonawanda Seneca, Cayuga, Oneida, Onondaga, and Tuscarora). I am the kahukapu of ancient genealogical records, chants, and history of Hawaii’s governing lineages from the 1st navigation to the 19th century Kingdom. I brought babies and their spirits into this world with my own hands – severed the piko and kuhi hā. I counsel Hawaiian families in the foundations of traditional Hawaiian ‘ohana values, native health practices, kūkā-ho’opono, and the civics of modern society. I tutor youth in Hawaiian history, traditional medicine, physical fitness, algebra, calculus, statistics, and economics. Since 2009, I have been training adults on O’ahu and Kaua’i to doing the same in their own families and Hawaiian communities. Since 1998, I have been active in challenging the State Legislature, various agencies, and State Attorney General concerning laws and regulations that violate native Hawaiian access and gathering rights to lands, traditional cultural practices, and ancient religious practices.
Western Education and Credentials:
• Political Science; Fine Arts – [B.A.] Brigham Young University, Utah.
• Law – [J.D.] J. Reuben Clark Law School, Utah.
• Post-doctoral Law in Taxation/Constitutional Law – [LL.M.] University of Denver Law School, Colorado.
• Masters of Tax Accounting — [LL.M./M.T.] University of Denver College of Accounting, Colorado.
• Masters of Business and Finance — [M.B.A.] Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.
- 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.?
Mine is a campaign of hane. Despite all things, I have remained as my kupuna had trained me. All eternal values derive by way of hane. Human existence is the opportunity of perfecting, but not perfection. There will always be a hurdle after the next. From hane proceeds human discernment deriving ho‘omau, aloha, lokahi, etc. Mine is the eternal perseverance of spirit, study, pule, faith, and hard work. My campaign is based upon over 40 years of proven experience, i.e. ever wielding temporal authority with correct courage, humility, consideration for others, and action. Nā Mākuaakua and nā aumākua are inseparable from self-determination.
- What three components of the constitution are you particularly interested in advocating and why?
A constitution is best based upon the same liberty that founded and settled our archipelago in the beginning. Our founding kupuna established our lands under this kū‘oko‘aakua. This divine liberty had changed in many ways by the time Captain Cook arrived at Waimea, Kaua’i in 1778, and changed further under four different constitutions from Kauikeaouli through Kalākaua. We people are not perfect. Freedom of choice and expression are hallmarks of kū‘oko‘aakua. The nearest framework is a constitution that protects the individual vote, an Executive administration, a Legislature, and a Judiciary. Alternatively, the ali’i monarchal system had emerged from several centuries of influence originating from the High Priest Pa’ao and Chief Pilikaeaea who had migrated to Hawaii from Southern Polynesia in the 12th century. The monarchal system eventually suppressed kū‘oko‘aakua until Ka’ahumanu and Hewahewa terminated the ‘ai kapu in favor of noa. Presently, if we are not to just ‘ano ho‘ohawai‘i, but instead, are ready for the constitution of our founding kupuna, then I would advocate the framework of constitutional liberty.
- What governance model will you advocate for?
I would advocate the framework of constitutional liberty described in question #3, above, and then work to derive the best governance model that Hawaiian people as a whole are ready, willing and able to have. Despite my advocacy, a model MUST be “our” choice.
- Are you willing to discuss other governance models?
Of course. Advocacy cannot really exist without sincere consideration of all governance models near and far, including disputes and objections. Many Hawaiians are emotionally divided and dispute each other’s efforts to fashion national self-determination. Although total consensus is likely impossible, every voice should have opportunity.
- 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?
I advocate for the participation of the ali’i trusts, organizations, and programs of interest into the process of modeling governance. This is an era of change. Today’s world will never be yesteryear’s. Meanwhile, people have come to rely upon organizations and programs, and so, inclusion is pono, not exclusion.
- In your governance model, would you be inclusive of people other than Native Hawaiians as citizens?
The formation of a Native Hawaiian nation is not rational unless formation is restricted to Native Hawaiians. It is not unreasonable for those of us with family members that are not Native Hawaiian to adjust accordingly while having the wisdom that a fledgling nation develops into a true nation when it is able to empower and include others. In today’s world, the inability to include people of different ancestries severely limits a nation whether on a micro or macro level. Exclusion is also unrealistic in building even cultural nations. However, a new nation should give Native Hawaiian’s that prospect for choice and risk.
- How do you see participation by others in helping the ‘aha on the various aspects of the draft constitution?
It takes many parts to make up a whole. It is unlikely that there will result a whole capacity among just the elected delegates. It will be critical to recruit Native Hawaiians beyond the delegates.
- 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.
Elected delegates are not authorized beyond designing, drafting, and publishing. So the assurance by delegates for recognition of their work must come from great intellect, design, and writing. Without more, it would be legally unauthorized and culturally maha’oi for a delegate to presume beyond this office.
- Why should Native Hawaiians vote for you?
I have deeply rare and proven relevant experience in the separate critical venues required, i.e. priestly kuleana blood lineage, traditional Hawaiian cultural training, Kingdom history, legislation, constitutional law, public health, economics, taxation, risk management, strategic finance, and accounting. I speak and focus on details – whether on spiritual or temporal matters – and not nebulous, glittering generalities.