Candidate: Hanalei Y. Aipoalani
‘Aha District: O‘ahu
Address: 89-308 Mokiawe Street, Waianae, HI 96792
Phone: (808) 351-3989
- What are your qualifications to be a delegate to the ‘aha?
I am a native Hawaiian, homesteader, who is passionate about preserving and protecting our trust assets. Moreover, I understand the objective of the ‘aha and stand ready to work towards achieving the desired results. I trust that my background and experience in government, policy advocacy, for-profit, and non-profit, as well as community development and engagement, will enable me to be an effective contributor.
- 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.?
The values that best describe or characterize my campaign are summarized as “Aloha Ke Kahi I Ke Kahi.” By treating others with respect and aloha, the work towards self-determination will be realized. In addition to aloha, lokahi and kupono, above, please, at minimum, add accuracy, trust & compassion, i. e., pololei, hilina’i, ame ha’aha’a.
- What three components of the constitution are you particularly interested in advocating and why?
In general, I am interested in working collaboratively towards achieving a constitution for all eligible persons to ratify. Short of that, my particular interests, as it relates to components, are in: 1) separation and balance of powers, 2) amendment process, and 3) fundamental tenants–rights and liberties. In my humble opinion, these three areas are essential to drafting a sound constitution.
- What governance model will you advocate for?
I am not married to any one particular governance model. Therefore, instead of advocating on behalf of one model over another, I am intent on assessing all feasible options.
- Are you willing to discuss other governance models?
Yes, I am open to discussing all 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?
In the end, the governance model that I support must protect and preserve our ali’i trusts, state and federal benefits & entitlements that are due to our lahui–native Hawaiians.
- In your governance model, would you be inclusive of people other than Native Hawaiians as citizens?
In order for our people to effectuate self-determination, our governance model must focus first on native Hawaiians. That said; delegates and our native Hawaiian electorate must consider the impact of non-native Hawaiians and their role, if any, in our governance model.
- How do you see participation by others in helping the ‘aha on the various aspects of the draft constitution?
I am optimistic that all 40 delegates will collaborate and work towards a common goal. Therefore, I will venture to state that each and every delegate will fully engage in the process of drafting a constitution.
- 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.
I will hold our people accountable and responsible for advancing our work in a timely manner.
- Why should Native Hawaiians vote for you?
Native Hawaiians should vote for me because of the following attributes:
1. I am trustworthy;
2. I am diligent and independent;
3. I am forward looking and thinking;
4. I am a proven community leader;
5. I genuinely care about everyone; and
6. I am the right person for the task at hand.