Candidate: Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu
‘Aha District: O‘ahu (Moku o Kona, Liliha me Puʻunui ma Nuʻuanu)
Address: 522 Ekekela Place, Honolulu, Hawai’i 96817
- What are your qualifications to be a delegate to the ‘aha?
I am an aloha ‘āina patriot whom has stood by and for our people, our land, our language, culture, history and philosophy. For the last 25 years I have continued on this journey of advocacy on behalf of our lāhui. I am a kumu hula and fluent in our native language and I have spent the last 13 years of my life dedicated to teaching our next generations.
- 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 composed the following mele, “Kū Ha’aheo e Ku’u Hawai’i” in 2007 and the chorus is as follows and can best speak for the values of not only my campaign but of my entire outlook on my small contribution to our people.
Kū ha’aheo e ku’u Hawai’i, māmaka kaua o ku’u ‘āina, ‘o ke ehu kakahiaka o nā ‘ōiwi o Hawai’i nei, no ku’u lāhui e hā’awi pau a i ola mau.
Stand proud my Hawai’i, hail to the call oh warriors of my land, for this is a new dawn for the native sons and daughters of Hawai’i, and for my nation and my people I shall give my last life breath so that our next generations shall live on in prosperity.
- What three components of the constitution are you particularly interested in advocating and why?
The only constitution necessary to facilitate to reinstatement is that of our former independent nation status under Queen Lili’uokalani and the ruling ali’i prior to her reign. Despite the changes that our constitution endured with each different sovereign, the fact remains that our nation never went away, nor did we vote it away and thus reinstating our constitution and nation is the only logical avenue to the empowerment and advancement of our people.
- What governance model will you advocate for?
- Are you willing to discuss other governance models?
I am always willing to listen, to discuss, and shall find ways to maintain integrity and honor to the process that Iʻve supported for 20 years now.
- 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?
My model of independence stands to strengthen Ali’i land trusts and their beneficiaries, while completely revisiting the current Hawaiian Homestead Act with an emphasis on transitioning assets, responsibilities and resources from the U.S. framework of support to one under the auspices of a native designed, driven and controlled independent government.
- In your governance model, would you be inclusive of people other than Native Hawaiians as citizens?
Absolutely. This is a key element to a successful nation built with both kanaka and non-kanaka alike yet lead quite distinctly by our native values, philosophy and life perspectives.
- How do you see participation by others in helping the ‘aha on the various aspects of the draft constitution?
I feel that it will be imperative upon myself to ensure that the constitution of our formerly independent nation is the only appropriate and logical draft of a constitution that I shall staunchly advocate for. Na’i Aupuni however is quite problematic. Participation by others in helping the ‘Aha shall come from their advocacy for equitable representation in a more appropriate forum outside of Naʻi Aupuni as there are some serious flaws and contradictions to this ‘Aha.
- 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.
Ratification by plebiscite on anything within the framework of the ‘Aha as a result of the Na’i Aupuni elections is not a logical nor academically sound forum and format to carry out the future of our nation. This questionnaire is not the most appropriate place however to articulate this as it shall be up to those of us whom earn your faith and trust to elect intelligent and competent representation to advocate on your behalf.
- Why should Native Hawaiians vote for you?
As stated in the chorus of my song, “no ku’u lāhui e hā’awi pau, a i ola mau.” For my nation and my people I shall give until my final breath for the generations of our future posterity to come.