Candidate: James D. “Kimo” Stowell
‘Aha District: O‘ahu
Address: 1515 Nu’uanu Ave. #51, Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 927 9162
“I could not turn back the time for the political change, but there is still time to save our heritage. You must remember never to cease to act because you fear you fail. The way to lose any earthly kingdom is to be inflexible, intolerant, and prejudicial. Another way is to be too flexible, tolerant of too many wrongs and without judgment at all. It is a razor’s edge. It is the width of a blade of pili grass. To gain the kingdom of heaven is to hear what is not said, to see what cannot be seen, and to know the unknowable – that is Aloha. All things in this world are two; in heaven there is but One” — Lili’uokalani, 1917
- What are your qualifications to be a delegate to the ‘aha?
Every native Hawaiian is qualified to choose and participate in Hawaiian Sovereignty. My effectiveness as a delegate will depend on how effective my argument is for the Restoration of Ke Aupuni O Hawai’i or the Hawaiian Kingdom. My mo’olelo is that of 19 generations of La’au lapa’au Kahuna. I am a descendant of the hereditary Hola’e and my great grand father was Joseph Kea shortened from Koa’ehulukea. My Ohana has been a participant in the investiture of the Hawaiian Monarchy since the 9th century. After the breaking of the Kapu, my family went underground to practice our La’au lapa’au traditions. I support the Hawaiian Royal Family today as my ancestors have done for over a millennium.
- 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.?
Onipa’a, there is one purpose and one purpose alone for which we were called to be steadfast, the restoration of the Hawaiian Monarchy and Ke Aupuni O Hawai’i.
Ho’oponopono, the ancient healing practice, may be ignored by our occupying government and the institutions it created to handle Hawaiian affairs, but it is the very first step that we must engage in before we attempt to address Hawaiian Sovereignty.
Lokahi is both our challenge and our solution to Hawaiian Sovereignty.
- What three components of the constitution are you particularly interested in advocating and why?
I am interested in The Hawaiian Constitution of 1864 as it was composed prior to the bayonet constitution of 1887.
- What governance model will you advocate for?
I support the complete restoration of the Constitutional Monarchy of the Kingdom of Hawai’i.
- Are you willing to discuss other governance models?
The ‘aha has ONLY one legitimate course of action, and that is to agree to the restoration of the Hawaiian Monarchy. Any motions to create a new nation within a nation will be vociferously and rigorously opposed by my person should I be elected. However, I am always open to discussion.
- 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?
We, the political body that is the indigenous people of Hawaii, never ceased to be Ke Aupuni O Hawai’i, whose sovereign territory and land is currently being occupied by the US government. That fact has not changed.
Make no mistake we are not at war with the US. We are not enemies with our distant cousins from across the ocean. The restoration of the Hawaiian Monarchy will simply change the nature of the Native Hawaiian communities relationship with the US Federal Government, from subservient dependent to that of landlord. The US Military will pay for the strategic geographic positioning of Hawaii, the sovereign land of the Hawaiian Kingdom and the Military installations it has installed on Royal Hawaiian Lands, the title to which our Hawaiian Monarchy has never relinquished and for which a nation within a nation model has no TRUE sovereignty or title to regardless of how subsidiaries of the US government might try to convince us otherwise.
Should we decide, as our collective Kuleana, for the restoration of the Hawaiian Monarchy we will have the legal provenance to claim the ceded Hawaiian Government and Crown lands and effectively charge rent and back rent for the years the US Military has illegally occupied our land since the Hawaiian overthrow. Any other fabricated government cobbled together in 40 days would not have the legal legitimacy, the efficacy, or the broad support of the Hawaiian people that a restored Monarchy would generate. The Monarchy of Great Britain brings billions of dollars to the British economy. Our Hawaiian monarchy could very well do the same for our Kingdom.
Under the Restoration, institutions created by the US government to handle Hawaiian Affairs would become obsolete. The Ceded lands would fall under the jurisprudence of the Sovereign Hawaiian Kingdom and we could then negotiate with the United States government the sum payout of rent and back rent for it’s occupation of Royal and Government lands since the overthrow, and we could very well set a de-occupation date. The US is exceptionally experienced in de-occupying countries it has invaded.
We are NOT Native Americans, which is a designation the nation within a nation concept “aspires” for us. Native Americans live on the Continental US, be it North or South. Hawaiian’s live on the Hawaiian Archipelago 2,000 plus miles away in the middle of the Pacific Ocean on the Continent of Oceania with no natural, direct, or traditional connection to the Continent of North America.
Our best hope for the future, according to some in our community, is to beg to be called Native American, so we can “benefit” from the very same dependency programs designed for a “nation within a nation” concept foisted on the disenfranchised indigenous cultures of North America.
- In your governance model, would you be inclusive of people other than Native Hawaiians as citizens?
If your family were subjects of the Kingdom of Hawaii prior to 1893, regardless of race or national origin, you are a Hawaiian. Hawaiian is a Nationality not a race. Polynesians indigenous to Hawaii and have family ties to the ‘aina before Cooks arrival in Hawaii in 1778, are Native Hawaiians or the indigenous population of Hawai’i our race is Polynesian. If you arrived and settled in the islands after the overthrow, you are a US citizen and American, not Hawaiian. Therefore Americans who happen to live in Hawaii and settled here after 1893 are not eligible to participate in the proceedings of forming a sovereign Hawaiian nation because they have no ties to the Kingdom of Hawaii and were never Subjects of the Hawaiian Kingdom, race is irrelevant.
However, Americans will be subject to naturalization, after the restoration of the Kingdom and can immigrate under the specifications of The Hawaiian Kingdoms Immigration policy. As for the Americans who call Hawaii home, they would certainly be able to continue to call Hawai’i home as do the thousands of foreign nationals who live in Hawai’i today.
The Hawaiian Royal Family and The Hale Ali’i (house of nobles in the Hawaiian Parliament)– would ensure that the Indigenous Hawaiian culture, people, and ‘aina would be maintained, expanded, respected and held in it’s proper context and not marginalized by the greater consumer culture of the United States with it’s continental focus and marginal environmental concern for our precious and unique island home.
We are far more than just coconut bras, Mai Tai’s, and grass skirts, which is sadly how many Americans view Hawaii, even today in the 21st Century. The Native Hawaiians stewardship of our islands and our sustainability practices should be a model for the world, as it comes to grips with the horrific effects of it’s unsustainable over-consumption on our environment.
I believe many exceptional people would wish to be citizens of the Hawaiian Kingdom and immigration policy would be ours to determine.
- How do you see participation by others in helping the ‘aha on the various aspects of the draft constitution?
I see the participation level, of non-native Hawaiians as being reflective of our multicultural community and the love for the ‘Aina and native culture, that many of our non-native Hawaiian brothers and sisters share.
Non-indigenous Hawaiians would be eligible for many positions including some of the highest elected and appointed positions within the Kingdom’s government, as it was in the past, and as it should be in a community dedicated to democratic principles and equality. However, our head of State and Sovereign will have a genealogy reflective of their connection to the ancient Hawaiian Ali’i. and a decedent of those Ali’i who attended the Royal School. The election process for anointing our monarch is already laid out in detail within the Hawaiian 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.
The restoration of the Hawaiian Monarchy does not need the tacit approval of the United States to exist it needs the broad support of the Hawaiian people. The Monarchy will re-establish diplomatic relations with not only the United States but with many other Sovereign Nations through the establishment of diplomatic Embassies and Consulates.
The United States will no doubt have a special relationship with The Hawaiian Kingdom that of tenant and landlord. The US will pay for the use of Hawai’i’s strategically important position in the Pacific. It will also make good on it’s apology resolution by presenting more than fair terms of compensation for it’s duplicitous corroboration in the overthrow, and it’s undeniable occupation of Royal Hawaiian Lands.
International law is very clear on it’s support for the right to self-determination of its indigenous peoples. It is also clear about Nations who occupy neutral Nations during war; the catch is you need the Monarchy to claim the ceded lands. Our Monarchy does NOT need the approval of the United States to exist. We are much more than a lahui, we are Ke Aupuni, and anything else is an injustice to our Keiki, Mo’opuna, and our Kupuna.
- Why should Native Hawaiians vote for you?
There are those amongst us who believe Hawaiian’s are incapable of lokahi, incapable of achieving self-determination, and are banking that we will prove them right by failing miserably to come to consensus on restoring the Monarchy, or be persuaded into thinking a nation within a nation agenda is the best we could hope for.
I believe the Kanaka Maoli can and will achieve lokahi. I hold as my intent the very highest outcome for not only the Keiki O Ka ‘Aina but for all people who call Hawai’i home. I believe that outcome can only be achieved with the restoration of the Hawaiian Monarchy and the Hawaiian Constitution of 1864.
It will be a watershed moment for Native Hawaiians, should we decide to claim our unalienable right to the Hawaiian Kingdom. Do not forget your Queen, she would not have settled for anything less. Onipa’a!
(I was asked to redact my criticism challenging the ethics of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs which were deemed derogatory by the Kalihi Palama Civic Club, to whom I respectfully defer, but disagree with their definition of “derogatory”)*
Sincerely with aloha,
James “Kimo” Stowell
*The Kalihi Palama Hawaiian Civic Club merely asked candidate Stowell to live within the terms he agreed to when he submitted his responses, the same terms agreed to by every other candidate represented here on this website. Those conditions for participation may be reviewed in their entirety at: http://www.nativehawaiian.org/candidate-survey/