Candidate: John K.S. Aeto
‘Aha District: O‘ahu
Address: 1110 University Ave., Suite 309, Honolulu, Hawaii 96826
Phone: (808) 216-2386
Resume: John K.S. Aeto Resume PDF
- What are your qualifications to be a delegate to the ‘aha?
I bring to the ‘aha over 30 years in business in Hawaii. In addition, I have given countless hours serving on the Boards of over a dozen Non-Profit organizations. I am truly committed to preserving Native Hawaiian rights, language, culture and natural resources.
- 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.?
A few years ago, I had the pleasure of working on a project with Kahu Bill Mai’oho of Mauna ‘Ala. I had always watched in awe of Uncle Bill from afar at Mauna ‘Ala functions, but never really knew him. It was such a treat spending hours and hours, days and days talking and learning about our Ali‘i. It was a one on one talk story over pupus and bentos each time. The things we read in the books about our Ali’i are great, but listening to Uncle Bill made them come to life. I related to them as human beings rather that text book subjects. The greatest lesson I learned from uncle Bill? Grace…..It was in grace that the Ali’i lived and governed…… It is with grace that we should try and live our lives. It is with grace that we should lead and help our people. Our Ali’i lived and lead with great grace and selflessness. I hope to be able to contribute to the Na’i Aupuni Aha process as a delegate, and ask you for your vote. I promise to honor our people and Ali’i, by participating with GRACE
- What three components of the constitution are you particularly interested in advocating and why?
Any governing document that arrives at the conclusion of the ‘aha should be focused on
1) Protecting political, traditional and customary Native Hawaiian rights
2) Preserving language, culture and natural resources
- What governance model will you advocate for?
I am open to discussing any and all governance models. Most importantly I seek a governance model that is uniquely Hawaiian and serves to protect and preserve Native Hawaiian rights, language, culture and natural resources. Our model, may be one never used before – it could be a gift to the world. A model for governing with Aloha.
- Are you willing to discuss other governance models?
Yes. Absolutely. I’m totally open and supportive of anything that works. Any plan or model that makes Hawaii better today and tomorrow.
- 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?
One of the most important outcomes of the ‘aha should be to protect our Alii trusts, the Hawaiian Homestead Act and any and all contracts, grants or promises made with Native Hawaiian businesses by the United States. These trusts and services are in place to remedy the many disparities our people have suffered and continue to suffer in our own homeland. We must protect them.
- In your governance model, would you be inclusive of people other than Native Hawaiians as citizens?
I visualize a place based government, and not a race based. If you choose to call Hawaii your home and live by the laws and values of our land – you are in, you are equal but the decisions made to protect and preserve Native Hawaiian rights, language, culture and natural resources must be left to Native Hawaiians. In the long term and as we move forward the governance of these island should be inclusive of all citizens. Hawaii can only be better, if everyone grows and gains together.
- How do you see participation by others in helping the ‘aha on the various aspects of the draft constitution?
The nation will not be built within the time frame of the upcoming ‘aha. We need need broad participation by the Native Hawaiian community as well as the non-Hawaiian community to move forward.
- 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.
In over 30 years in business and community service I have learned that an idea is only as good as the plan the budget to implement them. If I have a seat at the table as a delegate I will ensure that at the conclusion of the ‘aha we have an practical implementation plan. The time has come for action.
- Why should Native Hawaiians vote for you?
Native Hawaiians should vote for me because I will bring to the delegate table the experience needed to build bridges between disagreeing parties and find common ground so we may advance forward. I have done this numerous times over the past 30 years with many companies and non-profit organizations. My biggest asset is that I am a problem solver. 40 akamai delegates with good problem solving skills will create magic.