- What are your qualifications to be a delegate to the ‘aha?
“I ka wa ma mua, I ka wa ma hope” In the past is our future. “Don’t make the same mistake twice” says my grandfather. I’m qualified because I’m an expert in researching and reading Hawaiian language sources and bringing our past of Hawaiian language history sources that was spanked out of all of our grandparents into our present. Before we forge a future we need to know intimately our past through our language not translated English versions. For example, I sucessfully lobbied the County Council of Hawaii to recognize two National Holiday’s of the Kingdom of Hawaii, which is the first time in our history. La Kuokoa and La Hoihoi Ea. These are celebrations of our international legal identity because on this day is when “Ua mau ke ea o ka aina i ka pono” was proclaimed by Kamehameha III. Next year 2016 is the 200th anniversary of the Hawaiian Kingdom Flag that Kamehameha I created in 1816. These morsels of identity and history is our foundation and needs to be a part of our future. I graduated with a Bachelors in Hawaiian Governance, a Masters in Hawaiian Language Revitalization and am currently a PhD student in International Relations and Hawaiian Kingdom Constitutional Law. Worked in education for over 20 years on all the islands.
- 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.?
E aloha kekahi i kekahi. E alu like a lokahi kakou. E kupono ka lahui Hawaii. E nana ka maka, E paa ka waha, Hoolohe ka pepeiao a hana ka lima. E ku i ka pono. E ku kiai Maunakea. E iho ana o luna a pii ana o lalo a ku ana ka paia. Imua e na pokii a e inu i ka wai awaawa. He palapala aupuni ko’u. He kahua ma mua a e kukulu ma hope. E Hawaii Ponoi kakou. O keia mau olelo main a kupuna mai. Hawaiian language experts need to be a part of this process.
- What three components of the constitution are you particularly interested in advocating and why?
We need to first agree on our collective legal history and legal identity to form a strong legal foundation, without a firm foundation no matter what we build will fall. Kamehameha I united the archipelago that began 200 years of peace amongst the Hawaiian people. 1816 Kamehameha I created the Hawaiian Flag and initiated international trade of sandal wood with China. The first constitutional monarchy was created in 1840 lead by Kamehameha III Kauikeaouli, that is our beginning geneaology to build upon our constitutional foundation. 99% of our ancestors signed the palapala kue recognizing this history and our collective past. These are the three components critical to building a strong foundation, history of the Hae Hawaii, Kumu Kanawai 1840 and 1897 Palapala Kue.
- What governance model will you advocate for?
The truth and reconciliation according to the 1993 Apology Bill, 1897 Palapala Kue, 1840 Constitution.
- Are you willing to discuss other governance models?
Ina he olelo oiaio o na kupuna, he maikai no! If it is the truth building a foundation from our ancestral accomplishments, recognition and past, than we won’t need to worry what model, because starting from their foundation cannot go wrong.
- 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?
All aspects of Hawaiian life, trusts and everything mentioned above will experience a sharp incline of improvement and protections for the rest of eternity.
- In your governance model, would you be inclusive of people other than Native Hawaiians as citizens?
That is up to our lahui who chooses to ratify whatever we choose to create.
- How do you see participation by others in helping the ‘aha on the various aspects of the draft constitution?
Inviting expertise to inform and collectively decide our legal and political historical foundation first before drafting anything is critical. No rush. As an aha we need to request again from the secretary of the state department for the answer of OHA CEO Kamanaopono’s question and 38 year law professor Williamson Chang’s inquiry to Attorney General Holder what are the answer’s to their inquiries we gave them over a year. I haven’t seen or heard any response. I get funny feeling if we forced to move forward without all the answers we are being set up to fail. My grandfather always said “You rememba no rush or you make mistake”. We definitely cannot make mistakes or make decisions without all the information. We need the answers and the information before we move forward or the aha going make decisions based on wrong or not enough information and that is wrong.
- 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.
That’s not as important than figuring out and collectively agreeing about our legal and political history and identity, we get that right, than our movements forward will be right. We’ve all been brainwashed to speak another language so parts of your identity is missing I hope to fill in that part of the identity which is so critical for something like this.
- Why should Native Hawaiians vote for you?
I won’t settle for anything less than the best route for all kanaka.