Candidate: Leona Mapuana Kalima
‘Aha District: Oʻahu
Address: 41-218 Lupe Street, Waimanalo, Hawaii 96795
Phone: (808) 800-6052
- What are your qualifications to be a delegate to the ‘aha?
(I am combining questions #1 and #10. In short, I’m honest, and willing to call FOUL when needed. Please see question #10.)
- 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.?
Let’s not kid anyone…There will be challenges facing the delegation in the most important decisions in developing and organizing the governing documents. Passions, emotions, even-ness of mind and temperament, and negotiating skills will be on “hi-alert.” It’s evident from all factions on 2 positions; federal and independent, heightened discussions will be vital amongst the delegates.
I am an idealist…I WANT THE BEST AND I WANT IT ALL FOR MY LAHUI.
Yes, those values mentioned above should be part of the “envisioned environment” at the aha, but let’s be honest, there will be disagreements, arguments, and verbal battles. There will be moments where statesmen decorum, honest views, and level headed-ness will need to reign amongst the delegation. Forty native and Native Hawaiians will need to come to an agreement on an outcome. Therefore, from the beginning…we need to agree to disagree with aloha for each other. Truthfully, we can really hold a grudge. Therefore, respect needs to be foremost and we must be willing to still remain decent to each other after all is said and done.
What concerns me is the “predisposition” that already says the decision is predetermined. This I find problematic. For me, it’s all about THE BEST FOR OUR LAHUI, past, present and future. We are creating an entity that will be left for the lahui to implement.
And I am willing to take any step needed to make sure the process and documents are PONO.
- What three components of the constitution are you particularly interested in advocating and why?
In the doctrine entirety three components are equally important: Preamble, Articles, Bill of Rights…amendments are possible in the future. Preambles are descriptive of who we were, who we are, what we are, and what we are striving to achieve. Articles describe in details the above, and how we envision our country, including governance structure, land, air, water, social economics, population status, inherent sovereignty rights, culture, government relations with others, and more. Descriptive in the Bill of Rights— in brief, the equality, fairness for all, but not limited too.
I believe it’s important we bring the past into the present by incorporating everything needed to keep all our lands, and inherent sovereign rights from the past, into the present and for the future.
I am not willing to overlook or omit any steps, inclusive policy, and investigative research data that will keep all our lands, all our culture relevance, EVERYTHING for our Hawaiian determination and in our hands.
- What governance model will you advocate for?
• In its entirety, the governing documents that will determine the model must be THE BEST AND MOST ADVANTAGEOUS FOR OUR LAHUI.
• Keep in mind; these delegates hold the Hawaiians destiny in their hands. That means my children, grandchildren, and my 7 coming generations and that of my siblings, friends, and extended family.
• KNOW THIS, I wouldn’t settle for less than the BEST.
• Being a delegate to the previous Native Hawaiian Convention, we produced 2 models. This is the fairest position we can take.
• The ultimate decision will to be determined by the lahui.
- Are you willing to discuss other governance models?
• YES. Looking forward to the discussion. The model that will best serve our lahui with all inclusions of the past, present and the future is a good place to start.
• I believe more emphasis, more implementation and importance, should be available and given to the Apology Bill, including a review and update of the Mauka to Makai report, created from the Native Hawaiian community meetings after the Apology Bill in 1993. This has been neglected far too long.
- 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?
• The governance model that will protect all Hawaiian assets, now and into the future.
• I’d like more entitlements, grants, programs, and funding for Native Hawaiians that doesn’t “piggy back” on or take away from Native American’s benefits.
• I am willing to develop, testify, negotiate, and fight for its implementation. I believe we are owed a lot and it’s time to collect.
• I WANT IT ALL and am willing to disburse any and all dividends or stipends to the lahui.
- In your governance model, would you be inclusive of people other than Native Hawaiians as citizens?
• We have family members who are non-Hawaiian, how can you separate this from within your own `ohana-our pu`uwai. My Dad’s is pure Chinese. I was raised by his parents. Why should they be excluded?
• In the Ku‘e Petition, other ethnicities were in allegiance to the Kingdom.
• As an example of inclusiveness-we have many people who are “Hawaiian at Heart.” An excellent example is Puakea Nogelmeier and Kioni Dudley. They are more respectable than some of our own Hawaiian people.
• I would not include a Hawaiian person like Kelii Akina. I spoke with Akina during the OHA candidate forum about his involvement with Grass Roots Institute. As far as I am concerned, he lied about his form of inclusiveness of others.
• I wouldn’t include “enemies of the state” – Thurston Twigg-Smith, William Burgess and his wife Pua – who is Hawaiian –Kenneth Conklin, and the like.
I believe the question here that has not been asked is benefits…who would be eligible to receive BENEFITS.
- How do you see participation by others in helping the ‘aha on the various aspects of the draft constitution?
The more minds the better product:
1. A Kupuna, Makua, and Opio council.
2. Open ‘aha, so the process is transparent; but I wouldn’t stand for disruptions and bullying.
3. Expert research, data, and input.
4. Knowledgeable wordsmiths.
- 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.
• First, I would seek to meet with the authorized powers (Local, National, and International) to discuss our doctrine, and travel to all venues necessary to get our message heard, understood, and implemented.
• Talking with, writing to, and continued persistence will be needed and I can be very persuasive.
• In conjunction, I would engage the best and most knowledgeable experts on the subject, including our Native Hawaiian Scholars, with evidence of our past, present state, and future developing plans.
• Diplomacy is paramount. Even Russia and the Pope meet with the U.S.
- Why should Native Hawaiians vote for you?
• From my youth, I saw what was happening in and to the Hawaiian community. I saw how they were treated and discriminated against. I went to an all-girl Catholic-with nun’s school from Kindergarten through 12th grade. During the course of those years, a nun would call us lazy Kanaka’s and fat bags of poi. Most vocational classes had Hawaiians, while others were being encouraged to attend college. My parents paid dearly for my education. That had an impact on my young life.
• I question myself … If it weren’t for Dr. Verlie-Ann Malina-Wright, she took us Hawaiians under her wings, encouraging us to excel, prove the negative Hawaiian stigma wrong. She made a difference in my life and continues to walk her talk today. See how important the “teacher” role can be on impressionable students’.
• I purposely married men with much more Hawaiian Blood Quantum than myself, to insure my children’s HAWAIIAN-BQ. I love being HAWAIIAN.
• I am the lead claimant for a class action lawsuit seeking reparations for wrongs against native Hawaiians (2,700+) by the State Department of Hawaiian Home Lands. I have given personal time and money to the cause. I have faced many obstacles from DHHL, yet, I am determined to WIN BIG.
• Or die trying. The State of Hawaii wants this … they want the claimants to die, they don’t want to pay. The proof is in the State’s last hearing, when it requested to dissolve the claims of the 300+ claimants who have died.
• During the course of my life, I studied, asked questions, found answers, solved problems, got involved (to a fault) in our Hawaiian plight and how “it could be.” My quest to further the “best” including socio-economic, political, cultural-traditional rights and practices, all and more … is a lifelong commitment.
• My attributes are spirituality, righteousness, stubbornness, persistence, and determination. I have a wealth of knowledge in many disciplines.
• I don’t give up easily. I am honest, intuitive, absolutely brilliant, fair, engaging, willing to serve, thoughtful, insightful, kind, and courageous.
• I can be downright PUSHY.
• In closing, whether or not I am elected, I encourage the Native Hawaiian Lahui-all 500K+, as I will, to pray and fast for God’s guiding and benevolent Hand, His wisdom, understanding, and knowledge, His patience and loving-kindness, with His fortitude and prudence, bestow upon us, help and guide us in the path we must travel to seek justice for our people and our beloved Lahui.
Pray for the delegates for the MOST PONO decisions and creation, In the Mighty Name above all names, Jesus Christ, I humbly ask.
God Bless you all…Aloha e, Amene.