Candidate: Wilder Dean Kawailani Paikai
‘Aha District: O‘ahu
Address: 94-1445 Kahuli. St. Waipahu, HI 96797
Phone: (808) 203-9946
- What are your qualifications to be a delegate to the ‘aha?
What qualifies me to be a delegate is my various roles as a servant to my community. I have 30 years of work experience in the visitor industry, 28 years as a kumu in the Department of Education, and I’m a life-long cultural practitioner (Hula Olapa o Ka Pa Hula Hawaii, Kahu o Kapualani, and Ali’i in the Royal Order of Kamehameha), all of which has given me insight into what I believe is needed to be a Na’i Aupuni delegate.
- 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.?
Aloha is the basis of my campaign. In the words of our Queen Lili’uokalani and her description of the aloha spirit, ” To learn what is not said, to see what cannot be seen, and to know the unknowable.”
- What three components of the constitution are you particularly interested in advocating and why?
I would like to defer to our Queen’s position of diplomacy and let the will of the people decide what components are needed to build a new constitution. But within this upcoming aha, I will be advocating for better education, preserving Hawaiian cultural rights, and land reform.
- What governance model will you advocate for?
A democratically elected government of the people.
- Are you willing to discuss other governance models?
- 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?
It will be our responsibility as delegates in this aha to distinguish and clarify how these programs and the newly formed governance model intertwine. The individual impact of each of these programs will be assessed while the new model is becoming formalized.
- In your governance model, would you be inclusive of people other than Native Hawaiians as citizens?
Yes, other races should be included in the new governance model as citizens, but Native Hawaiians should be able to determine their own destiny first.
- How do you see participation by others in helping the ‘aha on the various aspects of the draft constitution?
Allowing other informed parties to educate the delegates on other world governance models can help us to have a foundation of knowledge before we begin drafting the new constitution. Other technical advisers should be there in support to help facilitate throughout the 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.
Through education and communication using all the tools possible.
- Why should Native Hawaiians vote for you?
A vote for me is a vote for we. I’m a humble Hawaiian that has spent most of my life in the service industry. I’ve worked hard to understand what it takes to be a good server. You need to acknowledge your guests. You need to listen carefully to their needs. You need to exceed their expectations. Using these skills, I’m ready to serve my people.
I would like to thank the Kalihi Palama Hawaiian Civic Club for giving all the other courageous candidates a forum, so that we all can share our message equally and with aloha.