2012 Candidate for U.S. Senate
1. Do you believe that the United States government should formally acknowledge the special legal and political status of Native Hawaiians, as it has done for Native American and Alaska Native Groups? If so, what would you do to secure such ackowledgment for Native Hawaiians? If not, why not?
Yes, I believe the United States government should acknowledge the special legal and political status of Native Hawaiians, because in doing so it will begin the process of atonement. It will also bring more meaning to the Apology Resolution signed by President Clinton, for the 1893 overthrow of the kingdom of Hawai‘i.
2. What are some examples of actions that you have personally taken to better the conditions of Native Hawaiians?
Personally, I’ve encouraged students to embrace their heritage. I teach them about Hawaiian history and the events that shape the present. It’s important we don’t forget where we came from.
3. How would you address the challenges of the Native Hawaiian Health Care Act and the Native Hawaiian Education Act?
Going forward in regards to health care and education, once again we need parity. The other indigenous people of America have these benefits, the Native Hawaiians are being neglected of due reconciliation. But for this to happen a bill like the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act needs to be passed to open up dialogue between both parties. Then these issues can be formally addressed between the Native Hawaiian government and the United States government.
The opinions expressed here are those of the candidate and do not represent the views of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.