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?
No. Hawaiians, Kingdom of Hawai‘i was “recognized” by at least 21 nations and had treaties with them. The 1840 Constitution states “God hath made nations of men of one blood, and color to live together in blessedness; or words to this effect. I intend to use the current Akaka bill to ensure that all 50-percent quantum Känaka Maoli receive fee ownership of currently held Hawai‘i Monarch leases and every eligible applicant shall receive a parcel in fee.
2. What are some examples of actions that you have personally taken to better the conditions of Native Hawaiians?
I have represented, pro bono, a number of Native Hawaiians in land claim cases against McCandlass Ranch and various other cases. I have held meetings with Keanu Sai, and other leaders at my home in Honoka‘a regarding sovereignty, etc.
3. How would you address the challenges of the Native Hawaiian Health Care Act and the Native Hawaiian Education Act?
I will study these Acts to determine the viability and usefulness of the Acts. I generally favor retaining these benefits for Native Hawaiians.
The opinions expressed here are those of the candidate and do not represent the views of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.