I come from the Kahuna‘āina ‘ohana, expert kapa and canoe makers from Kona, and the Kikina ‘ohana from Hana, Maui. My tutus Lapauila & Kealohapa signed the Kū'ē petition in 1897.
American Univ., D.C. —Master’s coursework in native law and policy; University of Hawai'i at Mānoa—Bachelor in Psychology, Political Science Minor; Kamehameha Schools Maui Campus—Music endorsement.
I have always read and listened to my kupuna to learn about my history. Not just to translate past lessons to our modern world, but also to recognize the sacrifices that were made for us so that we can better understand the sacrifices we must make today.
Throughout my life, I have learn as much as I can from my kupuna, and all who came before me, I always remember one thing: we did not inherit this ‘āina from our forbearers, rather, we borrow it from our grandchildren. This is why it is vital that Hawaiians seize power where we can.
From legalizing fishpond restoration and traditional burials, to mandating native landscaping and Hawaiian rights training for states board members, to protecting Kaho‘olawe and our homesteads, I have been working hard to better the lives of our people in my role as a leader in our State. But too many times, I stand alone in votes to protect our ‘iwi kupuna, rights of cultural practice, and demilitarization.
Whether it’s in the form of independence, federal recognition, or something entirely novel, the time for self-determination is now. I seek to be a voice of reason, na‘au pono, fairness, and love for our people, and I humbly ask for your vote.