Matthew Kaaihue
Hawaiian ancestry:
Papa, Wakea, Hoʻohokukalani, Haloa, Haloanakalaukapalili, (See Kumulipo for complete moʻokuʻauhau).
Educational background:
Kealakehe Elementary; Kamehameha Schools (2007); UH Mānoa, B.S. ʻIke Hawaiʻi, ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi (2012); UH Mānoa Law, J.D., Native Hawaiian Law Certificate (2015); Shidler College of Business (2016).
Employment history:
Loko iʻa & Loʻi Kalo Limahana, UH Mānoa Bookstore, Honolulu Club, Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation Intern, Office of Hawaiian Affairs Intern/Legal Fellow.
Criminal record:
Personal statement:
Aloha, my name is Matthew Kaʻaihue but my friends call me “Kona” because I was raised in Kalaoa in the Kona moku of Hawaiʻi Island. In a perfect world, I imagine myself as a complete embodiment of my Hawaiian heritage, my passion, perpetuating cultural values and traditional practices on a daily basis. I see myself working hard, tending to the land in the early hours of morning, speaking ʻŌlelo to my keiki and dancing hula in the early evenings. I envision myself as a leader, a voice for the people, and a humble servant of our Hawaiian community, striving to find a balance where the values of ʻIke Hawaiʻi can peacefully coexist with conflicting ideologies of society today. To realize this dream, I tell my friends, “You all go and be the best at whatever you do, get to the top of wherever you’re at, and I’ll do the same. And when the time is right, letʻs hui pū, kūkākūkā, and make some positive change.” Every voice is important and differing perspectives shape a broader understanding. With our collective ʻike, our people are unstoppable. And with aloha for each other, I believe that as a community, we can work together and holomua to create a better Hawaiʻi.
The delegate candidate represent these 10 people are eligible voters who have nominated them
  • Rachel Kawailani Hoke
  • Jordan Kealaikalani Inafuku
  • Olu Campbell
  • Raynette Suganuma-Carlson
  • Keani Rawlins Fernandez
  • Rebecca Justine Iolani Soon
  • Anthony Melvin Makana Paris
  • Joyce Lani Emiko Kaaihue
  • Keone John Nakoa
  • Dennis Kalani Kaaihue

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