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not the nation the most prized, the most cher- role in the movement to restore and advance the Hawaiian affairs for over 20 years. Pu‘uhonua is the road to nation-building through federal
ished? Do we have it in us? I must believe rights of the indigenous peoples of the Americas is widely recognized throughout Hawai‘i as a recognition. All of us must wrestle with these
YES. The nation will certainly have more than and throughout the world. For the past decade, consistent voice for the inherent rights, the right issues, for they do impact upon addressing the
we have today. This will improve our social he has served on the Board of Directors of the to self-determination and self-governance of social and economical needs of our community.
and economic statistics and improve our liv- International Indian Treaty Council. As a mem- Native Hawaiians. Challenges to all our native rights will continue
ing standards at the very least. ber of this board, he has advanced understanding Married for 30 years, Pu‘uhonua is a father in the absence of any federal recognition. We
The separation between the haves and and solidarity among minority peoples who have and grandfather whose work fosters appropri- must remain vigilant on the legal challenges that
have-nots is increasing. The demographics been victims of governmental and corporate ate and alternative solutions to the political, threaten us. Federal recognition must remain in
have changed forever. We cannot afford to let negligence. economic, social and cultural issues faced by the forefront of our goals. I will move to con-
it continue without our involvement – if not His credibility is strong in Hawai‘i, where Native Hawaiians. tinue this work. We must gain support not only
for ourselves, it will affect our future genera- he has worked with numerous small and large in Hawai‘i but throughout the nation.
tions. Now is the time. events to keep the peace and facilitate a flow of My commitment and dedication to our
I am a realist when I say OHA must do understanding and constructive dialog between Hawaiian people, the community and others
more for the maka‘äinana. OHA funding must opposing parties. on these and other issues remain unwavering.
get down to our people. I hope to put a “moa” Mr. Kanahele was instrumental in organizing MELISSA GUERREIRO LYMAN Mahalo for your consideration.
in every pot. a Hawai‘i/U.S.-sponsored seminar at the Asian Candidate - Trustee, At-large
On a personal level to all: in your respec- Development Bank’s 34th annual meeting on
tive jobs, if you were the boss, would you corporate responsibility and socially respon- loha nö käkou.
change a few things to make it better? That’s sible investing. During the ADB meeting, Mr. I am Melissa WILLY (KEALAKAHI) MEYERS
what I am asking you to do for me, for us. Kanahele insisted upon and was granted full Guerreiro Lyman. I Candidate - Trustee, At-large
I am asking for one of your three votes to and respectful inclusion of nä küpuna in the would like to be your At-Large
make this happen. I believe I can make a dif- proceedings. He then entered into construc- Trustee on the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) y desire to become
ference. tive dialog with former Secretary of Treasury Board of Trustees. I believe in OHA’s mission OHA trustee is
My advocacy involvement has included: Paul O’Neil, ADB President Tadao Chino, and to better the conditions of all Hawaiians and the to be of service
• Assisting in the courts opening adoption Secretary Bindu Lohani regarding incorpora- need to protect the trust amidst all legal chal- to all native Hawaiians and
records; tion into all future ADB meetings the lessons lenges. The protection of the trust will allow for Hawaiians from all capacities. To empower,
• Individual claims class action lawsuit of social responsibility and cultural inclusion more advocacy and programs for all Hawaiians. educate and improve the quality of life is the
– Kalima v. State of Hawai‘i, positive opinion learned in Hawai‘i. Mr. Kanahele’s strategic I want to be part of the team that makes it hap- modality to ensure our people will achieve
from the Hawai‘i Supreme Court; manner of peacekeeping and cultural inclusion pen. their highest goals.
• Homelessness; helped pave the way for the ADB meeting in I am Hawaiian. I bring with me over 15 years As vice-chairman of the Native Hawaiian
• Hawaiian issues on sovereignty; Hawai‘i to be one of its most peaceful and pro- of accounting experience in the private and non- Historical Preservation Advisory Council, I
• And more. ductive in recent history. profit sectors. I am a graduate of McKinley High have obtained awareness of destruction of
Mr. Kanahele has consistently sought School, who is currently pursuing a Bachelor Hawaiian historical sites due to over-develop-
Mahalo in advance for your vote … God to increase his knowledge in ways that can of Science degree in Business Administration / ment. Working with a team of other profes-
bless you all. help him to empower Hawai‘i’s most finan- Accounting. My current employer is the Native sionals on the council has given me the insight
cially undeserved population. For example, Mr. Hawaiian non-profit organization Council for of a need to be proactive toward all Hawaiian
Kanahele has received intensive training at the Native Hawaiian Advancement. issues across all the Hawaiian Islands.
Federal Reserve of San Francisco on community In the last 20 years, I volunteered for a Furthermore, as a current “live-in” care-
development underwriting practices. This train- number of Hawaiian organizations and move- taker of the Kahuwai Ahupua‘a in Kapoho,
PU‘UHONUA DENNIS KEIKI “BUMPY” KANAHELE ing included segments on underwriting loans ments, including Hawaiian Civic Clubs. I am I understand the need for preservation of
Candidate - Trustee, At-large for housing, small business and community a member of the board of directors of ‘Ahahui Hawaiian cultural sites. I believe that it is
facilities. Siwila Hawai‘i O Kapolei (Kapolei Hawaiian through education and awareness that the
ince the 1980s, Mr. His trainers included experts from the Low Civic Club). people of Hawai‘i will understand what we
Kanahele has worked as Income Housing Fund, Self-Help Ventures I have worked with such organizations, private are currently facing and hopefully as a group
an advocate to strengthen Fund, Illinois Facilities Fund and the National entities, city, state and federal agencies in devel- find answers to ensuring a brighter future for
the traditional cultural authority Community Capital Association. oping solutions to address community issues all Hawai‘i people.
of nä küpuna (Hawaiian elders) in contemporary One of Mr. Kanahele’s unique accomplish- and legislation. These invaluable experiences, I am prepared to make changes in laws that
Hawaiian society. ments was the negotiation and signing of the successes and failures allow me to contribute to will diminish the current barriers to progress.
His capacity to communicate complex issues lease for the land at Pu‘uhonua o Waimänalo the direction of OHA’s work. Thus, this will promote forward movement
in the language and values of nä küpuna has in 2001. In September of 1993, Mr. Kanahele The social, educational and economical issues towards gaining an improved lifestyle for all.
helped to broaden the role of Hawaiian elders negotiated an agreement in principle with the impacting the Hawaiian community must be a Upon being elected as a trustee, my venue
in perpetuating native wisdom. Nä küpuna are state Department of Land & Natural Resources priority. We must support our native communi- would be to increase the communities’ trust
more widely recognized as a source of beneficial (DLNR) for a 55-year lease. A breakdown in ties and native organizations, for they are essen- and belief in OHA’s mission. I look forward
guidance and insight within modern Hawaiian communications with DLNR on the lease led tial to our sustainability. Building a nation begins to taking a proactive stance in culminating
society, and have reclaimed their natural author- to a 15-month land occupation by the Nation with building these communities and finding cohesiveness among all groups of interest and
ity within the Hawaiian sovereignty movement. of Hawai‘i at the Kaupö Beach Park area in common ground, resources and solutions. As a more specifically those isolated populations
Over the last 20 years, Mr. Kanahele has Waimänalo. The land occupation started in trustee, I will make it a priority to collaborate who need the “awareness and education” on
worked with a broad cross-section of Hawaiian March 1993 and ended peacefully in June of with existing organizations/agencies and the Hawaiian issues.
elders, and has been directly involved in the 1994, when DLNR re-opened negotiations community to create programs and seek funding In summary, my utmost goal is to ensure
organization and active facilitation of more than regarding the lease. On March 29, 2001, Aloha to address these issues. that all Hawai‘i people have an educated
100 gatherings to empower küpuna over the past First signed a 55-year lease with DLNR. In the last 25 years, OHA has moved ahead awareness that will promote forward move-
two decades. Mr. Kanahele has been very active in con- on a number of issues, and its strategic plan plots ment and camaraderie.
Mr. Kanahele has also maintained an active ventional business and progressive in Native a course for the future. One of those courses