Maui Election

CANDIDATE SPOTLIGHT: Kealiʻi Makekau – Candidate OHA

July 30, 2014, 12:01 AM HST
* Updated July 28, 7:22 AM
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Kealiʻi Makekau.

Kealiʻi Makekau.

By Maui Now Staff

Kealiʻi Makekau is a candidate for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, No Residency Required seat.  Makeakau is among a list of 16 individuals identified as candidates in the race on the 2014 ballot.

The complete list of candidates (in alphabetical order) includes:  Lei “Leinaʻala” Ahu Isa; Rowena MN Akana; Keliʻi Akina; Lahilahi Desoto-McCollough; Jeremy Kama Hopkins; Leona Mapuana Kalima; T. Keikialoha Kekipi; Kealiʻi Makekau; Harvey McInerny; Landen DKK Paikai; Alona N Quartero; Lorraine Pualani Shin-Penn; Mililani B Trask; John D Waihee; Hina “Kumu Hina” Wong-Kalu; and Wes Kaiwi Nui Yoon.

Full Name: Kealiʻi Makekau
Date & Location of Birth: August 20, 1970 Honolulu, HI
Current Residence: 2563 Date Street, Honolulu, HI
Occupation: “ARM” Accredited Resident Manager
Elected offices held: blank
Education: Saint Louis High School, Kapiolani Community College 2 years
Community Involvement:  ELKS club #616 major projects annually
Family Status: Single with no kids or dependents

Office of Hawaiian Affairs Candidate Questionnaire:

1. Are you for or against federal recognition of Native Hawaiians by the US Government? Explain

Answer: I am against federal recognition! The purpose of such a race base relationship would despite the long recognized principles of international law leaves the de facto Government and usurpers with a claim of legal authority and dominion. Purporting to effectively implement the special political and trust relationship that currently exists between the Federal government and the Native Hawaiian community. Over many decades, Congress has enacted more than 150 statutes that specifically recognize and implement this trust relationship with the Native Hawaiian community, including the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act, the Native Hawaiian Education Act, and the Native Hawaiian Health Care Act.

The Native Hawaiian community, however, has not had a formal governing entity since the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi in 1893. Due to admitted acts of insurgency, rebellion and the overthrow of the Constitutional Monarchy of the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi, the de jure Nation is under a continued impairment and is properly considered as an irregular state. I propose that to pursue and give effect to our lawful, sovereign and independent political station and recognition, we must proceed to free and open elections whereby the descendant citizens of the inherent sovereignty of Hawaiʻi will select their representatives to serve in the Legislature of their own making and choosing, who will in turn, write a new Constitution for the government of the Nation of Hawaiʻi, so it may be submitted to the same descendant people for their proper and necessary consent and ratification.

The Lawful Hawaiian government looks forward to a 2015 elections and encourages all Hawaiians and non-Hawaiians who wish to naturalize, register and to vote in a national election. The naming and appointment of a elections commissioner with respected international standing to oversee funding and operations regarding the conduct of a free and open national elections of the Lawful Hawaiian Government – THE KINGDOM OF HAWAIʻI is the key. OHA will provide the funding and resources needed to make such an election possible.


2. What do you feel is the best way to facilitate the nation building process? Explain


Answer: Sponsoring an Election and Having a CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION. It shall be the first and immediate duty of the newly elected Legislative body to hold a Constitutional Convention to bring the Constitution for the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi up to date, and to provide for all necessary elements of a civilized society under the Law of Nations. Pursuant to the Constitution for the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi, Article 47, full power and authority was delegated to the de jure Legislative body to accomplish such amendments and to provide for the Liberties, Rights, Security, and Happiness of the People of the Kingdom, whose original natural Right they seek to exercise through the Public Offices. Education and communication will be necessary during the interim period of reinstatement. Council and all other interested parties and groups, will be required to keep all good faith communications open, be willing to discuss differences, and give authorities for their positions.

Such education is necessary under the Law of Nations and will assist in reducing the time necessary for the Legislative body to properly reinstate the National character and capacity. It is most desirable that all channels of communication be kept open. Our education many times comes from the most unexpected people and places, and our awareness is many times closed to the important observations of others.

It is most imperative that all recognize that “reason is the soul of the Law”, and that it is the level of reason that predicates the form and extent of the civil government.  Many people of broad areas of education and pursuits have taken up cause in this matter, and their efforts, knowledge, common sense, and consideration are of highest importance in this project. They have already expended extensive personal and private time and funds to accomplish their most desired objective of National unity and sovereignty. It is my wish that we precede with communication and reason, but everyone’s assistance is necessary. I would request the assistance of other groups and citizens to accomplish the reinstatement process and procedures, and for their input and wisdom. Society. To insure that certain beneficent ends are secured to all, I would call upon all those who have so steadfastly sought to claim and exercise their original, natural, Perfect Rights and Obligations.


The Aliʻi descendents, who were heretofore, delegated certain authority by the Constitution for the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi, are called upon to appear and give of their time and wisdom in the matters before us all. It is your Right and your Obligation to assist and take part in this important and extraordinary effort. OHA should provide assistance for this and things like symposiums on the international law level to explore and execute projects like this.

***Candidate spotlight segments were compiled as a public service to further educate and inform Maui voters about the upcoming primary election on August 9, 2014, and the general election on November 4, 2014. The questionnaires  were distributed via mail following the primary election candidate filing deadline for select races affecting Maui County.  The responses do not reflect the opinion or position of Maui Now or Pacific Media Group.

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