Friday | July 01, 2016
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Makekau seeks restored values, new perspectives

How long have you lived in Hawaii: Born and raised, residing my whole life just outside the Waikiki/Kapahulu area. My family line originates from Hawaii Island.

A self-described “agent of change” and “the 10th Trustee,” Kealii Makekau is a regular attendee of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs meetings, saying, “I already know the genetic makeup of the board, what’s going on and won’t be walking in blind.”

The 43-year-old Honolulu resident is running for the OHA at-large seat as an independent, which he defines as “one who defends and promotes liberty as a heritage and a destiny.” Makekau said there’s no hidden agenda or special interest groups telling him what to say and do. Unlike others running for his seat, Makekau is quick to also recommend other OHA candidates, such as Dan Ahuna for Kauai and J. Keeaumoku Kapu for Maui, because “we need to move things forward, which means electing people who will.”

“Truth in and truth out — that’s my pledge. For me, truth is not determined by majority vote,” he said. “My hope is to bring new perspectives and renewed values to OHA through my experience. We need new blood and leadership in OHA to address the complex conditions surrounding and affecting Native Hawaiians in this complex modern world. How I would define those conditions is housing, medical, economic, development, environmental and political.”

His top priority, if elected, would be ensuring the long-term sustainability of