A Few Things About Me

I hope this will give you an idea of who I am and what are some of my qualifications to be Aliʻi Nui.

(1)  EDUCATION
(2)  WORK EXPERIENCE 

(3)  COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
(4)  ORDER EXPERIENCE

(5)  THINGS THAT MATTER MOST TO ME

(6)  MOʻOKŪʻAUHAU

(7)  ʻOHANA

(8)  HOBBIES and INTEREST

#1  EDUCATION

  • JURIS DOCTOR DEGREE (J.D.) - Law, Gonzaga University School of Law, Washington

  • BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE (B.A.) - Business and Economics, University of Hawai‘i

  • ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE DEGREE (A.S.) - Electricity, Hawai‘i Community Collage

#2  WORK EXPERIENCE (Last 10 years)

Summary Of Work Experience::​

  • 35 years corporate administration and management

  • 10 years professional business consultation 

  • 5 years natural resource management with oversight of million dollar budget

  • Experience in strategic and tactical planning, team building, networking, and project management

#3  COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT (Last 10 years)

  • Member - U.S. Army Garrison, Pōhakuloa, Hawai‘i, Training Area (PTA) Cultural Advisory Committee (5 years).

  • Member - Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Cultural Council (5 years).

  • Appointed by Governor Linda Lingle to the Ke Kahu O Na Kumu Wai, the Marine and Coastal Zone Advocacy Council - MACZAC (2 years).

  • Chair of the Moku Management Group within MACZAC (2 years).

  • Event Coordinator of the annual Kamehameha Festival (7 years).

  • Member, Board of Directors, Puna Canoe Club (4 years).

  • Co-founding member, Aloha ʻĀina Party, a pro-Hawaiian, pro-Kingdom, political organization
    (4 years).  Website at: AlohaAinaParty.com.

  • Director - ‘Ahahui Ha‘akoa, acting to preserve and perpetuate the Hawaiian Ha‘akoa (11 years). 
    Website at: Haakoa.com.

#4  ORDER EXPERIENCE

MEMBERSHIP:

Active member of the Royal Order of Kamehameha I since 1994 (25 years).

OFFICES HELD:

  • Lani Ali‘i (Current) 

  • Ali‘i ‘Ai Moku

  • Mamo Ali‘i

  • Kākā‘ōlelo

  • Lā‘au Ali‘i

  • Kaukau Ali‘i

ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN THE ORDER (Last 10 years):

  • Created the Māmalahoa and Kamehameha Festival websites in 2008 (mamalahoa.org) & (kamehamehafestival.com).

  • Created the annual Kamehameha Festival in 2008. 

  • Grant writing and management (private, county, and state) for Māmalahoa since 2008, with grant awards totaling in excess of two hundred and fifty thousand dollars ($250,000.00)

  • On being appointed Ali‘i ‘Aimoku of Māmalahoa (2009), grew Heiau from five active Brothers to 40 within one year.  Also reestablished Nā Wāhine Hui o Kamehameha, that was inactive for many years, from 0 to 6 active Sisters within one year.

  • Instituted the Māmalahoa Award (2010) that recognizes one kāne and wahine annually for their exemplary work in the Hawaiian Community.  

  • As Ali‘i ‘Ai Moku authored various resolutions that were ultimately approved by the Papa Ali‘i.  These include: Registration of Name and Seals of the Order as trade name and trademarks (2011); Restoring the Kahuna Pule to the #2 position (along with Ali‘i ‘Okana) within each respective Heiau (2011); Change the Heiau Seal date of all Heiau in the Order from 1902 (reorganization year) to 1865 (year of establishment); Gathering rights to harvest beached whales for cultural resources including ivory (2012); Provide the Ali‘i Nui with travel expense (2012); Establish a new Heiau in Puna (2012); and Creation of Committee on Strategic Planning (to develop a Strategic Plan for the Order) (2012).

  • ​​Chair of the Order's Strategic Planning Committee (2014).

  • Authored a resolution to create a Position Statement for the Order regarding Mauna Kea that was approved by the Papa Ali‘i (2018).

  • Secured an OHA grant to fund the 2019 Ha‘akoa Conference, acting as event coordinator.

  • Created website and directed video to promote and perpetuate the Hawaiian Ha‘akoa.
    Haakoa.com and Eia Hawaii.

My ʻohana, l-r:  Kanoe, Alohi, Kahili, Gloria, Kauai, Me, and Kiana.  Absent from photo is my 2nd oldest daughter Kailani, who returned to ke Akua at the age of sixteen, nine months before my son's birth.