October 10, 2012 at 6:47 PM HST - Updated June 28 at 4:26 AM
What do you feel is the biggest issue facing the Hawaiian community today? And what would you do to solve it?
Our Native Hawaiian community is passionate about a lot of things -- we feel strongly -- and that may cause splintered opinions to various issues that looks like we can't or won't come together for anything.
I have learned from listening to communities--whether Native Hawaiian or our larger island community--the importance of keeping those communication lines open. I've learned from kupuna and mentors that our people are worth our best effort and I've been curious enough to find some solutions. What we share in dialog, we manage to gain mutual understanding and find our relationship and respect grows. Not easy or fast but when you're building something that will last, it ensures a proper foundation. Our faith in God and our willingness to work towards solution will be our best guide.