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Hawaii Republican Party Endorses Akina for OHA
By News Release @ 10:08 PM :: 2336 Views :: OHA, Republican Party


News Release from Hawaii Republican Party

HONOLULU (October 11, 2016) - Chair Fritz Rohlfing released the following statement:

The Hawaii Republican Party endorses Keli`i Akina in the upcoming election for Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) At-Large Trustee.

All State of Hawaii registered voters, regardless of ethnicity, have the right and duty to vote for OHA trustees. This is not only in keeping with the Constitution of the United States, it is based upon the history of the Hawaiian Kingdom in which citizenship was open to all people regardless of ethnicity.

Keliʻi Akina, Ph.D., is a leader dedicated to transforming Hawaii's economy, government and society. His watchword is: "E Hana Kākou" - Let's work together!

Over the past several years as a public policy advocate at the legislative, congressional and international levels, Dr. Akina has become a leading defender of the Aloha Spirit. In these forums he has effectively made the case for free markets producing optimal prosperity and encouraging positive social cooperation.

As a native Hawaiian and skilled chanter, Dr. Akina has dedicated his life to the education and financial advancement of all native Hawaiians and everyone who makes Hawaii their home.

Dr. Akina believes that it's time to reform OHA to become a driving force in preserving the Aloha Spirit and advancing native Hawaiians and all people through housing, education, healthcare, and economic prosperity.

Dr. Akina is a graduate of the Kamehameha Schools, Northwestern University (B.A.) and the University of Hawaii (M.A. and Ph.D.) and is a member of the Pacific Century Fellows (a Hawaii version of the White House Fellows program).

Currently, he is President/CEO of Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, a public policy research institution dedicated to the principles of individual liberty, free markets, and limited, accountable government.

Dr. Akina was a candidate for Trustee at Large of the OHA in the 2014 General Election run-off in which he garnered 93,000 votes.

OHA has become an influential player in Hawaii's economy with growing land-holdings and revenue streams. OHA's actions affect the pocket-books and liberties of all residents of the State of Hawaii. OHA is everyone’s business.

OHA is a state government agency responsible for stewardship of resources belonging to the people of Hawaii. OHA is accountable to and has a mandate to represent the will of all the people of Hawaii.

The Hawaii Republican Party strongly encourages all of its members and all Hawaii citizens to vote for Dr. Akina for OHA Trustee At Large to help create a better future for everyone in Hawaii.

Learn more about Keli`i Akina at

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