I am Kauilani Kapaku Almeida, and I am running for the Office Hawaiian Affairs Hawaii Island Trustee seat.
I am who I am because of my ‘ohana. My father is William Kapaku Sr., and my mother is Lehua Makekau Kapaku.
Both of my mother’s parents are from the island of Hawaii: Mabel Kaupiko of Miloli'i, and my famous grandfather, Luther Makekau of Kapulena.
My mother was a curator at Nana I Ka Pono Elem school in Nanakuli. She retired from the DOE after 53 years. She taught me the importance of serving my community. She would always say, “No shame your father’s name. Make us proud.” She was a pillar of our community in Nanakuli.
My father is William Kapaku Sr. His iwi kupuna rest in Honokohau Valley, where he was born. He also is a Korean War Veteran. We were raised with a strong focus on discipline, attention to details, pride, and integrity. He insisted on impressing upon us the idea of “it’s not what you say, its what you do”, and “always be ready.” He pushed us to be the best we can be, and be prepared for anything and everything at all times.
I graduated from KS in 1974, and then I attended two years at UH Hilo.
I have been in the struggle for Hawaiian rights from Kaho’olawe, to the waters of Waihole, the iwi kupuna o Honokahua, and healthy community development in Kalapana and Pana'ewa, the proud communities where I raised my children. Because of the discipline and dedication that my ‘ohana instilled in me, I was able to see these efforts for lahui come to completion.
My father’s gift of strategic planning and boots on the ground determination, and my mother’s gift of aloha and service to the community, have shaped my life’s work. They are still alive, and I remain accountable to their teachings.
I am ready and able to step into this position as the OHA Trustee. I need your vote so I can continue to help my people. Please vote for me, Kauilani Almeida, in this year’s primary election.
Mahalo, mahalo, mahalo!