Aloha – My name is Dan Ahuna and I am running for the Kauai island seat for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA). This race is very confusing to many voters and I want to all of you to know that I am competing in a statewide race making it one of the most challenging political races to win. Voters across the State of Hawaii, Hawaiians and Non-Hawaiians, can vote for me. I am not competing against OHA at-large candidates Hauani Apoliona, Cal Lee, Walter Ritte, or Kealii Makekau.
I would first like to thank all the mixed martial arts coaches and parents who dedicate their time to teaching and mentoring our next generation. Martial arts has always been a part of our culture in Hawaii and we have some of the best talent in the world. If elected I will continue to support martial arts and the message of discipline, hard work and dedication which is the foundation of success not only in the work place but in life.
I am a Native Hawaiian, an educator and a coach. My passions and thus my expertise are in education and health. What I am most proud of is the passion I have for investing in people, families, and children in our communities; this passion is an extension of my wife and my boys.
My wife, Kanoe was a professional bodyboarder sponsored by Da Hui and Morey Body Boards. She has travelled the world making a career out of bodyboarding. I love her being a strong wife for me and my boys. Our passion for extreme sports and real world experiences rubbed off on our son as well. Kilikai who is twelve years old has been riding and competing in motocross since he was five. Kilikai has competed nationally from California to Florida in both outdoor motocross and Arenacross. Kilikai made it to the Championship Arenacross Races and placed fifth overall in the 65cc division.
As a former University of Hawaii wide receiver and now an avid long-distance runner, I know that when kids are involved in healthy activities and provided engaging educational opportunities, they feel good about themselves and when you feel good about yourself; you are more likely to succeed in life. I believe this will help them to make clear decisions that lead to success and live a healthy lifestyle. Education and health has always been an integral part of our family and lifestyle. As a teacher it is important for Hawaii's keiki to have their interests and passions acknowledged and to give them the opportunities to pursue them and educate them at the same time. In today’s 21st Century and high technology students no longer have to give up on a dream to pursue an education.
I believe we need engaging, project-based and culture-based education and health programs that will motivate students to want to learn everything they can about their history, traditions, and culture, while also learning to make right choices and pursuing knowledge and interests that will make them successful in the modern world. All of us should want Hawaii to thrive economically and culturally so we can share the riches of these Islands. Hawaiians are the host culture and there are many Native Hawaiian leaders who can share their vision and knowledge. If elected I will look to redouble OHA's efforts in health and education and the real possibility that the Host Culture will play a more central role in Island life.
I will work hard each day for the people, our communities and our keiki, to give us all - Better Education, Better Health, and Better Values to make our Children and Families Stronger and Live A Better Life. I humbly ask for your vote on November 6th at the General Election.