2490 Kalakaua Ave
Honolulu, HI 96815
Keliʻi Akina, Ph.D., is a leader who is transforming Hawaii's economy, government and society. He is known for the phrase he coined, "E Hana Kākou" - Let's work together! Over the past several years as a public policy adviser at the legislative, congressional and international levels, Dr. Akina has become a leading defender of the Aloha Spirit. His mission is to preserve the Aloha Spirit by which Hawaiians and people of all races are welcomed and encouraged to work together for a better future. As a Native Hawaiian and skilled chanter, Dr. Akina has dedicated his life to the education and financial advancement of both Hawaiians and all people in the islands, starting in the 1980's as the director of Youth for Christ on the Wai`anae and Nanakuli coast. His plans for Hawaii's economy and future are based on the conviction that the only way to raise the water level of one boat is to raise the water level of all boats. This conviction drives Dr. Akina to create solutions to Hawaii's problems that benefit everyone, now and into the future. A recent victory for the Aloha Spirit is Dr. Akina's legal case, "Akina v. the State of Hawaii, OHA, Na'i Aupuni, et al" in which the United States Supreme Court stopped the State of Hawaii from conducting a racially discriminatory election. Dr. Akina believes that "It's time to reform OHA" so that it becomes a driving force in preserving the Aloha Spirit and advancing Hawaiians through housing, education, healthcare, and economic prosperity.