In a few days, I will check into my dorm room as a freshman at Harvard. As I spent the past few weeks packing and straightening up the mess in my bedroom at our family’s house in Honolulu, my heart went through ups and downs of emotion.
By the door hangs a colorful, hand-made poster with timeless quotes and words of wisdom. On the bookshelves, there are shiny trophies and awards. And above my bed, there’s a detailed and colorful flowchart for an organization I got to kick-start during the most challenging job of my life.
One thing connects all of these symbols: My Dad, Dr. Keli’i Akina.
The wisdom poster, which contains some of the best advice anyone could give for living a purposeful and ethical life, is a seventh grade project for which I pulled together my Dad’s best advice to me.
The trophies represent my Dad’s faith in me and the endless hours he has coached me to read and think and write and debate. One of my driving goals throughout high school was to follow in his foot-steps as a champion debater. It stretched me more than anything.
The big flowchart is the first brainstorming document I got to produce as my Dad’s founding campaign manager for his current bid to become a trustee of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. My friends and I feel so honored to play truly “high-powered” roles in a campaign whose cause we believe in with all our hearts. The responsibility and opportunity my father has given to us is unbelievable and gives us the confidence to go on in life to accomplish great things.
My Dad is a leader who inspires leaders, and that’s why I know I too am going to serve Hawaii and the world, like he does. Dad’s influence in my life is not just in the way I decorate my room, but in the values of faith, education, and service to humanity which he has instilled in all of his children. He truly walks the walk and models what he believes and teaches through his actions and attitude.
That’s why Hawaii needs a man like my father at this time. OHA Trustee would be the perfect role from which his influence and aloha will help transform Hawaii.
Please check-out my personal video message at vimeo.com/47568131.
Then please visit the Akina for OHA website to learn more about my Dad’s campaign and help us win by donating or volunteering at Akina2012.com.
Sincerely with Aloha,