Burke 4 ALOHA


 Jackie Kaho'okele Burke  


Hapai au, Hapai oe, I luna kakou!
I lift, You lift, Together we Rise!



I was born in Hauula and raised in Palolo Valley. After graduating from Kamehameha Schools in 1970, I worked ten years in travel throughout the islands. While working in the Travel Industry, I started noticing the struggles that our Kanaka communities were going through. Kanakas were losing their kuleana and ancestral lands in the court system through adverse possession and quiet titling by mainlanders moving to our islands and development. The cost of housing increased as the mainlanders and development increased. Desecration of grave sites were due to developement. The mainlanders wanted a piece of paradise at any cost. The cost to us was more than monetary, it was spiritual and cultural. The struggles of our people did not go unnoticed. Scholars and educators became activists and openly gave rise to the Sovereignty movement. This inspired me to want to record history in the making. Therefore, I started working in media: radio, TV, film and print. I was able to increase my knowledge through experience, in creative production, public relations and on-air skills. My media experience aided me in becoming an Independent publisher which gave birth to THE OIWI FILES, a Hawaiian Newspaper dedicated to Educating our Community of the Sovereighty Movement {2003-2006}.  Afterwards, I returned to college. It took ten years in academia to achieve my Masters in Public Health and Masters in Urban and Regional Planning. Through education, I could look to contribute to the betterment of our people. As a single parent, providing for my ohana became a priority throughout my educational pursuit, henceforth, I started and still own a Catering Company and a PR Company. I have done over 50 years in community service starting as a JPO in the 4th grade, a Lieutenant in the Civil Air Patrol as a youth. I am currently serving as Chair on the Social Justice Committee for the First Unitarian Church of Honolulu as well as a recent board member. I also sit on the non -profit board of the Hawaii Community Development Council and am a member of the Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce and past Treasurer. Also, I am an officer of Waikiki Elks Lodge as well as the Lodge Organist. I am a well-recognized artist in the Hawaiian community and I donate free to those with an educational license and curriculum to Hawaiian schools and classes, my painting “Papa and Wakea Procreation".





Kamehameha Schools

AA, Kapiolani Community College

BA, Public Health, University of Hawaii

Masters Public Health

Masters Urban and Regional Planning


Civic Groups


Student Government President, Kapiolani Community College

Student Senator, UH of Manoa

Secretary/Treasurer, Native Hawaiian Community Development Board







Experience, Elks Lodge Waikiki Organist,

  Lecturer and Loyal Knight

Member, Kalihi Valley Community Neighborhood

  Board #16

Member, Arthritis Foundation

Member, Native Hawn Chamber of Commerce

Member, OHA Revolving Loan Board

Member, Ohina Short Film Festival






Travel Industry – Tour Director 1970-1980

Breakfast In Bed Catering Co. 1985-1990

Media: Radio/TV/Print -K-FIVE-1980- 1990

Artist/Designer – 2000 to present 
Planner/Consultant – 2000 to 2020
Alcohol Drug Abuse Division, DOH,

  Project Assistant 2001-2003

Independent Publisher – The Oiwi Files

  Hawaiian Newspaper 2003-2006
Harbors Division, DOT, Planner  2007
Western Pacific Fisheries - Consultant 2007-2009





Local Issues
Protect Maunakea
Community News

To the Kanaka Maoli, Mauna Kea is the most sacred place. It is the tallest mountain in Hawai’i, and the tallest mountain in the world when measured from its bottom on the seafloor of the Pacific all the way to its peak. It is the birthplace of Hawaiian cosmology and the center of the Hawaiian universe, the meeting place of Earth Mother Papahānaumoku and Sky Father Wākea.

Our Vision is to support healthier, sustainable and non-toxic farming practices for Hawai`is' communities. Learn about the impacts of GMO's on our health and the future health of our children. www.hawaiiseed.org.

Jackie Kahookele Burke


HEALTHCARE is always an issue for Hawaiian people given the negative influence of Western diet and disease. The overlooked health benefit that eludes many Hawaiians is DENTAL CARE past the age of 18, and now perhaps 26 with the new health care laws. Here is an overlooked opportunity to greatly help our people, and especially the kupuna who have minimal coverage in Medicare or Quest programs. Good dental health is directly related to other illnesses such as cancer and heart disease, and to provide a means to fund part or all of dental care package would be a great achievement for Hawaiians health.


My Concerns

I Support these Community Initiatives


CRIMINAL JUSTICE INJUSTICE. Today, Hawaii’s incarceration rates of Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders stand out internationally in comparison with founding NATO countries according to research done by Peter Wagner, an attorney and the Executive Director of the Prison Policy Initiative and Wendy Sawyer, a Senior Policy Analyst at the Prison Policy Initiative. Regarding racial and ethnic disparities in prisons and jails in Hawaii, Asian people are underrepresented in the incarcerated population while Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander people are overrepresented. In 2010, The Department of Public Safety (which runs the prison and jail system) stated that the state's incarcerated population was 39% Native Hawaiian or part Native Hawaiian. However, several factors leads one to believe that the analysis understated the extent of the disproportionate incarceration of Hawaii's Native Hawaiians. A large portion of Hawaii's prison population is sent out-of-state, and that population is disproportionately Native Hawaiian. Because the Census Bureau counts people where they are confined, both the incarceration rate for Native Hawaiians and the portion of the prison population that is Native Hawaiian is underreported. In 2010, Office Of Hawaiian Affairs released a report The Disparate Treatment of Native Hawaiians in the Criminal Justice System finding that Native Hawaiians were disproportionately sent to out-of-state prisons. The report said that in 2005, "of the people in out-of-state facilities, 41 percent are Native Hawaiians". The numbers may have gotten worse, as the analysis of the Census Bureau data for Arizona's Saguaro Correctional Facility says that that facility is 48% Native Hawaiian alone or in combination with other racial groups.


HOUSING through affordable rentals are needed. 

Under the leadership of Kali Watson, former Director of the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL), the Hawaii Community Development Board (HCDB) of which I served on and the Nanakuli Hawaiian Homestead Community Association (NHHCA) partnered to assist the homestead community In an effort to determine their own destiny, obtain self-governance, and independence from the state's oversight, developed a major “village center” project that included a multipurpose learning center, a 48-unit affordable rental housing complex, community medical center and a commercial center. 

The Hale Makana O Nanakuli, the housing project, was completed December 2013 and provided safe, secure transitional and long-term rental housing designed to meet the needs of Nanakuli community, with focus on Nanakuli's low-income Hawaiian families who earn no more than 40% and 30% of the adjusted median income for Oahu.

Nanakuli Village Center was completed December 2019 with Longs Drug Store, Wendy's, Pizza Hut and more shops opening and providing retail services. 
The above model can be replicated and offered for all Hawaiians.

A DECOLONIZATION TASK FORCE is needed to address the systematic political abuse that has erased or eradicated cultural strength, economic stability and political leadership. 
To address social-economic issues, we need to recognize the brutal American capitalism that presented itself via plantation era structure and the political debasing of Hawaiians inherent rights. In opposition to plantations, UNIONS were created, and MORE is needed! (Unions representation 90% Iceland and 0.5% USA out of 71 nations.)
We can take heed of “BLM” racism, in the plantation created wealth and white supremacy values that the US took in the illegal annexation of Hawaii and in statehood plebiscite where they omitted the box to select independence and allowed military to vote! We need to demand and receive fair compensation for military use of our lands, and compensate us for the “War Machine” that puts us all at ground zero. 
Why wasn’t Barber’s Point returned to the Hawaiian ceded land base, with housing and infrastructure already in place? 
Decolonization means a citizen base who are HAWAIIAN NATIONALS, descendants of citizens and nationals of the Hawaiian Kingdom, NOT American citizens who are living in Hawaii and just because they're residents consider themselves, Hawaiians. That's an insult!