Running for: County Councilmember, Wailuku-Waihe’e-Waikapu district
Occupation: Maui Waena Intermediate physical education teacher
MAUI TIME WEEKLY: First of all, why should people vote for you?
BLITZ HARRY: Why not?
Okay, what is the biggest problem facing your district?
Well, I’m not the one that will come up with the problems. I don’t have a platform. No, this is my platform: I’m going to go around to community associations and have them tell me what the problems are. You know, Wailuku, Waikapu and Waihe’e all have different problems, and I’m not going to go in there like Don Quixote. I’m not going to tell them what to do.
What are your feelings on Hawaiian sovereignty?
We need it. The Kingdom of Hawai’i was a sovereign nation with treaties and relationships with other nations. That sovereignty was taken away without a vote or even an act of war—it was just taken from us.
As a councilmember, what would you do to support Hawaiian sovereignty?
Well, if I was elected I don’t think I could really help the movement along. I would enjoy seeing it being supported, but as a councilmember there are certain rules you have to follow, right?
Yeah, I guess there are “rules.” Okay, now let’s play a game. I’ll say a word and you say the first word that comes to mind.
You’re playing mind games with me now?
Yeah, I guess so. Here we go: Superferry.
Are you asking me why I asked you about the Superferry or is that your answer?
No, that’s my answer.
All right. Next: George W. Bush.
[Sighing] I voted for him twice.
Made my living by it for 20 years.
I don’t even want to go there.
All right, what was the most difficult thing that has ever happened to you?
Well, I guess that would be getting divorced twice.
And the most embarrassing that ever happened to you?
Getting divorced twice.
What was the last book you read?
Well, actually recently I’ve been reading—for my own curiosity—the Maui County code.
Oh, interesting. Any other titles?
Okay. Last question: What is your favorite thing about Maui?
My roots go back here thousands of years.