Makani Christensen was invited to be a guest speaker to the Summer School Class of Ms. Alix Lunsford of Roosevelt High, 1120 Nehoa St, Honolulu, HI 96822. He was asked to give a message of empowerment to our youth as he exemplifies the relatable "regular person" stepping up to higher responsibility and leadership. 

Over the summer the students were given opportunities to research and defend issues of their choosing, which has led to many political and ethical discussions on topics such as homelessness, quality public education, sustainability, & the overdevelopment of Hawai’i. It’s so powerful for students to be able to meet & relate to someone who is taking a stand and diving head-first into a position where he will be able to represent the core values of local people. How powerful it is for students to see that they too can overcome any challenges, and be the ones to make huge differences in their own communities.
— Ms. Alix Lunsford

The following questions were asked by the students:

  1. What do you think about over fishing?
  2. What do you think about coral reef destruction?
  3. What is your most difficult challenge?
  4. What are your most challenging things you have face?
  5. How old are you when you starting fishing?
  6. What do you think about religion?
  7. Who is your main opponent in the election?
  8. How do you plan to get the people of waikiki to join and vote for your campaign?
  9. What do you think about limiting gun use in America?
  10. What kind of bills do you want to pass?/ What are some ideas for bills you have?
  11. Will you try to do anything to fix the current state of democracy in America, such as our FTPT system, Gerrymandering or superdelegate system?
  12. What is your view on overfishing?
  13. What is your stance on overdevelopment of the country side of the island?
  14. Why do you think that being a senate was ideal for you?
  15. Did you play sports?
  16. Why the army?
  17. Where did you originate from?
  18. Did or do you mix ? (kava or awa)
  19. Do you think you could go further in your sport if you stuck with it ?
  20. How important is it to have Hawaiians represent as a senator?
  21. What or who pushed you to go into the election?:
  22. What do you yearn to do or see if you are elected?
  23. When did you begin fishing and why?