OHA Hawai`i Resident Trustee
Duties: The Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) holds title to all real and personal property held in trust for native Hawaiians and Hawaiians. OHA Board of Trustees formulate policy and manage the agency's trust which includes income derived from whatever sources for native Hawaiians and Hawaiians, such as the management, sale or disposition of land, natural resources and minerals.How Elected: OHA's Board of Trustees is composed of nine trustees who are elected in public elections open to all State of Hawaii voters. Four of the nine positions are designated as at-large seats representing the state as a whole. The other five trustees represent one of five districts: Hawai`i Island, Maui, Molokai and Lana`i, O`ahu, and Kaua`i and Niihau. A district trustee must be a resident of that district and be a registered voter of Hawaii. Elections are held in even numbered years, so only four or five seats are up for election at any given time. In 2020, four (4) of nine (9) seats are up for election.Term: Four years, not subject to term limits.Base Salary: Trustee --$58,560; Chairperson --$66,769
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Waimea Elementary and Intermediate School
Hawai`i Preparatory Academy (Grades 7-12)
University of Hawai`i at Manoa- BA, Hawaiian Studies
University of Hawai`i at Manoa- MA, Public Administration
2012-2017: Nā Hoapili o Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historic Park Advisory Commissioner
2012-Present: Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument Management Board representative
2014-Present: Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council representative
2007-2011: Kāne’ohe Bay Regional Council member
2010-2012: Ka’ena Point State Wilderness Area Advisory Group member
2018-Present: Ocean Resources Management Plan- Coordinated Working Group member
I have nearly two decades of experience of working with and addressing the complex issues and concerns of communities across Hawai`i by developing policies and providing testimony to decision makers at the county, state and federal levels. I am familiar with the Vision, Mission and Strategic Plan of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and believe this will be beneficial to allow me to begin work immediately upon being elected. I firmly believe I will be a voice of a generation who must step into leadership roles with aloha, reason, and hope for all of Hawai'i. I am committed to listening to all perspectives and working cooperatively with my fellow Trustees, OHA Administration and all stakeholders to solve challenges.
1. Working cooperatively with my fellow Trustees, OHA Administration and all stakeholders to advance the 2020-2035 OHA Strategic Plan to promote Education, Health, Economic Development and Housing outcomes for OHA beneficiaries and the larger community; and 2. Grow OHA's portfolio to increase available financial resources. I will achieve these goals by first, developing and fostering relationships and secondly, I will work to ensure all OHA economic development initiatives are fully vetted with the pros and cons clearly identified and the overall potential for financial gain clearly articulated when brought before the OHA Board of Trustees for decision making.
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