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OHA Molokai 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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    Luana ALAPA
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    Colette (Piipii) MACHADO
    (NS)

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Age 59
Education Kamehameha Schools 1979 University of Hawaii Manoa- 1985 B.A. Psycology
Military/Community Service Easter Seals, Hawaii Food Bank Malama Meals IHS Food service Toys for Tots Toy Drive
Campaign Phone (808) 782-1119
Campaign Email luanaalapa@gmail.com
Over the past 20 years of successful endeavors in a multitude of related activities, I have solicited and successfully procured sponsorships, negotiated with company owners and managers for venues for our events, secured all catering services, functioned as the Budget Director and accountant, served as the Director of Public Relations and the Executive of the Marketing Department, partnered with charitable organizations by aligning social awareness platforms. These qualifications will help me to bring new energy and leadership to the Office of Hawaiian Affairs so I may first seek to restore Transparency, and Accountability regarding OHA's latest Audit, Prioritize affordable housing and growing the agriculture sector for Native Hawaiians.
I am running for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs- OHA Molokai Island - Board of Trustee. Over 130,000 ballots were left blank in the last OHA election simply because Voters didn't think they could vote in this election. FACT: OHA is a state government agency and all State of Hawaii registered voters, regardless of race, ethnicity, have the right to vote in OHA elections. My priority is 1) Affordable Housing for beneficiaries. I will be working with Dept of Hawn Homelands, local labor union and the private sector to create an economical plan and partnering with local banks and fannie mae to help assist with loans. 2) Agriculture. I would create a policy relating to how OHA and DHHL can ensure food security for its beneficiaries.
Military/Community Service State Land Use Commission, Hawaiian Homes Commission, Kaho`olawe Island Reserve Commission, Moloka`i Island Burial Council, Hui Alaloa, Protect Kaho`olawe Fund, Protect Kaho`olawe `Ohana, Malama Manae, Kakoo Kawela, Ka Ohana O Kalaupapa, Moloka`i Enterprise Community and Moloka`i Land Trust
My name is Colette Machado and I live on the island of Moloka`i. I am an incumbent candidate for the OHA Trustee seat for the islands of Moloka`i/Lana`i. Throughout my career, I have been an advocate for the needs of the Hawaiian people.
My top two goals are to ensure that Native Hawaiians are able to continue to call Hawaii their beloved homeland, and to achieve greater transparency in the work that OHA does. I am committed to continuing to work on transparent policies if re-elected.

Ensuring that Native Hawaiians have the resources they need to be able to thrive in Hawaii is a multifaceted effort. There is great work that OHA can do with community partners through granting opportunities. These resources combined are essential to sustain and raise a beloved nation.