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OHA Oahu 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. Must be a registered voter and a resident of Oahu.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: Hawaii Island, Maui, Molokai and Lanai, Oahu, and Kauai 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. Due to a board member resignation, in 2022 six (6) of nine (9) seats are up for election.Term: Four years, not subject to term limits. Base Salary (2020): Trustee --$58,560; Chairperson --$66,768

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    Kalei AKAKA
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    Jackie Kahookele BURKE
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    Brendon Kalei'aina LEE
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    Robert E. PETERS
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Age 70
Education Kamehameha Schools, Kapiolani Community College, UH Manoa MPH & MURP
Campaign Website http://www.burke4aloha.com
Campaign Email burke4aloha@gmail.com
Campaign Phone 8082225236
Campaign Mailing Address 2500 Pali Hwy #5
Honolulu, HI 96817
I have 50+ years of community volunteerism from an 18 yr old Lieutenant in the Civil Air Patrol (1969) to brining back Capt. Cook's artifact from Germany in 2007. As an Independent Publisher of the Oiwi Files Newspaper 2005-2008 and my Masters in Public Health & Urban and Regional Planning, (2000), I launched or coordinated many community venues & projects. I serve in NH boards and with the non-profit HCDB have built over 500 affordable rentals statewide, I spent 10 years each in Travel, Media & Academia. I am artist painter, entertainer & planner consultant, small business owner.
First urgent goal is to unite the Hawaiian community into one political body by removing the very racial based 50% Hawaiian blood quatum established by US Congress. Thereby freeing us from an artifical divide created to reduce our social-economic-political powers as one body of Hawaiians, and to be so recognized as one people, The Hawaiian people. I further reach out to make it a nationality based term, as the Nation of Hawaiian was based on citizenship!

Next goal is to create energy stabilization for Hawaiians using the renewable energy such as geo-thermal sources!
Age 53
Education Kamehameha Schools/Leeward Community College/Kapiolani Community College
Military/Community Service Pearl Harbor Hawaiian Civic Club/Elizabeth Kahanu Hawaiian Civic Club/Kamehameha Schools Alumni Association
Campaign Website http://kaleiainalee.com
Campaign Email lee4oha@gmail.com
Campaign Phone 8082207835
Campaign Mailing Address PO Box 151
Aiea, HI 96701
During my first term I was tasked to chair several permitted interaction groups. Under my leadership a new governance model was unanimously adopted by the board of trustees that provides greater transparency and accountability. I was also the chair of the group tasked with updating the board of trustee’s by-laws for the first time in 13 years. There has not been a community meeting on Oahu in over 4 years. As your new Oahu trustee I commit to having a minimum of 6 community meetings a year, one in each Moku, Waianae, Wailua, Koolauloa, Koolaupoko, Kona, and Ewa.
While OHA has its 15-year strategic plan, Mana I Mauliola in place, so much more still needs to be done. With your help I will return to OHA, this time as your new Oahu trustee and continue my history of collaborative leadership with issues that still need to be addressed such as OHA’s continued fight for public land trust equity, completing the rebalancing of the Native Hawaiian trust portfolio, updating OHA’s investment, debt, and cash management policies to align with OHA’s new endowment model. Developing a collaboration with the DHHLto address the affordable housing crisis.
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