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OHA At-Large 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. 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: Trustee --$58,560; Chairperson --$66,769

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    Lei (Leina'ala) AHU ISA
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    Z. Kaapana AKI
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    Julian (Keikilani) AKO
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    Brickwood GALUTERIA
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    U'i KAHUE-CABANTING
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    Sam Kalanikupua KING
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    Kealii MAKEKAU
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    Keoni SOUZA
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    John D. WAIHEE, IV
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Biographical Information

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Education UHM. PhD
Military/Community Service Numerous community boards commissions
Campaign Mailing Address PoBox 37385
Honolulu, Hi 96813
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Aloha Mai Kakou! As OHA approaches a culmination in 2022 of 43 years of effort and accomplishments, it is very important to review just what we have been trying to achieve and how we have been going about it. But if we have broken the rules, done what is not pono, and have taken shortcuts, then we have only ourselves to blame. For kupunas, this is one of the most important times in our lives. It is almost as if you have been climbing a mountain for many years, and now the “peak” is in sight. The areas where OHA has prepared carefully will now become tremendously productive.
Education BA Hawaiian Studies (UHM), Juris Doctor (WSRSL)
Military/Community Service Mililani Neighborhood Board, League of Conservation Voters, Makawalu, Apoakea Native Hawaiian Innovation Institute (rural communities, neurodiversity-autism communities, women's empowerment), Muscular Dystrophy Association, Energy Justice initiative
Campaign Website http://aki4oha.com/
Campaign Email zuriaki@gmail.com
Campaign Phone 808-554-1011
Campaign Mailing Address 95-175 WAILAWA ST
Mililani, HI 96789
I have well-over 10 years of experience serving the Native Hawaiian community. I have worked for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs as a Public Policy Advocate and as an OHA Trustee Aide - both positions required me to be intimately familiar with the OHA's functional capacity and its potential. My work at OHA often required me to advise OHA trustees on issues and action affecting OHA's mission for the betterment of conditions for Native Hawaiians. I have the expertise needed to adequately and effectively serve as an OHA Trustee and to maneuver the organization for the benefit of all.
My top priority is to maneuver OHA toward effectively addressing the financial crisis here in Hawaii. OHA can do this by focusing on developing new income streams to break free from its predominant reliance on the 'ceded lands' revenue and then using new revenue for economic development. OHA has the potential to create vast economic opportunities, not just for Native Hawaiians, but for all the people of Hawaii.
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Education Kamehameha, Pacific University, Harvard School of Government
Military/Community Service State Senator, Kupuna Power - Founder, Board Member - Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts, Hawaii Book and Music Festival, Polynesian Voyaging Society, Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame, Native Hawaiian Culture and Arts Program, Hawaii Special Olympics, Hawaii Association of Retarded Citizens, Life Foundation (HIV/AIDS Organization), Kawaiaha’o Church Trustee, Member - Oahu Island Burial Council.
Campaign Email brickwoodg@gmail.com
Campaign Phone 8088648872
Campaign Mailing Address 3462 Pakui Street
Honolulu,, HI 96816
Aloha. I’ve had the privilege of serving as a Hawaii State Senator alongside dedicated and talented men and women. As public servants, we are trained to analyze and understand issues, evaluate different ideas and positions, and come up with solutions that work for the greater good. I have a “duty of care” ethos which is at the heart of everything I do, both as a retired State Senator and a Board member of several non-profit organizations. I will give my best to this Trusteeship through proven civic responsibility and social understanding. Mahalo for your vote. Malama for now.
Firstly, I will seek to strengthen OHA's political effectiveness, #1. As a legislator, I would often observe Native Hawaiians inability to speak in a cohesive fashion. Mixed signals do not bode well in politics. Conversely, as a disciplined voting bloc, policy makers have no choice but to acknowledge Kanaka concerns. Beyond that first goal (if you will), OHA fulfills its mandate through the following priorities: advocacy, research, community engagement, land management, and the funding of community programs. No priority/issue is more important than the other. Their success is by achieving #1.
Education Primary and Secondary. Some College and Vocational including certifications.
Military/Community Service Husband Ret. USMC. Member, Delegate, Teacher and Cultural Practitioner, Chair and Director for Native Haw'n groups & Community Non-Profits
Campaign Phone 808-633-3247
Native Hawaiian Born & Raised. Active and activist in my communities as a Kumu, Cultural Practitioner, Hawaiian Homesteader and through many affiliations as Sovereign Council of Hawaiian Homestead Associations, Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs, Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement, HTA's Molokai DMAP Steering Committee and Task Force, LahainaTown Action Committee, Hana Business Council, Lana'i Chamber of Commerce and the newly emerging Kanaka Party to name a few, in the capacities of Member, Delegate, Representative, Chair and Director.
Support the countless, pono-community based programs that have the solutions to their communities' top priorities (which are mirrored by OHA State-wide) by helping to be their foundation and support, spending the monies to empower them and make them sustainable and /or reach their goal. (As a community Based Program, they will already have the Na'au'ao and 'ike for their top priorities - and the solutions. They may only require Kako'o me kokua - financial and otherwise in order to initiate and/or sustain)
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Education High school graduate / some college
Military/Community Service None
Campaign Mailing Address 2563 Date St
Honolulu, Hi 96826
With the results of the last election this office has managed to installed people of good character and intentions to its Board of Trustees. Having undergo both state and a indedependent finanical audit while under FBI oversight shows that the right path is being pursued. Sadlly this office atracks failed politicians seeking a restart in there carear esp ones with name recognition. I have run for this seat before and am on record for what my hopes and desires are for this office to be and do.
1. Help to finish the re-organization of the agency and install and hire the best motivated people to both staff and administrative positions so that this agency can finally and fully preform to it best protentional. 2. The best use and value of OHA properties for both income to the trust and protentional housing accommodations for the Hawaiian people.
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Education University of Hawaii BBA, Pepperdine University MBA
Military/Community Service US Army 1968 - 1969 (Disable Veteran), Building Industry of Hawaii (board member), Charter School Panel Member, Kaimuki Neighborhood Board (board member),
Campaign Email williamapaik@aol.com
Campaign Phone 808-223-2447
Campaign Mailing Address 3940 Harding Ave
Honolulu, HI 96816
I have recently retired and can dedicate the time needed to work with other trustees to make OHA a successful organization for the Hawaiian people. In my career I have been a President of 2 local construction companies and my last position was a Chief Operating Officer for a large company here. I have spent 25 years as an educator with HPU with there night program. I have also spent 30 years with a credit union as a board member (President of the board for 10 years). I believe that I have have the background and qualifications to be an effective trustee for OHA.
I believe there are two issues at OHA that need the most attention, education and housing. We need to provide free tutoring for students, many are in public or private schools and maybe struggling. We should be able to do this quickly. Chartering a school for the Hawaiian children may be another option. The dream for us is owning a home. We need to find property that we can build on. Kamehameha and many of the Hawaiian trusts have land that we could partner with.
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Campaign Mailing Address 801 South Street #512
Honolulu, HI 96813
I believe that being involved in managing the Native Hawaiian Trust Fund for the past 18 years has given me the skills to prudently invest our assets. Under my leadership as Chairman of OHA’s Committee on Resource Management we consistently increased our grants budget while lowering our total operating costs, and under my leadership as Chairman of the Committee on Beneficiary Advocacy and Empowerment we produced several of OHA’s most successful Legislative sessions in terms of Board initiatives signed into law.
I would advocate strongly for housing, and employment. OHA should target our grants to nonprofit agencies that serve those objectives. Also, we should advocate for public programs to address these issues in Hawaiian communities at the State level. And finally, we should have OHA partner with other State agencies to address those issues using some of our own resources as an incentive.