The Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) Board of Trustees (BOT) is made up of nine elected officials who serve four-year terms. Five of the seats represent specific islands: Kauaʻi/Niʻihau; Oʻahu; Maui; Molokaʻi/Lānaʻi; and Hawaiʻi Island. Four of the seats are “At-Large.”
This election year, six of the nine seats were up for election: Oʻahu, Maui, Hawaiʻi Island and three of the “At-Large” seats. Maui Island trustee and current BOT Chair Carmen “Hulu” Lindsey and Oʻahu Island Trustee Kalei Akaka have both won their seats and will not appear on the General Election ballot.
Two candidates are presently running for the Hawaiʻi Island seat: incumbent Mililani Trask and challenger Hope A. Cermelj. Both candidates advance to the general election ballot.
Eleven candidates competed for the three available “At-Large” seats in the primary election including incumbents Leinaʻala Ahu Isa and John Waiheʻe, IV. The top six candidates (listed to the right in alphabetical order) will appear on the general election ballot: Leinaʻala Ahu Isa, Brickwood Galuteria, Sam K. King, Chad Owens, Keoni Souza, and John D. Waiheʻe, IV.
For more information or to review OHA BOT and Gubernatorial candidate surveys visit: www.oha.org/vote
OHA Trustee – Hawaiʻi Island Candidates
OHA Trustee – At-Large Candidates
For more a full summary of the OHA Trustee Primary Election please click here.