SOUZA, Keoni

1 What are the top three issues facing the Native Hawaiian community today?
2 OHA’s mission is to improve conditions for Native Hawaiians. What skills do you offer to help OHA fulfill its mission?
3 How can OHA better ensure that Maunakea and its cultural and environmental integrity are appropriately protected?

Photo: Keoni Souza

Nonpartisan Special
AGE: 35

    • LACK OF HOUSING. As OHA Trustee At-Large I want to work with beneficiaries and secure stable housing through financial literacy and home-ownership education.
    • EDUCATION. I want to create education funding at an affordable price from early childhood education to graduate scholarships for students and educational funding for trades careers as well.
    • ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. OHA holds a large portfolio of assets and resources. One of my priorities is to work with other Native Hawaiian organizations to better utilize resources and create additional revenue opportunities.
  1. My primary goal is to create a strong foundation for our local and Native Hawaiian community to grow from. Some of the skills I will bring to OHA are my connection to community and culture, leadership, vision for Hawaiʻi’s future, and the Hawaiian values passed down from my parents and kūpuna. I look forward to working not just with other Trustees and OHA staff, but with the lāhui as a whole to build a better future for all.
  2. OHA’s current stance as being neutral is not enough. It has an obligation to be involved in the current land and community challenges happening on Maunakea. As Trustee, I will stand with the kānaka ʻōiwi because when Native Hawaiians thrive, Hawaiʻi as a whole thrives.

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