AHUNA, Dan

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Questions
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?

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AGE: 52
Teacher
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    1. 1) Economic Recovery. We at OHA need to use a multi-pronged approach focused on advocacy and investment for adequate health protections, economic opportunity, and housing options.
    2. 2) Affordable housing. OHA must work closely with the DHHL and other trusts to ensure that affordable housing options are provided for beneficiaries of the DHHL trust.
    3. 3) Access to land for farming food. The State and the Hawaiian trusts must immediately inventory all available agricultural lands and invest in clearing those lands to make them available for farming.
  1. OHA must do better at prioritizing the needs of our community. That requires ongoing consultation and engagement. In my time at OHA, we have been most effective when working alongside community stakeholders. We can be even more effective at this by starting up community advisory committees. OHA must also diversify our investment strategies. We are currently working closely with the administration to develop strong policies that will allow us to effectively manage our Hawaiʻi Direct Investment program.
  2. The astronomy industry, the University of Hawaiʻi, and the State of Hawaiʻi have failed for over 50 years to adequately manage the pinnacle of sacred land of the Native Hawaiian people that also happens to be the most valuable land on the planet earth for the astronomy industry. Additionally, the State and the UH have effectively given that land away via $1 subleases, without ever clearly articulating the benefit to the people of Hawaiʻi, who have effectively subsidized a billion dollar industry. The gap cannot be closed until those issues are addressed.

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