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?
- The pressing issues facing the Native Hawaiian community today are affordable housing, economic self-sufficiency, and homelessness. These issues are further complicated by the global COVID-19 pandemic. With unemployment soaring and everyone’s livelihood in turmoil, we need to ensure OHA fulfills its purpose by providing resources towards improving conditions for Native Hawaiians. As a trustee, I will focus on increasing funds in the trust to improve our ʻāina, perpetuate our culture, ensure economic self-sufficiency, education, governance and the health of our community.
- As a hospitality and healthcare executive, I will bring my extensive leadership knowledge to the boardroom. I have been successful managing multimillion-dollar budgets, making strategic decisions to increase revenues and fulfill the needs of our staff and management. It is time to increase the funds in the trust, there are billions of dollars out there for OHA to support our Hawaiian Community. It is time for new blood, new energy, to get new results.
- OHA addresses the mismanagement of Maunakea in the pending lawsuit against the State of Hawaiʻi and the University of Hawaiʻi. The lawsuit declares that the State of Hawaiʻi and the University of Hawaiʻi have breached and continue to breach their fiduciary duties by failing to properly manage the ceded lands on Maunakea. OHA needs to have a seat at the table and a say in the management of Maunakea, of which they currently do not. When OHA is included in the decision-making process, the cultural and environmental integrity of Maunakea will be appropriately protected.