Chad Owens

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At-Large candidate

  • Age | 40
  • Occupation | Self Employed
  • Where did you grow up | Honolulu, Oʻahu
  • Schooling | UH Mānoa
  • Current residence | Waikele, Oʻahu
  • Website | owensforoha.com
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How are you currently serving (or have served) the lāhui? Please list the Native Hawaiian-serving organizations you are (or have been) affiliated with, the duration of your involvement, and your role/activities within those organizations.
Please provide an example of your community work to implement a project, initiative, grant or program. Please include your specific role and the outcomes for the community.
Please provide an example of your experience working collaboratively with other professionals to establish policies.
How and with whom can OHA collaborate to address and strengthen the economic stability of our lāhui?
How and with whom can OHA collaborate to address the related issues of affordable housing and houselessness in the Native Hawaiian community?
  1. I’ve been an educator in the world of sports for our future leaders for years. I’ve coached and helped develop thousands of keiki in their process of becoming better student-athletes.
  2. Being a leader in the community and giving back has always been one of my main focuses. I’ve partnered with a number of organizations over the years and have supported many different causes. Being a mentor and impacting change in people’s lives has been one of the most fulfilling things I’ve ever been a part of.
  3. Creating the Safe Sports Hawaiʻi book of guidelines was an incredible team effort and a huge success. This 44-page book provided a safe return to play protocol and implemented proper guidance for all sports.
  4. OHA should collaborate with local influencers and create content supporting our local businesses, especially our local farmers. I can see it being very fun, uplifting, and educational, and it will drive more support which in turn will strengthen the economic stability of our lāhui.
  5. I truly believe OHA should collaborate with Hawaiian Home Lands and create a plan to build more affordable housing for our Native Hawaiians. It’s time we hui up and start working together to ensure our Hawaiian people are thriving once again.

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