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?
Advocacy Director, Office of Hawaiian Affairs
- Health – Impacts of chronic diseases and the need for insurance coverage to be able to afford treatment from care providers.
- Education – Access to and succeeding in educational opportunities at all levels is an important way Native Hawaiians can provide for the needs of our families and serve the larger community.
- Financial Stability – Steady employment in the field of choice, understanding the importance of credit and living within a budget allows for the building of generation wealth and achieving dreams such as home ownership.
- Values that commit me to work hard, put others first, remain humble and always be honest. I have nearly two decades of experience working in communities across our islands on a broad range of issues and advocating for Native Hawaiian interests at the county, state and federal levels. I will listen carefully to all perspectives and cooperate with my fellow Trustees, OHA Administration, beneficiaries and other stakeholders to develop solutions.
- The Native Hawaiian community must be meaningfully represented at every step of the process from early planning to the decision-making level to best address this complex issue. With that said, to be successful and legitimate a given planning and decision-making structure must have clear processes, require a commitment for all stakeholders to cooperate and act responsibly, and recognize existing laws and policies.
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