OHA Native Hawaiian Revolving Loan Fund
14 years at OHA
From: Lāʻie (ahupuaʻa), Koʻolauloa (moku), Oʻahu (mokupuni)
- Kahuku High School
- BYU-Hawaiʻi (B.S. Information Technology)
What is your kuleana at OHA?
I review incoming loan applications and help beneficiaries start the loan application process. I also share information about OHA’s loan fund program with our lāhui at community events (this was paused during the pandemic), and respond to inquiries about OHA’s various loan products. In terms of current projects, I am involved in seeking and developing innovative ways to improve our loan fund program and operations.
Why did you choose to work at OHA?
I wanted to work for an organization that makes a big difference in the community. OHA supports our Native Hawaiian community with support and services.
What is the best thing about working at OHA?
I enjoy the daily interaction with our lāhui and I get really excited when a beneficiary’s loan application is approved.
What is something interesting for people to know about you?
I was raised to put the needs of our ʻohana and my community first – this is my priority – a value passed down to me by my parents. I also enjoy Hawaiian music and my all-time favorite group is the Mākaha Sons of Niʻihau.
Who has been your role model?
My parents were my role models. They taught me, through their daily examples, the many ways to show aloha.
What is your best OHA memory?
I really enjoy it when the entire OHA ʻohana comes together for all-day work activities that build pilina and increase our understanding of moʻomeheu and ʻāina.