OHA Trustees

Messages from OHA Trustees

Carmen Hulu Lindsey

Trustee - Chair

Carmen Hulu Lindsey has represented Maui as an OHA trustee since January 2012. Messages from Trustee

Leinaʻala Ahu Isa, Ph.D.

Trustee - Vice-Chair

Leinaʻala Ahu Isa, Ph.D. was elected an “at-large” trustee in 2014 and currently serves as Board of Trustees vice chair. Messages from Trustee

Dan Ahuna


Dan Ahuna has represented the islands of Kauaʻi and Niʻihau as an OHA trustee since November 2012. Messages from Trustee

Kalei Akaka


Kalei Akaka was elected to represent the island of Oʻahu as an OHA trustee in 2018. Messages from Trustee

Keliʻi Akina, Ph.D.


Keli‘i Akina, Ph.D. was elected OHA Trustee-at-Large in 2016. As a public policy leader in Hawaiʻi, Akina has pursued the advancement of the Hawaiian people while encouraging all citizens to work together for a better economy, government and society. Messages from Trustee

Luana Alapa


Luana Alapa was elected OHA Molokaʻi-Lānaʻi Trustee in 2020. She is a graduate of Kamehameha Schools and UH Mānoa earning a BA in Psychology and pursuing a master’s degree in Counseling. Messages from Trustee

Brendon Kaleiʻāina Lee


Brendon Kaleiʻāina Lee was elected OHA Trustee-at-Large in 2018. He is a founding member of the Nā ʻŌpio program with the Pearl Harbor Hawaiian Civic Club and remains an active member of the club today. Messages from Trustee

John D. Waiheʻe IV


John D. Waiheʻe IV has been an OHA trustee-at-large since 2000. He is also the son of former Governor John Waihe‘e, who was instrumental in creating OHA. Messages from Trustee

Mililani Trask


Mililani Trask is a lawyer and well-known Native Hawaiian rights activist that has served the Hawaiian community for decades. For more than 30 years, she has served as the executive director of The Gibson Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting Native Hawaiians to attain homeownership. Messages from Trustee

Trustee Messages

Mahalo Ke Akua!

I humbly mahalo Ke Akua for the blessing of being able to continue to serve our kānaka.

Empowering Native Hawaiians to Own Homes

OHA has a constitutional responsibility to advocate for the overall wellbeing of Native Hawaiians. This responsibility includes ensuring that beneficiaries have a pathway to become homeowners and the ability to build generational wealth.

The Many “Taro Shoots” of my Genealogy

We honored our mothers in May and I was inspired to learn about my makuahine’s genealogy.

Kō Kākou Kuleana e Koho Balota: A Quick Guide to the...

2022 is a significant political year for Hawai’i. The majority of elected offices will be on the ballot in November.

Celebration of Life for Dr. Haunani-Kay Trask set for July 9,...

I am posting this notice to all of the ʻohana who loved and knew my sister, Haunani-Kay, who died on July 3, 2021.

156th Anniversary of the Royal Order of Kamehameha

I was honored to attend the last Jubilee celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Royal Order of Kamehameha in Wailea, Maui, in 2016.

Congratulations to the Class of 2022 at Hawaiʻi Community College

On May 13, 2022, I had the honor of delivering the commencement address to the Class of 2022 at Hawaiʻi Community College on the island of Hawaiʻi.

Naʻauao…Insights from a Trip to Dubai

Presented with an opportunity to visit Dubai, I was apprehensive at first given all the turmoil in the Middle East but am glad I went as I received an education that one could only experience by visiting there and speaking with the people.

From the Merrie Monarch Royal Parade to a Public Land Trust...

What an honor to represent OHA in the 59th Annual Merrie Monarch Royal Parade.

A Look Back

My first term as an OHA Trustee has been a busy one. In 2019, I brought the idea of a new governance model to then Board Chair Colette Machado for her consideration.

Huliau… A Turning Point, A Time of Change

By the time you read this, the legislature is about to “sine die” (adjourn). And hopefully, SB2122, SD1, HD2, HD3 has passed and become law.

OHA Spending

I recently attended the annual Commonfund forum in Orlando Florida. This forum is put on every year, free of charge, by Commonfund, a global asset management firm who was a pioneer in long-term investing for nonprofits and other institutions.

Molokaʻi Nui A Hina: Great Molokaʻi, Child of Hina

In ka mahina o Mei, we dedicate a day to honor our mothers. Yes, that should be every day but, as a mother, I know we’ll all take the holiday! For Molokaʻi, this has special significance.

Helping Native Hawaiians Obtain Financial Capital

In 2017, Uʻilani Corr-Yorkman needed financial help to open her Hāloalaunuiākea Early Learning Center in ʻEleʻele, Kauaʻi. She looked to OHA for financial assistance and applied for a business loan through the Native Hawaiian Revolving Loan Fund (NHRLF).

OHA Trustees Reject Maunakea Bill H.B.2024 HD1. SD1.

The Trustees of OHA, myself included, voted to reject and oppose the 2022 legislative measure on Maunakea for good reason.

Maui’s Proposed Hālau of ʻŌiwi Art

Hālau of ʻŌiwi Art will be a center dedicated to the study, practice, celebration and perpetuation of hula and the various ʻŌiwi arts connected to hula.

Success of OHA’s Grants Program is a Strong Reason to Increase...

When I first became a Trustee in 2016, one of my goals was to work with my fellow Trustees to reform OHA’s Grants Program.

Returning to OHA

A few weeks ago, I began to receive calls from beneficiaries in Hawaiʻi and on the U.S. continent, urging me to consider returning to OHA to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Mr. Keola Lindsey.

Kānaka Activists’ Maunakea Rally Demonstrates Queen Liliʻuokalani and Mahatma Gandhi’s Non-violence...

In our struggles for justice and self- determination, Native Hawaiians, have continuously demonstrated non-violent disobedience, sheer courage, and faith in our demonstrations.

What is Affordable Housing?

The average price for a house in Hawaii is now $828,002. The average rent for a two-bedroom house in Hawaiʻi is now $2,300.