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

The Value of Lōkahi

Since being elected Chair in December 2020 I have preached the value of lōkahi, of working together in unity toward a common goal. We can accomplish so much more with our collective impact.

Evidence of Fraud, Waste, and Abuse at OHA from 2012-2016

A forensic review performed by auditing firm Plante Moran has identified evidence of fraud, waste, and abuse related to 22 financial transactions, worth over $7 million, made by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) from 2012 to 2016.

OHA’s Ocean Policy Meetings and 2022 Year End Review

As your OHA Oʻahu Island Trustee and Chair of the Beneficiary Advocacy and Empowerment Committee, I had the pleasure of attending both of the well-attended OHA Ocean Policy meetings held on Oʻahu at Heʻeia State Park and at the Nānākuli Public Library.

OHA Takes Stock of Kakaʻako Makai

Originally published as an OpEd that appeared in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on October 9, 2022. It is common knowledge that the state has been seriously...

Protecting OHA from Corruption

When we think about government and political corruption, big cities usually come to mind, like Washington, D.C., New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. But...

A Hui Hou

As my time at OHA comes to an end, I take a moment to reflect. I would have never thought that I would run...

OHA O‘ahu Island Board of Trustees Meetings and Site Visits

Upon entering OHA as the O‘ahu Trustee, I inquired about holding O‘ahu Island Community Meetings throughout the island and community site visits to interact...

What’s Going on at OHA – II

We ended last month with the Board of Trustees violating its own by-laws to form a Permitted Interaction Group to investigate the development of Kakaʻako Makai.

A New Source of Wealth for the Hawaiian People

As trustees of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA), our constitutional mandate is to better the conditions of Native Hawaiians.

Centuries of Connections Through Royal Transition

Our Hawaiian Monarchy has exemplified its royal connection to the British Monarchy. Our flag, our dress and style, regalia, names, music, the fashioning of...

The National Science Foundation and TMT

This month I have invited media entrepreneur Gloria Borland to share her manaʻo on TMT via my column.

Good Medicine for OHA’s “Red Flags”

If you are like most people, it’s no fun going to the doctor to discover that something is wrong. Yet, a medical check-up is often the first step toward restoring health and preventing future problems.

What’s Going on at OHA

Over the last two years the Office of Hawaiian Affairs has seen some dramatic changes.

Hoʻoulu Lāhui Aloha

I have long believed in the power of lōkahi, of unity, in working together toward a common goal – in Hawaiians working together to better all of our lives.

Meetings and Visits on Molokaʻi and Oʻahu

In the Molokaʻi Community: Aloha mai kākou! With joy, I announce that our Molokaʻi OHA office has re-opened post-Covid!

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.