Aloha mai kākou!
I am honored and thankful to serve you as your Office of Hawaiian Affairs Oʻahu Trustee and send a fondest aloha and mahalo a nui for the love and support.
As we enter to a new year, I look forward to our bright future as a people rising up to continue to build a bridge of working partnerships with the city and counties, state and federal government, agencies, organizations and our communities that share the same goals and hopes for a better tomorrow for this generation and generations to come. The value of aloha is of the utmost importance as we work together with open minds and open hearts to bring a pono balance.
As we honor those before us that have guided us to where we are, to kōkua one another in unity to move forward together is key to empower our people to a sustainable and quality way of life. I am thankful and excited as we connect and reconnect to work hand in hand on quality of life initiatives of housing, health and wellness, education and jobs.
The 2018 Office of Hawaiian Affairs Investiture Ceremony was truly unforgettable. Mahalo to all who made the celebration and tribute to Queen Liliʻuokalani and my Dearest Pa, U.S. Senator Daniel Kahikina Akaka such a touching tribute shared with beautiful memories of their life’s work that we continue on.
I am honored to carry on my ʻohana’s legacy of service alongside my colleagues to work to make things right and just for generations before us and generations now and to come.
E lauhoe mai nā waʻa. ʻAʻohe hana nui ke alu ʻia.
Let us wield our paddles together so that we may all move forward. No task is too big when done together by all.
Mahalo a nui me ke aloha pauʻole,
Kaleihikina “Kalei” Akaka