Well, the first five months have been very busy, and I don’t expect it to slow down anytime soon.
It’s been great meeting with various service providers and community leaders on Molokaʻi. The special restrictions for COVID-19 have been challenging but a blessing too in some ways. Molokaʻi is resilient and a testament to the rest of Hawaiʻi of how the community works together – which is reflected in its very low infection rates.
Thank you to everyone who has been vaccinated, helping to protect kūpuna and others, as well as yourselves.
On April 24, I had the honor of supporting the virtual parade taping for the Kamehameha Day Celebration Commission/Maui Nui at Pālāʻau State Park. What a beautiful setting with all of the greenery and great weather. Mahalo to Ms. Heli Ducaroy, Molokaʻi Island commissioner, for coordinating this wonderful group of pāʻū riders, paniolo and others! Mahalo!
I also enjoyed meeting community volunteers and families in the Toy Give Away on March 30 at Lanikeha. Seeing the joy in the faces of our keiki was priceless! Be sure to visit my official trustee Facebook page – Luana Alapa, Office of Hawaiian Affairs Trustee for Molokaʻi and Lānaʻi – for photos.
Coming up are the Board of Trustee (BOT) community meetings on Lānaʻi and Molokaʻi. The June BOT meeting, which is being hosted virtually on June 2, will honor Lānaʻi. And on Molokaʻi, the meetings will be in-person at the Lanikeha Community Center on July 14 and 15.
Please stay tuned as more details are forthcoming, and check www.oha.org for updates and additional information.