Three seats will go to the top vote-getters among candidates Rowena Akana, John Waiheʻe IV, Lei Ahu Isa, Harvey McInerny, Mililani Trask and Keli'i Akina. One seat to represent Maui will go to winner of the race between Carmen “Hulu” Lindsey and Mahealani Wendt.
The debate is part of a larger effort to aid voters in making informed choices about candidates for OHA’s policy-making board, including whether they are up to a daunting array of responsibilities associated with managing a vital and large trust for the betterment of Native Hawaiians, and which directly as well as indirectly benefits both Hawaiians and the general public.
“We believe that it’s an important kuleana of all citizens, especially Native Hawaiians, to make informed choices about OHA candidates and to vote,” said OHA Chairperson Colette Machado.
The Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) is a public agency with a high degree of autonomy. OHA is responsible for improving the well-being of Native Hawaiians. OHA is governed by a Board of Trustees made up of nine members who are elected statewide to four-year terms to set policy for the agency. For more information, visit www.oha.org.
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Soulee Lester Kealohaonālani Stroud
"E huliāmahi e nā Hawaiʻi a hoʻāʻo eʻae like e like me ka mea hiki, I hiki ke loaʻa ka haʻina o ka pilikia nui, ʻo ia hoʻiki ola a ka lāhui." "Hawaiians join together in unity and try to agree so that the answer to a large problem, the life of the race, can be found" Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalanianaʻole Piʻikoi 1871-1922.