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OHA: Office of Hawaiian Affairs

In 1993 the OHA Board of Trustees chose the lei hulu as a symbol of their office because of the many meanings it held. A symbol of Hawai‘i’s rich culture, the feather lei represents painstaking, detailed and precise work. It also represents high rank. But most significantly, the hundreds of feathers connected in the lei create something better as a whole than when they are apart, something amazing. Bound together, these individual feathers are representative of people coming together – united for the betterment of the Hawaiian community.

Election Guide for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs Trustees

Ka Wai Ola’s 2016 Election Guide for Office of Hawaiian Affairs Trustees is now online.

Candidates for Hawaiʻi Island, Molokaʻi, Kauaʻi and At-Large seats have submitted answers to three questions designed to give voters insight into each candidate’s position on issues of importance to the Hawaiian community. The candidates’ answers are published in full.

Due to a technical issue, the full 8-page election insert will be published in August’s Ka Wai Ola. We encourage you to bring it with you when you vote in the August 13 primary election.

Q1. What opportunities do you see for OHA and its Board of Trustees to help improve the physical, mental, and spiritual health of our lahui?

– Aukahi Austin Seabury, Ph.D.
Psychologist, Executive Director

Q2. What is your strategy for achieving nation building?

– Vicky Holt Takamine
Kumu hula

Q3. Many of the most pressing issues facing the lahui—such as climate change, and health and wealth disparities—are a part of global dynamics. How do we use our mana and ancestral values to help solve these contemporary, complex and pressing issues?

– Kamuela Enos
Sustainable agriculture and indigenous enterprise advocate

View Candidate responses by race

OHA TRUSTEE Hawai‘i candidates
OHA TRUSTEE Moloka‘i candidates
OHA TRUSTEE Kaua‘i candidates
OHA TRUSTEE At-Large candidates


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