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OHA: Office of Hawaiian Affairs

Naʻunanikinaʻu Kamaliʻi

Ka Pou Kihi Kū
Chief Advocate

Attorney Naʻunanikinaʻu Kamaliʻi is OHA’s Chief Advocate (Ka Pou Kihi Kū). She was appointed in November 2021. Naʻu was formerly a manager with the Queen’s Health Systems and Health Policy director for Papa Ola Lōkahi.

Naʻu will lead OHA’s Advocacy Division and oversee mission-aligned public policy development, implementation, compliance, monitoring, and evaluation, as well as manage the fulfillment of OHA’s role as a co-trustee for the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. She will work closely with OHA’s Community Engagement director and the agency’s Washington, D.C., bureau chief on related public policy matters.

Na’u comes to OHA with decades of experience engaging with Indigenous peoples, tribes, Native Hawaiians and Native Hawaiian organizations, including the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs, internationally, in Washington, D.C., and in Hawaiʻi. She is also a skilled private facilitator, mediator and family law mediator who for over 10 years served as a per diem Family Court judge (Ret.)