OHA: Office of Hawaiian Affairs

Members of the OHA Board of Trustees and administration visited the protectors at Puʻuhonua o Puʻuhuluhulu on Friday, July 26th, 2019 following their meeting with Hawaiʻi Island Mayor Harry Kim. Here in this photo we see OHA Chair Colette Machado, Chair of OHA's Ad Hoc Committee on Maunakea Trustee Dan Ahuna, Interim CEO/Ka Pouhana Sylvia Hussey and OHA staff.

OHA statement on July 26th meeting with Mayor Harry Kim

Joint statement of OHA Chair Colette Machado and Sylvia Hussey, Interim OHA CEO/Ka Pouhana Kuikawa

HONOLULU (July 29, 2019) — First, we thank Mayor Harry Kim for convening last Friday’s meeting of Native Hawaiian community members to discuss Maunakea. The meeting provided the opportunity for participants to share our many different perspectives and manaʻo about the issue.  The only consensus participants seemed to have reached was that these kinds of conversation should continue.  OHA’s hope is that future meetings include members of the Kiaʻi.

Immediately following the meeting with Mayor Kim on Friday, we visited the Kiaʻi at Puʻuhonua o Puʻuhuluhulu and discussed how OHA can continue to support the rights, safety, and well-being of our beneficiaries engaging in peaceful protests of the state’s decades-long pattern of mismanagement of Maunakea.

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