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OHA: Office of Hawaiian Affairs

Keliʻi Akina sworn in as OHA Trustee

HONOLULU (December 17) – The Honorable Keith K. Hiraoka, an associate judge on the Intermediate Court of Appeals, administered the Oath of Office today to OHA Trustee At-Large Keliʻi Akina, who’s electoral win was certified by the State Office of Elections on Tuesday.

A legal challenge to his Election Day victory prevented Trustee Akina from joining his fellow trustees in the first set of post-election Board activities that were held on Dec. 10. The Hawaiʻi State Supreme Court’s dismissal of the complaint against Akina’s election win on Monday, Dec. 14, cleared the way for Akina to be sworn in and resume his trustee duties.

Trustee Akina is one of four OHA trustees who were recently elected to four-year terms.  Trustee Akina and Kauaʻi and Niʻihau Trustee Dan Ahuna were the only two incumbents re-elected.  Hawaiʻi Island Trustee Keola Lindsey and Molokaʻi and Lānaʻi Trustee Luana Alapa are new trustees to the Board.  The other three trustees who won their elections were sworn in by Judge Hiraoka on Dec. 10.

Immediately following the swearing in on Dec. 10, the OHA Board met for the first time since the election and voted for its new leadership, notably selecting Maui Trustee Carmen “Hulu” Lindsey as its chair.

OHA’s new board leadership is:

OHA Board:

  • Chair: Hulu Lindsey, Maui trustee
  • Vice Chair: Leinaʻala Ahu Isa, trustee at-large

Committee on Resource Management:

  • Chair: John D. Waiheʻe IV, trustee at-large
  • Vice Chair: Luana Alapa, Molokaʻi and Lānaʻi trustee

Committee on Beneficiary and Advocacy:

  • Chair: Kaleihikina Akaka, Oʻahu trustee
  • Vice Chair: Keola Lindsey, Hawaiʻi Island trustee


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