Statewide - Maui Trustee
Does not apply/Nonpartisan race
Maui OHA Trustee
Real Estate Agent-45 years; Maui County Land Use Administrator; Maui Land & Pineapple Properties Administrator
Maui OHA Trustee
My past six years as an OHA Trustee and my job experiences have given my colleagues the confidence in selecting me as the present chairperson of the Board's Resource Management Committee responsible for overseeing the management of all investments, ceded lands and commercial real estate revenues, land management both legacy lands and commercial lands owned by OHA.
The top three challenges are the high cost of living in Hawaii, affordable housing; and fair wages.
To seek OHA's fair share of the ceded land revenue so that we can better contribute to improving the lives of our beneficiaries.
Continue being a strong advocate for bread and butter issues--lower cost of living in Hawaii, affordable housing, increase in minimum wages and fair wages for higher level employment, accessible and affordable higher education, and assuring availability of health insurance.
It is important to me that the beneficiaries of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs have confidence and trust in their Agency. As the Resource Management Committee Chair, I have already started implementing the recent State Audit recommendations, giving priority to those areas where there were inadequate oversight of fiscal allocations. The RM Committee will continue to address the audit's recommendations to ensure more accountability and transparency at OHA.
Under my leadership, the Board voted unanimously to approve an external audit for OHA focusing on fraud, waste and abuse. This audit initiated by the Trustees is examining activities and disbursements of our people's trust assets.