Shane for OHA

The changing times ahead of us mean OHA must also change.

Ola kanaka, ola Hawai’i. Hawaiians thrive, Hawai’i will thrive.

In the decades of doing community work in Nāpo‘opo‘o and South Kona, and nearly eight years working at the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, I’ve learned the value of this organization as it deploys resources and funding across the pae‘āina – for schools and scholarships, for legal defenses, for small business loans, and for cultural events. The important role OHA has in our community motivated my decision to run.

The changing times ahead of us mean OHA must also change. The leadership of the boardroom must fine tune its decisions and steward OHA’s resources — its funding, land holdings, and staffing — in ways that are sure to lift our community so that we all thrive as Hawai‘i rebuilds and recovers.  We must stretch these resources and do the greatest good we can.

To do this, OHA’s boardroom needs leaders who balance the needs of our culture and also Hawai‘i’s economy, asserts our rights as we navigate this “new normal,” and restores the pilina between the beneficiaries and the trust’s decision-makers.  My background in tourism and business management, service to community, and current work at OHA are the right experiences to bring balance to OHA’s leadership needed in these changing times.

Ola kanaka, ola Hawai’i. Hawaiians thrive, Hawai’i will thrive. I’m committed to getting to the OHA boardroom to make this vision real.  I humbly ask for your support and your vote. Mahalo.

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