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Aloha mai kakou,

Thank you for visiting my information page. My commitment and compassion for my community is demonstrated by the 30 years of involvement in my Niu Valley and Hawaii Kai communities as well as the State wide projects that I have been involved in.

For more information about me please visit my web site at: As an incumbent on the Board of Trustees for OHA I would greatly appreciate your support for re-election this year.







  • Yale School of Management, The Endowment Institute -- Level II (2012), Certificate of Completion
  • Yale School of Management, The Endowment Institute -- Level I (2011), Certificate of Completion
  • University of Hawaii,
  • Kapi'olani Community College,
  • New York University,
  • Roosevelt High School

Political Experience:

  • OHA Chairwoman, December 8, 2016 to February 2, 2017
  • Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) Trustee at-Large, 1990-Present
  • Chair, Committee on Asset & Resource Management (Budget & Finance), 2014-2015
  • OHA Chairwoman, 1998-2000;
  • OHA Vice-Chair, 1991-1992 & 2001-2002;
  • Vice-Chair, Committee on Asset & Resource Management, 2006-2008;
  • Vice-Chair, Committee on Beneficiary Advocacy & Empowerment, 2012-2014.

Professional Experience and Community Service:

  • American Indian Alaska Native Tourism
  • Association (AIANTA), Pacific Region Representative -- 2012 to Present
  • Governors' Interstate Indian Council (GIIC) National Board,
  • Board of Directors, Member since 1999 to Present,
  • First State Sovereignty Chair,
  • Past President of the State Culture & Arts Program--Bishop Museum,
  • Federal Grants Reviewer,
  • Niu Valley Fee Simple Committee Chair,
  • East Oahu Rotary, Honolulu Press Club,
  • Niu Valley Community Association,
  • Society of Hawaii's Entertainers,
  • Musicians Association of Hawaii,
  • Hawaii Kai Bobby Sox Softball League,
  • Past President of the Federal Aviation Administration Women's Club,
  • Department of Education, Substitute Teacher,
  • Abuse Counselor,
  • Radio Newscaster.

Personal Initiatives:

  • Programs in the areas of housing, education, health, jobs and business opportunities that greatly impact the Hawaiian people.
  • Kupuna Health Task Force -- researching ways to improve Kupuna health.
  • Partnership between the office of Hawaiian Affairs, Fannie-Mae, and the two largest banks in Hawaii to provide lower interest loans to ALL Hawaiians.
  • Spearheaded campaign to exempt Kuleana Lands from property taxes for all Counties in the State of Hawaii for Hawaiians who have remain on their ancestral lands since the Great Mahele. The maximum property tax for all Kuleana Lands is now $100 a year.
  • I am very proud to have helped Hawaiian soldiers from the Hawaii National Guard who came home wounded or suffering from PTSD. Under a Bush policy, Guardsmen who returned home wounded had one year to heal from their injuries. If they were made whole within the 12 month period they were sent back to their units in Afghanistan or Iraq. If they were not fully recovered they were rotated out of the Guard with a limited disability benefit and sent to the Department of Veterans Affairs for medical treatment. The problem was that too many of these soldiers had serious injuries and could not wait a year or two to get the medical care they needed. After intervening on their behalf with our Congressional delegation, the National Guard, and Tripler Army Hospital, the Bush Administration changed their policy and created the Warrior Transition Program.


  • Alu Like Awards
  • Aloha Week Awards
  • National Women's Week Award for Communications
  • FAA Award for Hawaii Aerospace Education
  • Hawaii Chapter Scholarship Program
  • Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs' Helen C. Kane Mahalo Award
  • Endorsed by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser for OHA at-Large Trustee in 2014

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