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3 nominees on short list to fill OHA Board of Trustees vacancy

Catherine Cruz/Hawaii Public Radio

Three nominees are on the short list to fill the Hawaiʻi Island vacancy on the Office of Hawaiian Affairs Board of Trustees.

The list includes Maunakea educator and activist Lanakila Mangauil, county housing specialist Kaloa Robinson, and Native Hawaiian attorney and former OHA trustee Mililani Trask.

Left to right: Kaloa Robinson, Mililani Trask, and Lanakila Mangauil
Left to right: Kaloa Robinson, Mililani Trask, and Lanakila Mangauil

The Hawaiʻi Island seat was vacated earlier this month by former OHA trustee Keola Lindsey, who was elected to the board in 2020. His term was set to expire in 2024.

OHA Trustees have set aside a full day for public testimony Wednesday, Feb. 23 followed by candidate presentations and decision making on Thursday.

The new Hawaiʻi Island Trustee must be approved by six of the eight remaining trustees. The prevailing candidate will serve as Interim OHA Trustee for Hawaiʻi Island until the Nov. 8 elections.

Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi is a general assignment reporter at Hawaiʻi Public Radio. Her commitment to her Native Hawaiian community and her fluency in ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi has led her to build a de facto ʻōiwi beat at the news station. Send your story ideas to her at khiraishi@hawaiipublicradio.org.
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