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Keeping Hana Connected, One Shuttle at a Time

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Maui Economic Opportunity in Hana offers the kind of service only a small town can muster.

Jonnie Oliveira is the branch manager for MEO in Hana. She and her team run a key transportation service for the town with a population of 782. You’ll remember Hana is 620 curves and 59 bridges from Pāʻia and the rest of civilization, but who’s counting right?

Oliveira grew up in Hana, her mom’s mom is from Keʻanae, her mom’s dad is from Hana. She shared what it’s like to have such deep roots in Hana.

"I thank God every day that out of millions and millions and millions of people that I was blessed to be chosen to live in Hana — not too much of us can say that. But I am truly blessed," she said. "Hana is such a special place."

Her three grown children still call Hana, home.

This interview aired on The Aloha Friday Conversation on Aug. 13, 2021.

Noe Tanigawa covered art, culture and ideas for two decades at Hawaiʻi Public Radio.
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