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The State of Hawaiʻi votes by mail in 2020. Voters will be mailed a ballot 18 days prior to Election Day. The Primary Election will be held August 8, 2020, and the General Election will be held November 3, 2020.
Now is a good time to familiarize yourself with the candidates and their platforms.
The Ka Lāhui Hawaiʻi Political Action Committee has published its KOHO PONO report card in the Ka Wai Ola newspaper of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. You may also find it at the website
This report card gives letter grades to legislators for the way they voted on issues that affect Hawaiians. It also contains legislators’ comments beyond a yes or no answer to questions posed by KPAC.
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To register to vote, or to update your information, go to the website
The deadline to register is July 9, 2020, for the Primary and October 5, 2020, for the General.
Many races have multiple candidates, and only some candidates will advance to the general.  If people don’t vote for their preferred candidates In the Primary Election, they might not make it to the General Election.
Campaigns for these political races are ongoing:
  • National (U.S.)
  • Congressional (HawaiʻI) Senate and House of Representatives
  • State
  • Mayoral (Kauaʻi, Oʻahu, Maui, Hawaiʻi)
  • City Council & Country Council
  • Prosecutor
  • Office of Hawaiian Affairs
According to Leiānuenue Niheu, chair of the Ka Lāhui Hawaiʻi Political Action Committee:
“We have aloha for everyone running for public office in the upcoming Primary Election 2020. The personal testimony submission, endorsement, support, kakoʻo, balota of the individual members of the Ka Lāhui Hawaiʻi Political Action Committee do not reflect the opinions, actions and positions of the Officers of the Ka Lāhui Hawaiʻi Political Action Committee, and the Steering Committee members, a.k.a. KLH Ke Komike Kalaiaina. KPAC does not endorse any candidate, but it does offer information.”
~ Rebekah Luke

Hauʻoli Makahiki 2019

Healani Sonoda-Pale is the chair of the Ka Lāhui Hawai‘i Political Action Committee. Here we repost her recap of 2018 and welcome to the Year of the Kanaka Maoli:

Pele returned to Puna and cleaned house, a few nights ago Poliahu laid her mantle on Mauna Kea, it has been 200 years since King Kamehameha’s passing, the US federal government is shut down with no end in sight, and the Natives are restless.


Looking back this is what I can remember of 2018 being out and active in the Kanaka Maoli community:

1. Ma Hope Mākou o Lili’uokalani March was Aloha ‘Āina until politicians were allowed to cut in front Ma Mua of our Queens Portrait.
2. Ka Lāhui Hawaii’s Political Action Committee (KPAC) held its first Kanaka Maoli Priorities workshop at the leg and held 3 Navigating the leg workshops in the communities
3. Helped kill Senate bill 3090 on the Mauna Kea Authority, the kuleana Land bill almost passes, KPAC helps introduce a criminal justice reform reso, and all but one measure transferring out public lands aka Kanaka National Lands dies.
4. KPAC’s 2018 Legislative Report Card reaches over 66,000 households.
5. TMT becomes an issue in the elections and candidates are asked if they would be willing to call the National Guard on “Protesters” on Mauna Kea.
6. Celebrated Lā Ho’iho’i Ea in the Hawaiian Kingdom Park with no permit and Celebrated the Queens Birthday at the Palace and Lā Kū’oko’a with Waimānalo.
7. Attended my first Democratic Party Convention with KPAC and spoke in favor of a more progressive platform with broader support of sovereignty for Kanaka (not just fed wreck). The platform passed.
8. Helped organized with Kanaka Maoli and supporters in Hawai’i and in Mokuhonu to protect “Aloha” in the No Aloha Poke Co movement and intellectual property rights.
9. Helped to rebuild an Auwai from Kānewai Punawai go Paiko fishpond with my son’s and community.
10. My husband and I won a contested case to stop a short term housing rental in East Molokai.
11. Helped organize the first Pupuhi/Pale/Apana Reunion in Kamalō, Molokai.
12. Worked with other scholars to voice our concerns about The Rock making a movie about our sacred King Kamehameha.
13. The Supreme Court decision came out supporting the DLNR permit. Organized with UH Staff and Faculty and Mauna Kea Hui for further actions.
14. Helped give voice to Kūpuna salt makers in Kaua’i.

~ Healani Sonoda-Pale

Limited run of commemorative Liliʻu shirt

    Design is on the front of a black T-shirt

For a limited time only we will be making the OFFICIAL commemorative 125th Illegal Overthrow of the Hawaiian Nation – Ma Hope Makou O Lili’ulani T-shirt available for a donation of $20 to Ka Lahui Hawai’i. Add $5 if you would like it mailed to you directly. Text to 1-808-372-2512 with your order, name, and mailing address. We only printed a limited number of shirts.
**NEW if you go to and make a $25 donation we will mail you a shirt. Provide us with confirmation of donation, shirt size and mailing address at**

125th anniversary of overthrow observed

UPDATE: The Ka Lāhui information booth is adjacent to Iolani Barracks (a change from the Bandstand as previously reported.)

Ka Lāhui Hawaiʻi and the Ka Lāhui Hawaiʻi Political Action Committee will join other citizens in observing the 125th anniversary of the overthrow of Queen Liliʻuokalani. On January 17, 2018, citizens will participate in the peace march starting at 9 a.m. from Mauna Ala on Nuuanu Avenue to Iolani Palace on King street and witness the raising of the Hawaiian flag at 10:45 a.m. on January 17, 2018. Look for the blue Ka Lāhui Hawaiʻi flags with the Makaliʻi star constellation. There will be a Ka Lāhui Hawaiʻi information booth near the barracks, as well as music, hula, food and beverage elsewhere on the palace grounds.


National meeting set for Oct. 13-14, 2017

To register for this halawai, email All are welcome. Mahalo!

Ka Lahui Hawaii Political Action Committee news

The Ka Lahui Hawaii Political Action Committee encourages citizens to attend this week’s Legislative “Talk Story” Sessions sponsored by the Hawaii Department of Home Lands. Lehua Kinilau-Cano will be facilitating. The sessions are open to the public and are scheduled as follows:

Monday, January 23, 2017, 6 p.m., Lincoln Elementary School Cafetorium, 615 Auwaiolimu St., Honolulu, HI 96813

Thursday, January 26, 2017, 6 p.m., Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, Hale Pono‘i, 91-5420 Kapolei Parkway, Kapolei, HI 96707

Monday, January 30, 2017, 7 p.m., Waimanalo Hawaiian Homes Association Community Center, 41-253 Ilauhole St., Waimanalo, HI 96795

Discussion may include proposed legislation that Hawaii Governor David Ige has included in the State Legislative package. The proposals are about blood quantum requirement for homestead lessees’ relatives; privacy of DHHL applicant and lessee information files; and appointing a Hawaiian Homes Commissioner from the Island of Lanai.

For more information about these or other workshops, please email Lehua at

KPAC plans to monitor the 2017 Hawaii Legislative Session with an eye open for bills that affect Hawaiians. For the the complete text of KPAC’s 2017 Hawaii State Legislative Packet that lists its purpose, 2016 legislative accomplishments, and 2017 legislative goals, please go to the KPAC website

Posted by Rebekah Luke

Keeping up with Ka Lahui Hawaii

The next Ka Lahui Hawaii meeting is on June 4, 2016, from 10:30am – 2:30pm at Hale Ponoi, DHHL, 91-5420 Kapolei Parkway, Kapolei, Hawaii 96707.

Citizens are working on projects including citizen engagement, finalization of the enrollment form, and preparation for education.

Kawika Nahoopii and his education team had an information table at the Aha Aloha Aina held at the Waianae District Park on March 19 and it went very well. Kawika reported that lots of people were glad to see Ka Lahui Hawaii active again. Many wanted to check if they were still registered and Kawika got some updated contact info. He also shared that people were appreciative and proud to be Ka Lahui Hawaii citizens.

Healani Sonoda-Pale traveled to Washington, DC, to present concerns in writing to the US Department of Interior. She carried a three-page letter under Protest Nai Aupuni’s letterhead. The video of her experience may be viewed here:

Previous kiaaina and TV show host Mililani Trask invited Healani and Lehua Kinilau to speak on this month’s “First Friday” show. If you missed it, tune in to OLELO-TV Oceanic Cable Channel 53. “First Friday” is scheduled to re-air at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 8, 15, 22, and 29. Please check program listings.

The meeting planned for May 7 will be after the Hawaii State legislative session adjourns, so a report will be provided. We’ve discussed a large gathering for the summer or fall, which requires continued engagement and outreach.

Posted by Lehua Kinilau

Agenda set for March 6 citizens meeting

Lehua Kinilau asks that citizens review the websites and information below prior to Sunday’s meeting so we can get through the items earlier in the day and allow more time for discussion later in the day.


Ka Lahui Hawaii Citizens Meeting

Sunday, March 6, 2016 – 10:30 a.m.

UH Manoa Center for Hawaiian Studies

Kamakakuokalani Bldg. Room 202

Pule – Honor Our Kupuna Who Have Passed and most recently Alika Lambert

I.  Proposed USDOI Rule – Update on Comment Review and Report (10:30 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.)

II.  Na`i Aupuni/Aha (10:40 a.m. – 11 a.m.)

  • A.  KLH Leadership Response re: KLH Constitution dated 2/9/16
  • B.  Daily bulletins on
  • C.  Constitution of the Native Hawaiian Nation
  • D.  Declaration of the Sovereignty of the Native Hawaiian Nation
  • E.  Video at

III.   KPAC Report (11 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.)

  • A.  Testimony Submitted Comments on HB1655 (OHA bill), Oppose HB2046 (Army), Oppose HB2197 (Pohakuloa), Oppose HB2407 (DOT), Oppose HB2408 (DOT), Oppose HB2200 (Kahoolawe), Support HB2698 (DHHL), Oppose HB2501/SB3001 (Water), and Support HB1932/SB3029 (DHHL).
  • B.  Matrix of Legislative Bills
  • C.  Website created –

IV.  `Aha Aloha `Aina (11:20 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.)

  • A.  Updates and Declarations on Website –
  • B.  Facebook groups by Kino

V.  Next Steps for Ka Lahui Hawai`i (11:30 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.)

  • A.  KLH Documents
  • B.  Update on Citizen Engagement

VI.  Enrollment (11:40 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)

VII.  Discussion on Federal Recognition (12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.)

VIII.  Announcements – Next Meeting on April 3

Adjournment & Pule

Posted by Rebekah

Notice of Meeting Feb. 6, 2016

A Ka Lāhui Hawai‘i Citizens Meeting with three past Kiaʻāina: Mililani Trask, Black Hoʻohuli, and Lehua Kinilau is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Saturday, February 6, 2016,  at Kamakakūokalani Building, Room 101, UH Mānoa Center for Hawaiian Studies.

Posted by Healani Sonoda-Pale via Facebook

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Upholding Self-Determination: Ka Lāhui Hawaiʻi’s Three Elected Kiaʻāina Oppose Naʻi Aupuni and the US DOI’s Proposed Rules

(This article was originally submitted to the Community Voice column of Civil Beat, that published it on November 13, 2015.)

In recent weeks, individuals running as delegates for Naʻi Aupuni have attempted to represent Ka Lāhui Hawaiʻi. This response was prepared to correct the record and is submitted by the three Kiaʻāina (Governor) elected by Hawaiians statewide and on the U.S. continent.

Ka Lāhui Hawaiʻi is a native initiative for Hawaiian self-governance formed by and for Native Hawaiians without the interference of State or Federal agencies. Ka Lāhui Hawaiʻi is the evolutionary product of years of legal research, community dialogues, meetings, and workshops. We also have engaged in nation building with Native Hawaiians without State and Federal government interference. From 1987, we enrolled over 20,000 citizens from our islands and on the US continent, convened 3 Constitutional Conventions, held over 35 legislative sessions, conducted 4 general elections with the assistance of the League of Women Voters, ratified 14 treaties of mutual recognition and friendship with Inuit and Indian Nations, sent diplomatic liaisons to the United Nations, and sent delegations to Washington, DC, to lobby Congress on behalf of Hawaiian entitlements and programs. In addition, Ka Lāhui Hawaiʻi has actively testified on issues at the Federal, State, County, and community levels, published newsletters and other educational materials, and convened numerous community educational meetings on sovereignty and other critical issues facing our community like protecting sacred lands and advocating for water rights.  Ka Lāhui Hawaiʻi has also conducted hundreds of community workshops in Hawaiʻi and on the US continent to exercise our peoples right to Self-Determination believing in the advancement of our efforts to be self-governing. To build on this long history of self-determination work and in honor of our citizens who have passed away, Ka Lāhui Hawaiʻi leadership stands in opposition to Naʻi Aupuni and the US Department of Interior’s (DOI) Proposed Rules.


The Naʻi Aupuni process violates the principle of Self-Determination as well as the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution. In effect, the process is a political ruse to disenfranchise Hawaiians, deny us our right to our traditional lands, territories, and resources, and sidestep our historic claims for reparations.

The International Human Rights Conventions and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (applicable to and binding on the United States) defines Self-Determination as…“The right of all peoples to determine their political status and by virtue of that right to freely pursue their Economic, Cultural and Social development”.

Self-determination is not a right of governments or state or federal agencies. It is the collective right of “Peoples” including Indigenous Hawaiian Peoples. This means that the Hawaiian peoples are the only group that has the power to “define their political status” and, ultimately, determine citizenship in a nation of their own creation. Once the people have exercised this power, the nation formed has the right and authority to freely pursue social development through programs for housing, education and health. It has the right to freely pursue cultural development by preserving Hawaiian language, protecting sacred sites, and maintaining cultural practices. It also has the power to pursue economic development, including the power to tax, to trade under traditional treaties, and to engage in and license others to engage in business in order to raise revenues and be economically self-sufficient.


SAC/HSAC/HSEC Were All Created by the State

In 1991, the State created the Sovereignty Advisory Council (SAC) in Act 301. As part of OHA’s budget, the State provided SAC with up to $200,000 to develop a plan to discuss and study the sovereignty issue.

On the heels of the 100th commemoration of the illegal overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii in 1993, the State established the Hawaiian Sovereignty Advisory Commission (HSAC) in Act 359. Under this legislation, the State appropriated $420,000 to hold “a referendum to determine the will of the native Hawaiian people to call a democratically convened convention for the purpose of achieving consensus on an organic document that will propose the means for native Hawaiians to operate under a government of their own choosing.”

The next year, the State amended Act 359 with the passage of Act 200 creating the Hawaiian Sovereignty Elections Council (HSEC). The State appropriated up to $1.8 million to HSEC to hold “a plebiscite in 1995, to determine the will of the indigenous Hawaiian people to restore a nation of their own choosing.”

Ka Lāhui Hawaiʻi and other community organizations opposed the SAC/HSAC/HSEC state driven initiatives, and called for a boycott of the process. We had grave concerns that this referendum or plebiscite would be used as evidence that the indigenous Hawaiian people relinquished their claims to their inherent sovereignty as a people or over their national lands to the United States, in direct contrast to our peoples history of resistance as acknowledged in the Apology Resolution, which provides that “the indigenous Hawaiian people never directly relinquished their claims to their inherent sovereignty as a people or over their national lands to the United States, either through their monarchy or through a plebiscite or referendum.”

After Ka Lāhui Hawaiʻi and other community organizations called to boycott the process for nearly two years, a month before the election was to be held, the State amended Act 200 by passing Act 140 in 1996. The new State law specifically changed the requirement that the plebiscite be approved by a majority of “qualified voters” to “ballots cast.” In other words, the State first created a process that required a majority of the approximately 85,000 Native Hawaiians to approve. However, the new law required only a majority of all votes cast in order to approve the plebiscite.

On July 15, 1996, HSEC sent out ballots to approximately 85,000 Native Hawaiians. 30,423 ballots were returned, of these ballots, 22,294 voted yes to the question “Shall the Hawaiian People elect delegates to propose a Native Hawaiian government.” Ka Lāhui Hawaiʻi and other community groups claimed a victory due to the low turnout. However, the State claimed a victory by looking at the majority of the ballots cast. Consequently, this State initiated process continued with Ha Hawaiʻi and ʻAha Hawaiʻi ʻOiwi.

The Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act (aka Akaka Bill)

Hawaiʻi’s Congressional delegation introduced the first version of the Akaka bill, S. 2899/H.R. 4904 in 2000, authorizing a process for the reorganization of a Native Hawaiian government and to provide for the recognition of the Native Hawaiian government by the United States. This bill had only 1 hearing in Hawaiʻi in 12 years. Over the next decade, Congress proposed multiple versions of the bill. But the changes and versions that followed were done in Washington, DC, without the input of the Native Hawaiian people. In stark contrast, the changes reflected input from state agencies like OHA and a select few individuals from the Hawaiian community who continue to push an agenda that excludes the vast majority of Hawaiians from the process. An estimated $30 million trust dollars was spent to support passage of the Akaka Bill. No accounting has ever been provided for the Hawaiian trust funds spent on these efforts.

The Native Hawaiian Roll Commission/Kanaʻiolowalu Was Created by the State

In 2011, the State established the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission in Act 195 to prepare and maintain a roll of qualified Native Hawaiians defined initially in the law as 1) “an individual who is a descendant of the aboriginal peoples who, prior to 1778, occupied and exercised sovereignty in the Hawaiian islands, the area that now constitutes the State of Hawaii; or  2) “an individual who is one of the indigenous, native people of Hawaii and who was eligible in 1921 for the programs authorized by the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act, 1920, or a direct lineal descendant of that individual.” The law also required that a qualified Native Hawaiian “has maintained a significant, cultural, social, or civic connection to the Native Hawaiian community and wishes to participate in the organization of the Native Hawaiian governing entity; and is eighteen years of age or older.” Funding for the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission was provided by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs while no other community organization was provided money to conduct any kind of educational campaign in opposition to this initiative.

As noted in a Civil Beat article by Trisha Kehaulani Watson, “within the first two years of implementation (between the signing of the Act in 2011 and September 2013), less than 19,000 Hawaiians enrolled, despite having a $4 million budget from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.” To inflate this low enrollment, the State passed Act 77 in 2013 expanding the definition of “qualified Native Hawaiian” to include “an individual who meets the ancestry requirements of Kamehameha Schools or of any Hawaiian registry program of the office of Hawaiian affairs,” immediately swelling the roll to over 107,000 names. It is this roll that Naʻi Aupuni is using to conduct its election of delegates to a constitutional convention, or ʻAha. At the heart of self-determination is deciding to participate in any process and not have the State determine participation by defining a qualified Native Hawaiian.

The US Department of Interior’s Proposed Rules

The US Department of Interior (DOI) has issued proposed rules to create an administrative procedure for re-establishing a government-to-government relationship with the Native Hawaiian community. These proposed rules follow the Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking issued last year where the vast majority of those who testified at public hearings expressed opposition to the DOI’s proposal. Nevertheless, thousands of identical postcards submitted as part of a concerted effort of political insiders intent on securing federal recognition was used to justify the DOI’s proposed rules. Interestingly, portions of the proposed rule would allow a roll of Native Hawaiians certified by a State of Hawaii commission like Kanaʻiolowalu that is being used by Naʻi Aupuni to determine participation when the large majority of the names on the roll came from different OHA lists and registries without the free prior and informed consent of those who signed on to those prior lists and registries including one registry that was used to qualify for OHA programs such as loans, grants and scholarships.


The record reflects that none of these initiatives came from the Hawaiian “Peoples” and all were in fact created by State and Federal bodies. SAC/HSAC/HSEC and the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission/Kanaiolowalu are all State bodies, created by State procedures. The Akaka Bill and the US Department of Interior’s proposed rules were drafted in Washington, DC, without any input from our broader community. None of these groups represents the Hawaiian Peoples. Consequently, these efforts cannot be viewed as legitimate reflections of the Hawaiian peoples desire for Nationhood or a valid expression of our peoples right of Self-Determination.

The record further indicates that for years the State and Federal Government have tried unsuccessfully to manipulate Hawaiians into approving a governmental structure that would limit political power or authority. As a result of this limited power, our peoples vast trust lands and resources would continue to be controlled by the State and Federal bodies that control them now.


As Ka Lāhui Hawaiʻi did in 1996, we are once again calling upon the Hawaiian community and all Citizens to boycott State/Federal efforts to manipulate Hawaiian Self-Determination. We urge you to oppose Naʻi Aupuni, by refusing to cast a ballot in this election. We also recommend you submit testimony against the proposed US DOI Rules for the following reasons:

  1. As explained in the two US DOI memo’s released in late September 2015 (links are as follows: and, the ‘Recognized’ Hawaiian Nation will not have any share of our peoples Ceded lands trust or Hawaiian Homelands but will be only given Kahoolawe Island. (Kahoolawe was used by the US as a bombing target for years and is still littered with bombs. No one lives there.)
  2. The ‘Recognized’ Hawaiian Nation will not have any of the powers the ‘Recognized’ Indian Nations have. It will not have taxing authority, the ability to zone or develop our trust lands for housing, education or health, etc. This means that some ‘Recognized’ native nations in the USA will have rights other ‘Recognized’ native nations are not allowed to have. A clear violation of the 14th Amendment.
  3. The ‘Recognized’ nation will not be able to access federal laws appropriating federal funds for other classes of Native Americans. For example, Hawaiian children removed from Hawaiian families will not have the protections of the Indian Child Welfare Act (the right to be placed with Hawaiian foster homes), etc.
  4. Hawaiian trust lands under control of the USA and State will continue to be under Federal and State control. Wardship will be maintained. Hawaiians will be “Beneficiary-Wards” of state & federal government and these entities will continue to control our trust resources.
  5. The vast majority of Hawaiian peoples are being disenfranchised by the process. There are approximately 577,000 Hawaiians in the US, less than 19,000 have been registered by Kanaʻiolowalu, and thousands have been added to a list without their free prior informed consent and approval. These numbers confirm that the overwhelming majority of Hawaiians are not included in this process.
  6. Hawaiians will forever be denied their right of Self-governance and Self-determination. The DOI Memos verify that once the US confers “recognition” on the Naʻi Aupuni Nation, the US will never again ‘recognize’ a Hawaiian Nation.

What Can Hawaiians Do?

  1. Inform/educate yourselves by reading the US DOI memos and exercise your best judgment for yourself and ʻohana;
  2. Get involved by submitting testimony to the US DOI opposing the Recognition Rules and limitations. Go to!submitComment;D=DOI-2015-0005-2438 to submit testimony;
  3. DEMAND that the United States Department of Interior respect our peoples right to “consultation” under the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The United States should be in Hawaiʻi meeting with Indigenous Hawaiians on these issues. Previous “Hearings” were held for the public and Indian Nations with gambling casino’s on the continent but no “consultation” has been held specifically for Hawaiians in and throughout Hawaii;
  4. Support and Sign on to the Kū`ē Na`i Aupuni Petition. Go to to sign on.


Kūʻē Naʻi Aupuni, Kūʻē Kanaʻiolowalu, Kūʻē OHA and US DOI
Remember the words of our beloved queen, Liliʻuokalani
“Onipaʻa Kākou”

Nā Kiaʻāina
Mililani Bernardette Trask
Josiah “Black” Hoʻohuli
Lehua Kinilau-Cano


The authors:

Mililani Bernardette Trask is the first elected Kiaʻāina of Ka Lāhui Hawaiʻi, who served from 1990-1998. A longtime leader in the Hawaiian sovereignty movement, Mililani has advocated both in Hawaii and abroad to advance rights on behalf of indigenous peoples and is considered an indigenous expert to the United Nations in international and human rights law.

Josiah “Black” Hoʻohuli is the second elected Kiaʻāina of Ka Lāhui Hawaiʻi, who served from 1998-2002. A Nanakuli homesteader, Black is a longtime advocate of homestead beneficiaries to enforce the trust responsibilities owed to beneficiaries under State and Federal law.

Lehua Kinilau-Cano is the third elected Kiaʻāina of Ka Lāhui Hawaiʻi, who served from 2002. A graduate of Kamehameha Schools, she obtained her BA degree in Hawaiian Studies and JD from the University of Hawaii.

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