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Z. Kaapana

For OHA At-Large
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In A Kukui Nut Shell...


  • Born and raised in Hawai'i; 

  • Native Hawaiian;

  • B.A. Hawaiian Studies, University of Hawai'i at Manoa; 

  • J.D. William S. Richardson School of Law at UHM;

  • Public Policy Advocate, Office of Hawaiian Affairs;

  • OHA Trustee Aide to Trustee Brendon Kaleiaina Lee;

  • Public Policy Manager, Council For Native Hawaiian Advancement;

  • Board Chair, 'Apoakea Native Hawaiian Innovation Institute;

  • Grassroots organizer for Native Hawaiian rights; 

  • Former Walt Disney Imagineer.


  • Remove the OHA pro-rata cap (at $15 mil), so that OHA may effectively use its owed income to better serve its mission. 

  • Leverage OHA assets to build effective income streams to grow its capacity to better serve its mission. 

  • Serve the betterment of conditions for Native Hawaiians by endeavoring bold new strategies to actually address housing, health, financial needs.

  • Maneuver OHA to become a major player in Hawai'i's economic development: establishing economic opportunities as well as pathways toward economic stability for all who call Hawai'i home. 

  • And so much more...

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