OHA chairwoman set to return to work

Office of Hawaiian Affairs Board Chairwoman Colette Machado was released from The Queen’s Medical Center last week in Honolulu and is expected to return to work as soon as Thursday, a department spokesman said.

Machado was released Nov. 11 after collapsing 10 days earlier in front of the state Capitol, OHA spokesman Garett Kamemoto said Tuesday. Machado suffered a minor stroke and was immediately transported to the hospital. She was reportedly walking and talking within 48 hours. Medical staff exercised an “abundance of caution” in keeping Machado under watch for 10 days to run tests and “make sure it’s not going to recur,” Kamemoto said.

Machado is expected to preside over the OHA Board of Trustees meeting at 9 a.m. Thursday, although it was unknown whether she would do it in person or from her home on Molokai via video stream. Her doctors suggested that he chairwoman “pace herself,” which may mean less travel and more work conducted from her Molokai office over the next few weeks.

Machado lives on Molokai and usually catches the first flight to Honolulu in the mornings for work, Kamemoto said.