The Office of Hawaiian Affairs, once a contentious organization, today is a well-managed agency empowered with land holdings. Whether OHA will use its wealth and power with a vision of a racially divided Hawaii or whether it will fulfill the vision of a Hawaii embracing Hawaiians at heart, regardless of race, can only be decided by OHA's trustees.
OHA's portfolio needs to be driven by who will be benefited and how our complex society will be impacted. This drive will be steered by a nine-member board of trustees.
Maui's OHA trustee is one of the nine seats up for election Nov. 6.
Johanna Kuuleilokelani Amorin is our Maui candidate.
From Oahu, and a longtime Maui resident, Amorin for more than 40 years has demonstrated invigorating support for Hawaii, may it be the March of Dimes, Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce or Royal Order of King Kamehameha Women's Auxiliary or Queen Ka'ahumanu Society.
As planning commissioner and chairwoman to preparing students for employment at Baldwin and Maui High School, Amorin touches many roots to help expand her expertise for OHA.
With husband Howard, six dogs, three sons and five grandchildren, Amorin understands and embraces the importance of a Hawaiian family - she lives it.
Johanna Amorin is a passionate advocate for the betterment of Hawaiians, and also has a strong obligation to serve the common good. Amorin's past record of complex decision-making can only be positive changes for Maui and all of Hawaii.
Amorin for Maui OHA trustee.