Kahele announces Maui County field reps
The Maui News
U.S. Rep. Kai Kahele announced last week field representative selections who will serve as direct contacts for Maui County constituents and support area operations.
For the first time, each inhabited island of Maui County will have a designated member of congressional staff, Kahele’s office said in a news release.
The field representatives will be Stephanie Ohigashi for Maui, Gene Ross Davis for Molokai and Joelle Aki Aoki for Lanai.
Born and raised in Wailuku, Ohigashi is the current International & Regional Partnerships coordinator for the University of Hawaii Maui College. She has a long list of local volunteer work and previously served as executive assistant to then-Maui County Council member Michael Victorino, who is now the mayor. Ohigashi can be reached at (808) 208-2980.
Davis’ public service experience includes his role as acting homestead supervisor for the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands and special education teacher at Molokai High School. He is a current member of the Kalamaula Homestead Association and the Molokai Homestead Farmers Alliance. Davis can be reached at (808) 658-6681.
Lanai native Aoki previously oversaw the Coalition for Drug Free Lanai for more than two decades. She served as a shared community program specialist with the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Kamehameha Schools, ALU LIKE Inc. and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association’s Native Fisheries program. Aoki can be reached at (808) 658-6728.
Kahele also selected Michael Contrades to serve as his field representative on Kauai. Hanale Lee Loy is field representative for West Hawaii, and Stevie Li is field representative for East Hawaii.
Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District encompasses Hawaii island, Maui, Kahoolawe, Molokai, Lanai, Kauai, Niihau and the rural parts of Oahu, including Waimanalo, Kailua, Kaneohe, the North Shore and Leeward coast.