OHA could replicate Kahauiki Village
Duane Kurisu’s and Corbett Kalama’s humble beginnings, their eventual financial success, and their compassion to give back created a partnership to help build Kahauiki Village, complete with a daycare center.
After attending the presentation on how they worked together to accomplish this amazing, almost impossible village for Hawaii’s homeless families with children, I noticed about 80 percent are Hawaiians.
Reading the article about
$30 million for ohana zones (“More than $30M OK’d for
‘ohana zones’,” Star-Advertiser, April 28), I couldn’t help but think how great it would be for our beneficiaries if we, as trustees of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, would sit down and figure out a way we could replicate Kahauiki Village.
Possibly swapping our Kakaako Makai property for lands for our villages could create a legacy for our generations to come, our beneficiaries. OHA cannot do it alone, and there are so many willing to help if given the opportunity to create this legacy.
Lei Ahu Isa Trustee at large, Office of Hawaiian Affairs
Please vote with your brains, not with your unwillingness to make a change.
I am ashamed and frustrated by what is happening in my USA! Our states are no longer united.
Mary J. Culvyhouse Kaneohe