OHA could repli­cate Ka­hauiki Vil­lage

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - VIEWS & VOICES -

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

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