FOR OHA AND THE HAWAIIAN COMMUNITY
Pua believes that together, we can make OHA all it can and should be to truly and fully benefit the Hawaiian Community. An OHA that has a clear understanding of what it is and what it is supposed to do. An exemplary organization recognized for it's transparency, accountability, and integrity. An organization that not only meets and exceeds expectations, but acts to lift, empower, and inspire, the Hawaiian Community.
An OHA that the Hawaiian Community can trust, be proud of, and love. An organization that recognizes and treats its employees as its greatest resource. And is recognized as one of the best places to work in Hawaii drawing the best and brightest. A truly culturally
competent organization that has internalized Hawaiian principles and values into its organizational culture. Pua also envisions a Board of Trustees (BOT) that understands and embraces their fiduciary duty to always do what is in the best interest of the Hawaiian Community. And to work and interact with each other in collaboration, respect, and Aloha. In summary, Pua would like to work with you to make OHA a "Shinning City upon a Hill", the "Beacon of Light and Hope" that the Hawaiian Community so desperately seeks and deserves.
The Hawaiian Community, as an ethnic group, has the dubious distinction of having some of the worst stats among all ethnic groups in the State of Hawaii. If you are talking about categorizes that are positive such as higher education; high income; and home ownership; the Hawaiian Community is at the bottom of the charts or very close to it. And if you are talking about categories that are negative, such as homelessness; poor health; unemployment; substance abuse; criminal activity, incarceration; teen pregnancy; and suicide; the Hawaiian Community is the top or very close to it. This is not acceptable and cannot stand.
Again, Pua believes that together, we can make a difference, that we can make the Hawaiian Community all it can and should be. He believes we must reverse the current trends and stats for ourselves and future generations. Pua envisions a Hawaiian Community, a racial group, that all other groups recognize and aspire to be like. A community that is united, healthy, educated, happy, empowered, flourishing, and pressing forward, confidently, into the future.
FAITH, INTEGRITY, AND ALOHA
MY COMMITMENT TO YOU
"Should I be honored to become your OHA Trustee, I will dedicate whatever resources are necessary in time, energy, mind, strength, and spirit. To the betterment of OHA, the Hawaiian Community, and State of Hawaii. And that I will carry out this fiduciary duty in Faith, Integrity, and Aloha."