Mahalo nui to everyone for taking the time to offer your support.
I appreciate it and am truly humbled.
“Aloha, I ask that you please vote for Keola Lindsey for OHA Trustee, Hawai’i Island. Keola has the skills, the intelligence, and the HEART to improve the quality of life for the Hawaiian People.” – Former OHA Trustee Oz Stender
Mahalo nui to former OHA Trustee Oswald Stender and his wonderful wife for their support. Both have given so much back to our people and larger community and are true examples of honesty and hard work.
Aloha e nā ʻōiwi ʻōlino nā pulapula a Hāloa, mai Hawaiʻi a Niʻihau a me nā makamaka o Hawaiʻi nei
I seek your support and vote for KEOLA LINDSEY to the open-position of Hawaiʻi Island Trustee, Office of Hawaiian Affairs.
Keolaʻs twenty plus years of multi-layered, Hawaiian focused, real-world service in problem-solving stretches from ʻOnipaʻa Mahiʻai Farmer/Owner, DLNR Cultural Historian, OHA Senior Cultural Advocate, OHA Lead Compliance Specialist, Papahānaumokuākea Program Manager to the present OHA Advocacy Director.
Two decades of quality work, illuminated by his undergraduate BA in Hawaiian Studies at Mānoa and capped by his MA in Public Administration at Mānoa (achieved while employed full time and fulfilling his family kuleana), in my opinion, asserts his continuing “kuleana” to advocate and deliver ethical, strategic, well-balanced, compassionate, straight-forward, fiscally sound yet visionary POLICIES for, by and with Native Hawaiians, empowering Native Hawaiians, strenghthening Hawaiʻi.
Being raised and working with his parents on their family lands – ʻOnipaʻa Mahiʻai Farm- has prepared him for the ʻOnipaʻa required by the challenge and “kuleana” of Hawaiʻi Island Trustee. This will serve him well because his journey has been in the preparation for this moment of destiny that beckons. Tūtū Pukuiʻs, ʻŌlelo Noʻeau reminds us: “He iʻa no ka moana, he aho loa ku i ke koʻa” (in order to obtain a good position one must prepare).
E ola kākou me ke aloha a me ke ahonui.
S. Haunani Apoliona,
OHA Trustee-At-Large 1996-2016
OHA Chairperson 2000-2010
Mahalo nui Dr. and Mrs. Bergin for your support. I have tremendous respect for both of you for your lifetime of service to our community. I am humbled that those who have known me my whole life- and know the values instilled in me by my parents, family and hometown of Waimea- are standing with me.
We are very pleased to support Keola Lindsey for OHA-Hawai`i Island Trustee. We have watched him grow into an informed , communicative member of the Big Island community. Keola was raised in a family that has embraced community involvement and contribution as a multigenerational responsibility. As the OHA- Hawai`i Island Trustee, we feel that his progressive, balanced and thoughtful impact will benefit the people of Hawai`i Island and the entire State.
Billy and Pat Bergin- Waimea, Hawai`i
Aloha, I humbly ask you to consider casting your vote for my friend Keola Lindsey for OHA Trustee Hawai’i Island – to continue his family’s legacy of service.
As the son of a farmer, a husband, and a father – he knows the challenges that families are facing right now and how important it is to care for our Kupuna and to work hard to provide a brighter future for our children.
Keola has nearly 2 decades of experience working with working with communities across Hawaii on complex issues at the County, State, and Federal levels.
He is the servant leader that will listen carefully to all perspectives, and work collaboratively with all stakeholders to develop and implement solutions and along the way even when there is disagreement his promise is that he will treat everyone with the Aloha and respect that we all deserve.
I humbly ask you to vote for Keola Lindsey for OHA Trustee – Hawaii Island. MAHALO!
Hāmākua, North Hilo, South Hilo
I am paying very close attention to this year’s OHA races, especially to Hawai’i Island’s two OHA Trustee candidates. All OHA Trustees are elected by everyone statewide.You don’t have to be Hawaiian to vote OHA. For those who are Hawaiian, you have a duty to vote OHA. For those of us who are not (though my children and mo’opuna are), we have a constitutional right to vote OHA…a right afforded us by the U.S. Supreme Court decision Rice vs. Cayatano-1999. I’m voting for Keola Lindsey and I encourage you to do the same. Why? Keola is a bright, articulate, thoughtful, respectful and gracious young man. He is a good listener and very balanced in his perspectives. I believe he will be a true ‘servant leader’ to all of Hawai’i. Hawai’i and Hawaiians need and deserve good leadership. Please vote for Keola Lindsey for OHA.
Senator, District 4
Aloha e Keola,
Each election year, the Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Hawaii (JCCIH), through its Government Affairs Committee and Board of Directors, reviews the candidates running for various races who will appear on the Hawaiʻi County ballot.
Our members are then asked to evaluate the candidates and their campaign platforms and select those who they feel best represent their interests and will do the best job for our county and state. We are happy to inform you that in the Hawaiʻi Island OHA race at the General Election, we will be endorsing your candidacy.
We appreciate your commitment to serve in this important office and wish you success in the November election.
Keola Lindsey, OHA candidate for Hawai’i Island Trustee endorsed by Peter Apo
Keola Lindsey has spent the past 15 years as a vital part of OHA’s administrative team. Keola’s years of experience and intimate knowledge of OHA operations makes it a no-brainer that he be supported to assume the duties of a Trustee in an uninterrupted record of service without missing a beat. Keola has earned this opportunity to carry on the Lindsey family tradition of service to the Hawaiian community. Keola has struggled his way up the leadership ladder, rung by rung. His time has come to join the pantheon of Hawaiian leaders at the highest level of service – Trustee of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. Join me in voting for Keola Lindsey. Imua Keola!
KEOLA LINDSEY, OUR NEPHEW OF WHOM WE ARE HUMBLY PROUD
Keola is our nephew. He is my husband’s (Bob) brother’s (Benjamin) son. Keola, is keiki o ka ‘aina o Waimea. Bob and I, have watched Keola grow up into a fine, industrious, model Hawaiian family man.
Raised on a DHHL Pu’ukapu homestead farm, Keola is ‘aina ho’opulapula and knows the value of work, of being close to the earth and loyal to the land. He understands, the ‘land is ali’i and that we are it’s servant.’ His mom and dad, placed a high emphasis on education. Thus. he has received the best education they could provide him.
Consequently, he is as handy and comfortable with a hoe, sickle, o’o and weed whacker as he is with a pen, iPad, iPhone and desk top computer. Keola, in our opinion will make a great ‘servant leader.’ He is a good listener, team player, collaborator. Keola has a good heart and a good mind. We are so very proud of Keola. We are blessed to have him as our number one, Lindsey nephew. We wish him all the best as he pursues a seat at our People’s table.
Bob and Kathy Lindsey – Waimea, Hawai`i
Please vote for Keola Lindsey for OHA Trustee. Keola is a servant leader who knows how to treat people with respect and believes in improving the conditions of Hawaiians which helps to make Hawaiʻi a better place for all who call Hawaiʻi home. Aloha!
Watters O. Martin, Jr.
I have known Keola since he was a child. His dad, Ben, and I are very good friends, and we grew up in the small rural community of Waimea on the Big Island. Keola was raised on a Hawaiian Homes farm, as his dad and mom, Nancy, worked so very hard to give their children not only solid values but also the best opportunity to achieve a meaningful life. Over the years I followed with great interest as Keola progressed from Waimea Elementary school to the Hawaii Preparatory Academy, to the University of Hawaii, and eventually to starting a career and a family.
When the name “Keola Lindsey” is mentioned, Four words come to my mind: Integrity. Compassion, Humbleness, and Hardwork. Keola Lindsey is the exact kind of young person we need as a leader and decision maker for Hawaii today.
Alvin Wakayama – Waimea, Hawai`i
I COMMEND HIM FOR STEPPING UP
Watching Keola grow for decades has confirmed my support for him as a leader. As a young adult planning for his future, as a respectful son, husband and father, I see his passion and commitment to serve the people of Hawaii. As a canoe paddler, I’ve seen his commitment and camaraderie for team work and hard work, enjoying the ocean in a wa`a. Keola is committed to preserving our precious environment and resources. He understands the importance of education, housing, health care, homelessness and issues affecting the communities. I asked him why not run for the legislature? He told me his commitment is to the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. I commend him for stepping up to run for OHA Trustee, Hawaii Island.
Carleen Ornellas- Waimanalo
I’ve known Keola and his family for many years and seen him grow into a fine young man. He knows and loves our island community and I believe would make a terrific OHA Trustee.
John Ray, Waimea
I support Keola’s candidacy for the Hawai’i Island OHA Trustee seat. He listens well, uses good judgment, and brings thoughtful and reflective reasoning in his decision making. He will navigate a course that arrives at a best solution in service to the Hawaiian community.
Kālepa Baybayan – Master Navigator, Hōkūle’a
My name is Colin Onaka of Holualoa on Hawai‘i island. Although I am not a beneficiary of OHA my wife children and my grandson are, and I would like a positive future for them being Hawaiians. I believe that Hawaiians more than ever need strong yet reasonable representation to deal with the many issues that face us all today. This is one of the reasons I have asked my friends and family to support and vote for Keola. Keola has the experience working with people who have different beliefs to work towards common ground. He has the patience to listen and not allow personal agendas get in the way of making the best and fair decisions for all Hawaiians. I urge all voters to support Keola for OHA’s Hawai‘i island seat.
Mahalo, Colin Onaka
I support Keola Lindsey because he’s humble, honest and gets results for our people and home.
Kauikeaulani Wailehua – Honolulu
I have known Keola since he was very young. He has always been thoughtful, respectful and a careful listener. I know he still is today and it guides him in his work as he has grown to be a leader. I believe he has the knowledge and skills to work with everyone at OHA and in our community to find solutions.
Pwo, Master Navigator
Aloha. I’m a transplant from Honolulu who moved to the Big Island 47 years ago. I’ve had the privilege of working and sailing with Ben Lindsey, Keola’s dad, I’ve always admired both men. I watched Keola grow up as a young man on his family’s homestead. I admire Keola for his honesty and loyalty to his family and community. And, being a loyal supporter of his culture and for never forgetting his ‘roots.’ Keola has always showed himself to being a humble person like his up bringing taught him and knowledgeable of his culture. I am proud to have Keola call me Uncle.
Keahole International Airport Crash Fire Lieutenant (Retired)