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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 multi-generational 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.
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.
I support Keola Lindsey because he’s humble, honest and gets results for our people and home.
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.
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.