The Office of Hawaiian Affairs Board of Trustees voted unanimously to keep Maui trustee Carmen Hulu Lindsey as chair at a meeting on Monday.

It was the first meeting after the November primary elections, which ushered in two new faces holding at-large seats on the nine-member panel — Brickwood Galuteria, a former state senator, and Keoni Souza, a real estate agent.

“Thank you to my colleagues for the trust that you put in me,” Lindsey said at the meeting. “I promise to continue working as hard as I have been for our lahui (nation, race, tribe, people), for improving the conditions of our Native Hawaiians.”

OHA Office of Hawaiian Affairs Chair Carmen Hulu Lindsey speaks to media about results from a recent forensic audit.
Maui trustee Carmen Hulu Lindsey was reelected as chair of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs Board of Trustees. Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Lindsey, a trustee since 2012, is a former properties administrator for Maui Land and Pineapple Co. and a former administrator for the County of Maui’s Land Use and Codes Division. She’s also a recording artist.

OHA also selected Big Island trustee Mililani Trask as vice chair. Trask replaced former vice chair Lei Ahu Isa, who lost her bid for the at-large seat during the November elections. Trask is an attorney and a prominent Native Hawaiian rights advocate.

OHA is a semiautonomous state agency created in 1978 that manages more than $600 million worth of assets on behalf of Native Hawaiians.

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