OHA turns attention to tentative land deal

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs will hold a series of community meetings as part of a wider strategy to soothe concerns about the offer from the state to settle longstanding ceded-lands claims.

 The statewide meetings begin on Maui, where OHA will engage the Hawaiian community in detailed discussions about the tentative deal that, if approved by the Hawai’i Legislature, would give OHA 25 acres of property in Kaka’ako valued at an estimated $200 million.

Information for the meeting in LEEWARD OAHU:

Dec. 15, 2011

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Kapolei Middle School

91-5335 Kapolei Parkway

Kapolei, HI. 96707

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Carol Luna of Nanakuli Retires After 30 Years of Service to DHS

Carol Luna (far right) pictured with colleagues who came to congratulate her upon her retirement.

Senator Shimabukuro enjoyed being among the many who celebrated Nanakuli resident Carol Luna’s retirement on November 17, 2011. Luna had served as supervisor of the state Department of Human Services’ Wai`anae Unit.

On behalf of herself and Representatives Karen Awana and Jo Jordan, Senator Shimabukuro presented Luna with a joint House/Senate congratulatory certificate. The text of the certificate reads:

Our community is greatly enriched by the contributions of dedicated public servants who serve the poor and disadvantaged among us. Carol Luna, with thirty years of service as a state Department of Human Services (DHS) employee, is one such person.

Carol Luna, a Wai’anae High School graduate and longtime Nanakuli resident, is entering a well-deserved retirement after a distinguished career as supervisor of the department’s Wai’anae unit—a position she has held since 1988. Among her many skills has been the training of new employees to work effectively and compassionately with clients.

Wai’anae and Nanakuli residents are indeed fortunate to have benefitted from Carol’s contributions—not only as a state employee, but as a neighbor and friend whose volunteer work in the community has been consistent and generous over the past three decades. This includes her commitment to the Aloha Fun Run and other charity fundraising events, serving as chair for Wai`anae High School class of 1967 events, and working at the polls as precinct captain on election days.

The Senate of the twenty-sixth Legislature joins with Wai’anae Coast residents and all of Hawaii’s people in congratulating Carol Luna on her many years of service to our state. We wish her the very best in all her future endeavors—and a happy and healthy retirement.