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Office of Hawaiian Affairs

Yesterday’s announcement that the Navy is establishing a Defueling Information Sharing Forum which will allow community leaders, elected representatives and other stakeholders an opportunity to provide community feedback and receive regular progress updates as the Red Hill Bulk Storage Facility is defueled is a welcome step toward transparency as the Navy works to safeguard Oʻahu’s water. The Navy clearly needs to improve its credibility with the people of this state and it is our hope that establishing this sharing forum with community leaders will assist toward that goal. We have committed our top executive — CEO Dr. Sylvia Hussey — to serve on this forum alongside other voices important to the lāhui to provide insight from our Native Hawaiian perspective. The defueling of the Red Hill Bulk Storage Facility is of such vital importance that it will take all of our voices working together to ensure a pono resolution of this crucial issue. We must all continue to engage the Navy with every step of this process to ensure that Oʻahu’s clean water resources are preserved for generations to come. 

Joint Task Force-Red Hill Defueling Information Sharing Forum Volunteer Members

  • Councilmember Radiant Cordero: Honolulu City Council (District 7)
  • Dr. Kaeo Duarte: Chair of Hawaiʻi Fresh Water Council
  • Dr. Sylvia Hussey: Chief Executive Officer of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs
  • Rep. Linda Ichiyama: State Representative (District 32)
  • Fleet Master Chief David Isom, USN: Senior Enlisted Leader U.S. Indo-Pacific Command
  • Sen. Jarrett Keohokalole: State Senator (District 24)
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  • Ernie Lau: Manager and Chief Engineer of Board of Water Supply
  • Kuhio Lewis: Chief Executive Officer of the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement
  • Jeff Mikulina: Co-Host of KHON Empowered-Hawaiʻi; former CEO Blue Planet Foundation and former Chapter President of Sierra Club
  • Laurie Moore: Executive Director of Armed Services YMCA Honolulu
  • Dr. Vassilis Syrmos: Vice President for Research and Innovation at University of Hawaiʻi
  • Rep. Ryan Yamane: State Representative (District 37)

For additional information please visit https://www.pacom.mil/JTF-Red-Hill/

About the Office of Hawaiian Affairs

Established by the state Constitutional Convention in 1978, Office of Hawaiian Affairs is a semi-autonomous state agency mandated to better the conditions of Native Hawaiians. Guided by a board of nine publicly elected trustees, OHA fulfills its mandate through advocacy, research, community engagement, land management and the funding of community programs. Learn more at www.oha.org

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