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About Colette

I love Molokaʻi. It is my ʻāina hānau, land of my birth, land of my kūpuna kahiko, ancestors.

My grandfather, Zachary Pali-Pahapū was one of the original six homesteaders to found the Hawaiian Homesteading program in Kalamaʻula. I was born in Hoʻolehua, Molokaʻi. My ancestral roots on Molokaʻi through the Opupele and Pali-Pahupū lines are deep. I now live in Pukoʻo, East Molokaʻi with my husband, Myron Akutagawa, a descendant of taro farmers from the island’s Wailau Valley.

I was a high school dropout but completed my G.E.D. and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Hawai’i Mānoa. I have become an accomplished and respected leader for our Lāhui. I am known for being honest and straightforward.

I am seeking re-election to ensure that OHA remains grounded in its mission and connected to the people we serve.


Aloha kakou, my name is Skippy Ioane aka Wiley Kanak. I here today to endorse my tita, Colette Machado,  who been yell at me in front erybody, made me habut lilo while, but pau already. For the Office of Hawaiian Affairs aka Office of Hawaiian Despair, Moloka’i seat. As you kanaks are painfully aware, historically we been get “interrupted” on our journey. Hysterically we been, and continue to be offered da pennies on da dala, like as pennies from Heaven, from da interuptor. Now for me, for be Kanaka politician and not give up da truth in da middle of this deluge of pennies from Heaven takes tenacity and good old bonehead of which tita has an abundance of. Me, I no more glass ball so da futures not mine to see, but if I was going in blind, I take Colette Machado with me.    W.K.



She has Kept Molokaʻi, Molokaʻi!
Original Member Protect Kahoʻolawe ʻOhana.



Kahoʻolawe Island Reserve Commissioner; Hawaiʻi State Land Use Commissioner, Department of Hawaiian Home Lands Commissioner. Founding member of the Hawaiʻi Alliance for Community Based Economic Development.


Political Leader

Over Colette's many years in public service, she always stands up for what she feels is right. 

Colette is truly one of Hawai`i’s living treasures.  She brings to OHA’s table the qualities of one who knows the toils and rewards of lo`i and fishponds and the equally important knowledge of the impacts which decisions in board rooms have on the Native Hawaiian collective and all who call Hawai`i home.  She moves between these with equal ease and knowledge. Having experienced firsthand the blessings of Kanaloa and the return of Kohemalamalama, she speaks with authority and conviction of a Hawaiian leader with values built upon the firm foundation of her kupuna. I ask you to join me in voting for Colette Machado to enter her final term to show our aloha for her and the work she has done and will continue to do.

-Hardy Spoehr


A Trustee for the Lāhui

Colette Y. Machado has represented Molokaʻi and Lāna‘i as an OHA trustee since 1996.

She is currently serving as the Chairwoman of the board. She also served as the board’s chair from December 2010 to December 2014. While chair, OHA acquired the Kukaniloko Birthing Stones and surrounding 511 acres Wahiawā agricultural lands, 30 acres at Kakaʻako makai and the 20 acre Paulaea Cultural Preserve.

"The ongoing support of families and communities on Molokaʻi and Lānaʻi touches my heart and gives me the confidence to seek re-election. In these unprecedented times, proven leadership will help OHA make a difference for the resilience and well-being of our people and ʻāina."

- Chair Colette Machado

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