Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu running for higher OHA seatUPDATED 8:17 PM HST Jan 15, 2014Video Transcript
The transgender chair of the Oahu Island Burial Council has announced a run for office. Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu is running for an at-large seat with the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. Wong-Kalu is also the director of culture at the Halau Lokahi Public Charter School in Kalihi-Palama. Wong-Kalu realizes she may receive more attention because of her sexual identity, but says she's determined to make a difference. HINALEIMOANA WONG-KALU: "IN THE LAST WEEK I WAS THE SUBJECT OF GREAT SCRUTINY BY PEOPLE WHO DO NOT UNDERSTAND ME AND PEOPLE WHO DO NOT KNOW WHAT I'M ABOUT. HOWEVER, I WILL STAND FIRM ON MY CONTRIBUTION FOR THE LAST 25 YEARS TO OUR HAWAIIAN COMMUNITY." Wong-Kalu says her run for OHA at-large trustee will focus on education, health issues and the LGBT community.