Keola Lindsay

Hawai`i Island Trustee @ Office of Hawaiian Affairs

Keola Lindsey has nearly two decades of experience working with Hawaiian communities and a diverse range of stakeholders throughout the State of Hawai`i on complex natural and cultural resource management issues. He has held several positions with the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA), a semi-autonomous state agency and was elected in 2020 to serve a four-year term as the Hawai`i Island Trustee. The nine-member OHA Board of Trustees is responsible for setting policy and managing the agency’s trust. From 2012-2019 he oversaw OHA’s day-to-day co-management responsibilities in the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument (PMNM), ensuring regular Native Hawaiian community involvement and full consideration of cultural issues and traditional and customary rights in permit application review, planning and policy implementation. He was the agency’s lead in negotiating with the U.S. Departments of Interior and Commerce, the State of Hawai`i and other stakeholders to finalize a 2016 memorandum of agreement that placed the Native Hawaiian voice at the highest level of decision making in PMNM. He earned his BA in Hawaiian Studies and MA in Public Administration from the University of Hawai`i and lives with his family in Kawaihae on the Island of Hawai`i.