Colette Y. Pi`ipi`i Machado
Office of Hawaiian Affairs
Moloka`i and Lana`i

Serving OHA Beneficiaries
for 12 years with...


Click here to see GSPD and Trustee Grants of $5,131,196.02

Your support and contribution to my 2008 campaign touched my heart and made ALL the difference in my re-election as a trustee for the Office Hawaiian Affairs (OHA).

Mahalo nui loa for your confidence in me.  I will do my best to represent the communities of Moloka'i and Lana'i, working together with all of our islands' ethnic groups.

In this era of change, I am committed to having OHA make a difference in protecting the Native Hawaiian way of life and sustaining our islands' precious natural resources which makes Hawai'i special to all of us.

                              Mahalo & Aloha Nui LoaColette Pi'ipi'i Machado
                              Trustee, Office of Hawaiian Affairs

Straightforward and knowledgeable, Colette Y. Pi`ipi`i Machado embodies the activist spirit in all of us when it comes to economic and cultural issues facing Hawaiians.

Born in Ho`olehua, Colette's ancestral roots on Moloka'i through the Opupele and Pali-Pahupu lines are deep.  Colette lives in Puko`o, East Moloka`i with her husband, Myron Akutagawa, a descendant of taro farmers from the island's Wailau Valley.

A high school dropout, Colette completed her G.E.D. and graduated from the University of Hawai'i Manoa with a Bachelor's degree in Education.  She went on to become an accomplished leader respected throughout our islands. Colette is Kaikamahine Aka Aha (Deaconess) with Ka Hale Hoano O Ke Akua Church. Colette is a leader in subsistence and community-based economic development for a sustainable Hawai`i.

Colette and her ohana at their family reunion.

As chair of the OHA Beneficiary and Advocacy Committee, Colette worked with the Trustees to provide funding for $40 million in revenue bonds for Department of Hawaiian Home Lands construction projects.


Public Offices Held:

Hawai'i State Land Use Commissioner,

Hawaiian Home Lands Commissioner,

Moloka'i Burial Council,

Kaho'olawe Island Reserve Commissioner,

Moloka'i Fishpond Restoration Task Force,

Governor's Moloka'i Subsistence Task Force


Click here to see GSPD and Trustee Grants of $5,131,196.02
- Molokai and Lanai FY 2004 - FY 2008

Colette Machado
Office of Hawaiian Affairs
Moloka`i and Lana`i