Recognized Leader

Colette Y. Pi`ipi`i Machado


Office of Hawaiian Affairs

Moloka`i and Lana`i

Serving OHA Beneficiaries
for 12 years with...





Experienced Political Leader


Dedicated Community Service

Community-based Economic Development

Recognized Leader

Molokai - Land of My Birth

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Colette Machado has supported $5,131,196.00 in funding
for over 30 different organizations on Moloka’i and Lana’i
for more than 35 projects.


Bannerman Fellow for Distinguished Service to the Hawaiian Community

Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation Award for Advancing Native Rights

'O'o Award for Outstanding Hawaiian Businesswoman, Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce
Outstanding Young Woman of America

Subject of the documentary film, "Colette"

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

  • She is a founding member of Hui Ala Loa, Inc. which has protected the rural livelihoods and landscapes on Moloka`i for decades.  She co-founded, Malama Mana'e & Kako'o Kawela to protect East Moloka'i fishponds and cultural sites.

  • Colette intervened in court cases to protect Kai`aka, Kaluako'i and Kawakiu from massive resort development.  She was a plaintive in the nine-mile Moloka'i pipeline case to protect Hawaiian homestead water rights.  She helped stop Cruise Ships from docking at Moloka’i.

  • Colette is a member of the board for Ka 'Ohana O Kalaupapa.

  • Colette helped organize the Protect Kaho'olawe 'Ohana which stopped the bombing & returned the island home to Hawai`i's people.

  • Colette led the fundraising to restore the historic Kalaniana'ole Hall in Kalama'ula, Moloka'i where 'ohana can gather for a final farewell to their loved ones.

Lana`i parade day with Colette and youth Kau Inoa supporters.

Colette was key in the acquisition of Waimea Park

Wao Kele O Puna, Hawaii is a 25,856 acres of land set aside for the
Native Hawaiian sovereign government with Colette's leadership.

Colette Machado

Office of Hawaiian Affairs

Moloka`i and Lana`i

OHA Lana`i Office Blessing - Eleven Years Later
By Trustee Colette Y. Machado

 It has been eleven years since, Lanai Kumu Hula, Elaine Kaopuiki asked OHA candidates to remember Lanai.  "What about us?  Although, we are few in numbers, we are being forgotten? We need help too." With Aunty Elaine in mind, it gives me great pleasure to report OHA's commitment fulfilled.

The OHA Lanai Office Blessing was held on Friday, June 29, 2007 at 5:00 pm at 850 Fraser Avenue.  Kahu Marian Kuuleialoha Kanipae, presided over the blessing of the Office. The maile leis were untwined and the Office was officially opened for business.   

OHA Chairperson Haunani Apoliona spoke of the commitment to Aunty Elaine Kaopuiki and the people of Lanai, while OHA Administrator Namu'o shared how happy OHA is to be on the island.  Deputy Administrator Ron Mun described some of the details associated with the eleven year mission. and how OHA came very close to securing a location several years back. Fortunately, Castle & Cooke was able to turn a former auto detailing shop into commercial space for OHA to use as an office that will service our Lanai beneficiaries.  

Castle & Cooke executives, Mike & Diana Schochet, Gary Yokoyama, legal counsel, and Mae Ulep, project coordinator joined in the festivities and welcomed OHA to the island.  State Senator Kalani English was thoroughly excited with OHA's presence on Lanai and was happy to be on hand to witness the special event. 

The evening's atmosphere was one of warmth, friendliness, excitement, and genuine "Aloha."  People visited with each other, enjoyed the refreshments, walked through the office and listened to the lovely music while enjoying the beautiful hula of Halau Hula O Lana'i Kaula, Kumu Hula Lynette Kaopuiki, ohana to Aunty Elaine.

Opening a new office on Lanai with limited resources was a challenge for OBS Specialist, Haunani Ching.  "I wanted to utilize as many Lanai people and companies as possible," said Ching.  "We made it happen by using various companies who had Lanai connections."  The air-condition system was installed by Aloha State Refrigeration whose employee Lucky Maltezo is from Lanai.  The Maltezo family helped Lucky pick up the equipment and take it to the office.  Although the carpet was shipped from Honolulu, the installer was Felipe Magaoay of Lanai.  Setting up the office was a joint venture by all.  Sun Isle West of Honolulu was responsible for shipping all the furniture and worked with Lanai Trucking in picking it up at the pier and helping Pearl set up the office.  Jennifer Chiwa, Joanne Medeiros, Joanie Martinez (OBS staff) along with Ruben Walston assisted with the office phones, computers and furniture.  Even Billy Ching contributed by installing the door sign, the door stop, along with the door weather strip. 

The dedication ceremony was successful with the kokua of many people.  Pearl Ah Ho, Lanai Community Resource Coordinator was the "do everything" of the group.  Molokai's CRC Irene Kaahanui, and staff members Halona Kaopuiki and Kapena Johnston worked hard in making the event a memorable one.  There were several Lanai people who brought in desserts and helped with the set-up, etc. A big mahalo to Alberta De Jetley for the beautiful plants and flowers she gathered and helped to decorate the outside of the building for the Ceremony. 

Uncle Sol Kaopuiki, life time Lanai resident said it best, "at last we have our own, it's for the best, for all the Hawaiians."

Stop in to visit Pearl Ah Ho on Fraser Street the next time you're on Lanai.  Office hours are weekdays from 1:00pm - 4:00 pm.  Beneficiaries can also call the office at 808-565-7930.