Past Commissioners


Michael P. Kahikina

  • O’ahu
  • Term: July 2011 – June 2019

Mike Kahikina is the executive director of Kahikolu ‘Ohana Hale ‘O Wai‘anae and a former state representative representing the Leeward Coast. He has been active in the homestead community, sitting on the Executive Board of the Nānākuli Hawaiian Homestead Community Association and working with the Sovereign Councils of the Hawaiian Homelands Assembly.


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Wren Wescoatt III

  • O’ahu
  • Term: December 2015 – June 2019

Wren Wescoatt brings with him nearly a decade of experience in renewable energy project development. Since 2007, Wescoatt has served as Senior Director of Development in Hawai’i for SunEdison (formerly First Wind). Prior to that, Wescoatt founded College Connections Hawaiʻi, a statewide non-profit organization providing educational services including a Native Hawaiian Scholars Program and SAT preparation classes for rural high schools with high percentage Hawaiian populations.

Mr. Wescoatt received an M.A. in Education from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, a B.A. in Communication from Stanford University, and is a 1986 graduate of Kamehameha Schools.


Patricia_Sheehan_1 Patricia W. Sheehan

  • Kaua’i
  • Term: Aug. 20, 2013 – June 30, 2014
  • Confirmed: Nov. 1, 2013

Patricia W. Sheehan fills the Kauai seat on the Hawaiian Homes Commission. Sheehan previously served on the commission from 1993 to 1997 and has worked in fields ranging from education to real estate and successfully restarted a family business in the aftermath of Hurricane Iniki. She serves on various other boards and commissions, including Hoopulapula Haraguchi Rice Mill, Hui o Laka, Kapiolani Health Foundation, Kauai Historic Preservation Review Commission, National Tropical Botanical Garden, and The Waioli Corporation. She is a graduate of Punahou School and holds a degree in fine arts/dance from Bennett College.

   Jeremy Kamakaneoaloha Hopkins

  • O’ahu
  • Term: 2011- June 30, 2014

Commissioner Hopkins currently serves as an aide to Office of Hawaiian Affairs Trustee Robert Lindsey. Fluent in Hawaiian, he has been a Hawaiian Language Immersion teacher and served as Kahu for Pūnana Leo O Kawaiaha’o. Commissioner Hopkins is also an accomplished Hawaiian musician and songwriter with the Nā Hōkū Hanohano award-winning group Holunape.


Photo to come Leimana K. DaMate

  • West Hawai’i
  • Term: 2011-June 30, 2013
  • Holdover (Acting) until April 24, 2014

Commissioner DaMate is the executive director of the ‘Aha Kiole
Advisory Committee and her community work includes membership
with the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs.

Artates Perry Artates

  • Maui
  • Term: 2011-2015
  • Resigned: Aug. 2013

Former chairman of the Waiohuli Hawaiian Homesteaders Association for six years, Perry Artates serves as the Executive Director of the Hawaii Operating Engineers Industry Stabilization Fund. His knowledge and experience in the construction industry has helped many of the Waiohuli families and is an asset to the Hawaiian Homes Commission.

Imaikalani P. Aiu

  • Kaua’i
  • Term: 2011-2013

Hawaiian Homes Commission, Gubernatorial Appointee

Ian Lee Loy

  • East Hawai’i
  • Term: 2011-2013

Hawaiian Homes Commission, Gubernatorial Appointee

Nahale-a Alapaki Nahale-a

  • Chairman
  • Term: 2010 – May 15, 2012

Alapaki Nahale-a was formerly the board president and executive director of the Hawai’i Charter Schools Network. From 2003 to 2009, he was director of Ka Umeke Kaeo Hawaiian Immersion Public Charter School in Keaukaha, Hawai’i. Prior to becoming Chairman, he was the East Hawai’i member on the Commission. His professional background included positions he held in a series of community development positions with Hawai’i Community College, Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement, Rural Community Assistance Corporation, County of Hawaii Legislative Auditor’s office and ‘Aha Punana Leo. In addition, he continued to be a member of the Hawai’i County Charter Commission, a board member and volunteer mediator with the Kuikahi Mediation Center and a board member of the Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation.

Chairman Nahale-a is a graduate of the Kamehameha Schools and received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA.

Morikawa Trish Morikawa

  • O’ahu
  • Term Ending: June 30, 2011

Trish Morikawa is currently employed as a Deputy Prosecutor with the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office of the City and County of Honolulu. She was formerly a Deputy Attorney General with the State Attorney General’s Office. Morikawa is a graduate of the Kamehameha Schools, and received her Bachelor’s degree form the University of Pennsylvania, and a law degree from the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawai’i, Manoa. She was first appointed in 2003 and reconfirmed in 2007.

Commissioner Morikawa completes her term this June (2011) and we would be amiss if we did not thank her for her tireless efforts in the betterment of our Native Hawaiian beneficiaries during her term of office. Mahalo, Commissioner Morikawa!

Chang Donald S.M. Chang

  • O’ahu
  • Term Ending: June 30, 2011

Donald Chang graduated from Maryknoll High School and attended the University of Hawai’i. He joined the Honolulu Fire Department in 1957 rising through the ranks to hold the department’s highest position, Fire Chief, in 1993. He retired after 37 years of service. Currently, Chang serves as president of the Honolulu Fire Department Retirees Association and president of the Friends of the Fire House. He succeeded Colin Ka’alele who resigned in 2005. He was first appointed in 2006 and reconfirmed in 2007.

Commissioner Chang completes his term this June (2011) and we would also be amiss if we did not thank him for his tireless efforts in the betterment of our Native Hawaiian beneficiaries during his term of office. Mahalo, Commissioner Chang!

Tancayo Henry K. Tancayo

  • Moloka’i
  • Term: 2008- June 30, 2012

Henry Tancayo is a retired battalion chief of the Maui County Fire Department (MFD). He had over 25 years of fire fighting experience. Prior to his MFD service, Tancayo was a sergeant in the Hawaii Army National Guard in the air defense system. His 40 years of community services includes service with Kualapuu-Hoolehua Catholic Association, Molokai Junior Chamber of Commerce, Kualapuu School PTA, 4-H, Molokai Homestead Livestock Association, Molokai Planning Commission, Molokai Catholic Community Parish Council and Molokai Hospice Hawaii.