Chair’s Corner

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Ikaika Anderson, Chairman Designee

Ikaika Anderson was appointed as Chairman of the Hawaiian Homes Commission by Gov. Josh Green on December 15, 2022 subject to confirmation by the state Senate.  He previously served on the Honolulu City Council from 2009-2020, where he led the committees having jurisdiction over land use, land use policy and community planning for 10 years.  Anderson also served as chair and presiding officer of the City Council. 

During his service on the Honolulu City Council, Chair Anderson worked with then-Lt. Gov. Green to establish one of the state’s earliest kauhale-concept tiny-home villages in Waimānalo that provided shelter and wrap-around services to houseless people.  The kauhale concept has since branched out to other communities. 

Chair Anderson was raised by his grandparents Whitney and Hannie Anderson, who instilled in him a passion for community service via their leadership roles in the state Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs.  Anderson is the father of four keiki- daughters Tianni and Kaili and sons Justin and Kaleb. 

Chair Anderson is a graduate of The Kamehameha Schools Kapālama, and earned degrees in journalism and political science from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.