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Josh Frost

President
 

Engaged in local politics for more than a decade, Josh Frost has experience working with elected officials, state department managers, Democratic Party leaders, and progressive activists. He has a record of leading successful organizations such as Equality Hawaiʻi and Progressive Democrats of Hawaiʻi. And he has been an officer in the Democratic Party of Hawaiʻi since 2010. A recent graduate of HAPA’s Kuleana Academy, Josh is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Political Management from George Washington University. He has worked in state government for more than six years.

 
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Patrick Kamakanianu Shea

Treasurer
 

Patrick is an attorney who is active in the Native Hawaiian Bar Association as a member of its board of directors, a member of Koʻolaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club, and a past president of the Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation. He coaches high school paddling.

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Kauʻi Pratt-Aquino

secretary
 

Kauʻi is a licensed attorney with a certificate in Native Hawaiian Rights. Raised in Kāneʻohe, Kauʻi brings over 15 years of community based experience to PHI.  Through her work at INPEACE, she served some of Hawaiʻi's most vulnerable children and families through community partnerships, public policy, fund development, education, workforce development and culture. In addition, she served on the leadership team to develop services from womb to tomb for Waiʻanae families to help build the capacity of the community as a whole. She has been at the forefront of many policy issues on land, water and pono leadership in Hawaiʻi. She understands wholeheartedly that systemic change must come from the ground up with impacted communities at the center of the discussion to help build viable solutions for future generations. She is a wife and a mother. She enjoys spending time with family.

 
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Kristin Hamada

board member
 

Kristin is a third generation local girl from Aiea. She is a movement-builder with international training and experience as a grassroots activist. She believes that when people come together we can make improvements to our everyday lives. Her values place communities at the center of our political decision making and creates intersectional, inclusive spaces for activists.

 
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Gary Hooser

executive director
 

Gary Hooser formerly represented Kauaʻi and Niʻihau in the Hawaiʻi State Senate where he served as Majority Leader. He also served for 8 years on the Kauai County Council and was Director of Environmental Quality Control for the State of Hawaiʻi during the Abercrombie administration. He serves presently in a volunteer capacity as Board President of the Hawaiʻi Alliance for Progressive Action (H.A.P.A.), a 501c3 nonprofit focusing on education and advocacy. He is a graduate of Radford High School, the University of Hawaiʻi (B.A. Public Administration) and Kauaʻi Community College (A.A.).

 
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Natalia Hussey-Burdick

executive assistant
 

Natalia is a recent graduate from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa with a BA in Biology. She works with a variety of environmental and social justice organizations, promoting a more equitable and sustainable future for her home state of Hawaiʻi.