FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NATIVE HAWAIIAN LEGAL CORPORATION ANNOUNCES THREE NEW BOARD MEMBERS
HONOLULU, May 4, 2015 – The Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation (NHLC), a nonprofit public interest law firm that focuses on Native Hawaiian rights, has added three members to its board of directors: Mālia Kaʻaihue, Gina Lobaco and Mark Patterson.
“We’re excited to have Mālia, Gina and Mark join the leadership of our organization because each one brings their own tremendous personal and professional experience and skill to the table and
strengthens and diversifies the make‐up of our board,” said Moses Haia, executive director of NHLC. “This is critical for NHLC’s continuing evolution as an organization committed to the effective and efficient protection and preservation of the rights of Native Hawaiians.”
Kaʻaihue, Ph.D., is a partner and vice president at DTL, a Hawaiian strategy studio, where she is responsible for daily operations and client service. Kaʻaihue formerly served as director of community planning at WCIT Architecture, founding editor of MANA Magazine and chief knowledge officer at the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. Kaʻaihue also taught and directed programs at the University of Hawaii System for 12 years.
Lobaco, who has more than 20 years of experience in fund development, serves as associate director of philanthropy at The Nature Conservancy of Hawai`i where she is responsible for funding of the Palmyra Program. Her career includes senior development positions with both Hawaii‐ and California‐based organizations including Para Los Niños, Wilshire Boulevard Temple, Bet Tzedek Legal Services and the ACLU Foundation of Southern California.
Patterson’s career spans nearly 30 years working in various capacities within corrections facilities in Hawaii and Nevada. He currently is administrator of the Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility, responsible for management and operations. Patterson’s career also includes senior positions at Hawaii Women’s Community Correctional Center and the Halawa Correctional Facility.
NHLC’s board also includes:
- Puanani Burgess (NHLC Board President), a community development consultant;
- Roy Catalani (NHLC Board Vice President‐External Affairs), an attorney and vice president at Young
- Walter Meheʻula Heen, a retired attorney and Associate Judge of the Hawaiʻi Intermediate Court of
Appeals from 1981 to 1994;
- Mike Hodson, a retired County of Hawai‘i police officer and current farmer on Hawaiian Homestead
- Jon Matsuoka, CEO of the Consuelo Foundation;
- Robert Merce, (NHLC Board Vice‐President‐Internal Affairs), a retired attorney; and
- Teresa Tico, an attorney and filmmaker.
Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation is a 501 (c)(3) non‐profit, public‐interest law firm concentrating in the unique area of Native Hawaiian Rights law. NHLC provides legal assistance to families and communities engaged in perpetuating the culture and traditions of Hawai`i’s indigenous people. Founded by several grass roots leaders in 1974, NHLC was initially a volunteer‐run referral service. The high demand for direct help, especially from families in need of legal assistance to protect their ancestral lands, transformed NHLC into a law firm that now provides legal help to approximately 400 clients annually. For more information, visit www.nhlchi.org.
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