Colette Machado, OHA

The Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation mourns the passing of Aunty Colette Machado. For more than 50 years, Aunty Colette embodied aloha ʻāina. She was a visionary leader for pono stewardship of Hawaiʻi lands and waters to achieve ʻāina momona and a thriving lāhui. Aunty Colette was a masterful advocate and leader, employing complex strategies to effect change and achieve justice, including more than one legal battle.

Aunty Colette’s legacy includes more than one generation of advocates inspired by her to aloha ʻāina, including all of us at NHLC.

We pray for comfort for Uncle Myron and the Machado ʻohana, and we mahalo them for sharing Aunty Colette with the community.

NHLC is honored to share a few words from Aunty Colette’s daughter, Malia Akutagawa, Associate Professor of Law and Hawaiian Studies at the University of Hawaiʻi and former NHLC attorney.

Read the full tribute here: NHLC Mourns Aunty Colette Machado

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