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Charlotte K Needham

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Administrative Assistant
Center for Pacific Islands Studies

Moore Hall 212

(808) 956-7700

Charlotte K Needham, known as “Coco,” has been the center’s administrative assistant since 2002. She is of Native Hawaiian descent and is very passionate about issues involving the education of Native Hawaiian youths who will be the future leaders of Hawai‘i. Coco is one of the founding members of two New Century Public Charter Schools, Hālau Kū Māna and Hālau Lōkahi, and is also involved with the Queen Lili‘uokalani Childrens’ Center, a trust that serves Native Hawaiian youth.

Raised in the place of her ancestors, Coco has a very strong sense of connection to place, community, and family. She currently serves as vice president of the Maunalaha Valley Community Association (MVCA). During her tenure as MVCA president (1998–2004), the association, together with the UH Center for Hawaiian Studies and the Papakōlea Community Association, received a grant from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (2001). Also while MVCA president she helped form the Maunalaha Watershed Partnership. As a volunteer with the Honolulu Habitat for Humanity, Coco has helped to build three homes in her community. To further serve the community, she was the incorporating board member and president of the Hui ‘Ohana ‘O Maunalaha-Opu Ea (HOME), a nonprofit (501[c]3) community land trust.


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