There are five Na‘i Aupuni directors who are associated with three respected Hawaiian alii-founded organizations. The directors serve in their individual capacities, independent of these organizations. They are:
Kealoha Ballesteros is a member of Hale O Na Alii O Hawaii and has served as president of Halau O Poomaikelani Helu Ehiku, Chapter 7 since 2009. Hale O Na Alii O Hawaii is a Hawaiian Royal Benevolent Society that was originally established by King David Kalakaua in 1886 as Hale Naua. This organization was re-established on April 7, 1918, by Princess Abigail Wahiikaahuula Kawananakoa and has 7 chapters throughout Hawaii and members throughout the Americas. Hale O Na Alii O Hawaii is still overseen by the House of Kawananakoa.
Ballesteros is also the Vice President of Aha Hipuu, an association of the four Hawaiian Royal Benevolent Societies: Mamakakaua, Ahahui Kaahumanu, Royal Order of Kamehameha I, and Hale O Na Alii O Hawaii. She is active and interested in current affairs that affect Hawaiians and Hawaii.
Born and raised in Kaimuki by grandparents Ben and Juanita Niihau, she is a graduate of Kaimuki High School. Now retired after a 40-year career of service in financial management, Ballesteros lives in Kapolei. She is a wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Her life is dedicated to preserving Hawaiian culture and language for future generations.
Geraldine Abbey Miyamoto
Gerry Miyamoto is Vice President and a 27 year member of Ahahui Kaahumanu Chapter 1, Honolulu. Ahahui Kaahumanu is one of four Hawaiian Benevolent Royal Societies established in 1864 by Princess Victoria Kamamalu, Queen Liliuokalani, and Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop to care for Hawaiian women.
Active in the community and with a deep appreciation for the heritage and history of the Islands, Miyamoto served as Regent for the Daughters of Hawaii in 2006, 2007 and 2008. She was instrumental in securing from the State legislature the funds needed to restore Hulihee Palace in Kona after the 2006 earthquake. She has also travelled to Midway atoll in 2011 with four others to re-create, in the 21st century, the ancient Hawaiian system of feather gathering.
Raised in Kaimuki and Punaluu on the Island of Oahu, Miyamoto is a graduate of Maryknoll High School and the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She holds both a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts degree in History from the University of Hawaii. She is a member of the Daughters of Hawaii and a member of Aha Hipuu the organization of the four Hawaiian Royal Societies.
Miyamoto has three grown children and five grandchilden. Her late husband was a member of the famed 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry. Her interests are reading, hula, ukulele and learning slack key guitar. She is dedicated to preserving Hawaiian culture.
Selena Lehua Schuelke
Lehua Schuelke is president of Hale O Na Alii O Hawaii, Chapter 1, whose members are descended from Hawaiian alii. Originally established by King David Kalakaua in 1886 as Hale Naua, this organization was re-established on April 7, 1918, by Princess Abigail Wahiikaahuula Kawananakoa. Hale O Na Alii O Hawaii is one of four Hawaiian Royal Benevolent Societies.
In addition to serving as president of Hale O Na Alii O Hawaii, she is a member of Ahahui Kaahumanu, Chapter 1, a member of the Kuini Piolani, Hawaiian Civic Club, and a board member of Aha Hipuu.
Lehua is a graduate of the Kenway School of Accounting and the Med-Assist School of Hawaii. She also is a paralegal. Raised in West Oʻahu, Lehua graduated from Waianae High School. Currently residing in Ewa Beach, she is a wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.
The granddaughter of Elizabeth Kauahipaula, the former Hawaiian educator, Lehua believes in service to her community and actively volunteers for the benefit of the Native Hawaiian people. She works to keep Hawaiian heritage and culture alive and lives by the belief that it is essential to retain the culture for future generations.
J. Kūhiō Asam, M.D.
Dr. J. Kūhiō Asam is the executive director of the King William Charles Lunalilo Trust. He brings a lifelong professional and volunteer commitment to build and strengthen the Hawaiian community.
As the executive overseeing the trust left by the sixth monarch of the Hawaiian Kingdom, Dr. Asam has accepted the responsibility to carry out the will of King Lunalilo, as applied to contemporary times, transform Lunalilo Home, and expand its reach into communities to become the foremost system of elder services in support of Native Hawaiian kupuna and families.
He attended public elementary schools, the Kamehameha Schools, and earned his bachelor of arts in psychology and child development from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Asam obtained his medical degree at the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii and furthered his advanced education with specialty training to become the first Native Hawaiian child psychiatrist.
As a civic and community leader, Dr. Asam currently serves on the boards of the University of Hawaii Foundation, Hanahauoli School, Sutter Pacific Health, and the Pacific Health Research and Education Institute. He is a member of Prince Kūhiō Hawaiian Civic Club and Ha Kupuna Joint Advisory Council, the National Resource Center for Native Hawaiian Elders.
Residing in Honolulu and living an active lifestyle, Dr. Asam enjoys exercise, cooking, culinary consumption, travel adventures with his wife Dr. Claire L. Asam, and spending special times with his two adult sons, two daughters-in-law, and four grandsons.
Pauline Nakoolani Namuʻo
Pauline Nakoolani Namuʻo is President of Ahahui Kaahumanu, Chapter 1, Honolulu. Established in 1864, the Ahahui Kaahumanu is one of four Hawaiian Royal Benevolent Societies. It was created to care for Hawaiian women.
Her experience and interests include a career in government, assisting in the field of education, Hawaiian issues and programs, and women’s leadership organizations and issues.
Pauline’s career in government spans approximately 32 years: 24 in the State Judiciary and eight in the Executive Branch. She also has been a substitute teacher throughout Honolulu for the past 10 years and is experienced in multi-cultural instructional strategies.
She was Legislative Coordinator for Governor Ben Cayetano, was Deputy Director of Administration at the State of Hawaii, Department of Public Safety, and has served as a consultant to the Kahoolawe Island Reserve Commission.
She is a member of the Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa Church, former member of the Prince Kūhiō and Honolulu Hawaiian Civic Clubs, current member of the Kalihi Hawaiian Civic Club, Secretary of Aha Hipuu, and has served in leadership roles with the American Businesswomen’s Association, the YWCA of Oahu, the Organization of Women Leaders, and the Management, Development & Leadership Academy, State of Hawaii.
Namuʻo is an honors graduate of Roosevelt High School. She received her Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Married to Clyde W. Namu’o, Executive Director of the Polynesian Voyaging Society, the couple has two grown sons and five grandchildren. Her time is spent with family and working on preserving Hawaiian culture.