Deeper in Debt: Panel

Moderator: ‘Auli’i Aikau-Osurman

‘Auli’i Aikau-Osurman was born and raised in Pauoa, O’ahu. She is currently a Junior at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa pursuing a double major in Human Resource Management and International Business with a minor in Hawaiian language.

She holds an executive position as the Membership Director for the newest Sorority at UHM: Phi Mu. Not only is she involved on campus, but she is also a Programming Associate for the New Student Orientation program where she works with incoming freshmen and transfer students. Lastly, as a really fun job, she is a dance fitness instructor at the Warrior Recreational Center at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

When not on campus, she takes time to relax and be with family as family is very important to her. In the future, she hopes to get the opportunity to travel to other countries and is still deciding on her future career after graduating from college. She is very excited and honored to be the moderator for the Deeper in Debt panel discussion.


Jim Shon lives in Honolulu. He has been a Peace Corps Volunteer on Jeju Island in Korea, a Hawaii State Legislator (12 years), Director of Charter Schools, a labor arbitrator, and a TV political analyst. He has been an educational consultant, and a fundraiser for nonprofits. Jim has authored a number of books on education and politics. He holds a BA in Music Education, and a PhD in Political Science.

His books include Inside The Capitol: Lessons in Legislative Democracy, and A Charter School Story: Hawaii’s Experience in Creating a Charter School System.

Jim is currently the director of the Hawaii Educational Policy Center, providing objective, data-based information on public and private educational policy and practices at all levels. He is the author of numerous policy briefs, policy studies, etc., including studies on student debt.  See


John Morton is vice president for community colleges for the University of Hawaii system. He is responsible for executive leadership, policy decision-making, resource allocation and development of support services for the University of Hawaii’s seven community colleges.

He began his career in the UH system as a faculty member in chemistry and political science, and was dean of instruction, coordinator for advanced institutional development program and director for special programs and community services at Leeward Community College. John also served as chancellor at Kapiʻolani Community College for 20 years.

Currently, John is overseeing the planning, development and implementation of the first unified student information system for the University of Hawaii system.

Nicole Woo is a senior policy analyst at the Hawai’i Appleseed Center for Law & Economic Justice, where she focuses on issues that affect the economic security of families across our state, such as taxes, wages, poverty and hunger.

She brings with her two decades of experience working on labor, anti-poverty and anti-hunger policy, including as the director of domestic policy at the Center for Economic and Policy Research and as a senior policy analyst at the Food Research and Action Center, both in Washington, D.C. Nicole also served as the associate director of the New York City Coalition Against Hunger and as a Congressional hunger fellow with the Akshaya Patra Foundation in India, the largest NGO-run school meals program in the world.

She graduated with honors from Harvard University, where she concentrated in Government.

Rep. Angus McKelvey has served the 10th House District (Lahaina, Kaanapali, Kapalua, Maalaea, Kihei, North Kihei) since 2006. He was born in Honolulu and has lived in Lahaina his whole life, and knows the importance of infrastructure development in his community, particularly the need for the by-pass and other alternate roads, and a 24/7 emergency medical facility.

As an advocate of small business, Rep. McKelvey continues to push for the streamlining of the Procurement Code and government efficiency to facilitate construction projects which support jobs and our local economy. He is also a strong supporter of renewable energy programs, high-tech, agriculture and sustainability programs.

Job preservation and job creation are critical to neighbor Island communities and Rep. McKelvey would like to encourage the use of more innovative ways to keep our economy strong, particularly in the area of clean, high-tech jobs to continue to provide opportunities for our college graduates entering the job market, and our service men and women returning home. Providing incentives for companies to invest in Hawaii and our people will keep our economy moving forward.

He is a member of the following committees: Higher education, Education, Energy & Environmental Protection, and Water & Land