HONOLULU – Collette Machado, the Chairwoman of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs Board of Trustees, has been hospitalized after a reported stroke on Friday night.
Machado collapsed at the state Capitol shortly after providing testimony in opposition to Senate Bill 1 – the same sex marriage bill – during Day Two of the marathon public hearing before the Joint House Committee on Judiciary and Finance.
News media reported Machado was in stable condition on Saturday.
Machado has taken a strong stand in opposition to SB1. The Molokai-born Machado is also a deaconess with the Ka Hale Hoano O Ke Akua Church. Last Monday (Oct. 28), she told the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Finance:
Although Machado said she was testifying in her personal capacity, OHA nonetheless released a statement in response to questions about OHA’s stance on same-sex marriage.
On October 28th, OHA wrote: