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Hawaiian affairs focuses on wholesale change

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Systemic change is the focus at the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and "managing for results" is the mantra, since it released its new strategic plan late last year.  After three months of reorganization, OHA has hired four new leaders responsible for overseeing this transition. Amy Kalili introduces us to two such leaders.

"Ua ao ka pô, ua eo ka pô i ke ao. Tis the dawning, darkness is overcome by light. We have opportunities in our hands. Let us not squander them," said Haunani Apoliona Chairwoman, Office of Hawaiian Affairs.

Systemic change is the focus at the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and managing for results has been the mantra since the board of trustees approved their new strategic plan back in September. With refocused priorities, OHA has hired new leaders to oversee the transition.

ʻO ka hoʻohuli ʻônaehana ke kia nui ma ke Keʻena Kuleana Hawaiʻi a ʻo "hoʻokele no ka hoʻohua" ka ʻôlelo kûmau mai ka ʻâpono aku nei o nâ kahu waiwai i ka papahana hikiâloa hou ma Kepakemapa aku nei. Ma ia mau makahiki hou, ua hai ʻia kekahi mau alakaʻi nui hou no kçia au hou.

"One of the challenges is how do we get that word out," said Denise Iseri-Matsubara, Director, Community Relations.

"ʻO ka hana nui, ʻo ia ka hoʻolaha ʻana aku i ia manaʻo."

Denise, the new director of community relations, will oversee all communications at OHA.

No Denise ana nô ke kuleana o ka hoʻokaʻaʻike no ke keʻena holoʻokoʻa.

"It's getting the word out and informing and educating the public and the community, especially the Native Hawaiian community, through generating interests and the desire to participate and get involved," said Iseri-Matusbara.

 

He pili i ka hoʻolaha a hoʻonaʻau i ke kaiâulu, keu aku nâ Hawaiʻi, ma o ka paipai i ke komo a ʻimi a kôkua like.

  

Communicating OHA's message is crucial and so too is the management of its assets, which is critical to Richard Pezzulo who has served as OHA's CFO.

  

Mea nui ana ke kaʻaʻike a pçia hoʻi ka mâlama kumu waiwai, he mea hoʻi i paʻa ai iâ Richard Pezzulo, i noho ma mua ma ke kûlana CFO.

 

"My responsibilities have been very much expanded. The CFO position of course usually revolves around the financial needs of the organization," said Richard Pezzulo,Resource Management Director, OHA.

 

"Ua hoʻâkea nui hou ʻia aku koʻu mau kuleana. Pili maʻamau ka hana CFO i nâ pono kâlâ wale nô o ka hui."

He oversees everything from land assets and procurement to IT and records. But his biggest responsibility is human resources.

I kçia manawa, nona ka makaʻala ʻia o nâ ʻâina, ʻônaehana ʻaelike, ʻenehana, me nâ palapala. ʻO ka mâlama limahana naʻe ke koʻikoʻi loa.

"I think the biggest challenge is getting the right people into the right positions," said Pezzulo.

ʻO ka hana koʻikoʻi loa, ʻo ia ka loaʻa o nâ kânaka kûpono ma nâ kûlana kûpono.

Both new directors are looking forward to working together with the rest of OHA's new leadership team to realize the vision set forth.

Nui ka pîhoihoi o nâ luna hou no ka wâ e hiki mai ana a me kçia ʻimi like ʻana o lâkou he kime no ka hôʻea aku i ka nuʻukia i hôʻakâka ʻia mai nei.

By acting together in joint efforts – managed for results – this new decade and century will be one of success for Native Hawaiians and all Hawaiʻi," said Apoliona.

Ma o ka ʻimi like ʻana ma ke hoʻokele no ka hoʻohua e lilo ai kçia kekeke a kenekulia he lanakila nui no ka Hawaiʻi a me ko Hawaiʻi.

ʻO wau no kçia ʻo Amy Kalili no Sunrise ma Hawaii News Now. Aloha.

Original Air Date 1/13/2010

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