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OHA introduces new leaders

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - After re-shifting priorities and a reorganizing their structure, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs looked for the best candidates to lead them. Amy Kalili introduces us to the last two leaders to come on board.

They may be the new faces of leadership at OHA, but they are the experts in their field.

Aloha mai kâkou. He mau maka hou no paha kçia ma nâ kûlana alakaʻi ma ke Keʻena Kuleana Hawaiʻi akâ he mau loea no hoʻi ma ka ʻike a mâkau e pono ai ko lâua kûlana.

Kamanaʻopono is the third of four new members of OHA's executive team. As Research Director, he will gather data to identify areas of need and assess how OHA is meeting those needs.

Komo ana ʻo Kamanaʻopono Crabbe i ke kime hoʻokele ma ke ʻano he alakaʻi noiʻi, e ʻimi a palapala ana i ka ʻikepili e moakâka ai ke ʻano o nâ papahana e pono ai a me ke hôʻoia i ka hua o ka mea hoʻokô ʻia.

Kamanaʻopono not only brings a research background to OHA but also a sincere belief in the need for programs and services that honor Hawaiian ways and customs.

Pômaikaʻi nô ʻo OHA i ko Kamanʻopono ʻike noiʻi a me kona ʻike a ʻiʻini no ka hoʻokumu papahana e kumu ana i ka ʻike, loina, a kuanaʻike Hawaiʻi.

I'm also a proponent of cultural competency, not just in terms of research but the clinical aspect in terms of services.

Nui koʻu kâkoʻo i ka paʻa o ka ʻike kuʻuna, ʻaʻole ma ka noiʻi wale nô akâ, no nâ papahana kekahi.

The fourth new director, OHA's Chief Advocate, is taking on a critical, sweeping position and set of responsibilities.

E komo ana ka hâ o nâ alakaʻi hou, ʻo ia ko OHA Luna Paikoʻo, i kekahi kûlana nui o ke koʻikoʻi a nui laulâ o nâ kuleana nô hoʻi.

"Through the advocacy division our intent is to of course advocate for initiatives on behalf of OHA and our beneficiaries, enforce and monitor laws that may potentially impact native Hawaiians, as well as to outreach into our communities not only here on Oʻahu but all of the neighbor islands," said Esther Kiaʻâina, Chief Advocate, OHA.

ʻO ko kâkou kuleana, ʻo ia ke kû ʻelele ʻana no OHA a me kona mau hoʻoilina, hahai a hoʻokô i nâ kânâwai a kulekele i pili i nâ Hawaiʻi a kôkua i nâ kaiâulu Hawaiʻi a puni ka mokuʻâina.

Esther worked in Washington, D.C. for 21 years in varying capacities.

Ua hana ʻo Esther ma Wakinekona DC no 21 makahiki ma kekahi mau kûlana.

Esther learned a great deal and gained many skills relevant to her new position at OHA.

Nui nâ haʻawina i paʻa iâ Esther a me nâ mâkau e kûpono loa ai ʻo ia no keia kûlana hou ma OHA.

I think it would be the ability to work with people from all walks of life.

ʻO ka hiki ke hana me nâ ʻano kânaka like ʻole.

Second, know what you're talking about and do your research.

ʻO ka lua, ka ʻimi a paʻa ka ʻike e pono ai.

And third, present it in a fashion that they understand.

A ʻo ke kolu, e wehewehe ma ke ʻano e moakâka ai iâ lâkou.

OHA is fortunate to have Esther and Kamanaʻopono on board to help the Hawaiian community.

Ua pômaikaʻi maoli nô o OHA i ka loaʻa o Esther lâua ʻo Kamanaʻopono ma laila no ke kâkoʻo ʻana iâ kâkou ka Hawaiʻi. Ke aloha.

 

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