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OHA Seeks Volunteer Board Manager to Oversee LLC
By News Release @ 8:53 PM :: 4035 Views :: Ethics, OHA


The Manager, who will be one of a board of three appointed managers, is expected to direct and oversee the Chief Operating Officer (“COO”) of Hi`ilei Aloha LLC (the “Company”), and oversee the Company’s business affairs, subject to limitations in the Company’s operating agreement (“Operating Agreement”) or by law. The Manager may be tasked with oversight of additional companies of which the Office of Hawaiian Affairs or the Company is a member (“Member”).

Except for situations in which approval of the Member is required by the Operating Agreement, the Manager will have authority, power and discretion to oversee the business, affairs and properties of the Company, to make all decisions regarding those matters, and to perform any and all other acts or activities customary or incident to the management of the Company’s business.

This is a part-time position in which the Manager is expected to devote approximately 3-5 hours per month. Each Manager appointed by the Member shall serve staggered terms of approximately three (3) years, two (2) years, and one (1) year. The terms shall end on the day of the month in which the Manager takes office. Subsequently, the Member shall appoint each Manager to serve a new three (3) year term or the remainder of the unexpired three (3) year term. in accordance with the terms of the Operating Agreement.

The Manager shall serve without remuneration except the Company shall reimburse a Manager for ordinary, necessary, and reasonable direct expenses incurred by the Manager on behalf of the Company in carrying out the Company’s business activities.

Essential Functions & Responsibilities

1. Manager’s Authority: The Manager has the authority to manage and oversee the Company’s COO and the Company’s business. The Manager reviews the COO’s recommendations and makes decisions consistent with the Operating Agreement, the Company’s annual objectives, the approved budget and best practices.

2. Review of Operations: At least once a month, meets with the COO and executive staff to review overall Company operations to ensure the business is progressing in a culturally appropriate manner and in compliance with acceptable business practices. Oversees Company use and maintenance of facilities and property. Assigns projects and requests reports as needed.

3. Strategic Plan and Company Objectives: Reviews and approves Company’s Long Range and annual objectives, goals, policies and programs. Ensures compliance with Operating Agreement.

4. Budgeting and Finance: Reviews and approves operating and capital budgets. Monitors Company’s implementation of approved budgets. Reviews financial reports, including income statements, balance sheets, and reports, tax returns; and reports for government regulatory agencies or other compliance purposes. Oversees investment of Company funds and approves large Company expenditures.

5. Human Resources, Risk Management and Contracts: Oversees Company handling of human resources-related issues, risk management claims and liabilities and Company contractor utilization.

6. Performs other duties as assigned by the Member.

Minimum Qualifications

1. Must possess a bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience.

2. Experience in business administration is desirable.

3. Five years of administrative experience that involved management and oversight of professional staff and responsibility for the development, management, execution and coordination of program policies and activities. Administrative experience shall include but not limited to oversight of staff and work performance, budget planning and development, project management, understanding of contract management, risk management, human resources processes and procedures, high level strategic planning, collaboration with subordinates to develop professional development plans, and experience engaging various stakeholders of the professional, academic and Native Hawaiian communities.

4. Three years of administrative or executive level experience in non-profit organization governance and management of non-profit organizations.

How To Apply

To apply for this position, Download, complete and submit this fillable application form along with a resume and cover letter to:

560 N. Nimitz Highway, Suite 200
Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96817
Attention: Human Resources

Or via email:

An Equal Opportunity Employer

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OHA seeks nominations to the Island Burial Councils

From OHA, Ka Wai Ola, December, 2019

OHA is seeking applicants for nomination to the Island Burial Councils.  The deadline to submit applications for immediate nomination is December 16, 2019.  OHA will consider late applications on a rolling basis.

OHA is currently focusing on filling critical vacancies on the councils st that they may uphold their important kuleana of protecting iwi and wahi kupuna.  OHA seeks candidates for every regional representative seat who have a passion for historic preservation and are willing to assume this kuleana.

If you are interested in applying for a nomination to your Island Burial Council please visit  If you have any questions please email

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OHA Seeks Island Burial Council Candidates


The Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) continuously seeks qualified candidates to recommend to the governor as nominees for appointment to fill vacancies on the island burial councils. The deadline to be considered for OHA nomination to fill a regional representative seat vacancy on an Island Burial Council in any given year is September 1. We accept applications for all regions, year-round. We frequently recommend nominees for seats which are currently filled by a member whose term will expire the following year. Moreover, occasionally, we recommend that the Governor appoint more than one representative from a certain region.

Island Burial Councils

There are five island burial councils serving the following areas: Hawaiʻi, Maui/Lānaʻi, Molokaʻi, Oʻahu and Kauaʻi/Niʻihau. Each council consists of nine members (*with the exception of Moloka‘i). Every council must have at least one representative for each of six regions and up to three landowner/developer representatives. *Moloka‘i Island Burial Council consists of five members, including at least one representative for each of three regions and up to one landowner/developer representative.

Hawaiʻi Island Burial Council

Kohala- VACANT
Landowner/Developer- VACANT (1)

Kauaʻi and Niʻihau Islands Burial Council

Waimea/Na Pali
Hanalei- VACANT
Lihuʻe- VACANT
Kawaihau- VACANT

Maui and Lānaʻi Islands Burial Council

Lanaʻi- VACANT

Oʻahu Island Burial Council

Landowner/Developer- VACANT (2)

Molokaʻi Island Burial Council

Kalawao- VACANT
East Molokai- VACANT
Central Molokai
West Molokai
Landowner/Developer- VACANT

Kuleana of Island Burial Councils

The island burial councils play a crucial role in the care of iwi kūpuna (ancestral remains) found in Native Hawaiian burial sites. Island burial council members meet on a monthly basis to:

Determine whether previously identified Native Hawaiian burial sites will be preserved in place or relocated.

Assist the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) and its State Historic Preservation Division in developing an inventory of Native Hawaiian burial sites.

Make recommendations regarding appropriate management, treatment, and protection of Native Hawaiian burial sites, and on any other matters related to Native Hawaiian burial sites.

Nomination, Appointment, and Confirmation Process

OHA solicits candidates year round and considers applications each year, in the fall.  Nominees are selected, approved by the OHA Board of Trustees, and transmitted to the Governor by December 1.  By law, at least two regional representatives on each of the island burial councils must be selected from a list of candidates provided by OHA.  The Governor appoints members to the island burial councils from lists developed by OHA and DLNR, usually in the early part of the year, and submits his appointees for Senate confirmation during the legislative session.  The Senate Committee on Hawaiian Affairs will hold a public hearing to receive public testimony on each of the appointees and will make a recommendation to the full Senate who will then vote whether to advise and consent to the appointments.  The Senate must confirm all Governor-appointed island burial council members during the legislative session at the time of or immediately following their appointment.

OHA IBC Nomination Application

OHA submits a nomination list to fill current and impending vacancies annually. Our goal is to ensure that all regional representative positions are filled so that the island burial councils are able to meet quorum requirements and fulfill their important kuleana. OHA seeks candidates not only to fill current vacancies, but who are willing to serve should an unexpected vacancy occur.

OHA will evaluate candidates based on their ability to represent a given region and to demonstrate an “understanding of Hawaiian culture, history, customs, practices, and in particular, beliefs and practices relating to the care and protection of Native Hawaiian burial sites and ancestral remains and burial goods” (Section 6E-43.5, Hawaii Revised Statutes). Those interested in being recommended by OHA must also affirm their commitment to participating actively in monthly burial council meetings and occasional site visits.

If you would like to be considered for OHA IBC nomination, please the following to

Resume: Please send us a resume outlining your relevant experience with burials and/or burials law and policy.

Letter of interest: Please submit a letter discussing your interest in and qualifications, including each of the following:

Interest: Why would you like to serve on your IBC?
Region: What region(s) are you applying to represent?  What is your connection to the geographic region(s)? 

Experience: Discuss any community, cultural, professional, and/or personal experience relevant to your qualifications to serve on your IBC.  Describe any experience or background you have with Hawaiian culture, history, customs, practices and, in particular, beliefs and traditions relating to the care for and protection of Native Hawaiian ancestral remains, burial sites, and burial goods.

Commitment: Please discuss your ability and commitment to attend monthly meetings during normal business hours and additional site visits as necessary.

Apply by September 1st for appointment and confirmation in the next legislative session.

For additional information please contact

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LINK: OHA Employment Opportunities



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