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Sneaky One Day Notice to Comment--Will Next KSBE Trustee be a Tax Credit Schemer or a CNHA Operative?
By News Release @ 1:38 PM :: 4366 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, Land Use

Editor's Note: The background data of the pdf form of the 'Finalist Announcement' below indicates it was produced February 8, 2023, but that does not mean it was posted online the same day.  No media noticed this 'announcement' until the Star-Adv article March 19, 2023.  It was posted, without a date, on the same webpage as the October 14, 2022, Trustee 'Search Announcement'.  By deleting the original 'Search Announcement' and inserting the 'Finalist Announcement' on the same webpage below some unchanged introductory text, Inkinen may have prevented automatic webpage monitoring systems from alerting interested parties.

So...who are they trying to sneak past us?  One choice from the following three:

  • MAENETTE AH NEE-BENHAM--UHWO Chancellor, former Dean of UHM Hawaiian Studies
  • MICHELLE KAUHANE--CNHA/Robin Danner. So many CNHA scams its hard to know where to start, but one thing is sure; where CNHA goes, cash flows.  Here's one Kauhane story ... LINK
  • OLIN LAGON--High Tech Tax Credit Schemer.  These guys are getting their hands into KSBE pockets -- see LINK and LINK.

Flashbacks:

CNHA:
Tax Credits:

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FINALIST ANNOUNCEMENT

News Release from Inkinen Executive Search, undated, Feb 8, 2023 or later

The Probate Court has appointed a Trustee Screening Committee to nominate three candidates to be considered by the Court for appointment as a Trustee for the Estate of Bernice Pauahi Bishop.  

The Screening Committee solicited applications from individuals who possess a deep sense of commitment and the ability to ensure Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop’s vision and legacy are perpetuated into the future. After reviewing resumes and vision statements of 62 applicants, and conducting personal interviews with semi-finalists, the Screening Committee has determined that the following three finalists (listed in alphabetical order) best meet the Probate Court’s requirements and desirable qualities and characteristics: 

  • MAENETTE AH NEE-BENHAM
  • MICHELLE KAUHANE
  • OLIN LAGON

The optimal candidate would have:

• A recognized reputation of integrity and good character

• The capacity to fulfill the responsibilities of a fiduciary under trust law

• Respect from and for the community

• Consistent and active leadership in the community at large with specific emphasis on issues that impact the well-being of the Hawai‘i people

• A willingness and sincerity to uphold the purposes of the Kamehameha Schools as stated in Pauahi’s Will and Codicils

• A history of success in business, finance or related areas

• Received a formal education

• Outstanding personal traits including Hawaiian values such as pono (to be moral and proper), ‘imi ‘ike (to seek knowledge), laulima (to work cooperatively), lokomaika‘i (to share), na‘au pono (to possess a deep sense of justice), mālama (to care for each other), and ha‘aha‘a (to be humble)

The Probate Court required candidates to possess expertise in one or more of the following areas:

• Business Administration: to include knowledge, skills and prior successful experience in managing a large corporation;

• Finance and Investment: to include management of land and monetary assets of a multi-million dollar corporation;

• Strategic Planning and Policy Setting: to include responsibility for administering the affairs and/or setting policies for the direction and management of a large corporation or educational institution; or

• General areas of interest to Kamehameha Schools including education, law, finance or especially relevant background in governance.

PUBLIC COMMENT

The public is welcome to submit written comments on the candidates, which will be filed with the Probate Court and will become public record. Comments must be received by 4:00pm (HST) on March 20, 2023. 

Comments should include the sender’s legal name and contact information. Please do not abbreviate names (for example, J. Doe or Jane D.). 
Anonymous comments will not be accepted by the committee. 

Comments may be submitted by:

Online form:  Public Comment – Trustee Finalists, Kamehameha Schools
Email to:  executives@inkinen.com
Mail to:  Trustee Screening Committee, c/o Inkinen Executive Search, 1003 Bishop Street, Suite 1477, Honolulu, HI 96813. Must be postmarked by March 20, 2023.

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Kamehameha Schools quietly selecting new board trustee

SA March 19, 2023: … A quarter-century after a major scandal purged the Kamehameha Schools Board of Trustees and changed the way members are chosen, the latest version of the panel is quietly going about its business and awaiting its next member.

Three finalists are being considered to join a board that oversees one of the world’s largest charitable trusts, with a net worth of $15.1 billion and holdings that include hundreds of thousands of acres and schools on three islands giving preference to Native Hawaiian children.

They are University of Hawaii-West Oahu Chancellor Maenette Ah Nee- Benham, entrepreneur Olin Kealoha Lagon and Michelle Kauhane, senior vice president of the Hawai‘i Community Foundation.…

The deadline for public comments on the finalists is 4 p.m. Monday. Comments must include the sender’s legal name and contact information; anonymous comments will not be accepted. Email comments to executives@inkinen.com and find more information at 808ne.ws/kstrustees Opens in a new tab….

The new trustee will be selected by the state Probate Court to replace development consultant Lance K. Wilhelm, whose term on the board expires June 30.

The trustees continuing their terms on the board are UH-Manoa administrator Jennifer Goodyear- Ka‘opua, hotel executive Elliot K. Mills, business executive Robert K.W.H. Nobriga and corporate attorney Crystal K. Rose….

The selection process, with the help of Honolulu executive search firm Inkinen, has remained the same since it was established in 2000.

But there have been pressures to change the way Kamehameha trustees are selected. In fact, both houses of the state Legislature passed a resolution in 2019 calling on the Probate Court to be more transparent in the selection of trustees and to involve more of the Kamehameha Schools community.

One of those who lobbied lawmakers for the measure is Julian Ako, a former Kamehameha School high school principal, teacher and student, who is now president of the Kameha­meha Schools Alumni Association-Oahu Region.

While he doesn’t have any problem with the quality of the current board or any of the prospective trustees, Ako said the selection process needs to change to align more closely with the legacy of Bernice Pauahi Bishop.

“I just think there has to be more transparency in the process and a larger role for Kamehameha stakeholders,” said Ako, who added that he wasn’t speaking for the alumni association.

In August, Probate Court Judge R. Mark Browning appointed a three-member panel to review the selection process once the current appointment has been made….

read … Kamehameha Schools quietly selecting new board trustee

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Kamehameha Schools, Trustee

Inkinen is assisting Kamehameha Schools Trustee Screening Committee with their Trustee search.

News Release from Inkinen Executive Search, Oct 14, 2022

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION

https://www.ksbe.edu/about_us/

We champion every Hawaiian learner to explore their potential to lead our lāhui and inspire the world. Hānai i ke keiki, ola ka lāhui. Nurture the child and the lāhui thrives. 

The enduring legacy of a princess who had a deep desire to see her people flourish continues to transform the lives of countless keiki. Ke Ali‘i Bernice Pauahi Bishop recognized the power of education to uplift Native Hawaiians and offer hope for their future. 

By operating world-class Hawaiian schools and engaging with communities to transform educational systems, we will raise ‘ōiwi leaders who are empowered and unified, and who will solve the issues of our people and communities. 

ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY

The Probate Court has appointed a Trustee Screening Committee to nominate three (3) candidates from whom the Court will select one (1) Trustee to succeed Trustee Lance K. Wilhelm, whose term will expire on June 30, 2023. The successor to Trustee Wilhelm will be appointed to fill one five (5) year term and be eligible for an additional five (5) year term, as determined by the Court.  

The current Board of Trustees includes Jennifer N. Goodyear-Ka‘ōpua, Elliot K. Mills, Robert K.W.H. Nobriga, Crystal K. Rose, and Lance K. Wilhelm. 

The Screening Committee consists of seven (7) volunteer community members. They are Robin K. Campaniano, Jason R. Fujimoto, Wayne Hamano, Maile Meyer, Michael E. Rawlins, Kathleen K.S.L. Thurston, and Edwin A. Vincent. 

In accordance with the 1999 Master’s Report on the procedure for selection of trustees, the Screening Committee is now seeking active leaders from the community with a deep sense of commitment and willingness to carry Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop’s vision and legacy into the future.  

The desirable qualities and characteristics of a trustee should include: 

A recognized reputation of integrity and good character  
The capacity to fulfill the responsibilities of a fiduciary under trust law  
Respect from and for the community  
Consistent and active leadership in the community at large with specific emphasis on issues that impact the well-being of the Hawai‘i people  
A willingness and sincerity to uphold the purposes of the Kamehameha Schools as stated in Pauahi’s Will and Codicils 

The optimal candidate would have: 

A history of success in business, finance or related areas  
Received a formal education  
Outstanding personal traits including Hawaiian values such as pono (to be moral and proper), ‘imi ‘ike (to seek knowledge), laulima (to work cooperatively), lokomaika‘i (to share), na‘au pono (to possess a deep sense of justice), mālama (to care for each other), and ha‘aha‘a (to be humble) 

Candidates must possess expertise in one or more of the following areas:  

Business Administration: to include knowledge, skills and prior successful experience in managing a large corporation;  
Finance and Investment: to include management of land and monetary assets of a multi-million dollar corporation;  
Strategic Planning and Policy Setting: to include responsibility for administering the affairs and/or setting policies for the direction and management of a large corporation or educational institution; or   
General areas of interest to Kamehameha Schools including education, law, finance or especially relevant background in governance.   

Read More

HOW TO APPLY

Applications should be submitted by November 28, 2022 to executives@inkinen.com. Please submit the following, addressed to Trustee Screening Committee, c/o Inkinen Executive Search:

Cover Letter
Statement defining your perception of the role of a Trustee; your vision, goals and objectives for the Trust Estate; and what you would do to attain those goals
Resume

POSITION INFORMATION

Position Announcement
Annual Report
Board of Trustees
Kamehameha Schools Trustee Selection Process
Strategic Map 2025
The 1999 Master’s Report on the Petition for the Establishment of a Procedure for Selection of Trustees

HNN: Kamehameha Schools says the term for Trustee Lance K. Wilhelm will expire by the end of next June.

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