Monday, November 11, 2019
Hawaii Daily News Read

Current Articles | Archives

Friday, August 30, 2019
Letters to the Editor August, 2019
By Letters to the Editor @ 3:12 AM :: 1133 Views

Open Letter: OHA Trustees must say "no" to proposals rushed through the process based on friendships and nepotism

Aloha,    August 26, 2019

This is Kamealoha Hanohano Smith, OHA beneficiary on Kauai.  Early this morning I read an article in the Hawai’i Free Press titled, "With all eyes on Mauna Kea, OHA, KSBE insiders make a quick grab".  I wanted to send a mahalo to Trustees, Kalei Akaka, Hulu Lindsey, & Kealii Akina for voting "no" on this measure.  Based on what I read in the article, it appears that due diligence was not followed and I'm glad that the three trustees had the integrity and foresight to vote "no".  These three trustees did exactly what the your responsibilities as a trustee require.  The time has come for more trustees to say "no" to proposals that are being rushed through the process based on friendships and nepotism. 

KSBE is a private trust and they can move forward with ideas and proposals in a very different manner.  They are a non-profit business and they are accountable to their trustees and stakeholders.  I support KSBE and trust they are looking out in the best interests of the trust they represent.  I applaud them for their efforts to make agriculture a more viable and sustainable industry in Hawaii.  Maybe, after everything has been properly vetted, OHA might become involved in this very important project or put  an RFP out to solicit qualified applicants to apply for funds to invest in this agricultural venture. 

On the other hand, OHA is not a private trust and Brenden Lee should know better than to just push through ideas using OHA resources without getting input from the other trustees and community representatives.  With all the pilikia OHA has been through in the last few years and ongoing federal investigations, it is important that OHA adhere to protocols that are transparent.  Moreover, I and probably a lot of other beneficiaries, are tired of seeing all the negative press in the media about OHA.  

I read everything in Hawai’i Free Press with a grain of salt because I know they have a specific bias that does not always support Native Hawaiian causes.  However, I get the gist of the article and believe that what was presented in this particular article is not helpful to OHA and the Hawaiian Community. 

To be sure, this is not the first time that Brenden Lee has made critical mistakes in his understanding of his fiduciary duties as a trustee.  I understand that he is new trustee, but he should be ready to be a full time Trustee from Day 1.  He has had all this time study up on being a trustee and I believe he should either live up to those standards or consider resigning.  I know it may sound harsh what I'm writing but I'm "over" the trustees and OHA making "million" dollar mistakes and expecting the community to not say anything. 

I write this to each of you with the utmost respect and aloha.  I am grateful to each of you for having the courage to be an OHA Trustees.  I know it isn't an easy job!  I pray for your health and continued success.  Mahalo for allowing me to share manao.  It is not my intent to offend anyone. 

Me Ka Haahaa,

Kamealoha Hanohano-Smith

Anahola/Hanalei, Kauai

Related: With all eyes on Mauna Kea, OHA, KSBE insiders make a quick grab


Links

TEXT "follow HawaiiFreePress" to 40404

Register to Vote

2aHawaii

808 Silent Majority

808 State Update AM940

ABCDEFG Blog

ACA Signups Hawaii

ACCE

ALEC

Alliance Defending Freedom

Aloha Life Advocates

Aloha Pregnancy Care Center

American Council of Trustees and Alumni

American Mothers of Hawaii

AMVETS-Hawaii

AntiPlanner

Antonio Gramsci Reading List

A Place for Women in Waipio

Audit The Rail

Ballotpedia Hawaii

Better Hawaii 

Blaisdell Memorial Project

Broken Trust 

Build More Hawaiian Homes Working Group

CAFR Hawaii

Castaway Conservative

Children's Alliance Hawaii

Children's Rights Institute

ChinaTownWatch.com

Christian Homeschoolers of Hawaii

Citizens for Recall

Cliff Slater's Second Opinion

Coffee Break

Conservative Forum for Hawaii

CSIS Pacific Forum

DAR Hawaii

DeedySupport.com

DVids Hawaii

E Hana Kakou Kelii Akina

E Māua Ola i Moku o Keawe

Farmers For Choice Hawaii

FIRE

Fix Oahu!

Follow the Money Hawaii

Frank in Hawaii

Front Page Magazine

Frontline: The Fixers

Genetic Literacy Project

Get Off Your Butts!

God, Freedom, America

Grassroot Institute

Habele.org

Hawaii Aganst Assisted Suicide

Hawaii Aquarium Fish Report

Hawaii Aviation Preservation Society

Hawaii Catholic TV

Hawaii Christian Coalition

Hawaii Cigar Association

Hawaii Coalition Against Legalized Gambling

Hawaii ConCon Info

Hawaii Credit Union Watch

Hawaii Crime Victims' Rights

Hawaii Crop Improvement Association

Hawaii Debt Clock

Hawaii Defending Marriage

Hawaii Defense Foundation

Hawaii Families for Educational Choice

Hawaii Family Advocates

Hawaii Family Forum

Hawaii Farmers and Ranchers United

Hawaii Farmer's Daughter

Hawaii Federalist Society

Hawaii Federation of Republican Women

Hawaii Firearm Community

Hawaii Fishermen's Alliance

Hawaii Future Project

Hawaii Gathering of Eagles

Hawaii History Blog

Hawaii Homeschool Association

Hawaii Jihadi Trial

Hawaii March for Life

Hawaii Meth Project

Hawaii's Partnership for Appropriate & Compassionate Care

Hawaii Public Charter School Network

Hawaii Rifle Association

Hawaii Right to Life -- Big Island

Hawaii Right to Life -- Oahu

Hawaii Shield Law Coalition

Hawaii Shippers Council

Hawaii Smokers Alliance

Hawaii State Data Lab

Hawaii Together

Heritage Foundation

HI Coalition Against Legalized Gambling

HIEC.Coop 

HiFiCo

Hiram Fong Papers

Homeschool Legal Defense Hawaii

Honolulu Homeless Crisis

Honolulu Navy League

Honolulu Traffic

Horns of Jericho Blog

House Minority Blog

House Republican Caucus YouTube

HPACC

Hump Day Report

I Vote Hawaii

If Hawaii News

Imua TMT

Inouye-Kwock, NYT 1992

Inside the Nature Conservancy

Inverse Condemnation

Investigative Project on Terrorism

Iowa Meets Maui

Jackson v Abercrombie

Jihad Watch

Judgepedia Hawaii

July 4 in Hawaii

Kahle v New Hope

Kakaako Cares

Kau TEA Party

Kauai Co GOP

Keep Hawaii's Heroes

KeyWiki

Land and Power in Hawaii

Legislative Committee Analysis Tool

Lessons in Firearm Education

Lingle Years

Malulani Foundation

Managed Care Matters -- Hawaii

Malama Pregnancy Center of Maui

Mauna Kea Recreational Users Group

MentalIllnessPolicy.org

Middle East Forum--The Legal Project

Mililani Conservatives for Change

Military Home Educators' Network Oahu

Missile Defense Advocacy

MIS Veterans Hawaii

Muslim Brotherhood in America

NAMI Hawaii

NARTH

Natatorium.org

National Christian Foundation Hawaii

National Parents Org Hawaii

National Wind Watch

New Zeal

NFIB Hawaii News

No GMO Means No Aloha

Northwest Economic Policy Seminar

Not Dead Yet, Hawaii

Now What I Really Think

NRA-ILA Hawaii

Oahu Alternative Transport

ObamaCare Abortion Hawaii

Obookiah

OHA Lies

Opt Out Today

OurFutureHawaii.com

Pacific Aviation Museum

Patients Rights Council Hawaii

PEACE Hawaii

People vs Machine

Pritchett Cartoons 

Pro-GMO Hawaii

P.U.E.O.

RailRipoff.com

Rental by Owner Awareness Assn

Republican Party -- Hawaii State

Research Institute for Hawaii USA

Rick Hamada Show

RJ Rummel

Robotics Organizing Committee

Salvage The Rail

Save the Plastic Bag

School Choice in Hawaii

SenatorFong.com

SIFE Remington

SIFE W. Oahu 

Sink the Jones Act

Smart About Marijuana--Hawaii

St Marianne Cope

State Budget Solutions Hawaii

State Policy Network

Statehood for Guam

Tax Foundation of Hawaii

The Harriet Tubman Agenda

The Long War Journal

The Real Hanabusa

Time Out Honolulu

Truth About Trade & Technology - Hawaii

UCC Truths

Union Members Know Your Rights

US Tax Foundation Hawaii Info

Valor in the Pacific

VAREP Honolulu

Waagey.org

West Maui Taxpayers Association

What Natalie Thinks

Whole Life Hawaii

Yes2TMT