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OHA Board Sets Audit Vote
By Dr Kelii Akina PhD @ 6:56 PM :: 1925 Views :: Ethics, OHA

Keliʻi Akina Calls for Independent Audit of OHA Contracting and Monies Put in LLCs

Board Agrees to Schedule for Vote   

News Release from OHA Trustee Dr Keli’i Akina, PhD, February 2, 2017

HONOLULU, HI- Office of Hawaiian Affairs Trustee-At-Large Keliʻi Akina, Ph.D., today provided the Board of Trustees with a presentation defining the objectives of his proposed Financial Audit and Management Review.  The Board has scheduled voting on Akina`s proposed audit for the February 8th meeting of the Resource Management Committee, a committee of the entire Board.

Trustee Akina reassured OHA Administration and fellow Trustees that the purpose of the audit is not to target any individual Trustee or executive.  He stressed that the audit will help reassure the public and OHA`s beneficiaries at a time when serious questions about OHA`s finances are being raised by media and the public.

According to Trustee Akina,  “Procurement practices at OHA have come under scrutiny.  The State Procurement Office has now launched an inquiry into OHA contracts, and on January 26 requested that OHA provide a log of all Professional Services Contracts awards for the past 36 months.” 

Akina noted that there are procurement concerns over a range of OHA contracts such as one for financial services and planning which ballooned from an initial annual award of $95,000 in 2014 to a total outlay of $723,000 by 2016.

Additionally, Akina stated that there are concerns over LLC`s created by OHA, such as those related to Waimea Valley.

“OHA provides millions of dollars of trust funds to these LLCs year after year, and several OHA officers are also managers of the LLCs,” Trustee Akina said. “So while they may be set up as private entities that can keep their financial dealings secret, there are questions as to whether they are violating state laws on ethics, procurement and open meetings.  The bottom-line is that their transactions need to be open for review by trustees to give assurance to our beneficiaries.”

The public is welcome when the Committee on Resource Management takes up the matter of approving Trustee Akina`s proposed audit at a meeting on February 8, 2017 at 10am.

DOCUMENTS:

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Keliʻi Akina, Ph.D., is a community leader who is known for the phrase he has coined, "E Hana Kākou" - Let's work together! Over the past several years as a public policy adviser at the legislative, congressional and international levels, Dr. Akina’s mission has been to preserve the Aloha Spirit by which native Hawaiians and people of all races are welcomed and encouraged to work together for a better future for all our keiki. He is president and CEO of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, a nonprofit, independent think tank.

DISCLAIMER: The views expressed in this news release are the personal views of Trustee Akina and may not reflect the views of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs or its Board of Trustees.

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BE AT OHA NEXT WEDNESDAY TO DEMAND AN AUDIT

From FreeHawaii.Blogspot.com, February 3, 2017

Office of Hawaiian Affairs Trustee-At-Large Keliʻi Akina, Ph.D., has provided the Board of Trustees with a presentation defining the objectives of his proposed Financial Audit and Management Review. 

The Board has scheduled voting on Akina`s proposed audit for the Wednesday February 8th 10AM meeting of the Resource Management Committee, a committee of the entire Board.

Trustee Akina reassured OHA Administration and fellow Trustees that the purpose of the audit is not to target any individual Trustee or executive. He stressed that the audit will help reassure the public and OHA`s beneficiaries at a time when serious questions about OHA`s finances are being raised by media and the public.

According to Trustee Akina, “Procurement practices at OHA have come under scrutiny. The State Procurement Office has now launched an inquiry into OHA contracts, and on January 26 requested that OHA provide a log of all Professional Services Contracts awards for the past 36 months.”

Akina noted that there are procurement concerns over a range of OHA contracts such as one for financial services and planning which ballooned from an initial annual award of $95,000 in 2014 to a total outlay of $723,000 by 2016.

Additionally, Akina stated that there are concerns over LLC`s created by OHA, such as those related to Waimea Valley.

“OHA provides millions of dollars of trust funds to these LLCs year after year, and several OHA officers are also managers of the LLCs,” Trustee Akina said. “So while they may be set up as private entities that can keep their financial dealings secret, there are questions as to whether they are violating state laws on ethics, procurement and open meetings. The bottom-line is that their transactions need to be open for review by trustees to give assurance to our beneficiaries.”

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