Call to serve
There is room and opportunity for OHA to do better. OHA currently receives revenues from its twenty percent (20%) portion of the ceded land revenues and the management of its financial portfolio and investments. The revenues from their portfolio are insufficient to provide for the level of program services that the community, and the beneficiaries, depend upon and need while also paying for OHA’s own office maintenance and operations costs. I believe that OHA needs to become more fiscally self-sufficient by optimizing the development of its land resources and creating ways to generate income so that it can have additional revenue streams. I understand the desire to get the best possible return on investment from OHA’s portfolio but I strongly believe we need to be just as attentive to investing in the community. The returns on that may be less obvious, but they go to the heart of OHA”s mission: to safeguard the cultural health and wealth of the Hawaiian people.