Honolulu, Hawaii


RE: GOV. MSG. NO. 516




Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi

President of the Senate

Twenty-Ninth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2018

State of Hawaii




Your Committee on Housing, to which was referred Governor's Message No. 516, submitting for study and consideration the nomination of:


Board of Directors of the Hawai'i Public Housing Authority


G.M. No. 516


for a term to expire 06-30-2019,


begs leave to report as follows:


Your Committee reviewed the personal history, resume, and statement submitted by Albert Nahale-a for service on the Board of Directors of the Hawaii Public Housing Authority.


Your Committee received testimony in support of the nomination for the appointment of Albert Nahale-a from the Hawaii Public Housing Authority. Your Committee received testimony in opposition to the nomination for the appointment of Albert Nahale‑a from one individual.


Upon review of the testimony, your Committee finds that Mr. Nahale-a's experience in the public and private sectors, commitment to public service, and proven leadership qualify him to be nominated for appointment to the Board of Directors of the Hawaii Public Housing Authority as a public member representing the County of Hawaii. Your Committee notes that Mr. Nahale‑a currently serves as the Senior Director of Kamehameha Schools Hawaii where he is responsible for fulfilling Kamehameha Schools' strategic objectives on the island of Hawaii to advance outcomes for Native Hawaiian learners. He is also directly responsible for the team of individuals that manages all lands owned by Kamehameha Schools on the island of Hawaii, which totals nearly 300,000 acres of agricultural and conservation lands. He previously served as the Director of Laupahoehoe Community Public Charter School where he increased student enrollment, increased external revenue sources, and catalyzed active community partnerships.


Your Committee further notes that Mr. Nahale-a has extensive experience in the public sector, including serving as the Chairperson of the Hawaiian Homes Commission where he facilitated monthly meetings for the nine commissioners, led policy initiatives, evaluated programs, and managed a $60,000,000 annual operating budget, a $120,000,000 annual development budget, and two hundred employees. He also previously served as an East Hawaii Commissioner of the County of Hawaii Charter Commission, a Federal Title III Coordinator for Hawaii Community College, and a Development Specialist for Federal Housing Programs for the Rural Community Assistance Corporation.


Your Committee also notes that Mr. Nahale-a's years of government and private sector experience will be extremely valuable to the Board of Directors of the Hawaii Public Housing Authority when reviewing state government issues and legislation. Testimony received in support of the nominee indicate that if appointed, Mr. Nahale-a's work ethic and integrity will be valuable assets to the Board of Directors and he will bring a fresh perspective in developing sound and thoughtful policy decisions.


As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Housing that is attached to this report, your Committee, after full consideration of the background, experience, and qualifications of the nominee, has found the nominee to be qualified for the position to which nominated and recommends that the Senate advise and consent to the nomination.


Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Housing,