S.B. NO.














relating to the office of hawaiian affairs.





SECTION 1. Section 10-5, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:

"10-5 Board of trustees; powers and duties. The board shall have the power in accordance with law to:

(1) Manage, invest, and administer the proceeds from the sale or other disposition of lands, natural resources, minerals, and income derived from whatever sources for native Hawaiians and Hawaiians, including all income and proceeds from that pro rata portion of the trust referred to in section 10-3;

(2) Exercise control over real and personal property set aside to the office by the State of Hawaii, the United States of America, or any private sources, and transferred to the office for native Hawaiians and Hawaiians;

(3) Collect, receive, deposit, withdraw, and invest money and property on behalf of the office;

(4) Formulate policy relating to the affairs of native Hawaiians and Hawaiians, provided that such policy shall not diminish or limit the benefits of native Hawaiians under article XII, section 4, of the state Constitution;

(5) Otherwise act as a trustee as provided by law;

(6) Delegate to the administrator, its officers and employees such powers and duties as may be proper for the performance of the powers and duties vested in the board; provided that the board shall approve or disapprove and directly supervise the chief financial officer, director of human resources, and attorney as provided in section 10-12(b);

(7) Provide grants to individuals, and public or private organizations to better the conditions of native Hawaiians and Hawaiians consistent with the standards set forth in section 10-17;

(8) Make available technical and financial assistance and advisory services to any agency or private organization for native Hawaiian and Hawaiian programs, and for other functions pertinent to the purposes of the office of Hawaiian affairs. Financial assistance may be rendered through contractual arrangements as may be agreed upon by the board and any such agency or organization; and

(9) Adopt and use a common seal by which all official acts shall be authenticated."

SECTION 2. Section 10-12, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:

"10-12 Assistant; staff. (a) The administrator may employ and retain such officers and employees as may be necessary to carry out the functions of the office. Such officers and employees may be hired without regard to chapter 76, and shall serve at the pleasure of the administrator.

(b) Notwithstanding any provision of subsection (a), the:

(1) Chief financial officer;

(2) Director of human resources; and

(3) Attorney,

of the office of Hawaiian affairs shall be appointed by the administrator subject to approval by the board and shall serve under the supervision and at the pleasure of the board.

(c) Officers and employees of the office of Hawaiian affairs shall be included in any benefit program generally applicable to officers and employees of the State."

SECTION 3. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 4. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.








Report Title:

Office of Hawaiian Affairs; Board of Trustees; Chief Financial Officer; Director of Human Resources; Attorney; Supervision



Requires the administrator of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs to receive approval from the board for appointments of the chief financial officer, director of human resources, and attorney. Places the board in a direct supervisory role over the chief financial officer, director of human resources, and attorney.




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