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Audit critical of OHA's management of land, grants

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 01:06 p.m. HST, Sep 04, 2013

An audit of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs says the agency needs to improve management of real estate holdings and do a better job of monitoring grants it awards.

The audit released Wednesday by Acting State Auditor Jan Yamane says OHA needs a better investment policy to keep up with a rapid growth in its real estate portfolio. The audit notes OHA is Hawaii's 13th largest landowner.

As an example, the audit found that the $21.4 million purchase of the Gentry Pacific Design Center violated a policy on conflict of interest.

The audit also examined 30 grants and found recipients weren't monitored to ensure they continued to comply with grant eligibility requirements.

OHA's response says it will improve land and grant policies but disagrees with the audit's Gentry acquisition finding.

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allie wrote:
No surprise here..OHA is illegal itself and its management rips off Hawaiians routinely. It is an embarrassing organization.
on September 4,2013 | 01:15PM
palani wrote:
allie, through a friend of a friend, I may be able to help with your and your mom's airfare in December.


on September 4,2013 | 03:48PM
foursun wrote:
LOL!!! interesting the lengths allie is willing to undertake to perpetuate the masquerade of the make believe 6th year UH student. ROTFL!! if this were genuine Palani could have used the BOGUS facebook allie page he/it made https://www.facebook.com/pages/Aloha-allie/186342478193087?fref=ts Try harder allie
on September 5,2013 | 09:41AM
poidragon wrote:
Allie, dear, you should really go visit a library or even do some online research on OHA first, before trying to swallow both of your feet, with the mud still on them! It's much better to try and appear to have 'an informed opinion' with personal knowledge to back up your statements, than to just pitch them out there and stepping in it up to your ears!
on September 4,2013 | 04:41PM
Tony91 wrote:
The Gentry deal was rotten from the start. Why on earth does OHA need to spend $21 million to buy property when they already own so much land? How about creating jobs and developing some of the vacant land they own instead? What a waste....
on September 4,2013 | 04:27PM
poidragon wrote:
This article brings to light several questions in regards to OHA and it's appearance of personal enrichment! Why is OHA now listed as the 13th largest land owner in the state of Hawaii and what are the purported benefitsif any at all, for the native Hawaiian community that OHA is supposed to be serving? I personally know many Hawaiians who were made to jump thru hoops for OHA, in trying to get business loads and gratns, only to be refused and denied by OHA without expleanation! So just who does OHA serve? From outside looking in, it seems that OHA serves itself, first and foremost!
on September 4,2013 | 04:38PM
Ken_Conklin wrote:
And these clowns at OHA want sovereignty?
on September 4,2013 | 05:20PM
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