REPORT FROM OHA – HONOLULU – The Office of Hawaiian Affairs today announced that it is moving its operation from Kaka’ako into the building it now owns in Iwilei.

Starting Dec. 16, OHA’s new address will be 737 Iwilei Road, Suite 200, which is about a block away from the Dole Cannery.

OHA is moving into the former Gentry Pacific Design Center, which it acquired in August 2012 as part of an investment strategy aimed at helping the public agency generate income from real estate that could help fund its programs that benefit Native Hawaiians.

The move into an estimated 44,000-square-foot space comes after 21 years of leasing a roughly 30,000-square-foot space in the Pacific Park Plaza in Kaka’ako.

To help ensure a seamless transition for everyone involved, the O’ahu OHA office will be closed for business from Monday, Dec. 9, 2013 to Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013. Staff will be expected to report to work to assist with the move.

OHA offices on Hawai’i Island, Maui, Kaua’i, Moloka’i and Lāna’i will be closed on Tuesday Dec. 10, 2013 only.

Normal business hours for the O’ahu office will resume at 7:45 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013 in the new location.

“We look forward to serving the Native Hawaiian community with new energy and enthusiasm from our new location,” said OHA Ka Pouhana (Chief Executive Officer) Kamana’opono Crabbe. “We also are excited about this opportunity to create a new workplace that encourages collaboration and offers responsive service to our beneficiaries as well as community partners.”

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) is a unique, independent state agency established through the Hawai‘i State Constitution and statutes to advocate for the betterment of conditions of all Native Hawaiians, with a Board of Trustees elected by the voters of Hawai‘i. OHA is guided by a vision and mission to ensure the perpetuation of the culture, to protect the entitlements of Native Hawaiians, and to build a strong and healthy Hawaiian people and nation. For more information, visit www.oha.org.

 

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