OHA Employees Were Public Last Year — But Not This Year?

Civil Beat

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs had to get an opinion from Hawaii's Office of Information Practices last year before it would confirm that its employees were public — and subject to Hawaii's open records law.

Now, because OIP has a new director, they're asking the question again.

Last year, OHA claimed its employees were not "public employees" because the bulk of its revenue comes from ceded lands, which it says are not "public funds."

This year, the agency is making the same argument in response to an inquiry from Civil Beat.

"I think the idea is again to get OIP's take on whether or not trust-funded employees are open and accessible to the public," Ernest Kimoto, OHA's corporate counsel, told Civil Beat Tuesday.

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