OHA Takes Second Shot at Claiming Its Employees Aren't Public

Civil Beat

For the second time in two years, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs has asked Hawaii's open records agency to decide whether OHA employees are public — and subject to public disclosure laws.

But this time, the request covers more employees.

Last year, OHA said it had 145 employees. This year, OHA says it has added 18.5 positions, bringing its total employee count to 163.50 — an increase of 13 percent.

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

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