Pursuant to section 202, Hawaiian Homes Commission Act, the Department is headed by an executive board, the Hawaiian Homes Commission, whose nine members are appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate. Three of the members are residents of the City and County of Honolulu; two are residents of the County of Maui, with one being a resident of the island of Moloka‘i; two are residents of the County of Hawai‘i, one being a resident of East Hawai‘i and the other a resident of West Hawai‘i; one is a resident of the County of Kaua‘i; and the ninth member is the Chairman, who is appointed by the Governor from among the members of the Commission. Members must be residents of the State at least three years prior to their appointment. At least four of the members must have not less than one-fourth Hawaiian blood. The Chairman of the Commission serves as the full-time administrator of the Department; other members of the Commission serve without pay.
Hawaiian Homes Commission Members
- Term: May 16, 2012 – 2014
Jobie Masagatani joined Hawaiian Home Lands after working at the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) where she was Special Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer. Prior to serving at OHA, she owned a small consulting practice, and was also an assistant to the President and CEO of The Queen’s Health Systems, where her area of focus was Native Hawaiian health.
Masagatani previously served as DHHL Deputy Director from 1995 to 2002. She also previously served as a Land Investment Analyst for Kamehameha Schools.
Masagatani earned a master’s degree in public affairs/urban and regional planning from Princeton University. She earned a bachelor of science degree in education from Northwestern University. A graduate of Kamehameha Schools, Masagatani is a resident of Kailua.
|| Jeremy Kamakaneoaloha Hopkins
Commissioner Hopkins currently serves as an aide to Office of Hawaiian
Affairs Trustee Robert Lindsey. Fluent in Hawaiian, he has been a Hawaiian Language Immersion teacher and served as Kahu for Pūnana Leo O Kawaiaha‘o. Commissioner Hopkins is also an accomplished Hawaiian musician and songwriter with the Nā Hōkū Hanohano award-winning group Holunape.
||Michael P. Kahikina
- Term Begins: July 2011-2015
Commissioner Kahikina is the executive director of Kahikolu ‘Ohana
Hale ‘O Wai‘anae and a former state representative representing the
Leeward Coast. He has been active in the homestead community,
sitting on the Executive Board of the Nānākuli Hawaiian Homestead
Community Association and working with the Sovereign Councils of the
Hawaiian Homelands Assembly.
||Renwick V.I. “Uncle Joe” Tassill
- Term: July 2011-2015
Born and raised in Waimānalo, Commissioner Tassill currently resides
in the Kupuna Hale in Waimānalo and is a member of the Waimānalo
Hawaiian Homestead Association. Commissioner Tassill’s career includes
being the founder of the Hale O Ho‘oponopono Middle and High School
alternative school for at-risk youth, and serving for nearly two decades as
a State Capitol tour guide.
||Doreen Napua Gomes
Doreen Napua Gomes, a resident of Kula, was appointed by Gov. Neil Abercrombie and assumed the Maui seat on the Hawaiian Homes Commission on Dec. 3, 2013.
Employed by Palekana Permits since 2009, Gomes was previously a Health Unit Assistant at Kula Hospital. She is president-elect of the Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce, serves as a commissioner for the County of Maui Department of Fire and Public Safety, and is a member of the ‘Ahahui Ka’ahumanu Society. Gomes also served as director of Hui No Ke Ola Pono Inc. from 2009 to 2011 and on the Maui Police Department Commission from 2005 to 2010. In addition, Gomes is an advocate for the American Cancer Society and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and she has been a Maui County Health Volunteer since 2007. Gomes earned an associate’s degree in general studies from the University of Phoenix.
|| Gene Ross Davis
- Term: July 1, 2012-2016
Gene Ross Davis was nominated by Gov. Abercrombie and confirmed by the 2012 Legislature. A former State of Hawai‘i Livestock Inspector and a self-employed livestock inspection contractor on Moloka‘i, Commissioner Ross Davis’ duties include assisting Veterinary Services with annual TB testing of Moloka‘i cattle ranches, quarterly inspection and reporting on
conditions of swine facilities, and issuing livestock movement permits. He is homestead born-and-raised.
||Patricia W. Sheehan
- Term: Aug. 20, 2013-2017
- Confirmed: Nov. 1, 2013
Patricia W. Sheehan fills the Kauai seat on the Hawaiian Homes Commission. Sheehan previously served on the commission from 1993 to 1997 and has worked in fields ranging from education to real estate and successfully restarted a family business in the aftermath of Hurricane Iniki. She serves on various other boards and commissions, including Hoopulapula Haraguchi Rice Mill, Hui o Laka, Kapiolani Health Foundation, Kauai Historic Preservation Review Commission, National Tropical Botanical Garden, and The Waioli Corporation. She is a graduate of Punahou School and holds a degree in fine arts/dance from Bennett College.
||Wallace A. Ishibashi
- East Hawai’i
- Term: Aug. 20, 2013-2017
- Confirmed Nov. 1, 2013
Wallace A. Ishibashi, Jr. fills the East Hawaii seat on the Hawaiian Homes Commission. A retired full time officer of ILWU Local 142, Ishibashi draws from a range of experience that includes his current position as UH Hilo’s cultural monitor for the Office of Mauna Kea Management as well as time as a business agent, contract and benefits negotiator, workers compensation specialist, and youth basketball and baseball coach. He is also currently the chair of the Hawaii County Windward Planning Commission and a member of the Big Island Community Coalition, an organization that works to reduce the high cost of electricity through alternative energy.
||Leimana K. DaMate
- West Hawai’i
- Term: 2011-2013
Commissioner DaMate is the executive director of the ‘Aha Kiole
Advisory Committee and her community work includes membership
with the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs.
All correspondence for the Hawaiian Homes Commission is managed through Commission Secretary Elaine Searle via this form.