From the Desk of Chairman Masagatani
I am truly honored and excited to be afforded this opportunity to serve the Native Hawaiian community as Governor Neil Abercrombie’s appointee to be the new chairman of the Hawaiian Homes Commission and director of the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands.
The mission of Hawaiian Homes has always been near and dear to my heart. Many of you may remember when I was the deputy director of the department back in the 1990s and worked to return Native Hawaiians to the ‘āina.
This kuleana is a privilege that I am deeply committed to carrying out. But time is of the essence. I plan on hitting the ground running and in the months to come will visit homestead communities across the state and meet with beneficiaries and homestead leaders to better understand some of their issues and concerns.
Please join me, the Hawaiian Homes Commission and the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands in working together to fulfill the vision of Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalaniana‘ole.”
Jobie M. K. Masagatani
Hawaiian Homes Commission