Governor Ige Appoints William J. Aila, Jr. as Interim Chair of Hawaiian Homes Commission/DHHL Director

Posted on May 16, 2019 in Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, Hawaiian Homes Commission, Media Releases



Governor Ige appoints William J. Aila, Jr. as interim chair of Hawaiian Homes Commission/DHHL director


May 16, 2019

HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige has appointed William J. Aila, Jr. as interim chairman of the Hawaiian Homes Commission/director of the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, effective May 17, 2019.

Aila was confirmed as deputy to the commission chair in April. He has been serving as acting chairman since the departure of Jobie Masagatani on May 2.

Aila served as deputy to the chairman of the Hawaiian Homes Commission from 2014-2018. Previously, he headed the Department of Land and Natural Resources and was harbor agent for the Wai‘anae Boat Harbor, Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation under DLNR.     

“William is a proven leader and steward of Hawai‘i’s natural resources. I am confident that he will continue to lead the department as it works to create vibrant homestead communities for native Hawaiians,” said Gov. Ige.

“I thank Gov. Ige for this opportunity to continue to serve the Hawaiian community, and I look forward to working closely with homestead leaders to advance the vision of Prince Kuhio,” said Aila.

Aila’s appointment is subject to Senate confirmation.


Media Contacts:

Jodi Leong

Deputy Communications Director/Press Secretary

Office of the Governor

Office: 808-586-0043

Mobile: 808-798-3929

[email protected]


Cedric Duarte

Information & Community Relations Officer

Department of Hawaiian Home Lands

Office: 808-620-9591

Mobile: 808-342-0873

[email protected]