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Oct 25, 2016

Liliʻuokalani Trust welcomes David Hipp as Systems Change Manager

HONOLULU, October 18, 2016 – David Hipp has joined Liliʻuokalani Trust as its systems change manager, according to Nalei Akina, vice president and chief program officer. 

Mr. Hipp will support the trust’s new strategic plan – to serve the most disadvantaged kamaliʻi (trust beneficiaries) and to begin addressing root causes of poverty and stimulating systems change – by facilitating collaborative work and partnerships at a statewide level with state and county agencies and private sector entities.

Mr. Hipp has been a leader in juvenile justice reform in the State of Hawaiʻi and has been working with at-risk youth for 38 years. He previously worked as executive director with The Salvation Army – Family Intervention Services where he administered and managed an array of services for troubled youth and their families in Hawaiʻi and Maui counties including outreach, diversion, intervention, shelter and residential programs on behalf of those most in need. Prior to Family Intervention Services, Mr. Hipp worked in both the Lingle and Abercrombie administrations as executive director at the Hawaii Office of Youth Services, the state’s juvenile justice agency. His accomplishments there include developing and implementing the strategy to end five years of federal oversight at the Hawaiʻi Youth Correctional Facility for civil rights violations; overseeing programs for youth at-risk and reducing the incidence of recidivism through prevention, rehabilitation and treatment services; and developing strong working relationships to foster greater collaborative efforts with numerous entities and agencies within both county and state governments and in the private/non-profit sectors to ensure optimum services for at-risk youth statewide.

Mr. Hipp further spearheaded the passage of Act 201 – Relating to Juvenile Justice in 2014, which contributed to Hawaiʻi being one of only three states recognized by the U.S. Department of Justice as “Smart on Juvenile Justice.” In 2015, he was honored by Mental Health America as the state’s Outstanding Government Leader.

Prior to the Hawaii Office of Youth Services, Mr. Hipp served in numerous capacities during his 15-year career with the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice: first as superintendent, then as a training specialist, senior management analyst, regional director, and finally as the director of policy development at their headquarters in Tallahassee.

Mr. Hipp received his bachelor of arts with a concentration in social sciences from Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York; he attended the University of Florida, Gainesville, and Nova University in Ft. Lauderdale for graduate work in both education and administration.

Mr. Hipp’s position was created as a part of the trust’s recent organizational restructuring and the unveiling of its new strategic direction to serve the most disadvantaged kamaliʻi (trust beneficiaries), and to begin addressing root causes of poverty and stimulating systems change.

About Liliʻuokalani Trust

Lili‘uokalani Trust was established by Hawaiʻi’s last ruling monarch, the beloved Queen Lili‘uokalani.  Her Deed of Trust, executed in 1909, directs that the Queen’s lands be utilized to serve and provide for orphan and destitute children in perpetuity.  The core Trust assets include some 6,400 acres of land, the majority in Kona. 

The trust’s vision is e nā kamalei lupalupa, thriving Hawaiian children.  Its mission: We believe in the resiliency of our Hawaiian children; we advocate and work towards systemic change for their well-being and build them pathways to thriving lives.  Outreach to trust kamaliʻi is delivered through direct services and through collaborative community partnerships.

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