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Sep 09, 2016

Nālei Akina promoted to LT vice president & chief program officer


HONOLULU, September 9, 2016 – Liliʻuokalani Trust has named Nālei Akina vice president and chief program officer.  Ms. Akina will report to Robert Ozaki, the trust’s president and chief executive officer.  She most recently served as assistant to the president and chief executive officer.

In her new role as vice president and chief program officer, Ms. Akina will oversee all program services and operations, strategic planning and collaborations with community partners, and the trust’s research and evaluation arm. 

Ms. Akina joined the trust in May 2016 with over 25 years of experience in non-profit management.  She most recently served as administrator for Lunalilo Home, responsible for operations, programs, personnel and financial management, marketing, and service delivery to elders, their families, and the community at the private operating foundation.  Prior to Lunalilo Home, Ms. Akina worked briefly as a healthcare policy analyst at HMSA’s Office of Strategy Management.  She held three different positions in her 12-year career with the National Asian Women’s Health Organization, first as director of administration and finance, followed by her role as chief financial officer and treasurer on the executive committee of the board of directors.  Finally, she served as executive director, responsible for all strategic planning, marketing, program management, grants management, financial management, and business operations.  

Prior to the National Asian Women’s Health Organization, Ms. Akina enjoyed careers as a financial associate for the New York City Ballet, and as business manager for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center in New York.

Akina is a graduate of Punahou School and Cornell University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Applied Economics and Business Management.  In 2010, she received her Master’s in Public Administration with a concentration in Non-Profit Management from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.

Akina currently serves on the Board of Directors for Ballet Hawaii, the Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus, and formerly at the Friends of ʻIolani Palace.  She also serves on the Advisory Board for the Hā Kupuna program under the University of Hawaiʻi.  She has previously held various leadership positions with the National Endowment for the Arts, the Papakōlea Community Development Corporation, the Iris Alliance Fund, and was co-founder of the Hawaii Cultural Foundation, Inc.

Ms. Akina’s newly-created position was announced along with the promotion of a number of key staff as part of the trust’s 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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