MEETING OF THE
COMMITTEE ON BENEFICIARY ADVOCACY AND EMPOWERMENT
DATE: Wednesday, March 10, 2021
PLACE: Virtual Meeting
Viewable at www.oha.org/livestream OR
Listen by phone: (213) 338-8477,
Webinar ID: 916 9060 2425
Due to the threat of COVID-19, Governor Ige issued the most recent Emergency Eighteenth
Supplementary Proclamation dated February 12, 2021 that suspends parts of Hawai‘i
Revised Statutes Chapter 92, Public Agency Meetings and Records to, among other things,
enable boards to conduct business without any board members or members of the public
physically present at the same location.
The OHA Board of Trustees and its Standing Committees will hold virtual meetings until
further notice. The virtual meetings can be viewed and observed via livestream on OHA’s
website at www.oha.org/livestream or listen by phone: (213) 338-8477, Webinar ID: 916
Call to Order
Public Testimony on Items Listed on the Agenda* (Please see page 2 on how to submit written
testimony or provide oral testimony online. Oral testimony by phone will not be accepted)
Approval of Minutes
A. February 3, 2021
A. 2021 OHA Legislative Package Updates - Matrix 1 **
B. 2021 OHA Legislative Positioning - Matrix 2 **
A. OHA Federal Legislative Positioning – Matrix† - Advocacy (Washington, D.C. Bureau)
If you require an auxiliary aid or accommodation due to a disability, please contact Raina Gushiken at
telephone number (808) 594-1772 or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org no later than three (3) business
days prior to the date of the meeting.
Meeting materials will be available to the public on Friday, March 5, 2021 and posted to OHA’s
website at: www.oha.org/bae
†Notice: The 72 Hour rule, pursuant to OHA BOT Operations Manual, Section 49, shall be waived
for distribution of new committee materials.
* Public Testimony on Items Listed on the Agenda must be limited to matters listed on the
Hawai‘i Revised Statutes, Chapter 92, Public Agency Meetings and Records, prohibits Board members
from discussing or taking action on matters not listed on the meeting agenda.
Testimony can be provided to the OHA Board of Trustees either as: (1) written testimony emailed at
least 24 hours prior to the scheduled meeting, or (2) live, oral testimony online during the virtual
(1) Persons wishing to provide written testimony on items listed on the agenda should
submit testimony via email to BOTmeetings@oha.org at least 24 hours prior to the
scheduled meeting. Any testimony received after this deadline will be late testimony and
will be distributed to the Board members after the scheduled meeting. Due to COVID- 19,
please do not fax, mail, or hand-deliver written testimony
(2) Persons wishing to provide oral testimony online during the virtual meeting must first
register at: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_YhVxFfyVSNOtXBcpGP2csg
You need to register if you would like to orally testify. Once you have completed your
registration, a confirmation email will be sent to you with a link to join the virtual meeting,
along with further instructions on how to provide oral testimony during the virtual meeting.
The registration page will close during the Public Testimony or Community Concerns
agenda item. Oral testimony by telephone/landline will not be accepted at this time.
To provide oral testimony online, you will need:
(1) a computer or mobile device to connect to the virtual meeting;
(2) internet access; and
(3) a microphone to provide oral testimony.
Oral testimony online will be limited to five (5) minutes. Once your oral testimony is completed, you
will be asked to disconnect from the meeting. If you do not sign off on your own, support staff will
remove you from the Zoom meeting. You can continue to view the remainder of the meeting on the
livestream or by telephone, as provided at the beginning of this agenda.
Please visit OHA’s website for more detailed information on how to submit Public Testimony OR
Community Concerns at: https://www.oha.org/how-to-submit-testimony-for-oha-bot-meetings/
**Notice: Trustees may establish or revise an OHA position on ANY proposed bill/resolution
for submission to the state legislature. The Trustees both in Committee and as the
Board of Trustees (BOT) reserve the right to discuss any and all bills or resolutions
recommended for submission to the state legislature in order to discharge their
fiduciary obligations as Trustees of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.