Jonathan Likeke Scheuer

Scheuer is in charge of OHA’s new Land Management Hale — and he has big plans –In three short years Dr. Jonathan Likeke-Scheuer of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) has gone from managing no lands to managing over 27,000 acres throughout Hawaii. As Director of the new Land Management Hale created in November 2006, Scheuer oversees many projects ranging from the 1.1-acre fee holding of Pāhua Heiau in Hawaii Kai to the newly acquired Waimea Valley on Oahu and Wao Kele o Puna on Hawaii Island (see HLPN Spring 2007).

Working with such heterogeneous lands requires Scheuer to balance many contrasting organizations ideas and plans. “The hardest part of my job right now is managing expectations ­– from our various partners, our Native Hawaiian beneficiaries, others at OHA, elected officials, and the general community” says Scheuer.

In the administrative, law, and economic dealings Scheuer must also maintain OHA’s mission “ensuring the perpetuation of the culture, the enhancement of lifestyle and the protection of entitlements of Native Hawaiians…” Scheuer explains, “OHA is in the midst of a huge growth period in Land Management, and we seek to become a model for how to integrate natural and cultural resource concerns into effective land management.” Scheuer’s Land Management Hale now has five employees (including a new O’ahu Conservation Land Manager), and is in the process of recruiting a Hawai’i Island Conservation Land Manager. To contact Jonathan Scheuer email him at jonathans@oha.or

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