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OHA: Office of Hawaiian Affairs

Keopu Reelitz

Ka Pou Kihi Kū
Chief Advocate

Photo: Keopu Reelitz

Keopu Reelitz began her role as OHA’s Director Advocacy (Ka Pou Kihi Kū) in December of 2023.

Her duties include leading the Advocacy Division and overseeing mission aligned public policy development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation as well as OHA’s current co-trustee role with the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. She is also responsible for overseeing the Compliance Enforcement Program, tasked with ensuring compliance by government agencies of the rights and obligations to Native Hawaiians, land, water and iwi kupuna. Reelitz also works with OHA leadership to represent the agency in federal policy and advocacy.

Reelitz comes to OHA from the Hawaiʻi Childrenʻs Action Network where she served as director of Early Learning and Health Policy. She is a former communications lead with the State of Hawaiʻi Executive Office on Early Learning and has also served as a public information officer for the State of Hawaiʻi Department of Human Services and as editor of MANA Magazine.

A graduate of Kamehameha Schools Kapālama, Reelitz holds a juris doctorate from the University of Arizona and a bachelor’s degree in international studies and political science from Loyola University Chicago.