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William Aila
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Hawaii Chairperson of Land and Natural Resources
Former officeholder
In office
November 29, 2010 - December 2014
Base salary$133,536
Elections and appointments
AppointedNovember 29, 2010
Appointed byGov. of Hawaii Neil Abercrombie (D)
Campaign $$44,807
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Hawaii
Office website
William Aila is the former Chairperson of Land and Natural Resources in Hawaii. He was appointed on November 29, 2010, by incoming Governor Neil Abercrombie. He served as interim director until his confirmation by the Hawaii State Senate in early 2011.[1] Aila's term ended on December 1, 2014, and he was not reappointed.


Aila was born in Waianae and earned a B.A. in general tropical agriculture from the University of Hawaii. Before becoming chairperson, Aila was Waianae, HI Boat Harbor Harbormaster.[2] Aila was held in contempt of court in 2005 for his involvement with Hui Malama I Na Kupuna 'O Hawaii Nei, an organization that seeks to rebury Native Hawaiian possesions and remians. Aila was a board member at a time when the group was accused of borrowing items from th Bishop Museum and not returning them. The group refused to return the items.[3]

He worked for the Department of Land and Natural Resources for more than 23 years in the Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation.[2]


  • Waianae High School (1976)
  • Bachelor's degree in General tropical agriculture - University of Hawaii (1980)[3]

Political career

Hawaii Chairman of Land and Natural resources (2010-2014)

Aila was the Natural Resources Chairman for the state of Hawaii until December 2014. He was appointed to the statewide position by Gov. Abercrombie upon his election in 2010, and confirmed for the appointment the following February.[4] The chairperson heads the Hawaii Board of Land and Natural Resources, a seven-person state body responsible for conserving and managing Hawaii's natural resources and the exploitation thereof. The chairperson is the board's executive, and directly manages the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources, the agency responsible for implementing the board's policies.

Appointments and Elections


In Dec. 2010, Aila was appointed Chairman of the Hawaii Board of Land and Natural Resources by then-newly elected governor Neil Abercrombie (D). Like all Hawaii state executives, the chairperson is appointed by the governor with the consent of the state Senate, which Aila received in early 2011 following his appointment.


Aila ran for Governor of Hawaii in 2006, but he lost in the Democratic primaries.[5]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Aila is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Aila raised a total of $44,807 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 9, 2013.[5]

William Aila's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2006 Governor of Hawaii Defeated $44,807
Grand Total Raised $44,807


Aila is married and has two children.[3]

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Preceded by
Hawaii Chairperson of Land and Natural Resources
Succeeded by
Carty Chang