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Heina Hanohano Named Budget Director

Brigham Young University–Hawaii Administrative Vice President Steve Tueller has named Heina Hanohano as budget director. Hanohano will replace Michael Tejada, who was appointed to administration vice president. Both Hanohano and Tejada will assume their new positions effective May 1, 2024. Hanohano currently serves as BYU–Hawaii’s housing business administrator, and oversees the Housing Operations department.

A portrait of Heina Hanohano smiling at the camera with blurred green plants in the background.
Photo by Monique Saenz

"Heina brings an exceptional blend of dedication, innovation, and leadership to our administrative division," says Tejada. "Her commitment to excellence and her collaborative spirit inspire those around her. Heina's passion for her work and her ability to effectively communicate and connect with others makes her an invaluable asset to our organization."

As housing business administrator at BYU–Hawaii, Hanohano managed budgets for university housing facilities, including single-student, married-student, and employee housing. This included forecasting revenues, setting rent strategies for the different rent units, and developing a strategic plan for the maintenance and upgrade of housing facilities. She also taught as adjunct faculty in the Hospitality & Tourism Management Program.

Prior to her time at BYU–Hawaii, Hanohano was an executive assistant housekeeper at Hilton Hawaiian Village, where she oversaw the cleaning and maintenance of over 2,000 guestrooms and 22 acres of public space, managed department expenses, led training, negotiated services contracts, and conducted evaluations. Hanohano also worked in various housekeeping management positions at the Courtyard Oahu North Shore and Hilton Grand Vacations Club.

Hanohano has a Bachleor of Science in information systems from BYU–Hawaii and Master of Science in business administration from Southern New Hampshire University.

Hanohano spent her growing up years in Laie, Tonga, and Australia. She was born in Kahuku while her father attended BYU–Hawaii. After her father graduated, Heina's family lived in Tonga, and her father taught at Liahona High School before they returned to Laie. She is a graduate of Laie Elementary School, Kahuku High School, and BYU–Hawaii.

Heina is married to Clayton Hanohano, who is from Laie and is also BYU–Hawaii alumnus. Together they have two sons, Oakland, who is currently serving a mission in Kiribati, and Tatum, who is a junior at Kahuku High School. She enjoys legos, puzzles, chocolate, spending time with her family, and walking in the community.