Kalei Rapoza named UH Hilo director of HR

Rapoza brings a high level perspective for the role of human resources in the current environment of higher education.

Kalei Rapoza
Kalei Rapoza

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Administrative Affairs announced today that Kalei Rapoza has been named director for the Office of Human Resources at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, effective Sept. 1, 2016.

Rapoza has served as interim director for the university’s HR office since January and will now have full management and supervisory oversight for the human resources and personnel functions of the office, according to an email sent out to the university community today.

Rapoza has overseen a pilot program to facilitate the staff search process and has integrated the campus workers compensation function into the HR office. He has worked collaboratively with leadership across the UH Hilo campus in a range of human resources matters and at all levels to positively address and quickly resolve personnel complaints and grievances.

He has comprehensive knowledge and understanding of public sector employment laws and has served as part of the negotiating team for UH and the Hawai‘i Department of Education. He has a high level perspective for the role of human resources in the current environment of higher education.

Rapoza joined UH Hilo as associate director of the Office of Human Resources in 2013, moving from the DOE. He has a juris doctor degree from the William S. Richardson School of Law at UH Mānoa and is a graduate of the UH President’s Emerging Leaders Program.