HONOLULU (Dec 20, 2022) — Kamehameha Schools (KS) has named Mia Okinaga as vice president, internal audit. Okinaga will start Jan. 16, 2023.
KS’ Internal Audit department reports to and is accountable for assisting the Board of Trustees in the effective execution of their fiduciary responsibilities. Through independent, objective assurance and consulting activities, the Internal Audit department is designed to add value and to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the organization’s risk management, internal control and governance processes. As vice president, Okinaga brings executive-level experience in evolving internal audit practices and delivering system-wide impacts across large, complex organizations.
“I strongly believe that education can be the greatest equalizer, so I am grateful for this opportunity to serve Kamehameha Schools and the chance to contribute toward fulfilling Princess Pauahi’s desire to provide a better future for Hawaiian children,” Okinaga said.
Okinaga most recently served as OhioHealth System’s vice president of internal audit, a position she has held since 2017. Prior to OhioHealth, Mia served in similar roles at SCAN Health Plan and Kaiser Permanente in California.
“Mia is a solutions-focused analytical leader who has demonstrated the ability to collaborate with business and operational partners,” said KS Trustee Elliot Mills. “We are excited to welcome her to the KS ʻohana and look forward to her contributions.”
Okinaga holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and a master’s degree in finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also a certified public accountant in California and serves on the boards of Lifeline of Ohio, Directions for Youth & Families and the Central Ohio Institute of Internal Auditors.