My Turn: Where the Hawaii Paroling Authority’s ‘kuleana’ lies

The Hawaii Paroling Authority (HPA) serves as the central paroling authority for the State of Hawaii. HPA is a quasi-judicial body whose mission is to determine minimum terms of imprisonment; evaluate and grant parole utilizing HPA and community resources as a link for parolees to reintegrate into society. HPA consists of five board members who also investigate and make recommendations for gubernatorial pardons in concert with the director of the Department of Public Safety.