City and County of Honolulu, HI

10/03/2023 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/03/2023 14:27

10/03/23 Mayor Blangiardi Appoints Ka‘ili Trask O’Connell as Executive Director for the Mayor’s Office of Culture and Arts

Mayor Blangiardi Appoints Ka'ili Trask O'Connell as Executive Director for the Mayor's Office of Culture and Arts

HONOLULU - Mayor Rick Blangiardi on Tuesday announced the appointment of Ka'ili Trask O'Connell, a respected leader, marketer, and strategic planner, to be the new Executive Director for the Mayor's Office of Culture and Arts (MOCA). Her first day with the City will be Wednesday, October 4, 2023.

"I am thrilled that Ka'ili Trask O'Connell has joined our team," said Mayor Rick Blangiardi. "She brings vision and leadership that will help us celebrate and showcase the incredible diversity and creativity that define our city. Together, we will ensure that Honolulu remains a hub for artistic expression and cultural appreciation."

As the head of the Mayor's Office of Culture and Arts, Trask O'Connell will play a vital role in advancing and preserving O'ahu's vibrant cultural landscape. The MOCA Executive Director reports directly to the City's Managing Director, Mike Formby, and works closely with the Mayor, community stakeholders, and arts and cultural organizations to develop and implement policies, programs, and initiatives that support and promote arts and culture across Oʻahu.

Trask O'Connell brings 30 years of experience in leadership, strategic planning, marketing, and communications. She was born and raised in Kailua, graduated Punahou School, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis. She dances and teaches hula in her free time as an alaka'i under the direction of Kumu Hula Darcey Moniz of Hālau Hula `O Puka`ikapuaokalani.

"I'm honored and excited to accept this role and to work with Mayor Blangiardi and the team at the Mayor's Office of Culture and Arts," added Ka'ili Trask O'Connell. "Honolulu's cultural landscape is incredibly rich and diverse. I look forward to leading my team and partnering with the community to enhance our city's culture and arts accessibility and impact for all our residents."

The Mayor's Office of Culture and Arts plays a pivotal role in shaping the cultural identity of our city, and Trask O'Connell will lead the charge in advancing its mission. It is also responsible for looking beyond O'ahu's shores, serving as the head of all international relations activities and correspondence, and overseeing the City's "Sister City" program. Trask O'Connell will also coordinate and direct all cultural protocols and ceremonies related to visiting foreign dignitaries.