Mahalo e Jan Dill!


Aloha mai kākou, 

For twenty years, President and CEO Jan E. Hanohano Dill has led Partners in Development Foundation with vision and foresight, creating and responding to opportunities to improve the lives of countless citizens of Hawai‘i, young and old, and to make a difference in our community. Few have had such a powerful and lasting impact on the social fabric of our island state. It is especially noteworthy because he has done so from off stage and out of the spotlight. The PIDF ‘ohana and the community we serve are indebted to Jan, and extend heartfelt mahalo as he retires from the organization he created, served and loved as its only chief executive for the past twenty years. We do so with endless affection and enduring aloha. 

Jan’s leadership has been key to the emergence of PIDF’s programs as transformational models for other organizations throughout Hawai‘i and the nation. Central to this acclaim is Jan’s unique skill in bringing the right people together at the right time to do the right thing in the right way! Using this special skill, Jan built PIDF into what it is today, a social services organization that is admired, respected and appreciated for the work we do, the people we serve and the impact we make. Moreover, Jan’s strategic foresight in identifying community needs, and professional expertise in securing resources to address these needs, have been cornerstones of PIDF’s evolution. Indeed, equipped with a compelling vision and outstanding employees, PIDF is well positioned to continue serving the people of Hawai‘i with programs that are rooted in the culture of the first people of these islands. 

On a personal note, my friendship with Jan spans six decades, starting as classmates in intermediate school. Intelligent and inquisitive, Jan established himself as a scholar and academic achiever. However, what set Jan apart from the mainstream was his character – ethical, steadfast, trustworthy and principled. This has never changed. Then and now, integrity and moral courage serve as bookends to Jan’s life and his life’s work. This is why I and others trust his judgment so deeply and value his wisdom so greatly. 

Servant leadership is Jan’s calling. Connecting heart to head, Jan brings compassion and diligence, understanding and justice, integrity and courage to all that he does and to all who he touches. A good and industrious man, Jan stands as a beloved leader and Godly servant 

Mahalo nui loa, my friend, and warm and heartfelt Aloha. 

Ke Akua pu,