GOVERNOR-ELECT ABERCROMBIE ANNOUNCES CABINET APPOINTEES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Nov. 29, 2010

Contact: Laurie Au, 808-587-4002

laurie@neilabercrombie.com

HONOLULU, HI – Governor-Elect Neil Abercrombie today appointed five Cabinet members in his first announcement on leadership positions in the Abercrombie Administration.

Governor-Elect Abercrombie’s appointments are William J. Aila Jr. as the Chairperson of the Department of Land and Natural Resources; Richard Lim as the Director of the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism; Jodie Maesaka-Hirata as the Director of the Department of Public Safety; and Alapaki Nahale-a and Bobby Hall as the team leading the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands as its Director and Deputy Director, respectively.

“We are forming a team of strong leaders who are the right people to help move Hawaii out of these difficult times,” Governor-Elect Abercrombie said. “These are talented, creative individuals who have pledged to work together to fulfill our vision of A New Day in Hawaii.”

The selections come after a process that began with every considered applicant submitting his or her resume through the transition website, NewDayHawaii.org. The process, led by Abercrombie Transition Director Bill Kaneko, includes input from the community and several rounds of interviews before Governor-Elect Abercrombie makes the final decision. As of today, more than 3,500 resumes were submitted through the transition website.

“We’re continuing to receive applications from people who are inspired by Governor-Elect Abercrombie’s call for public servants,” Mr. Kaneko said. “We are making good progress on identifying and interviewing individuals for the Abercrombie administration. We continue to encourage everyone to participate by applying or providing input and advice.”

The current priority is to select directors and deputy directors through this transition process. Department directors will have to be confirmed by the State Senate.

Governor-Elect Abercrombie departs tonight to attend the Democratic Governors Association Annual Meeting on Dec. 1 in Washington, D.C. Governor-Elect Abercrombie will also attend a meeting at the White House for Governors-Elect on Dec. 2. Governor-Elect Abercrombie will return to Honolulu on Friday, Dec. 3.

ABOUT THE APPOINTEES

ILLIAM J. AILA JR(DLNR) is the longtime and respected harbor agent for Waianae Boat Harbor. Mr. Aila, 52, has worked for the state Department of Land and Natural Resources for more than 23 years in the Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation. His responsibilities include managing, operating and maintaining 31 acres of fast and submerged lands. Mr. Aila has served on national, state and community advisory groups for more than 20 years, which has given him the opportunity to interact and listen to concerns expressed by different stakeholders affected by DLNR regulations and policies. As president of Mohala I Ka Wai, Mr. Aila worked with the state Division of Forestry and Wildlife, U.S. Army, community groups and private landowners to create the Waianae Mountains Watershed Partnership, an organization dedicated to protecting Hawaii’s forest, streams and drinking water. Mr. Aila, a Waianae High School graduate, received his Bachelor’s degree in General Tropical Agriculture from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

RICHARD LIM (DBEDT) has over 30 years of experience in banking and financial services. Mr. Lim, 59, is a co-founder of Sennet Capital, a Hawaii-based merchant banking firm that provides assistance to Hawaii companies with respect to mergers and acquisitions, capital sourcing and strategic planning. Prior to founding Sennet Capital, he was the president and chief operating officer of City Bank until its merger with Central Pacific Bank in 2004. Mr. Lim came to City Bank via International Holding Capital Corporation (the parent of International Savings and Loan) where he was president and chief operating officer from 1987 to 1994. Mr. Lim has been an active member of the community and currently serves on the boards of the Hawaii Institute for Public Affairs, the Pacific Asian Affairs Council, the Hawaii Technology Development Venture, the Korean American Foundation and the board of governors of Chaminade University. Earlier in his career, he served on a number of boards and organizations that provide him with a broad perspective of Hawaii economy, including the Hawaii Strategic Development Corporation, the National Energy Laboratory of Hawaii, the Community Based Economic Development board, HiBeam, UH Connections and Enterprise Honolulu. Mr. Lim holds degrees from Santa Clara University and Chaminade University.

JODIE MAESAKA-HIRATA (Public Safety), an 18-year veteran of the state Department of Public Safety, is the acting warden of Waiawa Correctional Facility. In August 2008, with the support of the surrounding community, Ms. Maesaka-Hirata launched an offender re-entry program that successfully reintegrated offenders by providing them job experience while they were still incarcerated. Ms. Maesaka-Hirata first began her work in public service at Halawa Correctional Facility in 1989 as a social worker. Ms. Maesaka-Hirata, 44, a Pearl City High School graduate, received her Bachelor’s degree in social work from UH-Manoa and her Master’s degree in criminal justice administrator from Chaminade University

ALAPAKI NAHALE-A (DHHL Director), a Hilo resident, is the Executive Director of the Hawaii Charter Schools Network, which provides support for Hawaii’s charter schools and the charter school movement. Prior to this, he was the director of a Native Hawaiian community driven public charter school Ka Umeke Kaeo in Hilo for six years. Mr. Nahale-a, 42, is also a Department of Hawaiian Home Lands Commissioner, a Hawaii County Charter Commissioner, and a board member for the Kuikahi Mediation Center. In years prior, Mr. Nahale-a held a series of community development positions with Hawaii Community College, the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement, and the Rural Community Assistance Corporation. He served the Hawaii County Council for five years as a legislative auditor assistant and fiscal/program review auditor. Mr. Nahale-a graduated from Kamehameha Schools in 1986 and then earned his Bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Pennsylvania.

BOBBY HALL (DHHL Deputy) has more than 30 years of service with the State of Hawaii, including 15 years at the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands. Mr. Hall, 57, began working at the state as a clerk at DHHL. His expertise is in affordable housing, development, construction, community relations and financing. His accomplishments include developing the initial concept and scope for DHHL’s Home Ownership Assistance Program (HOAP), which assists Native Hawaiian families to become successful homeowners; and forming the first public housing Neighborhood Watch Program at Mayor Wright homes, which paved the way for other programs like Weed and Seed, that won him a national award in 1989 for drug prevention from U.S. Housing and Urban Development. A graduate of Saint Louis High School, Mr. Hall studied Hawaiian Studies and liberal arts at UH-Manoa.

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Native Hawaiian Council Applauds Hawaiian Homes Chairman Selection

November 30th, 2010 ·

A Native Hawaii policy and community development group is praising the recent selection of the Big Island’s Alapaki Nahale-a as the new Director of the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands.

Alapaki Nahale-a. Photo courtesy Department of Hawaiian Home Lands.

Nahale-a was named to the post by Governor-Elect Neil Abercrombie yesterday.  The Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA), issued a statement yesterday applauding the appointment.

“This cabinet appointment is one of the most important selections to be made that directly impacts Native Hawaiians,” said Robin Puanani Danner, CNHA President and CEO. “Mr. Nahale-a is exactly the kind of leader we have been waiting for. He has integrity and a keen understanding of the unique trust relationship DHHL represents.  He knows that he and the Governor, as a function of federal law, the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act, the Administration works for tens of thousands of beneficiaries of the Trust that State government promised in 1959 to uphold.”

CNHA and its Native Hawaiian Policy Center (NHPC) submitted a Transition Memo to the Abercrombie/Schatz team, identifying key policy priorities for the new Administration to consider in the first 100 days, as well as the next four years.  The organization recommended a reorganization of the Department by adding a focus to Agricultural and Pastoral homesteading, transparency and solicitation of beneficiary priorities in the development of the DHHL budget, the implementation of a written policy on how lands are distributed for non-homesteading purposes and to publish a list of all land licenses and general leases issued for non-homesteading purposes by the prior Administration over the past eight years.

“For some of us, this is our fourth or fifth Chairman, and for others this is their tenth.  The homestead leaders that contributed to the priorities are certainly subject-matter experts who want to help the administration be successful and to benefit from decades of experience. What’s great about Alapaki Nahale-a is that he’s from the homesteads. He too, knows the challenges of the Trust, and what its goals are in meeting the vision of Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole,” said Danner.

Founded in 2001, CNHA unifies 155 Native Hawaiian Organizations, operating a policy center, a community loan fund, and services that enhance the cultural, economic and community development of Native Hawaiians.

Abercrombie to swear in

Title: Abercrombie to swear in
Location: Iolani palace
Description: Abercrombie’s noon swearing in is slated for Dec. 6 at Iolani Palace.
Date: 2010/12/06

Land board to hear assessment of coral damage off Maui

By Associated Press
Nov 10, 2010

The state Board of Land and Natural Resources on Friday is to take up the issue of coral reef damage at the Keawakapu artificial reef off Maui.

The Division of Aquatic Resources staff is to report on an assessment of the damage that occurred last Dec. 2.

The state initially reported that it appeared about 50 concrete slabs hit the reef.

But federal report says 125 slabs accidentally landed on live coral habitat during a state project to enhance the artificial reef.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the rest of the 1,400 modules weighing 2,800 pounds each landed on sand.

Friday’s meeting is to be held at Maui County’s Department of Planning

The state Board of Land and Natural Resources on Friday is to take up the issue of coral reef damage at the Keawakapu artificial reef off Maui.

The Division of Aquatic Resources staff is to report on an assessment of the damage that occurred last Dec. 2.

The state initially reported that it appeared about 50 concrete slabs hit the reef.

But federal report says 125 slabs accidentally landed on live coral habitat during a state project to enhance the artificial reef.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the rest of the 1,400 modules weighing 2,800 pounds each landed on sand.

Friday’s meeting is to be held at Maui County’s Department of Planning

Voters spoke clearly: Let governor alone choose members of the BOE

By David Shapiro

Nov 10, 2010

Barely a week after voters decided by a wide margin to abolish the elected Board of Education in favor of a panel appointed by the governor, some elected members are lobbying for appointment to the new board.

In the Legislature, which must set the appointment process, there’s talk of allowing current elected members to be eligible without going through the usual screening process.

Hopefully, Gov.-elect Neil Abercrombie, who will ultimately name the new school board, will nip this godawful idea in the bud.

The vote of 57.4 percent to 42.6 percent in favor of an appointed Board of Education was an unequivocal repudiation of the work of the current board.

It would thwart the clearly expressed will of the electorate to reconstitute any part of the old elected board as the new appointed board — especially by keeping in power the leaders who gave us the Furlough Friday fiasco that fueled voter anger.

Voters said loud and clear that they want change in the way our struggling public schools are governed, and they deserve to get it without delay. There’s no need for an extended transition that only extends the board’s dysfunction.

To give us the same old same-old in the face of a clear mandate for change would strip Abercrombie of his own credibility as the agent of change he presented himself to be.

And if we’re to get what we voted for, the Legislature must rethink its plan for a convoluted selection process that defeats the accountability that a governor-appointed school board is supposed to provide.

Under a bill vetoed by Gov. Linda Lingle this year and expected to emerge again in the next Legislature, the governor would be limited to appointing school board members from a list provided by a seven-member advisory panel that could provide the governor as few as two choices per open seat.

The advisory panel would be named primarily by the P-20 Council, an unofficial group made up of the Department of Education, the University of Hawaii and various community and business organizations with interests in education.

The constitutional amendment was intended to allow the governor to pick the most qualified people available to govern our schools — and be held accountable for the results.

The Legislature’s scheme thwarts accountability by effectively stripping appointment power from the governor and handing it to a council that’s self-selecting and accountable to nobody.

Such lack of clear accountability is what has always protected the interests of adult “stakeholders” in the public schools over the interests of our children.

The governor should be able to select a Board of Education from the best talent in the state without arbitrary limitations. Senate confirmation of his choices provides sufficient check and balance.

Molokai Women’s Health Center Celebrates 25years

November 04, 2010

By Molokai Advertiser-News
Molokai General Hospital President Janice Kalanihuia, Phyllis Laraiso, CNM
and Joan Thompson were among the organizers of the 25th anniversary of the
Women’s Health Center. Since 1985, when Jenny Whitman delivered the first
baby, Brandon Hirashima, Certified Nurse Midwives have been the major deliverer
of Women’s Health care, from prenatal, birthing to menopausal and post
menopausal care. In 24 years, one thousand four hundred and eighty-eight
Molokai babies were delivered by the Certified Nurse Mdiwives.
Dr. Ralph Hale, Jenny Whitman, Janice Kalanihuia and Phoebe Starkey were
the first staff. One of the medical residents who trained under Dr. Hale, Dr. E.
Battacharya continues the obstetric-gynecological backup at the Women’s Center.
In the photograph, Phyllis Laraiso holds a plaque presented to the MGH
Women’s Health Center by Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition for the
years of service to Molokai women.
The afternoon event followed a morning Health Fair with presentations to Dr.
Hale, Dr. Battacharya and activities. Displays of photographs of the 15th anniversary
and of all the babies and moms were enjoyed by all.

Gov.-elect Abercrombie gets down to the business of hiring

By Associated Press

Nov 04, 2010

Hawaii’s next governor, Democrat Neil Abercrombie, is accepting applications to work in his administration. Abercrombie said in his first news conference Thursday he will consider applicants from either political party to fill his Cabinet and other positions running the state government.

Abercrombie wants talented people who can work with diverse communities who are prepared to face Hawaii’s political and financial challenges.  Applications are being accepted until Nov. 15 through Abercrombie’s transition website. He aims to assemble his team as he prepares to be sworn into office Dec. 6.  Abercrombie says outgoing Republican Gov. Linda Lingle’s administration has been working closely with his team for a quick transition.

Hawaii’s next governor, Democrat Neil Abercrombie, is accepting applications to work in his administration.

Abercrombie said in his first news conference Thursday he will consider applicants from either political party to fill his Cabinet and other positions running the state government.  Abercrombie wants talented people who can work with diverse communities who are prepared to face Hawaii’s political and financial challenges.

Applications are being accepted until Nov. 15 through Abercrombie’s transition website. He aims to assemble his team as he prepares to be sworn into office Dec. 6.  Abercrombie says outgoing Republican Gov. Linda Lingle’s administration has been working closely with his team for a quick transition.

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City Council Chair steps down to accept Disney resort position

Nov 08, 2010 9:08 AM 
Todd Apo Todd Apo

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) –

Honolulu City Council Chairman Todd Apo is set to resign Monday to work for the new Disney resort in Koolina.

Apo will be the director of public affairs for Hawaii.  The resort opens next August, and he says the job wouldn’t wait two more years when his term is done.  The City will have to hold a special election within 60 days to replace him.  Apo has been on the council for the past six years.

It's Coffee Pickin' Time

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Leah Wilson, 2, picks ripe coffee cherries during the Kona Coffee Picking Contest Sunday at Ueshima Coffee Farm in Holualoa. – Photo By Laura Shimabuku | Special To West Hawaii Today

Residents, visitors participate in annual Coffee picking contest
by Carolyn Lucas-Zenk
West Hawaii Today
Monday, November 8, 2010 8:36 AM

Dinah Kunitake’s gloved hands expertly maneuvered over the clumps of coffee cherries Sunday morning, quickly plucking the soft, ruby ones and leaving the hard, green ones on the twiggy branches.

As the 61-year-old Holualoa resident circled the tree at the picturesque Ueshima Coffee Co. estate, it seemed to sway each time she bent and released the branches.

Kunitake is a clear natural. Before she could walk, she was picking coffee. Kunitake recalled crawling between the trees, gathering fallen cherries and filling empty fruit cocktail cans.

During the annual Kona Coffee Picking Contest, her speed, intensity, technique and style attracted spectators, of which several took photographs, offered encouragement and complimented her purple hat.

Two thoughts raced through Kunitake’s head — “Stay focused” and “Pick red.” Because her eyes “are not as good as they used to be,” the third generation coffee farmer relied on touch. Ripe cherries are plump and simply fall into the basket with a gentle tap of the fingers.

No matter the outcome, Kunitake was ecstatic about her participation and representing Waiaha River Coffee Co.

“This event gets everyone excited. You finish with such a tremendous high,” she said. “It’s so much fun and part of Kona’s heritage. More local people should do it.”

Competitors had three frenzied minutes to pick the ripest and cleanest coffee cherries. Leaves and debris, as well as coloring, resulted in point deduction.

Competitors in the senior division start the Kona Coffee Picking Contest Sunday morning at Ueshima Farm in Holualoa. – Laura Shimabuku | Special To West Hawaii Today

Kona County Farm Bureau volunteers served as contest judges. Winners in each division received cash prizes and earned bragging rights.

The competition gives people the opportunity to experience Kona’s time-honored tradition of hand picking coffee. It also showcases the unique techniques of beginners, the experienced and veterans, said Minoru Tashima, the contest’s co-chairman.

Many spectators, particularly newcomers to Kona coffee, leave with a greater understanding and appreciation for the intricate work that has to be done to produce this product. It takes approximately 100 pounds of cherries to produce 14 pounds of roasted coffee, Tashima said.

Yusuke Yamano has farmed coffee for five years. He owns Yamano Coffee Farm on the Bonin Islands, where typhoons hit annually and goats are a regular nuisance.

Ueshima Coffee Co. invited him to learn more about the process and what makes Kona coffee unique. Yamano said participating in Sunday’s contest was a bonus. So far, what he appreciated most during his trip was how Hawaii’s culture is celebrated and intertwined with coffee.

Six-year-old Tyler Sims devised a simple plan for winning — “Run fast to the trees and pick, pick, pick.” He hoped to fill his basket to the rim by the end of three minutes.

His father, Justin Sims, owns Sweet Spirit Farms in Honaunau. The pair were excited about picking coffee for the first time.

The family hires others to do the picking of the farm’s 5,000 trees. However, the Sims do the pulping and wet mill process.

“This will either inspire me to start picking on our farm or keep me far away from it,” Justin said, prior to competing.

This contest was part of the 40th annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival. From now through Nov. 14, the public can attend nearly 50 events, which preserve, perpetuate and promote Kona’s 180-year coffee heritage. For more information, visit konacoffeefest.com.