POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Mar 04, 2011
The crowd in the gallery stood up and applauded yesterday after the state Senate confirmed William Aila, standing with lei, as head of the state Department of Land and Natural Resources.
William Aila Jr. was confirmed unanimously yesterday by the state Senate as director of the state Department of Land and Natural Resources, a vote of confidence in the former Waianae harbormaster’s ability to manage a sprawling department that has struggled to protect the state’s unique environment.
The 23-0 vote, with two senators excused, came after the Hawaiian activist and fisherman answered questions during the past few weeks about whether he could be objective when dealing with issues that come before the department. He also had to address whether he should have voluntarily disclosed to senators that he had held a commercial fishing license and an aquarium fish catch permit and that he was late in filing a financial disclosure report.
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