6 transit board nominees named

The mayor and City Council each appoint three, with the Council picks still up for debate

By Gene Park

POSTED: 01:30 a.m.  Apr 19, 2011

  Council Vice Chairman and Transportation Committee Chairman Breene Harimoto, center, with Mayor Peter Carlisle at right, introduced appointees of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation yesterday at Honolulu Hale.  

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Council Vice Chairman and Transportation Committee Chairman Breene Harimoto, center, with Mayor Peter Carlisle at right, introduced appointees of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation yesterday at Honolulu Hale.

City officials yesterday named the majority of the 10-member board that will oversee Honolulu’s rail transit project.

Six members were announced: three from the mayor’s office and three from the City Council.

Mayor Peter Carlisle’s appointees are:

» Don Horner, most recently picked as chairman of the state Board of Education, and also chairman and chief executive officer of First Hawaiian Bank.

» William “Buzzy” Hong, former executive director of the Hawaii Building and Construction Trades Council, and a former Ho­no­lulu police officer.

» Carrie Okinaga, city corporation counsel who will resign from that position by June 30.

Each member of the City Council submitted a nominee for the board, and of those, only three were chosen by City Council Chairman Nestor Garcia and Council Transportation Chairman Breene Harimoto. They are:

» Ivan Lui-Kwan, an attorney and former director of the city Department of Budget and Fiscal Services.

» Keslie Hui, development manager for Forest City Enterprises.

» Damien Kim, business manager and financial secretary of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union.

The Council nominees are still up for debate within the Transportation Committee and the full Council via a resolution introduced by Harimoto yesterday morning.

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