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Hawaiian Home Lands director Alapaki Nahale-a to resign

By Star-Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 09:29 p.m. HST, Mar 16, 2012


Alapaki Nahale-a, director of the state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, will resign in May after the legislative session ends.

Nahale-a, of Hilo, was appointed by Gov. Neil Abercrombie in November 2010 to lead the department responsible for returning Hawaiians to their lands and promoting economic development in Hawaiian communities.

"Working for state government at this level has been a rewarding experience but also taxing on a number of levels," Nahale-a said in a statement. "While I am proud of all that we've accomplished so far, the decision for me to move on is what I believe is best for my family, which is my number one priority."

Nahale-a will serve until May 15, according to the governor's spokeswoman.

"Alapaki is a man who has and will do good things for Hawaii, especially Native Hawaiians. While I am saddened by his resignation, I am very proud of the work that he has done," Abercrombie said in a statement. "He has reminded me of the sacrifice that many state workers are making to better Hawaii and I appreciate the dedication and performance that is still being given under challenging circumstances."

Last year, Robert "Bobby" Hall, Nahale-a's deputy, chose to retire.

Abercrombie had named Nahale-a and Hall as a team as part of his initial Cabinet appointments.







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NanakuliBoss wrote:
That's a loss. He probably didn't realize he was going to be asks to keep his voice down and constantly reminded that DHHL is a State agency and not really about Hawaiians.
on March 16,2012 | 04:15PM
Bruddah_Shane wrote:
Its a sad but biting commentary on the Adminstration. The past Waihee, Cayetano & Lingle cabinets have never seen such a mass departure of Cabinet appointees leave before the "minimum" 2yr mark.
on March 16,2012 | 04:21PM
poidragon wrote:
how many more people will Gov Abercrombie continue to lose over his first term in office, I wonder? This is not a good portent for any politician when there is such a large turn over in such a short time.
on March 16,2012 | 04:21PM
marriedinsb wrote:
Turns out it is neither a new day nor is Abercrombie a leader we can trust. I bet Alapaki had trouble doing what was expected of him: to participate in political patronage by hiring or handing out land and contracts to insiders. Probably better for Alapaki to get himself out of there but it is a depressing commentary on the current administration and politics in Hawaii in general.
on March 16,2012 | 04:48PM
ejkorvette wrote:
Hawaii Residents should Take Notice Big Time. Rather Than Complain about the Gross and Perpetual INCOMPETENCY of the Hawaii Leadership, Everyone should Protest. Force the Resignation of the Brainless, Corrupt, Liars that Occupy the Government Offices in Hawaii. From the State Senate all the way down to the Clueless Congress folks to the Non-Hawaiian Council Men and Women who are COMPLETE Jack....s!!! The Corrupt will Fall, Violence will be Their Fate. Hawaii is going Bankrupt!! Guess who will bail out the State, City, and County? That's Right, the taxpayers. Anarchy will Reign if Honesty, Integrity, Intelligence, and Good Order and Discipline does not Replace the Total Ineptness that exists in the State of Hawaii's Government!!!
on March 16,2012 | 05:07PM
CloudForest wrote:
That's good, now if they all took an early retirement and then disbanded DHHL what a better Hawaii Nei we would have.
on March 16,2012 | 09:10PM
kulanakai wrote:
This excuse of "oh, my family is priority" is old. How many appointees have used that excuse in the past year? These guys getting these appointments are hard working people (i'm thinking). I don't understand how they all need to prioritize their family...now? Just say it...You guys don't want to work for Abercrombie. Tell us why. The public wants to know.
on March 16,2012 | 11:06PM
peanutgallery wrote:
Brother hasn't even been there five minutes yet. When will the rest of this story be told? The ol' "Family is my priority" is so old, it's lame.
on March 17,2012 | 02:13AM
LanaUlulani wrote:


This is very sad news for kanaka. Whenever someone claims they are leaving for family it is code for "I am being fired."

Alapaki is one of the good people only to be fired by Abercrombie. This is NOT a good "new day in Hawai'i" under Abercrombie's leadership. The person who should be fired is Abercrombie who hired a sexual predator Marc Alexander yet fires Alapaki Nahale-a who has tried to do the best he can for Hawaiians. Hawai'i is SO messed up with Abercrombie's leadership!


on March 17,2012 | 07:07AM
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