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Governor appoints heads of Hawaiian Home Lands, Public Safety

By Michael Tsai


Gov. Neil Abercrombie announced today the appointment of a couple of familiar faces to head the departments of Hawaiian Home Lands and Public Safety.

Jobie Masagatani, who served as DHHL deputy director from 1995 to 2002 and most recently served as special assistant to the chief executive officer at the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, was tabbed to replace Alapaki Nahale-a as director of DHHL.

Ted Sakai, who previously served as director of  DPS from 1998 to 2002, returns to his old position, where he is expected to begin implementing the so-called Justice Reinvestment Initiative. Sakai replaces Jodie Maesaka-Hirata, who takes over the deputy director of corrections position vacated by Joe Booker.

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