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Former Hawaiian Home Lands head picked for Honolulu Hale chief of staff post

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 01:01 p.m. HST, Aug 20, 2013

Ray Soon, former director of the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands and vice president of community relations at Kamehameha Schools is joining Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s adminstration as chief of staff.

Caldwell’s office announced the appointment today in a news release.

“With Ray’s accomplished background, collaborative approach, and proven commitment to serving the people of the City and County of Honolulu, I am extremely fortunate to have him join my administration as chief of staff,” Caldwell said.

Soon, president of the consulting firm Solutions Pacific, starts Sept. 3 and will make $125,000 a year, Caldwell’s office said.

A graduate of Kalani High School, Soon has a bachelor’s degree in regional planning from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and a master’s degree in city planning from Harvard University. 

The appointment is not subject to confirmation by the City Council.

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false wrote:
Former Hawaiian Homes Lands head to be chief of staff. I guess Kirk pick him because of that great job he did with DHHL. You know how he ran an incompetent state agency for many years. Not a surprise coming from our Mayor. LOL
on August 20,2013 | 01:19PM
Frances wrote:
I think he's a pretty good guy, and can't be blamed for every single problem at DHHL.
on August 20,2013 | 01:59PM
serious wrote:
Then who was in charge?????
on August 20,2013 | 02:31PM
false wrote:
Thanks.... I needed that. I guess there are still some of us who know the word acceptability.
on August 20,2013 | 03:24PM
PCWarrior wrote:
I think you looking for accountability. But you just go on criticizing the other guy...
on August 20,2013 | 03:35PM
false wrote:
Right. He was only there for several years but he was a good guy. LOL
on August 20,2013 | 03:27PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Just trading on all the success at DHHL. Sheesh...
on August 20,2013 | 05:22PM
Mythman wrote:
Soon is D U M B - his mind set fits right in with the mucky mucks who think what they think is real and the law is not and after all, come on now, they are in charge, not you and me.
on August 20,2013 | 05:41PM
Uncleart66 wrote:
The best Mayor money can buy,,,,,
on August 20,2013 | 07:42PM
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