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Kia'aina appointed to Interior Department post

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 05:38 a.m. HST, Sep 11, 2013

President Barack Obama has nominated Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources Deputy Director Esther Kiaaina to be assistant secretary for insular affairs at the U.S. Department of Interior.

The position leads the department’s efforts to coordinate federal policy for Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands and American Samoa.  

It also has responsibility for administering and overseeing federal assistance to Micronesia, the Marshall Islands and Palau. 

The Senate must vote on the appointment. 

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell says Kiaaina brings extensive expertise and a keen understanding of the issues facing U.S. territories and freely associated states, noting Kiaaina was born in Guam to Native Hawaiian parents. 

Kiaaina previously served as former U.S. Rep. Ed Case’s chief of staff and legislative assistant to former U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka. 

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allie wrote:
A very ambitious person. She has made a career in blasting the USA and now grabs the USA ring. Sort of emblematic of the shibai in some quarters out here. That said, I wish her well if she can really represent all Americans regardless of race.
on September 11,2013 | 05:56AM
8082062424 wrote:
Very educated women who has worked hard and a great role model for your native Hawaiian kids. education is they key for native Hawaiians
on September 11,2013 | 06:39AM
hilocal wrote:
allie, if, by "blasting the USA," you mean criticizing the USA when it richly deserved it, I'm for her.
on September 11,2013 | 06:48AM
palani wrote:
My first choice for Governor. I guess this is a good consolation prize. Unfortunately, our "prize" is Neil.
on September 11,2013 | 06:53AM
Kuhio_ wrote:
you're ignorant! She has help strengthen the relationship between the US and its native peoples.
on September 11,2013 | 07:11AM
Slow wrote:
Quite perceptive allie, if it wasn't completely wrong. Why do I and other fools, keep biting for your foolish "provocative" comments? I guess because we Hawaiians are just as dumb as you say. We deserve you. We created you.
on September 11,2013 | 08:30AM
Kaleo744 wrote:
right off the bat...you gotta play the race issue...who's your nominee? Ken Conklin!!!
on September 11,2013 | 06:17AM
kapoleitalkstory wrote:
Esther is an amazing person, she is smart and very thoughtful in everything that she does. So of course there are going to have haters that are jealous of her success and intelligence. She is a great choice! I know that she will excel in this position like every other task that she has undertaken. Esther will do Hawaii and the USA PROUD!
on September 11,2013 | 07:45AM
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