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Ex-Kamehameha Schools leader to serve on president's panel

By Star-Advertiser Staff

LAST UPDATED: 03:31 p.m. HST, May 06, 2014

Former Kamehameha Schools leader Dee Jay Mailer took the oath of office Tuesday to serve on the President's Advisory Commission on Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders.

Mailer was one of 14 new and two returning commissioners sworn in as part of ceremony marking the 2014 Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in Washington D.C.

Vice President Joe Biden spoke at the ceremony.

President Barack Obama appointed the members of the commission, which advises the federal government on ways to improve the health, education and economic status of Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders.

"We look forward to following in their footsteps of the outgoing commission to help open the government's doors to the community," said Dr. Tung Nguyen, the commission's chairman. "We're excited to have such a passionate, talented group of individuals in this new commission to lead this important work ahead."

This year, the theme for AAPI Heritage Month is "I Am Beyond," led by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center. 

"The theme 'I Am Beyond' recognizes how Asian Pacific Americans have a rich, complex and inspirational American story," said Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center Director Konrad Ng, a former University of Hawaii professor who is married to Obama's sister Maya Soetoro-Ng. "Asian Pacific American Heritage Month is an opportunity to enrich our appreciation of the American story and America's Asian Pacific heritage."

The AAPI Heritage Month celebration will continue throughout the month of May, with events happening nationwide, highlighting the community's many contributions to the arts, sciences, government, military, commerce and education.  

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Mythman wrote:
No disrespect intended for the President's relatives, I find it odd that in the same newspaper on the same day these folks are also saying "We're excited", echoing Sen Hee et al being "excited". Hmm? Also, wrt the Smithsonian, can't help but remember how Dan Inouye forbid the Smith from including native Hawaiian art in the Smith's museum of the American Indian as part of a deal Dan made involving Ginteng and Chief of the Pequot, at that time.
on May 6,2014 | 02:29PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Myth man, remember when the fish market in Chinatown actually old aku bone with at least 1 inch of meat! Now the bone is cut down to a sliver. Auwe.
on May 6,2014 | 07:14PM
cojef wrote:
Nice to have connection with half-sistah of the Prez, it can get appointed to any commission, with pay.
on May 6,2014 | 02:30PM
boolakanaka wrote:
DeeJay is imminently qualified, having run 3 billion dollar entities in her lifetime, and is certainly in no need of money, having salaries previously in excess of a half-million, for a good part of her professional career.
on May 6,2014 | 04:15PM
Mythman wrote:
Gatekeepers like gatekeepers like gatekeepers - we're so fortunate to have a political aristocracy to fill those positions of high rank.
on May 6,2014 | 04:47PM
pueohonua wrote:
I agree with Mythman and I am native Hawaiian. First of all, DeeJay Mailer was never qualified to run a multi-billion trust ever. She was a nurse. She went and got a Masters Degree. Imagine, you run a Public health organization and it qualifies you to run a multi-billion trust. You need a business person to run that kind of trust. She probably never understood the investment structures, ROR, IRR, Benchmarks, Investment analysis but she was appointed to run a trust? And now, the President wants her mana'o on Pacific Islanders. She was never raised Hawaiian, she attended Kamehameha Schools for her Senior year. Hello, she has a Hawaiian language tutor in Randie Fong, so it makes her now an expert on Pacific Islanders. The woman was never steeped in Hawaiian culture or does she come from a Hawaiian practitioner family.
on May 6,2014 | 10:09PM
iwanaknow wrote:
So..............if you want something done, ask a busy person?.....and someone with will & connections too.
on May 6,2014 | 03:28PM
nanagwen wrote:
I was so hoping that Dee Jay Mailer would be our next UH President.
on May 8,2014 | 09:13AM
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