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Abercrombie makes appointments to 4 boards

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 11:42 a.m. HST, Dec 04, 2013

Gov. Neil Abercrombie is making appointments to four state boards and commissions.

The governor said Tuesday he's naming Maui attorney Grant Chun to the state Board of Education. The former Maui County managing director is currently vice president of A&B Properties.

Abercrombie named Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce president-elect Doreen Napua Gomes to the Maui seat on the Hawaiian Homes Commission.

Cultural consultant Aaron Mahi is being appointed to the Land Use Commission. Mahi has previously served as district representative on the Oahu Island Burial Council.

The governor is installing Oahu development executive Brian Tamamoto on the board of the Hawaii Community Development Authority, Kakaako District. Tamamoto is executive vice president of the Kobayashi Group subsidiary Resort Holdings LLC.

All four appointments are subject to state Senate approval.

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bumbye wrote:
I think Mahi is best known as being the former director of the Royal Hawaiian Band.
on December 4,2013 | 06:04AM
leino wrote:
I have always had two questions related to appointments. 1.) what has the appointee done as favors for the appointer? 2.) How much independence does the appointee have to use their own judgment or are all loyalties to the appointer's wishes?
on December 4,2013 | 06:10AM
copperwire9 wrote:
What actions have you taken to find the answers to your questions?
on December 4,2013 | 08:18AM
Nevadan wrote:
He (she) raised the issue, which is more than you have done.
on December 4,2013 | 10:09AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
I cannot believe how tone deaf Abs is with the HCDA appointment. All the screaming about development and no voice of the people and Abs appoints a Kobayashi Group employee - these are the developers of those super high price luxury condos that no Hawaii resident will ever afford. Is that the voice for HCDA, a board already dominated by developers and construction interests? I thought the position was supposed to be a small local business owner?
on December 4,2013 | 06:42AM
false wrote:
.Political pays offs last time around. That's how it works. Its the norm.
on December 4,2013 | 07:45AM
Mythman wrote:
Why do we need Dan when we have Neil?
on December 4,2013 | 06:48AM
Anonymous wrote:
Abercrombie used to be like the boar "Old Major" in the Orwellian novel "Animal Farm," always pushing for equality and better living conditions on the farm. Seemingly overnight, he has become like the animal "Napolean," who tyrannically rules Manor Farm.
on December 4,2013 | 08:18AM
slink wrote:
It continues to amaze me that the Hawai'i State Board of Education includes ONLY two people who have actual K-12 classroom experience and I don't count tutoring, occasional appearances, though a third has college level experience. Even then, I'm not sure two of the three remember what it is like to be "in the trenches" on a daily basis dealing with everything teachers must deal with today. I support all public school teachers and hope for the day when those who can't, don't, or were never interested in it get out of the way of the majority of teachers who can!
on December 4,2013 | 11:02AM
islandsun wrote:
All these appointments are gonna say yes whatever you say boss. Clowns!
on December 4,2013 | 12:07PM
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