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Home Lands head faces conflict

Four commission members disapprove of the governor's pick to lead the agency

By Rob Perez

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Feb 06, 2013

~~<p>Nearly half of the nine-member commission that oversees the state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands opposes Gov. Neil Abercrombie's choice to head the department, saying Jobie Masa&shy;ga&shy;tani is divisive and has worked against the interests of the agency's Native Hawaiian beneficiaries, several commissioners said.</p>
<p>But written testimony submitted to the Senate Committee on Tourism and Hawaiian Affairs, which holds a confirmation hearing today for Masa&shy;ga&shy;tani, has been overwhelmingly supportive, committee chairman Sen. Brickwood Galu&shy;te&shy;ria said.</p>
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Nearly half of the nine-member commission that oversees the state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands opposes Gov. Neil Abercrombie's choice to head the department, saying Jobie Masa­ga­tani is divisive and has worked against the interests of the agency's Native Hawaiian beneficiaries, several commissioners said.

But written testimony submitted to the Senate Committee on Tourism and Hawaiian Affairs, which holds a confirmation hearing today for Masa­ga­tani, has been overwhelmingly supportive, committee chairman Sen. Brickwood Galu­te­ria said. Login for more...



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