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Two Abercrombie Cabinet appointees await verdict, 4 others move

Gov. Neil Abercrombie’s Cabinet nominees are slowly moving toward getting confirmed by the state Senate.

The Senate Ways and Means Committee has delayed decisions on Interim Budget Director Kalbert Young and Interim Tax Director Fred Pablo until next week while senators weigh the nominees’ qualifications.

But four other appointees already cleared their committee hearings and will take their permanent positions if they pass a pending vote from the full Senate.

Interim Transportation Director Glenn Okimoto and Interim Hawaiian Home Lands Director Alapaki Nahale-a received unanimous support from their Senate committees Wednesday.

Interim Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Director Kealii Lopez and Interim Department of Labor Director Dwight Takamine got committee approval earlier this week.

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