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Governor appoints Heather Giugni to vacated House seat

Gov. Neil Abercrombie has appointed Heather Haunani Giugni, a documentary filmmaker and producer, to the Halawa-Aiea state House district to replace Rep. Tom Okamura, who resigned last month for health reasons.

Giugni is the daughter of the late Henry Giugni, a longtime aide and confidant of Sen. Daniel Inouye and former U.S. Senate sergeant-at-arms.

She is to be sworn in Tuesday.

“I look forward to serving the community and following in the footsteps of those leaders who represented this special district,” Giugni said in a news release Wednesday.

Giugni is the owner of Juniroa Productions and a founding member of ‘Ulu’ulu: The Henry K. Giugni Moving Image Archive of Hawai’i. She has worked on numerous documentaries that have highlighted history, culture and traditions of Hawaii, the governor’s office said.

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