|New county fire chief Darren Rosario aims to upgrade old fire trucks. Photo by Julia Neal|
Act 195 starts the process that will eventually lead to federal recognition of Native Hawaiians. In addition to Kihoi, the commission is comprised of the at-large member, former Governor John Waihe`e; Mahealani Perez-Wendt, of Maui County; Na`alehu Anthony, representing O`ahu; and Robin Puanani Danner, of Kaua`i.
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Said Abercrombie, “These individuals represent various sectors of the Hawaiian community. Each brings experience, talent, knowledge, and skills that collectively create a broad-based team. This team will put together the roll of qualified and interested Native Hawaiians who want to help determine the course of Hawai`i’s indigenous people.” Once its work is completed, the governor will dissolve the Commission. The roll is to be used as the basis for participation in the organization of a Native Hawaiian governing entity.
|Former Gov. John Waihe`e. Photo from OHA|
The 44-year-old career firefighter takes over from Darryl Oliveira, who retired Aug. 1 but volunteered until the swearing-in ceremony.
Hawaiian's new Fukuoka flights will add approximately 100,000 new air seats annually to Hawai`i from Japan, the state's second largest market for visitors. In addition, Fukuoka Airport's proximity to Korea, China and other Asian countries will enhance Hawaiian's ability to attract customers from other regions of the Asian continent, as well as other cities in southern Japan via high-speed rail transportation.
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