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Konawaena student gets crash course in county business

Tiana Miller met with deputy planning director Margaret Masunaga and interviewed Police Chief Harry Kubojiri. (Hawaii 24/7 photo courtesy of Margaret Masunaga)

Karin Stanton | Hawaii 24/7 Contributing Editor, reporting by Margaret Masunaga

As field trips go, Tiana Miller went on a pretty cool one Friday, Feb. 19.

The Konawaena High School sophomore interested in law enforcement and the legal profession got the straight scoops during a day-long visit with Hawaii County officials in Kailua-Kona.

Miller interviewed Police Chief Harry Kubojiri about his career and appointment to chief in December 2008. She had lunch with deputy planning director Margaret Masunaga, who shared her experiences as an attorney and what it takes to become a lawyer in Hawaii.

During her visit, Miller also met with Konawaena High School graduates working at the Planning Department and Public Works, including zoning clerk Marie Hong, inspector Stafford Akoni (Class of 1989), and civil engineer Merrick Nishimoto (Class of 1989).

She also met firefighter Russell Lee, Councilwoman Brenda Ford, Housing executive secretary Anne Bailey, and planner Deanne Bugado.

Tiana Miller got a special tour of county offices with Bobby Command, executive assistant to the mayor, and Deputy Managing Director Wally Lau, at the Kona Mayor's Office. (Hawaii 24/7 photo courtesy of Margaret Masunaga)

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