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DHHL director Nahale-a to resign in May


Gov. Neil Abercrombie has announced Department of Hawaiian Home Lands Director Alapaki Nahale-a will leave the department on May 15, 2012.

“Working for state government at this level has been a rewarding experience but also taxing on a number of levels,” Nahale-a said. “While I am proud of all that we’ve accomplished so far, the decision for me to move on is what I believe is best for my family, which is my number one priority.”

Nahale-a will assist in transitioning his successor following the legislative session. Abercrombie will immediately begin the search for a replacement.

“Alapaki is a man who has and will do good things for Hawaii, especially Native Hawaiians. While I am saddened by his resignation, I am very proud of the work that he has done,” Abercrombie said. “He has reminded me of the sacrifice that many state workers are making to better Hawaii and I appreciate the dedication and performance that is still being given under challenging circumstances.”

Nahale-a added, “I want to thank the many beneficiaries, staff, and especially the Governor for their support as we worked to incorporate New Day initiatives at DHHL while staying true to the trust established by Prince Kuhio Kalanianaole.”

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