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DOCARE names new isle branch chief


The officer who has been acting as DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE), Hawaii Branch Chief for the past year and a half has been appointed permanently to the position.

DOCARE Chief Thomas Friel said, “It is my honor and privilege to announce the selection of Lino Kamakau as DOCARE’s Hawaii Island Branch Chief, effective immediately.”

Kamakau is well known and respected by many on Hawaii Island from his 17 years of law enforcement experience there, with a sharp focus on enforcement of natural resources laws.

He began his enforcement career as a Hawaii County police officer, where he served for a decade.

At DOCARE Kamakau served nine years as a Conservation Resource Officer III and then six years as a DOCARE Field Supervisor.

He has served as acting Branch Chief on Hawaii Island since September 2014.

DLNR Chair Suzanne Case said, “Lino has been deeply engaged in protecting Hawaii literally from mauka to makai. We are fortunate to have him as a core leader of our DOCARE team.”

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