Abercrombie names first cabinet members

Governor-Elect Neil Abercrombie today appointed five Cabinet members in his first announcement on leadership positions in the Abercrombie Administration. William J. Aila Jr. was named the Chairperson of the Department of Land and Natural Resources, an appointment that Robert Harris, director of the Hawaii Chapter of the Sierra Club, called “an outstanding choice.”

In addition to Aila, Abercrombie’s appointments are Richard Lim as the Director of the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism; Jodie Maesaka-Hirata as the Director of the Department of Public Safety; and Alapaki Nahalea and Bobby Hall as the team leading the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands as its Director and Deputy Director, respectively.

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Hawaii Supreme Court to Convene in Kapolei

The Hawaii Supreme Court will hear oral argument on Thursday, December 2, at 10 a.m. in the Ronald T. Y. Moon Judiciary Complex in Kapolei. It will be the first time the Supreme Court convenes in the Hawaii State Judiciary’s newest facility, which opened to the public in May 2010 and houses the First Circuit Family Court, Juvenile Detention Center and Waianae District Court.

Attorneys on each side will have a half hour to present arguments in a dispute over property division in a First Circuit divorce case, Cvitanovich-Dubie v. Dubie. The appellant is asking the Supreme Court to review the April 12, 2010 decision by the Intermediate Court of Appeals
(ICA).

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State mulling Big Island coffee bean quarantine

The Advisory Committee on Plants and Animals, attached to the State Department of Agriculture, will meet on Wednesday, November 17, 2010 to consider one or more quarantine zones on the island of Hawaii to prohibit the importation of green coffee beans.

At issue is a serious infestation of the Coffee Berry Borer in local crops reported by Kona Coffee farmers. The pest infestation was confirmed by the United States Department of Agriculture – Agriculture Research Service Systematic Entomology Laboratory.

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Abercrombie announces transition plan

Governor-Elect Neil Abercrombie today announced plans for the transition to a new Abercrombie/Schatz Administration, including the process for ensuring a smooth transition from the current administration.

Bill Kaneko, who served as the campaign manager for the Abercrombie for Governor campaign, will serve as the Transition Director.

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