Gov. Ige nominates chair, deputy to Dept. of Land and Natural Resources

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Governor David Ige announced Friday the nominations of Carleton Ching to serve as Chairperson of the Department of Land and Natural Resources and Kekoa Kaluhiwa to the position of First Deputy.

From his time at the Hawaii Housing Authority, Ching is best known for his role in facilitating a resolution to the contentious conflict between the Waiāhole-Waikane Community Association and the state. He later worked for Westloch, Inc., Castle & Cooke Kunia, Molokai Ranch and SSFM International.

Ching is currently the Vice President of Community and Government Relations for Castle & Cooke Hawaii.

Kaluhiwa began his career as a fellow at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and then as a graduate intern in the Land Assets Division of Kamehameha Schools. He later worked in U.S. Senator Daniel K. Akaka’s Honolulu office, and he then served for two years as the Director of External Affairs for First Wind Energy.

Kaluhiwa is currently a principal at Kuanoʻo Communications.

Both appointments are subject to approval by the Senate. Interim Chairperson Carty Chang and Interim First Deputy Dan Quinn will remain in their respective positions in the DLNR until the new leaders are confirmed by the Senate.

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