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Senate Committee Votes 5-2 to Reject DLNR Nominee

Wayne Yoshioka

A big political set-back today for Governor’s Ige’s nominee to head the Department of Land and Natural Resources.   The Senate committee on Water and Land recommended the full senate reject Carleton Ching to lead DLNR.  The 5 - 2 vote followed another emotional day of questions and answers before the panel.  Committee Chair Laura Thielen echoed the views of many critics who felt that Ching’s background as vice president of community and government relations for the developer Castle and Cooke did not qualify him to lead. DLNR. Vice Chair Brickwood Galuteria disagreed.

Wayne Yoshioka
Wayne Yoshioka is an award-winning journalist who has worked in television, print and radio in Hawaiʻi. He also has been on both sides of politics as a state departmental appointee and political/government reporter. He covered Hurricane Iwa (1982) as a TV reporter; was the State Department of Defense/Civil Defense spokesperson for Hurricane Iniki (1992); and, commanded a public affairs detachment in Afghanistan (2006). He has a master's degree in Communication from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and is a decorated combat veteran (Legion of Merit, Bronze Star and 22 other commendation/service medals). He resides in Honolulu.
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