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Paul Horner named CEO of Hawaiʻi Island's public access TV station

Paul Horner, president and CEO of Nā Leo o Hawaiʻi
Nā Leo o Hawaiʻi
Paul Horner, president and CEO of Nā Leo o Hawaiʻi

The company that operates public access television on Hawaiʻi Island has a new leader.

Paul Horner has been named president and CEO of Nā Leo o Hawaiʻi, starting Feb. 1.

He has managed hotels on Lānaʻi and the Big Island, as well as in the Napa Valley. He’s also worked as managing director of marketing for the Big Island Visitors Bureau. He was most recently the executive director of a nonprofit on Kauaʻi.

"I'm looking forward to meeting the team at Nā Leo TV, starting the process of earning their respect, and learning ways for us to move forward in a positive direction," Horner said in a statement.

He will oversee all aspects of Nā Leo of Hawaiʻi , including its broadcasting, production team, producer training and education.

Horner replaces Connie Kiriu, who has been serving as interim CEO since April of last year. Previous CEO Stacy Higa stepped down after allegations surfaced that he diverted federal coronavirus relief funds to himself.

In October, Higa pleaded guilty to federal embezzlement and bribery charges.

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