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4:08 p.m. Namuo to Leave OHA Dec. 31

Office of Hawaiian Affairs CEO Clyde Namuo will step down at the end of 2011.

In a statement, OHA Trustees Chair Colette Machado said:

When Mr. Namuo assumed the role of Administrator in 2001, OHA stood on very shaky ground. He walked into an office that our Native Hawaiian beneficiaries looked upon with suspicion, skepticism and mistrust. Mr. Namuo was largely responsible for changing this around by taking to heart the principles of pono and aloha — justice and fairness, integrity, unequaled courtesy, generosity and spirited leadership.

Namuo said, “After all we have achieved, it is time for me to step down and pursue other endeavors and interests.”

12:45 p.m. OHA Looking for New CEO

Colette Machado, new Office of Hawaiian Affairs chair, will hold a press conference at 3:30 p.m. to discuss a search for a new CEO.

The current CEO is Clyde Namuo, and Machado is expected to acknowledged his accomplishments.

9:15 a.m. Big Isle to Vote By Mail?

Check out the latest in Neighbor Island government-related news:

Brush fire closes Saddle Road

Maui debate over short-term rentals continues

Kauai’s tricky transient accommodation unit law

Hawaii County moves closer to vote-by-mail

Inventory of public lands needed, Dela Cruz says

Big Isle takes aim at axis deer

Kekaha bids aloha to sweet era

Maui stream flows in county and state below normal

Gov Tours Towers of Kuhio Park

Neil Abercrombie and Pat McManaman will visit with residents at Towers of Kuhio Park (formerly Kuhio Park Terrace) from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

The facility, the state’s largest public housing project, is undergoing a $135 million renovation.

Meeting: Reapportionment

The 2011 Reapportionment Commission meets at 2 p.m. at the Capitol.

The agenda includes input from advisory councils and a correction to staggered terms for state senators.

Meeting: Mortgage Foreclosures

The Mortgage Foreclosure Task Force meets at 9:30 a.m. at the King Kalakaua Building.

The agenda includes investigative group reports.

Summit: Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii

It’s scheduled for all day at the Sheraton Waikiki.

The luncheon features a presentation by former Gov. George Ariyoshi titled “Shared Vision for Hawaii,” while one of the roundtable discussions will address how federal health care reform will affect local businesses.

Capitol Website Down

Today through Friday, the Legislature’s website will be down for maintenance.

The plan is to roll out a new-and-improved website.

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