Former director Nolan Espinda retired Wednesday.
Little is known about Hui O Maui Citizens For Change but the group is backing conservative-leaning members.
The governor’s choice will likely be vetted by the Senate in November.
The GOP has not held significant numbers since the early 2000s but could pick up a seat in the general.
Economists say it’s tough to help decision-makers guide economic recovery without consistent information from government and other sources.
UPDATED: The new party plans to stump on a platform based largely on economic reforms.
State officials aren’t anticipating any drastic modifications to the process ahead of the general election.