The former Honolulu mayor is currently a visitor industry executive.

Hawaii Gov. Josh Green made a flurry of Friday afternoon appointments, including naming a prominent figure to a controversial agency.

Mufi Hannemann, a former Honolulu City Council member and mayor who several times ran unsuccessfully for higher office, has been named a board member of the Hawaii Tourism Authority.

Hannemann is a former director of the state Department of Business Economic Development and Tourism who has served as the president and CEO of the Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association since 2015.

Mufi Hannemann, the president and CEO of the Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association, has been named to serve on the Hawaii Tourism Authority. (Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021)

The appointment comes one day after the HTA picked airline industry veteran Blaine Miyasato as its new chair, and educator and social entrepreneur Mahina Paishon Duarte as its new vice chair.

The HTA has come under fire from the Hawaii Legislature, which has questioned whether the agency is necessary to market the state. The HTA has also embarked under an ambitious destination management plan for the islands in response to concerns that too many tourists have eroded local infrastructure and resources.

Green also appointed Jordon J. Kimura Circuit Judge for the Circuit Court of the First Circuit on Oahu, Nancy Carr Smith to the Land Use Commission’s Hawaii island seat, Konrad Ng to chair the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts and Stacy Moniz to serve as the employee member on the Hawaii Labor Relations Board.

All of the above appointments are effective immediately, except for HLRB, which will be effective Aug. 17.

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