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07/10/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 07/10/2020 18:10

Hawaiʻi State Senate Confirms Hawaiian Homes Commissioner

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 10, 2020

Hawaiʻi State Senate Confirms Hawaiian Homes Commissioner

(Kapolei, O'ahu) - The Hawai'i State Senate confirmed Michael Kaleikini to the Hawaiian Homes Commission (HHC) on Friday, July 10, 2020 in a 23-2 vote.

East Hawai'i Commissioner Kaleikini has worked in the power generation field for the past 34 years, having spent six years in the United States Navy and 28 years as an employee with Puna Geothermal Venture on Hawai'i Island. His responsibilities have ranged from plant operations to administration. Currently, his role is in business development.

He is an active member of his community, serving on the East Hawai'i Advisory Council for the American Red Cross, the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Hawai'i, the Hawai'i Island Chamber of Commerce, the Hawai'i Island Economic Development Board, the Hawai'i Leeward Planning Conference, and the Mainstreet Pahoa Association Board, respectively.

Kaleikini attended college in California and at Brigham Young University - Hawaiʻi.

To learn more about HHC, visit dhhl.hawaii.gov/hhc.

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About the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands:

The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands carries out Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalanianaʻole's vision of rehabilitating native Hawaiians by returning them to the land. Established by U.S. Congress in 1921, with the passage of the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act, the Hawaiian homesteading program run by DHHL includes management of over 200,000 acres of land statewide with the specific purpose of developing and delivering homesteading.