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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                   February 23, 2005               

Release M-20





                Mayor Mufi Hannemann today (February 23, 2005) announced the following appointments:


·       Michael W.H. Pili Pang as executive director of the Office of Culture and the Arts. Pang is a kumu hula and arts administrator of Hawai’i Arts Ensemble and Halau Hula Ka No’eau. He studied hula under the late Maiki Aiu Lake and Mae Kamamalu Klein, then started his halau on the Big Island.  Wayne Kahoonei Panoke will serve as Pang’s assistant coordinator of the Office of Culture and the Arts. Panoke is a Hawaiian cultural teacher.


·       Donna M. Woo as first deputy corporation counsel. Woo has been first assistant ombudsman for the state for the past eight years. Previously, she served as a deputy corporation counsel for Honolulu from 1985 to 1997.


·       Eugene C.  Lee as deputy director of the Department of Design and Construction. Lee is an engineer and has been with the City for 17 years, including a two-year stretch when he was acting deputy director of Design and Construction.


In addition, the mayor announced the appointment of two special advisors to department directors. 


·       Aaron S.  Fujioka, the Department of Community Services. A state employee for more than 20 years, Fujioka has been the state’s chief procurement officer for nearly four years. He has been with the state Procurement Office since 1997.


·       Joan Manke, Customer Services Department. Manke worked for the late Congresswoman Patsy Mink for 12 years, including six as Mink’s chief of staff. Most recently, she has been director of medical staff services at St. Francis Medical Center.


“City employees have long held the view that not all city departments warrant a full-fledged deputy director,” said Hannemann. “That’s a view I shared when I was on the City Council. When we took office, our review indicated we should institute that with four departments.”


   The other affected departments are Emergency Services and Information Technology.


Mayor Hannemann also announced the appointment of William D. Balfour Jr. as administrator of the Oahu Civil Defense Agency. Balfour served as director of the City Department of Parks and Recreation since July 1997 after 36 years in Hawaii’s sugar industry.

He replaces Doug Aton, who left on February 4 to become emergency preparedness manager for the Honolulu District of the U.S. Postal Service.




Mark Matsunaga 527-5767

Bill Brennan 527-6928

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

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