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Lingle names Maui advisory council

By Staff | Sep 17, 2009

HONOLULU — Gov. Linda Lingle has appointed seven Maui volunteers to serve on the Council of Neighbor Island Advisors for Maui.  

The council will help the Lingle-Aiona Administration continue to identify issues of importance to Maui, recommend ways to improve state government, encourage public discussion and participation in key initiatives, foster innovative ideas and identify potential nominees to serve on state boards and commissions.

The council includes Kay Ghean, retired, who worked at IBM Corporation; John Henry of John Henry Photography Inc.; Carl Lindquist, owner of Hana Coast Realty Inc.; Lorraine Sablas, director of Po‘okela at Kaanapali Beach Hotel; Madge Schaefer (chair), a former member and chair of the Ventura County (California) Board of Supervisors and past mayor and councilwoman for the City of Thousand Oaks, California; Gail Takeuchi, a counselor at Lahainaluna High School; and Leona Rocha Wilson, retired, former business owner of Fashionetic, Inc. New York and past national president of the American Home Sewing Association.

“Public involvement is critical to ensure state government is responsive to the specific needs of Maui, and I appreciate the time and dedication these volunteer members are giving to help improve their communities and our entire state,” said Lingle.  

“Through the prior advisory councils for Maui, my administration has gained valuable input, innovative ideas and fresh perspectives on issues that are important to residents and businesses. The role of the new Council of Neighbor Island Advisors for Maui is even more crucial, as we must all pull together to find solutions to the current economic challenges while ensuring that we continue to plan for the future.”

The council will hold monthly public meetings to seek comments from residents on the third Thursday of each month. The governor’s liaison for Maui, George Kaya, will assist the council in carrying out its functions.

For more information, visit www.hawaii.gov/gov or call Kaya at 243-5796.