2 new members of Hawaiian Homes Commission
HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaiian Homes Commission has two new members representing East Hawaii and Kauai.
Gov. Neil Abercrombie announced Tuesday that Wallace Ishibashi Jr. will fill the East Hawaii seat and Patricia Sheehan will fill the Kauai seat.
Abercrombie says they both have strong ties to their communities.
Ishibashi is currently University of Hawaii-Hilo’s cultural monitor for the Office of Mauna Kea Management. He’s a retired officer of ILWU Local 142. He was born and raised in the Hawaiian homestead of Keaukaha on the Big Island.
Sheehan previously served on the commission from 1993 to 1997. She and her children operate Hanalei Land Company, which manages their family’s 74-acre property.
The nine-member commission oversees the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands. At least four members must have at least one-fourth Hawaiian blood.