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Ige Nominates Developer Carleton Ching to Chair DLNR--Petition Calls for Senate to Reject
By News Release @ 10:09 PM :: 8092 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Do Not Confirm Developer to Head Hawaii DLNR Petition To be delivered to The Hawaii State Senate

Gov Ige has appointed a Castle & Cooke developer (lobbyist) to head the Hawaii Dept of Land and Natural Resources. This is putting the fox to guard the hen house. Do not confirm Carleton Ching.


DLNR is charged with protecting Hawaii's resources including water (Water Commission) and land. They keep developers in check, prevent the draining of aquifers and protect our agricultural land.

Putting a developer in charge of DLNR is incompatible with its mission. Ching has no experience in running a state agency nor does he have experience in protecting the environment. In fact he advocates doing away with DLNR's mission and "streamlining" developer permissions.

In addition to signing the petition, please email the senators at asking them to vote against confirmation and contact your own senator via phone.

LINK >>> Petition Webpage

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Environmentalists Criticize Hawaii Gov. Ige’s Land Board Nominee

CB: A petition urging state senators to reject Ching’s nomination calls the appointment “putting the fox to guard the hen house.”

The Sierra Club of Oahu also issued a statement criticizing Ige’s choice. The organization sued to stop Koa Ridge and unsuccessfully campaigned to prevent the development from getting approved.

“As far as we can tell Mr. Ching has no professional experience protecting Hawaii’s natural resources. He seems to care more about concrete than conservation,” said Sierra Club Oahu Chairman Anthony Aalto in an email.

Aalto noted that a Honolulu Advertiser article dated January 5, 2005, said of the nominee: “Asked by one senator how long it should take to approve a housing development, Ching deadpanned, ‘Just sign a document and tell us go,’ drawing laughter from yesterday’s participants.”

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News Release from Office of the Governor, Jan 23, 2015

HONOLULU – Governor David Ige today announced the nominations of Carleton Ching to serve as Chairperson of the Department of Land and Natural Resources and Kekoa Kaluhiwa to the position of First Deputy.

Ching has devoted much of his career to creating communities for Hawaiʻi’s residents. Early on he spent a decade with the Hawaiʻi Housing Authority where he specialized in building affordable homes. From his time at the Authority he is best known for his role in facilitating a resolution to the contentious conflict between the Waiāhole-Waikane Community Association and the state. Following this he worked for Westloch, Inc., Castle & Cooke Kunia, Molokai Ranch and SSFM International. Currently he is the Vice President, Community and Government Relations, for Castle & Cooke Hawaii. In this role, he supports the organization’s real estate, agricultural and renewable energy initiatives. He is an active volunteer with a number of business, housing, health and education non-profit organizations.

“Stewardship of Hawaiʻi’s unique resources is one of the most critical tasks of State government, and Carleton Ching has the heart, knowledge and skills to lead the Department of Land and Natural Resources,” said Governor David Ige. “No one understands better the complex issues this Department handles and how to balance the needs of our environment and our residents.”

Ching graduated from Kaimuki High School and earned a Business Administration Degree at Boise State University where he was an imposing left tackle for the Broncos.

“It’s humbling to be asked to protect Hawaiʻi’s natural, cultural and historic resources,” said Ching. “I am committed to upholding the mission and purpose of the DLNR. My inspiration comes from my keiki and my moʻopuna. I want to leave Hawaiʻi a better place for them and for future generations.”

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Kekoa Kaluhiwa

Kaluhiwa began his career as a fellow at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and then as a graduate intern in the Land Assets Division of Kamehameha Schools. Following this he worked in U.S. Senator Daniel K. Akaka’s Honolulu office, and he then served for two years as the Director of External Affairs for First Wind Energy. He is currently a principal at Kuanoʻo Communications where he helps clients understand the unique cultural and environmental challenges of doing business in Hawaiʻi.

“Kekoa Kaluhiwa learned about leadership from his kupuna,” said Governor Ige. “He has the education and skillset to carry out his kuleana in an ever changing world. I know he will make a difference.”

Kaluhiwa is a graduate of Kamehameha Schools and earned a B.A in political science from the University of Washington. He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration with an emphasis in Environmental Planning and Management Theory from the University of Hawaiʻi.

“From an early age, natural resource management has been my passion,” said Kaluhiwa. “So it is a privilege for me to serve in this capacity. I have great confidence in the DLNR staff, and I look forward to supporting the kuleana we all share in caring for Hawaiʻi’s precious environment and host culture.”

“As in all my departments, no one person can manage it alone,” said Ige. “I’m confident this leadership team will work with DLNR’s committed employees as stewards of the public trust so future generations will be proud to call Hawaiʻi home.”

Both appointments are subject to approval by the Senate. Interim Chairperson Carty Chang and Interim First Deputy Dan Quinn will remain in their respective positions until new leaders are confirmed by the Senate.



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