OHA Vote On New Maui Trustee

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 in Department of Hawaiian Home Lands

OHA Kaua'i trustee Donald Cataluna attended today's board meeting via video link. - Kama Hopkins photo

HONOLULU, Nov. 22, 2011 — The trustees of the state Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) in a board meeting today voted for a new trustee to fill the Maui seat on the board vacated by Judge Boyd Mossman, who stepped down to become leader of an LDS Ward in Kona.

Nominees included:

  • Mercer “Chubby” Vicens
  • Rosemary Duey

A super-majority two-thirds vote of the 9-member board was required to name a winner. Neither candidate received a super-majority in the  first vote at 11:24 a.m. , and a second vote at 11:30 a.m. returned the same result, according to reports from the boardroom during the meeting.

The board is now considering options, including possibly adding more nominees to the list and rescheduling the vote. The board has until the end of December to name a replacement or the responsibility will go to Gov. Abercrombie, who has until the end of January to make his appointment.

Duey is one of the founding members of the Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce. Vicens is immediate Past-President of the Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce www.mauihawaiianchamber.org.

Mercer "Chubby" Vicens