Gov. Ige appoints Carleton Ching to lead Department of Land and Natural Resources

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HONOLULU — Gov. David Ige has appointed Carleton Ching to serve as chairman of Hawaii's Department of Land and Natural Resources.

Ige also appointed Kekoa Kaluhiwa to serve as first deputy in the department.

Ching is vice president of community and government relations at Castle & Cooke Hawaii. He handles real estate, agriculture and renewable energy projects at the firm. Ching previously spent a decade working at Hawaii Housing Authority and specialized in building affordable housing. He says he wants to leave Hawaii a better place for future generations.

Kaluhiwa is a principal at Kuanoo Communications. He helps clients understand the cultural and environmental challenges of doing business in Hawaii. He previously worked for First Wind Energy, a company that built a wind farm on Oahu's North Shore.

Kaluhiwa says natural resources management has been his passion.

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