Senator Maile Shimabukuro will chair the Hawaiian Affairs committee with Senator Clayton Hee serving as vice-chair.
Senator Brickwood Galuteria, the Senate Majority Leader, was the Chair of new defunct THA. “The new committee assignments will allow the newly appointed chairs to take on greater leadership roles,” stated a Senate press release, “while providing Galuteria with more flexibility to serve in his continued capacity as Majority Leader.”
The senator shared his thoughts in a Senate media release:
|Sen. Brickwood Galuteria||
However, Galuteria will serve as the new vice chair of the Committee on Water and Land.
The Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection (CPN) will also get a new vice chair: Senator Brian Taniguchi.
The change in committee assignments will take effect July 1, 2013.
|Sen. Donna Mercado Kim||
UPDATE: On his Facebook page, Sen. Gil Kahele made the announcement:
|Sen. Gil Kahele||
by Big Island Video News
HONOLULU, Hawaii – The Hawaii State Senate Committee on Tourism and Hawaiians Affairs (THA) has been split into two different committees: Tourism (TSM) and Hawaiian Affairs (HWN), and Hilo’s State Senator Gilbert Kahele has been named chair of Tourism. Senator Gilbert Keith-Agaran will be the vice-chair. Senator Maile Shimabukuro will chair the Hawaiian Affairs committee […]