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Posted on: Wednesday, January 17, 2001

Director of Honolulu Boy Choir resigns

By Wayne Harada
Advertiser Entertainment Editor

After a 12-year tenure, Blake Nuibe has resigned as executive director of the Honolulu Boy Choir.

"My family and business commitments dictate such an action," he said in a letter of resignation to Jean E. Rolles, Boy Choir chairwoman. "I no longer have the time and financial resources to devote to such a great community organization. It would simply be unfair to the board and the entire organization for me to continue, given my personal constraints."

The letter was dated last Aug. 9 but made public yesterday, and Nuibe is serving through the end of January, said Rolles. A search for a successor has yielded about 10 candidates, she said, but with no clear choice as yet.

"Blake had a chance to pick up some new business," said Rolles of Nuibe, a full-time insurance agent and a past president of the Hawaii State Association of Life Underwriters. "This post with the Boy Choir has been voluntary and we can’t hold him back. He’s done a fabulous job — a hero’s job — and he’s been serving us at the detriment of his business and his family."

Nuibe had succeeded Boy Choir founder Roy Hallman, who retired and intended to shut down the singing ensemble.

"It is now time for a new and fresh individual with creative ideas, and the dedicated resources and time, to take the choir to the next level," said Nuibe.

Rolles said she hopes to select a replacement within a few months. Because of the time commitments, she said, the post will be salaried.

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