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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted on: Thursday, February 24, 2005

Hannemann fills more city administration posts

Advertiser Staff

Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann has named several veteran government workers to more key posts in his administration.

They include:

• First Deputy Corporation Counsel Donna Woo, an attorney who has worked in the state ombudsman's office for eight years and worked in the City Corporation Counsel office before that.

• Engineer Eugene Lee to serve as deputy director of the Department of Design and Construction. Lee has been with the city for 17 years, including a two-year term as acting deputy in the department.

• Michael W.H. Pili Pang to serve as executive director of the Office of Culture and the Arts. Pang is a kumu hula and arts administrator of Hawai'i Arts Ensemble and Halau Hula Ka No'eau. His assistant coordinator will be Wayne Kahoonei Panoke, a cultural teacher.

Hannemann also named two special advisers who will assist directors but earn salaries of $85,000, which is about $10,000 less than if he had made them deputy directors.

They are: Aaron Fujioka, former state chief procurement officer, to the Department of Community Services, and Joan Manke, former chief of staff to the late U.S. Rep. Patsy Mink, to the Customer Services Department. Manke most recently worked at St. Francis Medical Center.

Hannemann also named former city parks director Bill Balfour as administrator of the O'ahu Civil Defense Agency.