State tax director stepping down
Kurt Kawafuchi, the director of the state Department of Taxation, will leave the Lingle administration in June.
A spokesman for Gov. Linda Lingle said Kawafuchi is leaving the job by mutual agreement. Kawafuchi declined comment.
Kawafuchi was first named deputy tax director in January 2003, shortly after Lingle took office, and has led the department through the governor's two terms.
Kawafuchi is an attorney and certified public accountant who previously worked in private practice and as a tax attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice.