September 11, 2013
A native Hawaiian, Kia'aina was born in Guam before moving with her family to Hawaii.
I knew Esther in the 1990's when she worked for former Senator Daniel Akaka (D-HI). We worked with her regarding CNMI labor and human rights abuse reform.
Kia'aina also worked on Capitol Hill as Chief of Staff to former U.S. Rep. Ed Case Case (D-HI) and former Guam Delegate Robert Underwood. She currently serves as the First Deputy of the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources.
I am excited about her appointment as she will bring much knowledge and experience to this position!