Wong Resigns, Lutey Named Maui Corporation Counsel

April 9, 2019, 3:05 PM HST · Updated April 11, 11:20 AM
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Moana Lutey. Photo credit: County of Maui / Chris Sugidono

Mayor Michael Victorino announced today his nomination of Moana Lutey to serve as corporation counsel for the County of Maui, replacing Patrick Wong, who submitted his resignation today.

“Ms. Lutey is an excellent attorney with the legal experience to ably lead the Department of the Corporation Counsel,” Mayor Victorino said. “Ms. Lutey’s depth of experience and commitment to public service make her exceptionally qualified to lead this important department.”

A graduate of Lahainaluna High School, Ms. Lutey has been a Deputy Corporation Counsel for a total of 18 years, overseeing the litigation section for approximately 12 years. Prior to working in Corporation Counsel, Ms. Lutey was a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for the County of Maui. She has also volunteered as a guardian for children. She received her law degree from the William S. Richardson School of Law in 1994.

Regarding Wong’s resignation, Mayor Victorino accepted it after reviewing the results of the police investigation that led the state Department of the Attorney General to decline prosecution.

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“Nevertheless, I believe it’s in the best interest of the Department of Corporation Counsel and the people of Maui County for Mr. Wong to step down at this time,” Mayor Victorino said.

“Now, I’m confident that due process has been served, and I look forward to finally achieving closure in this matter,” Mayor Victorino said. “My prayer today is that everyone will be able to heal, find peace and move on.”

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