Gov. Green appoints James Kunane Tokioka as DBEDT director
Governor Josh Green, M.D. announced James Kunane Tokioka will serve as the Director of the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism. A former member of the Kaua‘i County Council and Hawai‘i State House of Representatives, Tokioka worked his way through the hotel industry, both here in Hawai‘i and across the United States.
Governor Green said, “Director Tokioka is stepping up to help move foward important priorities for the state. He will immediately hit the ground running and foster collaboration amongst the various attached agencies at DBEDT.”
Tokioka was previously the Director of the Airports Division. His nomination is subject to Advice and Consent of the Senate.
The Department of Transportation is expected to announce Tokioka’s replacement at the Airports Division in the coming days.
Outgoing nominee, Chris Sadayasu, will return to the Department of the Attorney General.
The search for the next Director of the Office of Planning and Sustainable Development (OPSD) will continue in the coming weeks. Governor Green is committed to finding another qualified candidate who exemplifies the commitment to public service and the duties of the office, including land use, transit-oriented development, coastal zone management, climate adaptation, and other planning requirements for Hawaiʻi. In the meantime, current administrator Mary Alice Evans will serve as Acting Director of OPSD.
Scott Glenn, outgoing nominee for OPSD, will take some time off to spend with family and will return to help the administration work on climate andenvironmental solutions.