Gov. Neil Abercombie announced Friday that Department of Hawaiian Home Lands Director Alapaki Nahale-a will leave the department on May 15, 2012. His resignation was accepted Friday afternoon.
"Working for state government at this level has been a rewarding experience but also taxing on a number of levels," said Nahale-a. "While I am proud of all that we've accomplished so far, the decision for me to move on is what I believe is best for my family, which is my number one priority."
Director Nahale-a will assist in transitioning his successor following the legislative session. Gov. Abercrombie said he will immediately begin the search for a replacement.
"Alapaki is a man who has and will do good things for Hawaii, especially Native Hawaiians. While I am saddened by his resignation, I am very proud of the work that he has done," said Gov. Abercrombie. "He has reminded me of the sacrifice that many state workers are making to better Hawaii and I appreciate the dedication and performance that is still being given under challenging circumstances."