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Monday, December 6, 1999

‘Hawaii is ready for Y2K,’
says Gov. Cayetano

Worried about the millennium?

Don't be, says Gov. Ben Cayetano.

In a public service message that people will hear and see the next few weeks on the state's readiness for the Year 2000 transition, he says:

"Hawaii is Y2K ready. Across the state, our airports will be open and operating. Our hospitals, police and fire departments are Y2K ready -- along with the utility companies and the shipping industry.

"So, there's no need to stock up on water and food. And keep your money where it's safe, in the bank.

"There's no two ways about it, Hawaii is ready for Y2K."


One of Gov. Ben Cayetano's aides, a former state lawmaker, will be back working for Honolulu Mayor Jeremy Harris.

Peter Apo has been named to head the city's Office of Waikiki Development. He had served in the Harris administration as executive director of the Office of Culture and the Arts, and most recently was Cayetano's special assistant on Hawaiian affairs.

Apo served 12 years in the state House, representing the Waianae district, and two years as a trustee of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.

Harris said Apo, who is also a musician and active in Hawaiian culture and business groups, can help as the city revitalizes Waikiki and restores its Hawaiian sense of place.

Harris also has appointed Manuel C. Menendez III as head of the city Office of Economic Development. Menendez had served as president of Great Eastern Development Ltd., an international investment firm. He was a founding member of the Hawaii Tsunami professional soccer team.

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