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Monday, June 10, 2002

Bush to tap ‘Dutchie’ Hanohano
for U.S. marshal in Hawaii

President George W. Bush will nominate a state sheriff's division sergeant for the position of U.S. marshal for Hawaii, the Republican Party of Hawaii announced.

Mark "Dutchie" Hanohano, a watch commander in the Public Safety Department's sheriff's division at Honolulu Airport, still needs to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

Hanohano is a Kailua resident and is married with two children. He was recommend for the position by former state Republican Party Chairwoman Linda Lingle.

"I know that Dutchie will commit himself to doing a great job for the people of Hawaii in this important position. He is a terrific person who really worked his way up through the ranks," Lingle said in a news release.

Couch to run for Senate

Former Maui County Board of Ethics Chairman Don Couch of Kihei has filed nomination papers to run for the state Senate as a Republican, Couch announced this week.

A senior systems administrator with the Pacific Disaster Center, Couch also hosts a community television program.

He is running for a seat in the 5th Senatorial District, which after reapportionment consists of South and West Maui.

Nakasato vies for Council

Former state Sen. Dennis Nakasato says he will run as a candidate for the 6th City Council District, which covers the area from Punahou to Kalihi Valley.

Nakasato served as a state representative from 1980-86 and then as a senator from 1986-94.

Rep. Pendleton has baby

State Rep. David Pendleton (R, Maunawili) and wife Noemi have a new constituent, a baby boy. David Alexander Pendleton II was born to the couple on June 1 at Castle Medical Center.

Noemi Pendleton is a former Board of Education member. Both mother and son are doing fine.

New prison still in works

The state is still working on soliciting proposals for a new privately financed prison next to the Halawa Correctional Facility, Gov. Ben Cayetano said Friday.

But the governor has no regrets that the new prison, if it is built, will not be completed by the time he leaves office.

"When I campaigned in 1994, I kept telling people that I'd rather build schools than prisons, and we built a record number of schools, so we fulfilled that part," he said.

"I'm kind of glad it's worked out this way because we passed a bill, a drug treatment bill, that's going to help us deal with the overcrowding issue and, I think, follow a path that's a little more promising and effective. And the new facility at Halawa, I think, is something that will not be a conventional type of facility. It's going to include treatment.

"In retrospect I'm glad that there won't be a prison that was built on my watch," the governor said.

Polynesian Society president to give keynote

Nainoa Thompson, president of the Polynesian Voyaging Society, will be the keynote speaker at the Hawaii State Association of Counties Conference, June 26-28 at the Outrigger Wailea Resort on Maui.

Thompson, also a trustee for Kamehameha Schools, was the navigator and sail master of the Hawaiian double-hulled canoe Hokule'a, which traveled to Tahiti from Hawaii in the 1970s.

More information about conference registration is available by calling Maui Council Services, 800-272-0026, and online at

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