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Alice Lee elected chair of Maui County Council

The Maui County Council this afternoon unanimously elected member Alice Lee to serve as chairwoman of the council for the 2021-23 term.

Lee had previously served as head of the council since January 2020 after Chairwoman Kelly King resigned to head up the new committee on Climate Action and Resilience. Although council members and staff at the time expressed dissatisfaction with sudden resignations of the county clerk and deputy county clerk, Lee had acknowledged at the time.

Also back as vice chairwoman is Keani Rawlins-Fernandez and member Tasha Kama remains as presiding officer pro tempore. Both members were in the same positions last term.

The leadership positions were filled during the council’s organizational meeting held virtually this afternoon.

Earlier this morning, an inauguration ceremony for the council was also held virtually for the first time.

The council welcomed its newest member, Gabe Johnson who holds the Lanai residency seat. He replaces longtime council member Riki Hokama who left due to term limits.

The other incumbents are King, Michael Molina, Tamara Paltin, Shane Sinenci and Yuki Lei Sugimura.

For more on this story along with selection of council committee heads and memberships, see Monday’s edition of The Maui News.

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